If you have the book, The More The Merrier by Sikes, Evans & Cavert, you'll find the full write up of 60 in 60 starting on page 306. Collaboration is one of the main objectives of the activity - and some great cardio!!
Basically, your large group is split into smaller groups of eight to 10 players. Each small group has an inflated beach ball. A long line is used or an activity rope is laid down. Each small group divides its players in half (you know what I mean) - each half on opposite sides of the line. When the activity starts, each small group is trying to gain as many points as possible in 60 seconds. They gain a point when a player in the group catches the beach ball after it is thrown across the line by a player opposite them. After throwing the beach ball this player crosses over the line and joins the other side. The throws and catches continue until after 60 seconds all group scores are shared and then added together for the TOTAL SCORE.
The hope is that small groups will notice who is getting the most points and inquire (collaborate) as to how it's being done so that the TOTAL SCORE can go up. Over the years I've found this to be a pretty good collaborative possibilities activity. However, I have observed groups only work their way into two major solutions for 60 in 60 - then it's just "going faster" with either one.
Recently I added a hula hoop to the activity to see how it would change. Hooper was born. Since using the hoop I have seen over a half-dozen arrangements to the process. Here's how it works:
If you have the space, lots of small groups can play at once. Be open to the creative process. As seen in the picture above, this group held the hula hoop parallel to the floor hitting the ball up through the hoop (point), letting the ball drop down through the hoop (no point). This method eliminated the need for switching the hoop holder - a common role when holding the hoop perpendicular to the floor.
BONUS MATERIAL I've included (PDF file below) a self-guided instruction sheet for Hooper. You can have the printed instructions and materials waiting at a station, and/or give these instructions to each group after explaining the activity. Then, you can have each group refer to the instructions if they have questions during the process.
Let me know how it goes. Leave a Comment below.
Have fun out there!
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.