Get-Moving Game

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In this invention challenge activity, learners create an indoor game for one or two people that gets you moving. This lesson guide includes instructions on how to play an “imagine new uses for old things” game to play before the activity. Learners will also brainstorm activities that get people up and moving and follow the design process to invent a game, including the equipment and rules for playing it.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • 20 rubber bands
  • 10 Ping-Pong balls
  • 10 plastic spoons
  • 5 paint stirrers
  • 5 tennis balls
  • 20 sheets of cardboard (approx. 8.5x11 in.)
  • 10 small aluminum baking tins
  • 5 small plastic bags
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • copier paper
  • string


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Design Squad Nation


Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0810996