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Game: Sharks & Minnows

This classic playground game, Sharks and Minnows, will get you running faster than you ever thought possible! One of the best parts about this game is that aside from an outdoor play area, such as an open yard, field, or pool, and a group of folks wanting to play, you don’t need anything else!



Step 1: Designate the boundaries of your play area. It should have plenty of room to spread out such as a large open field.

Step 2: Choose 1 or 2 players to be the Sharks. The other players will be the Minnows.

Step 3: All of the Minnows line up on one end of the field. Sharks go to the center of the field.

Step 4: Sharks yell “Hey Minnows, swim this way!” when ready to begin with the goal of tagging Minnows.

Step 5: Minnows then run to the opposite end of the field attempting to avoid the sharks. If a Minnow is tagged, they join the Sharks in the center. If a Minnow reaches the opposite end without being tagged, then they are safe!

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 until only 1 or 2 Minnows are left untaged.

Step 7: The remaining 1 or 2 Minnows become the Sharks for the next round.