When you play Spoon It Up, you may acquire an appreciation of how farmers used to get water to their fields from a river -- by carrying it there, one bucket at a time.
This game doesn't use buckets, though, or make you go down to a river. Instead, you'll use a large spoon and a bowl of water. It takes teamwork and a steady hand. Here's how to get started:
What You'll Need:
- Empty bowls
- Water-filled bowls
- Large spoons
How to Play Spoon It Up:
Step 1: Set two bowls for each team on opposite sides of a yard or small playing field. The bowls on one side should be filled with water; the bowls on the opposite side should be empty.
Step 2: Each team lines up behind its water-filled bowl. At a signal to begin, the first person in line dips the spoon into the water-filled bowl and carries it across the yard to the empty bowl.
Step 3: The player carrying the spoon then dumps the water into the empty bowl and runs back to the other side of the yard.
Step 4: That player then hands the spoon to the next person in line, and then takes his or her place at the end of the line.
Step 5: Play continues -- passing the spoon and carrying the water -- until the originally full bowl of water is empty. The first team to transport all the water from one bowl to the other is the winner.
Variation: Set a timer. The team with the most water in its bowl when the timer goes off is the winner.
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