What You’ll Need
- One pebble per player
What to Do
- Use chalk to draw seven circles in a zigzag line. In the middle of each circle write a number from 1 to 7.
- Draw a starting line near circle 1.
- Each player puts a small stone behind the start line and takes a turn flicking the stone into circle 1.
- After a player lands in circle 1, the player tries to reach circle 2 on the next turn, then circle 3, and so on.
- Players continue taking turns, going up to 7 and then back down to 1.
- Once a player goes up to 7 and back to 1, the player becomes a “wild snake.” Wild snakes try to hit other players’ stones and knock those players out of the game. However, if a wild snake lands in a circle, that player is out of the game.
- The winner is the last wild snake remaining.
Extend the Fun
Younger kids: Seven circles can be a lot. Start with three or five circles instead. Count backward and forward to three or five several times.
Older kids: Change how the circles are spaced out. Try putting a few together and a few far apart. How does the spacing change the way you flick your stone? Do you use more pressure or less pressure to get the stone to a closer circle? From the start line, what’s the farthest circle you can flick your stone to? What could help you get it beyond that point?