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Name of Activity:

Scooter Scramble

Purpose of Activity:

To demonstrate scooter safety and cooperative skills using group challenges.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

One scooter per student, four different colored jerseys, four garbage cans marked with one colored jersey, unlimited equipment (balls, beanbags, etc.)

Description of Idea

Remind students about the importance of scooter safety.

Discuss with students the importance of working together as a group for a common goal. After explaining the challenge to the group, allow time for each team to listen, discuss, and make decisions that will help reach their goal.

Divide teams into four groups. Each team member is given a scooter and randomly scattered against the gym walls. The four garbage cans and other equipment is scattered throughout the gym.

The challenge is for team members to scramble using their scooter, collect equipment (only one at a time), and place the equipment in the garbage can marked with their colored jersey. Members must stay on their scooters. When no equipment is left, teams count the equipment they collected in their garbage can.

Equipment is scattered again. The new challenge is to collect more equipment than previously.

* This lesson makes a great instant activity when using scooters.


1. Change team members by switching jerseys. 2. Identify only certain equipment to collect (only beanbags, only balls, only red equipment, etc.)

Teaching Suggestions:

1. Teacher walks around and corrects students not demonstrating scooter safety. 2. Teacher encourages cooperative skills.

Submitted by Mary Nellen who teaches at St Jude in Wauwatosa, WI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/3/2010.
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we made teams because we dont have enough scooters

Nicolette Brata-Coolen

We don't have enough scooters for everybody, so we made teams. Students of one team gather around their team's bin. Every time when a team member returns to the bin to put a beanbag inside, they need to switch player (in order) so that everybody gets a turn. Watching players are encouraged to cheer for their team and provide directions.


I use this idea and scatter plastic nutritional food items to reinforce nutrition. For older kids, they can decide which food group each item belongs to as they count the number of pieces their team collected.


I use this idea and scatter plastic nutritional food items to reinforce nutrition. For older kids, they can decide which food group each item belongs to as they count the number of pieces their team collected.

Emily Huntington

All my grades love this game--from K through 5. The older students incorporate defensive strategies (i.e. blocking a shot, diverting a throw), as long as they remain on their scooters. I allow them some time prior to the start of each game to meet as a team, and discuss their strategies. The younger students love using the scooter boards, and working together to collect the scattered objects. (I use milk crates instead of garbage cans, just because they were more readily available. I put a different colored cone next to each crate, to indicate the team color.)

Coach Wise

1st Year teaching, best lesson yet, kids absolutely loved it!

Brenda McGinnis

I really liked this idea. I incorporated it with my Red Ribbon Week activities. After talking about drugs and alternatives activities to do instead of drugs we played scooter scramble. I partnered up my students gave each pair a scooter and a hoop and assigned them an area around the gym. The hoop was used instead of a garbage can. I puy bean bags, yarn balls and poly spot/stars in the middle of the floor and told the class that these represented those activities that anyone can do instead of drugs. I then began to call you different colors, sizes or shapes for the partners to get. I gave them a time limit on some of the rounds. We counted items at the end of each round, awarded points and began again. My classes loved it. I used this for grades K-5

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