Starting situation Make groups of 4 children. The groups will wait on the side for the teacher to give the assignment.
Description The group have to cross the mat as told by the teacher; The teacher will give different assignments and tell the children how many legs and hands have to touch the mat when they cross it; Assignments examples: 8feet; 4feet; 4 feet, 4 hands; 2 feet, 2 hands; 6 feet, 2 hands; 4 feet, 2 hands; 2 feet, 6 hands, etc.; The first team to cross the mat, wins.
Security rules/tips Make sure the children watch where they are going and look out for the other children to avoid collisions.
Variations of the exercise -
Teachers tips/comments When the assignment is difficult, give tips to help them. Like sit on the back, or lift someone’s legs like a wheelbarrow; Explain to the children they first have to think a bit, before they start the assignment.


Age from 6
Age to 12
Materials -
Format Group
Skills General motor skills
Judo techniques -


Ask the winning team to give an applause to the other teams, because they played well. Also, ask the teams how they solved the assignments and explain there are many ways to do well.
This game is really about friendship and cooperation. All children have to cross the tatami together in a team. Nobody can be left behind. If they communicate well and cooperate, they will have more chance of winning.


Author IJF Judo for Children Commission



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