My Kindergarten’s Favorite Cartoon and PE Game!

Parrot Analytics shows SpongeBob SquarePants as the most in demand 2019 kids’ cartoon. My Kindergarten students’ favorite game is based on the silly cartoon featuring a sponge and the SHAPE America kindergarten grade level outcome “Shares equipment and space with others. (S4.E4.K)”

What you will need:

  • 3-4 sponges for taggers. I use a regular sponge and draw a face on them.
  • Scooters for every student.
  • Green paper circles (Plankton), enough for each student to have two pieces.

To get started:

  • Choose 3-4 taggers and give them the sponges.
  • All students seated on scooters.
  • All non-taggers start game with two pieces of plankton.

Game Play:

  • Taggers tag other children with the sponges.
  • When tagged, children have to “pay” with a piece of plankton.
  • When a player is out of plankton, he/she freezes like Patrick the Starfish (seated on scooter with arms and legs extended in a star position.)
  • A player with a piece of plankton may share it with a starfish to bring them back into play.
    • If the player still has a piece of plankton, he/she can continue to play.
    • If it is the player’s last piece of plankton, then he/she becomes a Starfish.

This game is great for teaching and practicing the concept of sharing and doing a kind deed. I often see my students giving their last piece of plankton to a friend, causing them to freeze like a starfish, then someone will come along and do the same for them. I close this activity with students sharing out how it made them feel when a classmate shared plankton with them.

I encourage you to try this easy to implement game. My students not only love the cartoon, but they also love the game. I like how the game provides students with an opportunity to be kind to their classmates, and using scooters slows the game of tag down and works on their leg strength.

I look forward to you posting some pictures or video of your students playing this game! I bet they are going to love it!

Lynn Burrows who is a dynamic presenter and elementary physical education teacher, is new to our Gopher Advisory Team. As SHAPE Colorado past president, and Central District Elementary Teacher of the Year 2015, Lynn is joining our team with a wide variety of experiences. Lynn also serves on the SHAPE America Physical Education Council and would love to hear from you. Connect with Lynn through her website at lovepe.me or connect with her directly on Twitter @lovepeme or Voxer at LynnBurrows.

Lynn Burrows who is a dynamic presenter and elementary physical education teacher, is new to our Gopher Advisory Team. As SHAPE Colorado past president, and Central District Elementary Teacher of the Year 2015, Lynn is joining our team with a wide variety of experiences. Lynn also serves on the SHAPE America Physical Education Council and would love to hear from you. Connect with Lynn through her website at lovepe.me or connect with her directly on Twitter @lovepeme or Voxer at LynnBurrows.

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