Bear fish mosquito

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Bear fish mosquito
Age Range 5-8 (grades 1-2), 8-11 (grades 3-5), 11-14 (grades 6-8)
Group Size medium (6-20)
Setting outdoors
Setup Time short (0-5 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min)
Subjects food chain, tag
Materials ropes for boundaries
Alias human farkle, giants wizards elves
Presentation Style active, interactive

Brief Description

Human farkle is like a big group rock paper scissors except the three options are bear, fish and mosquito. There's also an element of tag and team building. This game can also be used to demonstrate the different levels of a food chain.


  • Students will work together to create strategies
  • Students will get exercise

Scientific Background

This game can be used to demonstrate the different levels of a food chain.

This Is How You Play

  1. Split the group into two teams each on a line. A third line is placed in the middle.
  2. Each team secretly confers and picks an animal. They can be: a bear- raise arms above your head and roar, a fish- make fish lips while putting hands together while moving them in swimming motions in front of chest; a mosquito- arms are at sides, hands out and waving making a buzzing noise
  3. After the teams have picked an animal, they line up back to back on the middle line.
  4. Count to three , then jump-turn doing the motions of the animal chosen. Just like in rock, paper, scissors, each thing beats out another. The bear eats the fish, fish eats the mosquito, and mosquito stings the bear. Instead of just standing there, it becomes a tag game.
  5. The “winners” of the farkle chase members of the other team. The team that lost is trying to make it to their line without getting tagged. If they are tagged, they join the opposing team.
  6. This continues until all players are on one team or time is running short. They must do the gestures that go along with the animal so there is no confusion as to what each animal really is. If they are the same animal, go back to original lines, pick an animal to be and try again.


Variations for Older Students

  • Giants wizards and elves is the same game but bear, fish and mosquito are replaced by giants wizards and elves.

Variations for Younger Students

    • Younger students might need easier combinations (i.e., rock, paper, scissors)
  • They will also appreciatea smaller playingfield


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