Diverse Africa!  An Interdisciplinary
Introduction to African Games

Coordinator Cheryl Morse Dunkley and Thomas Dunkley, Physical Educator at Lamoille Union Middle and High School presented a week long unit connecting physical education activities with cross-curricular content related to Africa.   The presentation was at the 2006 Meeting of the Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance held at the Killington Resort in November, 2006.  They provided a variety of resources and hands-on demonstrations of African games.  Attendees were enthusiastic and engaged in the games themselves.  The presenters have provided a comprehensive set of materials linked below.  In the pictures below, you can see teachers engaged in the games themselves.




African Handball:

Players are divided into two equal teams. The game starts when a member of one team tosses a ball to a player on his/her team. The object of the game is for a team to keep possession of the ball as long as possible. The other team tries to intercept it and gain possession of it. Every time the ball is caught, the members of that team, except the player catching the ball, clap their hands and stamp their feet.
(Note:  Class can be divided in to four small sided teams) Materials needed- different colored pinnies to distinguish teams.Source:  Harbin, E.O. Games of many Nations. P.17




Big Snake (Ghana)

Players pick one person to be the SNAKE goes to his or her home, an area large enough to fit several people that you may want to mark off with cones. At the sound of a whistle, the SNAKE comes out of its home and tries to tag other players. Tagged children join hands with the SNAKE and try to catch the others. The original SNAKE is always the leader and determines who its "body" will go after. The SNAKE'S head and tail are the only parts that may tag "free players." If the SNAKE'S body "breaks," the SNAKE must return home, regroup, and start again. Free players may try to break the SNAKE, forcing it to return home. The game ends once everyone is caught or completely out of breath.
Materials needed
- cones to mark "home" area, a whistle
 Source:  Orlando, Louise. The Multicultural Game Book. More than 70 Traditional games from 30 countries. P.17






Sample Africa Games

African Games Resources

African Games Physical Education Resources

Ghana Fact Sheet

Ghana Games #1

Ghana Games #2