Large Group Games - for 2 - 8 people!
123 Wooden Man
This is a popular Taiwanese children's game that all my students love!
Everyone except for the person who is "it" should line up in a horizontal line at one end of the field (or room), about 20-50 feet away from the person who is "it." The objective is to run towards "it" and be the first to touch him.
The person who is "it" faces away from the group, and shouts, "1, 2, 3 Wooden Man!" While he is shouting this, everyone should run as fast as they can towards him. However, once he finishes shouting, he will turn around to look at the group and everyone has to freeze like a wooden man! Anyone who moves even the slightest bit after he has turned around has to go back to the start line. The first person to touch "it" wins and becomes "it" in the next round!
I play this game with my students when I am teaching them how to hold the violin. I challenge them to run while holding the violin on their shoulder. If the violin drifts towards the front of their collarbone, they must go back to the start line. Then I challenge them to run with the violin without using their hands at all! This can be risky - only introduce this challenge if you're fairly confident that the child will not drop it! Any improper form means that the child must go back to the start line.