I was wondering if anyone could help me with some inspriation? I'm currently visiting a special school for the physically disabled and I've been asked to think of some games to play for the elementary students' P.E. period (e.g. playground type games). We have already adapted onigoku (excuse the spelling) and stuck in the mud for children with severe mobility issues and in wheelchairs, but I've been asked if there were any other games we could play. Sounds strange considering my job description but the use of English in the game is not required.
In particular I'm having difficulty thinking if games for the very small class of combined physical and mentally disabled students. Does anyone have any experience here with good playground/P.E./physical games in this kind of situation? Do you have any suggestions?
I would be grateful for any help since I'm drawing a blank and all my other suggestions to the teachers have been shot down as too complicated/difficult to carry out.
There's a game called Zip that might be fun.... (other variations include the games ninja, dip, and zing)
You have the students arrange themselves in a circle and one person starts. They have the 'zip'. They make a motion with their arm towards another person in the circle and say "Zip". The person they motioned to now has the 'Zip'. Once the students master passing the Zip, you can level it up by having the people on either side of the person with the 'zip' motioning at that person and saying 'zippy' while the person with the zip says 'zip'.
See below for a ghetto-riffic diagram-thing
A ---- B ---- C ----- D ---- E
So if B has the 'zip' B gestures with his arm towards E and says 'Zip'. While B gestures at E, A and C gesture at B and say 'zippy'. After that, E then chooses someone else to send the 'zip' to, while D and the person on E's other side say 'zippy'.
The game is much easier than it sounds when written out. It also becomes a lot of fun.
Dip: instead of saying 'zip' once, the person with the pass says 'dip, dip, dip, dip' while waving an arm at who they are passing it to, and the people on the sides say 'dippity, dippity, dippity, dip.'
Ninja: Instead of saying 'zip' the person with the pass makes a stereotypical ninja sound while making a karate-like chop (this might not be the best choice for Japanese students as it is not the most culturally sensitive, but it might be fun all the same?), people on the side do the same thing.
Zing: No side people, only one person passes, but the challenge is that the pass is from eye contact -- gesture can be to anyone, but the eye contact is where the pass actually goes.
If you have some older kids (5-6th grade) you could play Horse with them, assuming you have access to a basketball and a hoop.
You might also try a balloon relay -- blow up a couple of balloons, and then have the students keep those balloons balanced on a paper plate as they do a relay.... add in cones they have to weave between to level up the difficulty. If the balloon falls from the plate, the students have to stop until a teacher can put the balloon back in place. They pass it off to the next person, and the first team to have all their players finish wins.
Hope some of those help.