This was a fun and intense game we did with our Middle School students this past year before our Wednesday night small groups. The rules are relatively simple but the game is seriously competitive. Here are the quick steps to setting up and playing this game.
- place an even number of cups (we used about 50…the more the better) on the floor with half right side up and the other half upside down.
- place an even number of bowls (again, about 50) on the floor with half right side up and the other half upside down.
- divide students into 2 separate teams
- 1 team is the UP team and the other team is the DOWN team
- determine a set playing time: 3 minutes, 5 minutes, etc.
- students must maneuver around the playing field on their hands and knees
- the goal of the UP team is to get cups and bowls to face right side up
- the goal of the DOWN team is to get cups and bowls to be upside down
- students can only touch 1 cup or bowl at a time
- students can be eliminated from play for either not being on all 4 or for touching multiple cups/bowls at one time
- cups are worth 1 point, bowls are worth 3 (as you can see from our picture we used a few large bowls that were worth 10 points each
- call time and tally up the UPS and DOWNS.
If I remember correctly we played twice. Once 7th vs 8th grade and the other time guys vs girls. Obviously, even numbered teams makes for a more competitive match.