How to Play: Maul Ball

Filed under: Activities: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Activities: Big Kids, Activities: Tweens, Activities: Family Time, Kids' Games

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What you need: You need a large ball (basketball, football or soccer ball), an adult to serve as referee and a large outdoor playing field.

How to play: Designate a goal about 30 to 50 yards away from the starting point. A goal could be a tree, a fence, or even a person standing in place. Players must try to run with the ball to the goal without losing the ball.

The rules: At the starting signal, the first player takes the ball and runs towards the goal. All other players try to take the ball from him. Players can chase, tackle, intimidate, and trick to try to get the ball. If the player can make it to the goal with the ball, he gets a point. If another player steals the ball, he can then run to the goal to try for a point. Play continues until every player has had a chance to run to the goal with the ball.

How to win: The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

What else you need to know: For younger children, you may want to adjust the rules to have no tackling.

Related: More Kids' Games

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.