trees, rocks/ sticks and leaves
First you have everyone count the number of letters in their first name. Now ask them to find someone who has the same number of letters. Those two are now partners. If a a person can’t find someone let him/her use another name s/he is called by (i.e., a student named Matthew may use the name Matt and then look for someone with 4 letters instead of 7.) If they still can’t find someone pair up with a person who has the closest number of letters.
Then the partners do a number of activities all as fast as ther can.
1: They stand up and pass a stick or a rock 15 times without dropping it. If they drop the stick then they have to start over again.
2: Then they run around a tree or two hand in hand.Then come back to their start.
3: The oldest person runs (by themselves) and finds 2 leaves. Then He/She brings it their start place. Then they both stick a leaf in their hair(or behind ear) and sing Yankie Doodle. Then they run to the end line. And finally sit down till the other team(s) are done.