Mark the milk caps with numbers. (Number 5 of the caps #1, another 5 caps #2, another 5 #3 and so on).
Form rows using the containers at one end of the gym. Each row to have 5 containers. The number of rows and containers used will vary on the number of players. For example if you have 6 rows with 5 containers in each row you will need 30 containers.
Randomly place a numbered milk cap under each container being used, not sorting by row.
How to Play:
Form rows of 3 to 4 players at one end of the gym with the rows of containers at the other half of the gym
If milk caps are numbered up to 6 and have 6 rows of players. If the milk caps are numbered up to 8 then have 8 rows of students.
Assign each row of students a number.
One player per row will then run to any container in any row, look at the milk cap under the container to see if the milk cap has their assigned number on it. If it does than the player takes the milk cap and places it in front of their row. If that milk cap does not have the assigned number than they place it back under the container for the next player who may look under it.
You can speed up play by having players turn over the container once the milk cap has been found.
The first team with all of their milk caps wins.
To quickly restart another round have the players turn over all of the containers to see where milk caps are remaining. Then have one player per row run out to place the milk cap found in the previous round under an empty container and turn all the containers back over to hide the milk caps. Be sure to assign each group a new number to seek out.
The Confidence to Try
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.”