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Giants, Wizards & Elves

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Fun chasing game with suspense, laughter and exercise. Giant (arms up, roars) beats elf (hands to ears); elf beats wizard (waves wand & "kazaam"); wizard zaps giant.


A large space, rope to mark the central line and the safe zones


Teach everyone the following three characters:

Giant - Tip-toes, raise hands above head, curl fingers, growling sounds

Wizard - Crouch slightly, wave and point a magic wand, shouting "kazaam!"

Elf - On haunches, hands cupped for big ears, shrill screeching noises

Give people plenty of practice by calling out the characters and having them instantly become that character - offer lots of positive encouragement for dramatic effort

Form two teams - each team convenes to decide on a character

Teams then line up facing each other (use a rope on the ground to separate teams). Have ~ 4 feet between teams.

Facilitator dramatically announces "1....2.....3.....", then teams adopt their poses, revealing their identity

Immediately, the winning characters (team) must chase the losing team and try to capture (tag) as many as possible

Giant wins by 'squishing' an Elf

Elf wins by 'outwitting' a Wizard

Wizard wins by 'zapping' a Giant

Identical characters are a draw

The losing characters try to reach a "safe zone" (e.g., over another rope) about 30-60 feet away without being captured

Teams then reconvene and decide on their next character

Continue until one team entirely consumes the other

Variations: A less physical version involves participants using the character "dying actions" in place of running. Make these rather dramatic and embarrassing if you can - increases the motivation to "win". Instead of one team chasing and absorbing the other team, keep score. First team to 5.

Giants are electrified, frazzled and then freeze in motion (or drop to ground)

Wizards clutch chest, struck by pain in the heart

Elves shrink and shrivel up, moaning

You can also substitute the characters with superheroes, animals or even types of food when discussing healthy eating!


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