Outdoor Recess

Over Under


Time Required: 10 Minutes
Grade Required: Grades 2 to 5

Equipment Needed:

One ball per team (teams of 8-10 students)

Set Up:

Designate a start and finish line

Before You Start:

Have students line up behind each other in groups of 8-10, spreading out one arm's length distance apart.
Demonstrate how to pass the ball over someone's head then under someone's legs.
Give the person in front of the line a ball.

How to Play:

The object of the game is for the group to pass back the ball either over their head or under their legs, alternating methods with each person (first person passes over their head, second person passes under their legs, third person over their head, and so on).
When the last person in line gets the ball, he or she runs/skips/jumps/etc. to the front of the line and starts passing the ball back again.
Play until the students reach a finishing point (the line should have moved up with each new start) or until a specific number of turns.


Have students shut their eyes while they are passing and receiving.
Play with a basketball where the players must take (or make!) a shot at a basket before returning to the front of the line.
Add dribbling challenges such as left/right hand only or pivoting before passing the ball back.
Play with a soccer ball with similar challenges.

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