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Name of Activity:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Purpose of Activity:

To build abdominal and leg strength through movement on a scooter. To promote teamwork and cooperation skills.


Students should have prior knowledge and practice on how to safely use a scooter. It also helps if the students have read or heard the story "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

a scooter for each student, lots of beanbags, five green pinnies or Santa hats, CD player, music from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Description of Idea

Select five students to be the "Grinches." They will wear a green pinnie or a Santa hat. The Grinches will each go to the middle of the playing area and sit down on a scooter. The Grinches are the taggers and they are protecting the presents (beanbags) which they have already stolen from the "Whos." The remaining students will be the Whos and they will go to one end of the playing area (Whoville). The presents are located at the opposite end of the playing area (the Grinch Cave). When the music starts, the Whos will sit down on their scooters and attempt to scoot past the Grinches to the opposite end to grab one present. If tagged by a Grinch, the Who must go back to the start line and try again. If the Who makes it across without being tagged, (s)he may grab one present and then get a "free pass" back to Whoville. Students cannot be tagged when they are returning to Whoville with a present. They must show the Grinch their present as proof that they are on a free pass. Once the Who makes it back to Whoville with a present, (s)he must drop it off and attempt to get another one using the same rules as above. After a few minutes, stop the music and select five new Grinches. At this time, all presents must be returned to the Grinch Cave before starting a new game.

Assessment Ideas:

1. Assess the "Grinches" ability to use teamwork to tag the "Whos."
2. Observe which students need further instruction on scooter use.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities

Adding roller racers or larger (double) scooters.

Submitted by Mark Beatty who teaches at Parkside Primary School in Bethalto, IL. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 1/10/2007.
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I had my "Grinches" hop around on hippity-hops and the "Who's" were on the scooters. I played this with PreK/Kinder Class-2nd Grade. They are asking to play it again.


Aritlces like this make life so much simpler.

Brenda McGinnis

I played this in my classes for the first time last year. My kids loved it. They have been asking when we are going to play it this year since Thanksgiving.

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