My Kindergarten’s Favorite Cartoon and PE Game!

Parrot Analytics shows SpongeBob SquarePants as the most in demand 2019 kids’ cartoon. My Kindergarten students’ favorite game is based on the silly cartoon featuring a sponge and the SHAPE America kindergarten grade level outcome “Shares equipment and space with others. (S4.E4.K)”

What you will need:

  • 3-4 sponges for taggers. I use a regular sponge and draw a face on them.
  • Scooters for every student.
  • Green paper circles (Plankton), enough for each student to have two pieces.

To get started:

  • Choose 3-4 taggers and give them the sponges.
  • All students seated on scooters.
  • All non-taggers start game with two pieces of plankton.

Game Play:

  • Taggers tag other children with the sponges.
  • When tagged, children have to “pay” with a piece of plankton.
  • When a player is out of plankton, he/she freezes like Patrick the Starfish (seated on scooter with arms and legs extended in a star position.)
  • A player with a piece of plankton may share it with a starfish to bring them back into play.
    • If the player still has a piece of plankton, he/she can continue to play.
    • If it is the player’s last piece of plankton, then he/she becomes a Starfish.

This game is great for teaching and practicing the concept of sharing and doing a kind deed. I often see my students giving their last piece of plankton to a friend, causing them to freeze like a starfish, then someone will come along and do the same for them. I close this activity with students sharing out how it made them feel when a classmate shared plankton with them.

I encourage you to try this easy to implement game. My students not only love the cartoon, but they also love the game. I like how the game provides students with an opportunity to be kind to their classmates, and using scooters slows the game of tag down and works on their leg strength.

I look forward to you posting some pictures or video of your students playing this game! I bet they are going to love it!

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