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Ball Game Hot Potato

Ball Game, Physical Play and Play with Equipment/Props

Hot Potato, is a game played with a ball, with different versions, but the general rule is that no-one should stay in possession of the ball for too long.


At School 01

Players: 3
Boys and Girls
Age: 6
Props: Ball

Ball game on grass oval. Three children sit in a triangle and roll tennis ball to each other. Change positions to a straight line and continue to roll tennis ball. Game is 'hot potato', roll ball to another child, who catches it, holds it for two seconds then rolls it onto another person.

At School 05

Players: 4
Age: 9
Props: Ball

In this game a basketball is bounced or thrown from person to person around in a circle. The aim of the game is to get rid of the ball as quickly as you can: "You can't hold the ball for long because it's hot."

(While they were playing, a Year 3 boy walked slowly and deliberately through their playing area, watching them for a reaction. The girls just kept on playing - I'm not sure they even noticed he was there.)

Even though the aim of the game was to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible, the girls played without any sense of hurrying, and sometimes took longer than expected to pass the ball to the next person. There was no sense that anyone would be 'out' if they held the ball for too long.

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