Character Is Cool SkillasticsCharacter Is Cool Skillastics is a fun, active, and cooperative game that your whole family can play. Each skillastics exercise not only gets your heart pumping, but also focuses on a character building life skill; caring/compassion, honesty/trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and teamwork.This game is usually played with an entire class, but we're going to modify it so you can play it at home (just like the Fitness Skillastics game from week 4/13-4/17). Before you begin the game, review and practice the exercises with everyone who is going to play. This will ensure that everyone does the exercises safely and properly. Here we go...Set-Up
- This game is played like a giant board game.
- Print out all the game cards, and cut them into individual cards. You'll have to glue or tape (I don't advise using staples becuase they can cut your hands.) the front side of each card to the corresponding back side of each card. Pay attention to the numbers on the cards when you put them together.
- If you don't have a printer, write down the name of the exercise and corresponding character skill on the front and back of a piece of paper. Make sure to have your device open to the Skillastics attachment while you play the game so that you can reference the pictures if you need to.
- Place the cards in a big square shape on the floor in number order (like a board game). The cards form the outer border of the square. The middle of the square is empty.
- You will need a game piece. The game piece can be as small as a penny or as big as a beanie baby.
- Place the game piece on card #1.
- You'll also need a pair of dice.
- If you don't have any dice, tear up pieces of paper and write on each paper; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; 1, 2, 3. One die is one pile of paper. The other die is a different pile of paper. If you can put the piles of paper in 2 different cups, that would be helpful.
- The goal of the game is to get your game piece all the way around the board as quickly as possible while being safe and doing the exercises properly.
- Take turns rolling the dice or picking the pieces of paper.
- Roll one die or pick a number from one pile of paper. This number indicates how many spaces the game piece will be moved on the game board.
- Roll the other die or pick a number from the other pile of paper. You only need a 1, 2, or 3. If you roll a 4, 5, or 6, roll the die again until you roll a 1, 2 or 3. This number corresponds to the numbers at the bottom of each card. 1 = the number on the left; 2 = the number in the middle; 3 = the number on the right.
- For a challenge, multiply the numbers from the dice or the two pieces of paper to determine how many repetitions of the exercise the group will complete.
- Don't forget to practice the character skills while you complete the exercises.
- When you've made it around the game board, take a rest if necessary then play again. This time, try to make it around the game board a little faster or try a little harder to exemplify the character skill.
- If you get around the game board quicker than you would like. time how long it takes your group to get around the game board twice.
- You could also immediately play the game in reverse once your game piece has completed the game board. Meaning, as soon as your game piece has made it around the game board, continue playing but move your game piece in the reverse direction until it gets all the way back around.
When done with the game, you and your family can complete the worksheets. They focus how you and your group did in regards to the character skills.Optional: Play 4 Corners with the cards.Set-Up
- Divide the cards into 4 even piles.
- Put one pile in each corner of the room or yard.
- Number each corner as 1, 2, 3, and 4.
- You'll need music.
- Someone needs to start and stop the music during the game.
- The music person needs to close their eyes or turn their back while the music is playing.
- When the music starts, players move around the room or yard in a large circle, everyone traveling in the same direction.
- The movement should be vigorous (fast walk, jog, run, skip, gallop, side step, dance).
- When the music stops, players go to the nearest corner.
- The music person, still with eyes closed or back turned, will say a number (1-4).
- The player(s) in that corner picks an exercise card out of the pile.
- If no one is in the corner selected, then the music person should pick another corner.
- Once a card is selected, all players should meet in the middle of the game area. There, everyone will complete the exercise.
- When the exercise is completed, all players should return to the corner they just came from.
- The card should then be reshuffled back into the corner pile.
- Start the music again when all the players are ready.
- After several rounds of the game, pick a new music person.