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It is important that children lead healthier lifestyles and incorporate physical activity into their daily schedules. Recent research has shown that there has been an increase in childhood obesity amongst children. It is therefore paramount, that with the right help, children are encouraged to take part in physical activity through fun games that stimulate both body and mind. Fun games can be accessed easily and can help keep children healthy and active now, in addition to contributing to a more positive attitude towards being physically active later in life. Children also have the opportunity to develop social and motor skills through sport and physical education. This can help to increase levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, which are associated with improving in sport. Below are a range of games that children can take part in with minimal equipment that are easy to set up.

Human Knot

Time: 15 min

Recommended age: all ages

Size of group: it doesn’t matter

Equipment: none

A problem-solving game and fun activity at a camp or at a party. Players have to utilize communication and teamwork skills, devising strategies to solve the puzzle and untangle the knot they have created.

 

Make the Human Knot

  • Players to put their right arm into the air and to reach over and take the right hand of another player.
  • They shouldn't hold the hands of players standing next to them.
  • When everyone has a hand, tell players to hold their left hands in the air and to take the left hand of another player. This should be a different person to the one whose right hand they are holding.
  • Again, they shouldn't take the hand of their neighbors.

 

Untangle the Human Knot

  • This is the hard part for the players. Tell them that they must now untangle themselves from the knot - without letting go of any hands at any time -- to make a circle.
  • You can set a time limit, if you wish. Keep in mind, it can take a while for the group to work out moves and, unless players get frustrated, they learn a lot about each other if they have time to work things through.
  • If a player breaks the chain by letting go of a hand, the game is void and the group must start over.

 

Rule Variations

  • Sometimes, a group gets lucky and untangles itself very quickly. If this happens, start over. Ideally, you want all players to work through a tricky untangling.
  • If a group just can't untangle itself, give players the chance to change hands once - encourage them to discuss the best moves before they do this.
  • If you're working with multiple groups, make the game competitive and tell players that the first group to make a circle will win.
  • Typically, players talk through their options as they work together. If you have the time, play a second game where they cannot speak and a third where you blindfold them - this gives their communication and teamwork skills a real workout.

 

Meet Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker started competing in trampoline at the age of 6 and was representing Great Britain by the time she was 16. By 17 she had competed in her first major international event and finished 2nd in the World Age Group Games in 2003. From there, Amanda made vast improvements and became a member of the senior British team representing Great Britain in numerous World Cups and World Championships in individual and synchronized trampoline.

Her biggest achievements to date are being the 2013 World Games Champion and World Champion in synchronised Trampoline with her partner Kat Driscoll. She was the reserve for the London 2012 Games and holds the record for the highest scoring British female internationally. Amanda was ranked 4th individually in Europe in 2012.

Amanda is thankful for all the support she has received to help her to become a World Class trampolinist. Her parents help and support of her dreams continues as they follow her around the world to see her compete. She has a fantastic coaching team at Edgbarrow Trampoline Club and within the Great Britain National Programme to help her reach her full potential. Additionally Amanda is grateful to her sponsor Springfree Trampoline and the funding received through UK Sport that supports her journey on reaching her dream to be an Olympic athlete.

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