After-School Activities

Don't Back Down

Don't Back Down is an after-school activity that proves to kids that standing up isn't always as easy as they might think.

This activity uses the weight of one child's body to push against the other and raise them both up as a unit. Warn the participants that this game is tougher than it looks!

What You'll Need:

  • Two friends
  • Grassy space

Instruct two children to sit back-to-back on a patch of soft grass with their arms folded in front of their chests. Each child should then try to stand up without using arms to help.

To do this, they'll have to push themselves up against each other's back -- without losing contact. If they fall down, encourage the partners to try again. Once they're up, suggest they try going back down until they're sitting back in the starting position.

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