Warm Up

Minefield Game:

  • Game involving strong teamwork and communication.
  • Cover your playing area in obstacles of all kinds. Cones, hurdles, mats, skittles, hoops, whatever safe objects you can lay your hands on. The area is now the minefield.
  • Divide class into pairs/teams.
  • One student from each team starts at one end of the minefield. This player is blindfolded.
  • The other members of the team wait at the other end of the minefield. It is their job to navigate the blindfolded members of their team through the minefield by shouting directions at their team mate.
  • Functional movement exercises are performed by the entire team every time the blindfolded player bumps into any of the obstacles.
  • First team to guide their player across wins
  • All players get a turn to be the blindfolded player.


  • Children lie on their backs
  • They must make themselves long, stretching arms straight back over their heads and feet long and straight, no bend in the knees
  • Lift arms and legs at the same time, lifting shoulder blades slightly off the ground to create v/dish shape.
  • Repeat movement up and down keeping legs and arms straight.

 Hippos- Sliders

  • A great fun version of Hungry Hippos
  • Divide your groups into teams with four or five players on each team.
  • Each team has a designated starting point and a designated hula hoop placed beside each other in the middle of the floor.
  • Each hula hoop has as many balls as possible placed in the centre.
  • Using the Bear Crawl, players take it turns to get to their hula hoop as quickly as possible and grab one ball. Then they must immediately lie flat on their stomachs while holding the ball stretched in front of their heads.
  • Two of their team mates must then run to the middle and pull the player with the ball by the legs, sliding them along the ground, until they are back at the starting point where the player can deposit the ball.
  • The next player then bear crawls to the middle and we complete the process again.
  • The game can be timed or can be completed when all the balls have been collected.
  • Teacher can add functional movements throughout the game, e.g. before a player takes their turn or after their turn, they have to complete a certain amount of exercises, Lunges, squats, dish to superhero etc.

N.B. SAFETY: Floor must be clean and slide friendly for this game to work. It must also be made clear to students that there is no lifting, only pulling back to base along the floor.

We recommend maybe showing a you tube clip of Hungry Hippos board game to give the children a visual of the game.