Here is an idea that the children will love (and don’t be surprised if some of your students make up a game that you want to try in class!). Let students select their own groups, which must have at least four to eight members. Inform each group that they must think of and agree on a unique game (never been done before in class) and that they must come up with a name, a set of rules, safety guidelines, instructions on how to play, and possible variations. Only one member for each group may go into the equipment room to get equipment for their game. If equipment is not being used, students must return it to its proper place before being issued any more equipment.
Introduce each group’s game at the end of class or at the end of the week. Inform each group that their ideas may be graded and that the teacher may use some games in a future physical education class. At end of the week, each group demonstrates their game in front of the class.
Be sure to take a picture of each champion group and post outside the gym to advocate and promote this unit to the other students. Gymnastics, Dance, and Games creations are a BIG DEAL at my school and the students really look forward to these units!