Animal, vegetable & mineral ball

Age Range: All age groups

Materials: 1 ball

Directions: Give the players a brief talk about the different meanings of the categories “animal”, “vegetable” and “mineral”. Then, stand them on the Games Circle with the Leader in the centre, holding the ball.

The ball is thrown to a player, and at the same time, the Leader calls out one of the three categories. As the player catches the ball, he must give an example of that category.

For example: “Vegetable” = cotton T-shirt, pumpkin soup, paper, leaf, apple, oatmeal.
“Animal” = woollen jumper, leather shoe, egg, ice-cream, bacon, mosquito, human.

“Mineral” = glass of water, china plate, air, television, fridge, Jupiter, spoon, rock.

If the player is right, he throws the ball back to the Leader, but if he is wrong, or takes more than five seconds to think of something, he goes down on one knee. If he gets one right next go, he can stand up again, otherwise he goes down on two knees, and a third time wrong, he is out.

If the players are enjoying the game, the Leader can change the routine, after a while, and instead of calling a category, he can call out an object, and the player has to say if it belongs to the animal, vegetable or mineral category.

Explain that some things are made of more than one category, and if this is called out, the players can say “Mixed”. e.g.) School shoe is “Mixed” as it contains “Animal” leather, “Vegetable” rubber soles and “Mineral” metal eyelets for the laces.


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