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Nest raiders

Pretend to be a jay bird, and steal tokens from the others teams’ nests while defending your own.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • At least one token for each player (for example, silver chocolate coins, bouncy balls, or glowsticks
  • A small number of more exciting versions of the tokens (for example, gold chocolate coins)
  • Materials to build nests (twigs and leaves, buckets, or ropes)

Prepare to play

  1. Before you start, the person leading the game should explain that it’s never OK to raid a real bird’s nest – it’s against the law to take anything from birds’ nests in the UK.
  1. Split into at least three groups, with an equal number of players in each.
  2. The person leading the game should use a bucket or rope to make a central nest.
  3. Each team should find things to build a nest for their team – they could hunt for twigs, leaves, or dead wood. Each team’s nest should be the same distance away from the central nest – and spread roughly the same distance apart from all of the other teams’ nests.
  4. The person leading the game should give every player one token. The players should put their token in their team’s nest.
  1. The person leading the game should put the more exciting tokens in the central nest. These more exciting tokens are worth two tokens each, but have to be collected by a pair of team members.
  2. The person leading the game should explain all of the rules, and give teams a few minutes to discuss their tactics.
  3. Will they prioritise defending their nest, or collecting tokens? Will they try to collect the more exciting tokens?

Play the game

  1. The person leading the game should count down from three. When they reach zero, everyone can go.
  2. Players should steal tokens from other teams’ nests (and the central nest), and put them back in their own nest. They need to stick to the rules while they do this.
  3. A team becomes ‘out’ if their nest becomes empty, even if it’s just for a few seconds.
  4. When there are only two teams left in play, the person leading the game should make a signal to end the game.
  5. The winning team is the one with the most tokens in their nest.


Rules

  • No physical contact is allowed.
  • Players can only carry one token at a time.
  • Two players must work together if they want to take a more exciting token from the central nest.
  • Tokens can only be taken from a nest – not from a person carrying a token.
  • If they want to keep joining in, when a team becomes out, they can cause mischief by raiding other nests and return tokens to the central nest.

Reflection

This game needed you to be a team player. Did you work well with your team? Did you decide on any tactics before you started to play? Did you stick to these tactics, or did you start to do your own thing? What worked well, and what didn’t work so well? How did you communicate with each other in the middle of the game? Did you collect the more exciting looking tokens, or just focus on keeping your nest full? Did anyone take the lead? Is having a leader in this game helpful?

This game was also a fun way to be active. Did you enjoy running around? How did it make your body feel during the game – was it tiring, exciting, easy, or difficult? Did you feel motivated to keep going if you started to feel tired? Why is it important to find enjoyable ways to be active? How does your body feel now that you’ve had some time to rest and recover?

Safety

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.

Contact games and activities

Make sure everyone understands what contact is acceptable, and monitor contact throughout the activity.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.