Jack Frost and the Sneaky Sun - A Warm Up
- If you have an average class size of
almost thirty pupils, you might like to try this game as a warm up activity
for any PE class. It can be used on a purely physical level to get your class
warm, but it can also be used to create tactical awareness for all team games.
- Two or three people are chosen to be "Jack
Frost". Their job is to "freeze" anyone they tag within the confines of the
playing area. Once tagged, the children must wait in that position unless
they have been "defrosted".
- A second job facing the Jack Frosts is to
work out who the "Sneaky Suns" are. The class has meanwhile selected
two people to be the Sneaky Sun. The Jack Frosts do not know who they are
but someone from the class must inform the teacher in order to prevent the
game from degenerating into confusion.
- The Sneaky Suns can unfreeze the people who
have been frozen. They should try to do it in a sneaky manner as their title
- Senior classes develop good tactical awareness
in their endeavours to fool Jack Frost. Often the children who have not yet
been frozen will tag anyone who has been frozen even though it serves no purpose
other than to confuse the Jack Frosts. They know that only the real Sneaky
Suns can defrost someone.
- Another popular tactic is not to move immediately
after being defrosted. They will also learn to pay special attention to Jack
Frost and to ignore the Sneaky Suns.
- When playing the game with younger pupils,
you should remind them that they should not call out the name of the Sneaky
Suns. Discuss with them the various ways they can think of to fool Jack Frost
- it could be a good way to unearth the strategists in the class.