Friday, April 19, 2024

Tickly Cat

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11
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Kevin Atkinson

This game is used in our recreational gymnastics group within our gymnastics club. It is part of the warm-up to raise heart rate and body temperature for the gymnastics session ahead. It is also high on the fun factor, and the children love it. It is nothing more than a version of “Stick-in-the mud”. We call it “Tickly cat”.

The person who is “on” is the cat, and she chases the other gymnasts (the mice!) and tags the mice. The mice then “fall asleep” lying on the floor in a star shape, and they don’t “wake up” until one of their friends tickles their tummy.

The game continues until everybody has had a go at being the cat or the time limit for the warm-up is finished.

All our gymnasts really enjoy this game, and there are usually a lot of smiles all around!

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