Chicken Pie

How to Play:

  • Select one player to be the leader and have all of the other players spread out across the play area.
  • The leader will either call out ‘chicken pie’, ‘peas’, ‘spaghetti’, ‘carrots’, or ‘ice cream’. When the leader shouts CHICKEN PIE players must run around the room.
  • When the leader shouts PEAS players must make little balls on the floor with their bodies.
  • When the leader shouts SPAGHETTI players must stand still and wiggle their bodies.
  • When the leader shouts CARROTS the group must stand still with their hands on their head.
  • When he shouts ICE CREAM the group will freeze (stop moving).
  • If a player is caught not doing the action that the leader called or moving when they are supposed to freeze, they become the new leader and the previous leader joins the other players.
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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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