Youth Activities- The Caterpillar Race
The Caterpillar Race is just one of the activities we use as a great team building activity during our sessions. E.Y.I. Team of volunteers and participates demonstrate the Caterpillar Race.
Form teams of equal size, with five to seven players on each team (3 also works). Have youth think up one-syllable names for their teams. Then line teams up next to each other behind a starting line to get youth activity started.
Instruct team members to place one hand on the shoulder of the team member in front of them and race to a finish line according to the following rules of movement: The first person in line may hop one step forward. Continue down the line until the last person in line hops one step forward. After the last person hops, he or she must shout the team name. Then the whole team may hop one step forward at the same time. Repeat this process to move the caterpillar along.
Players must keep their hands on the shoulders of the team members in front of them at all times during the race. Players may move forward only by hopping one step forward with both feet at once. If a team member breaks any of the above rules, the team must return to the starting line and begin again.
Repeat race as many times as you want. During this race and any other team building youth activities walk around and monitor the youth behaviours. Check to see if everyone was participating equally, were some teams doing more strategizing or discussing than others and was anyone arguing. When activities are completed encourage group discussion about the activities and relate your activities back to your topic to reinforce the lesson being taught.
We hope you have as much fun playing this game as we did during our session.