Are you an instructor at some of the prominent martial arts kids’ summer camps? Are you running out of ideas on how to keep the kids entertained and active all through their time with you?
If your answer is yes, you are in for luck as we have a lot of some of the best games that kids can play through the summer camp.
Games To Play
Some of the games you can get kids interested in when in the Las Vegas summer camps for kids include:
- Get Past The Sensei
The main focus of this game is to teach the kids how to escape entirely. Here, you will make the students line up at one side of the floor, while as the instructor, you will stay in the middle of the room.
Another instructor may as well stand behind you on the side. A particular student is selected, and their job is to get past you and the other instructor while you lightly attack him or her.
Usually, padded blockers are to be used to launch an attack on the students. As for the instructor behind you, he may have a kicking shield that the kid must kick to run to the other side for safety.
The kids will take turns to take part in this game until everyone has participated.
- Relay races
The relay race is usually done with about two to three groups of students, and they will be roughly five kids in each of the groups. As the kids’ summer camp instructor, you can set up punching bags at one end of the mat and have them line up in rows at another end.
The kids in front of their lines will race to the bags and punch or kick them about five times and run back. When they run around, they will tag the next kid to participate. This will continue until every kid in the group finishes.
The group that finishes first wins. The main aim of these exercises is to test the kids’ attention span, whether they followed through with the instructions given to them.
- Belt tag
Here, two kids will be given strips of the material that is used in making karate belts. This material is thick cotton, and they are roughly two inches wide and two feet long. They are to tuck it in their straps and face off by trying to snag each other’s belts and tucking it in their belts.
The person that gets all the belts wins the game. A lot of maneuvering is needed for this game, as their coordination, speed and agility are all tested.
- Kung Fu Theatre
Also known as the Kung Fu Cinema, the kids are to line up in rows while the instructor stands in front of the class. The instructor’s job is to throw punches in the air to his left while the kids will whip their heads to the right as if they were hit.
More so, the instructor will carry out an uppercut wheel the kids’ whip their heads backward. This is an exciting game that will keep the kids’ attention.
- Stick Evasion
Here, the instructor makes use of five to six-foot bamboo shafts to play this game. A kid will be called to stand on a particular spot, and the job of the kids is to try to evade the stick with about ten tries.
Once the stick is swung horizontally to the head, the kids must duck, and if the stick is swung low, the kids are to jump. If it is coming from overhead and down, the kids are expected to student step.
Plus, if the thrust is straight, they must sidestep. The instructor must be in total control. As a trained martial artist, he must control the sticks efficiently; thus, injury does not become an issue.
- The Magazine game
Here, kids will line up in front of the instructor that is holding a magazine above their heads. The kids are to go into a fighting stance; this means that, as the instructor drops the magazine, the students must try to punch it before it lands on the mat.
Every kid will be getting the same limited number of tries.
- Obstacle course
Here, an instructor takes hold of focus mitts while another instructor holds a bamboo stick a few feet away. The stick is held horizontally, just a foot off the ground. Some feet away from this instructor, another instructor with a bamboo stick holds it about three feet above the ground, while there is a punching bag some feet away.
As it stands, the course creates a circle, and the kids must run upwards to the instructor with the focus mitts. They are to punch the mitts roughly twice. Furthermore, they are to continue towards the next instructor and jump over the bamboo sticks.
From there, they will move to the next instructor and dive under his bamboo stick, and keep on punching the bag and kicking it before finally sitting down. More so, it is the job of another instructor to be monitoring the time, and he is to announce how long it takes each kid to complete their course.
This game is a test of comprehension and attention.
Here, the kids get engaged in easy races. As it stands, the mat will have the black tape running from each end. The kids are to start at one end of the mat, while at the other end, the lines will run horizontally across the mat.
The kids will be instructed to run to the farthest line and back to the closing line, then run again to the farthest one before running back to where they started.
- Jump the stick and Limbo
In this game, the instructor holds up a staff that is a foot above the ground, and the kids are to take turns in jumping over it. After one round, the stick is raised some inches higher.
This game will go on until the last kid is unable to jump the height. As for Limbo, the instructor is to hold the stick about three to four feet above the floor while the kids are to walk under the stick by bending backward to get under it.
After every round, the stick gets lowered an inch or two until it is down to the one kid that cannot pass beneath the stick.
When it comes down to kids’ summer camps and the games to play, we have provided you with a list of fun and creative games to keep the kids entertained all through the summer.