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River Crossing

River Crossing

Props/Prep: Yes
Time: 15-20 min
Audience: Any (teams)
Physical: Yes, very

Activity: This game is fun and highly active. It requires some physical coordination and dexterity, and may not be suitable for all students or student groups. One option to using this game is to have a group of volunteers demo for the entire group. This allows students who do not want to physically participate, enjoy the game as an observer. A great activity to help teams bond, or to set the stage for discussing teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving.

Time Requirements: One time through this game can take 15-20 minutes depending on how big you make the river and how large the ‘stones’ are.

Materials needed: Items required: masking tape, and cardboard ‘rocks’, 3 per team.  Cut ‘rocks’ from cardboard. The size of the rock will determine the ease of succeeding at this game.

If the rocks are small (fitting only one person), it will take much time to cross the river and quite a lot of physical interaction between players. If the rocks can accommodate 2 people standing, the game will be much easier to accomplish and players will not have to be as coordinated or physical as they play.

Procedure: Before class begins, create a river by using masking tape to mark the edges of the river. It is best to use approximately 12 feet of tape for each edge, and place the ‘banks’ of the river about 12 feet apart. 

Teams can race the clock or you can set up 2 rivers, and form teams to compete against each other. 

Have all team members gather on one of the river banks (behind the tape line on the floor). Give one member of the team all 3 rocks. When you say go, each team must move ALL members across the river, using only the rocks as stepping stones. Once they have crossed, they must remove all the rocks from the river. The first team to successfully move their entire team from one side of the river to the other and take all their rocks out of the river wins. If a team member falls off a rock into the river, everyone on the team must return to their original side and start the process over again. 

Function in Class: This activity is a great demonstration of problem solving, critical thinking, and team work. It is quite intimate and requires team members to physically support each other using their hands.

Source: Sharon Aka School of Health Sciences