Multi-colored paper balls on black table

This is a fun outside game used for developing team work and cooperation as well as encouraging fair play and resilience for players when they are taken out of the game. This activity relates to NQF outcomes 1.2, 2.3 and 3.2.

Plan Type

Educator Initiated, Child Requested


  • To encourage children to play outside.
  • To develop their gross motor skills of running, dodging and throwing.
  • To develop honesty and fairness during play, particularly in acknowledging when they have been hit and they are out.
  • To develop awareness around physical safety when playing in a confined area with others.
  • To ensure physical well-being with regard to sun safety in an outdoor setting e.g. sunscreen and wearing of hats.

NQF Outcomes

1.2 Children develop their resilience

2.3 Children become aware of fairness

3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing


Two even teams required.

Make a field and indicate the boundaries and a centre line to the players.

Protective barriers may be used if desired.

Recycled paper scrunched into balls.

Activity Description

The object of the game is to throw paper balls across the field’s mid-line at the other team to try and hit them with the thrown paper ball. If a player is hit by a paper ball they are out and must stand on the side of the field. If another team member catches a paper ball on the full, one team mate may join back into the game. Time rounds for 2 -5 minutes and restart.


  • Was the activity well attended?
  • Were the rules understood easily?
  • Was there fairness in play?
  • Was there any conflict between player? How was this resolved?
  • Was there a need to modify the rules?
  • Was there any bias e.g. age or gender? What demographic was observed to participate?
  • Were there any safety incidents?
  • How could this activity be extended?
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