Activities & Games

Protect The Castle
3rd-5th Grade

Allotted Time

20 minutes

Target Behavior

Cooperate with peers or siblings

Words to Live By

I am a friend. I support and trust. Working together is a must. Kind and caring I will be. I listen to you. You listen to me.
Relationship Skills
Work together by being kind, caring, and by listening

Children who work together can: 

DEMONSTRATE how students help each other

GREET others by name

IDENTIFY ways to build positive relationships with peers, family, and others

DEMONSTRATE cooperative behaviors in a group


  • 10 Large soft balls (soccer balls, volleyballs) 
  • Cones/markers 
  • 5 Bowling pins/empty bottles


Students work together to protect their castle/ targets in this active ball game.

How to Play

  1. Prep work: Set up bowling pins/empty bottles in middle of space.  Arrange cones/markers around the bowling pins/empty bottles around 10 feet away from the middle.  Put balls around the outside of the cones.
  2. Divide students into two teams.
  3. Team 1 begins on the outside of the cones with the balls.  Team 1’s  goal is to try to knock over the targets by underhand rolling the balls.  Team 1 must only roll a ball when they are standing outside the cones. They can go inside the cones to retrieve a ball, but must go back outside before rolling again. If they successfully knock over a target they can collect it and that is 1 point for their team. 
  4. Team 2 begins in the middle of the cones by the bowling pins/ empty bottles and tries to protect the castle/targets by blocking the rolling balls.
  5. Allow each team to get in position, and start the timer for 5 minutes.  At the end of 5 minutes count how many targets they achieved.
  6. Have teams switch roles and start the timer again.
  7. The team with the most targets knocked over is the winner!

Activity Prompts for Reflection

  • What kind words did you use during this activity?
  • What helped your team to work together?
  • Is there anything that was a weakness of yours during this activity?
  • How did you use one of your strengths during this activity?

Other Ways to Play

  • Move the cones further away from the targets to make this more difficult for the rollers.
  • Use different types of throws/rolls to knock over the targets. For example: chest pass, underarm throw, overarm throw.
  • Add in a rule that if the protectors of the castle catch the ball in the air the person who threw it has to stand on one leg. 

Additional Notes

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