Students enjoy quick challenges. Dice Doubles versus Cone Flip is exactly that. Mainly used as an instant activity, students roar with excitement when they enter the gym to discover what is first on the day’s plan.
Goal: To be the first player to either land the cone on its base or roll doubles with the dice first.
How to Play:
The excitement and challenges are just two of the reasons I love this activity. It’s also sprinkled with fitness and promotes sportsmanship. It’s important to remind students prior to beginning and during DICE DOUBLES versus CONE FLIP to complete their jumping jacks and shake hands prior to EVERY round.
That Flipping Cone Challenge can be used as an instant activity, a station, or even played by students who are on the sideline due to injury.
********I actually call it the CONE FLIP SHOWDOWN!*********
The setup is simple:
I usually play this game with fourth grade and up as an instant activity lasting 5-7 minutes. As the students are playing I always circulate around the gym seeking examples of good sportsmanship. Remember, after each round students shake hands or give knuckles to show appreciation for each other.
Once we cover many of the basic soccer/fútbol ball-handling skills, we like to introduce single-cone soccer/fútbol. All you need is one cone and a couple of evenly-matched students. You’ll find that many components of soccer are practiced in this simple game including defensive positioning, ball handling, strategy, and a ton of fitness!
How to play:
Further explanation is in the video.
After several minutes of single-cone soccer, we transition to 2 versus 2, single cone soccer. For this, two players who were playing against each other during single-cone soccer are now teammates playing against another pair of students. This version is equally exciting, incorporating passing and team play.
I’ve also had each pair of students set up their cones about 15-20 feet from each other to player 2 versus 2, 2-cone soccer.
Finally, below is a version I played at home with my kids during the pandemic.