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SandBell Relay Games

February 1st, 2012

Welcome back to Thursday’s K-12 P.E. Drill Thrill! This week, we’re bringing you two fun and interactive SandBell relay games.

The following relay games require a group of three to four students to complete a task that begins on one line and finishes on a parallel line 15-30 yards away. Students stand side-by-side or in a single line. The first student in line completes the task and then quickly moves to the end of the line. Subsequently, as each student completes the task, they too, move to the end of the line until the entire group has transitioned to the second line.

Game #1: Fire Brigade

Set-up: Divide students into groups of three or four; give each group two hula-hoops and three to four SandBells.


  1. Place one hula-hoop on one line, and the second across on the other line.
  2. Put the SandBells in one hoop (this hoop is the firehouse). Students are firefighters.
  3. On signal, each group lines up facing the hoop with the SandBells.
  4. The first person in line hands one SandBell overhead to the teammate behind and immediately moves to the end of the line.
  5. The next person repeats this process and so on.
  6. When the group arrives at the second hula hoop, place the SandBell inside the hoop, sprint back to firehouse, retrieve another SandBell and repeat.
  7. Play until all SandBells are removed from firehouse and placed inside the second hula-hoop.  Side Slam variation: students stand side-by side.  Instead of passing the SandBell overhead, instruct students to slam the SandBell at the feet of the next person.

Game #2: Coal Mine

Set-Up: Divide students into groups of three or four, and give each student one SandBell.


  1. First, have students stand side-by-side. Then, have them get into a push-up position and make a bridge. Each student has their SandBell on the groups by their hands.
  2. The first person in line pushes their SandBell through the “coal mine,” i.e. crawls on their stomach under the other students.
  3. When the student exits the coal mine, they quickly assume the bridge position.
  4. Repeat until a certain distance is covered, or until each student has traveled three times.

Try these out in your next P.E. class and let us know what you think. Your move!

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