Starting situation Children will form groups of 2 or 3 (or more if you like) and sit behind each other on their butt. Every child will hold the ankles of the child behind them.
Description The children will move over the mat by scooting; You can do this in the form of a competitive race with a starting line and a finish line.
Security rules/tips -
Variations of the exercise When the ‘centipede’ is formed with more children, you can change it into a chasing game where the first one in line will be on hand and knees, chasing the last person that is the ‘tail’. Check out the “Snake Game” – explanation - The person in front tries to touch the last person in the line; The others in line have to move in order to protect the ‘tail of the snake’; Switch the person when he succeeds or after 1 minute.
Teachers tips/comments Remind the children the the importance of keeping the ankles of the partner in this game and keep coordinated; When one team is really fast, you can hustle the teams to make it fairer.


Age from 4
Age to 8
Materials -
Format Group
Skills General motor skills
Judo techniques -


If the children let go of the ankles in order to move faster, they don’t respect the rules. Tell them it will only be fun for everybody if everybody follows the same rules. Also, it will be impossible for you to say who is the winner if everybody follows different rules.
In this game it’s all about cooperation. If the children cooperate well and help each other, they will move faster.


Author IJF Judo for Children Commission



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