Think paying-it-forward after you’ve put your heart into building something really fun. You may have played it under the name ‘cornhole’ and might even be a member of the national association, but we call it bag toss. As part of Odyssey Teams’ give back activites, Play-It-Forward is an uber-fun game you’ll be building – playing – customizing – and giving away.
In groups of eight - twelve, teams will get their work-order, time constraints, tools and all supplies needed. In good Odyssey Team’s fashion, it’s loaded with metaphors and opportunities to demonstrate the virtues of good teamwork and citizenship.
The game is about throwing your teams’ bags through the air trying to land them on the other team’s platform. For the most points, you’ll want to land it in the small hole. For the most value in everything you do, you’ll want to give your best.
Some research on the power of play:
In a society where we are constantly pushing to help kids develop academically, socially, and emotionally, we sometimes forget the power of free play. Community centers need tools to promote social engagement and a whole lot of fun.
In an article by Kenneth R. Ginsburg in the the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Ginsburg discusses the concept of free play (http://pediatrics.aappublica-tions. org/content/119/1/182). “Play,” the report concludes, “helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.” Play is important socially, cognitively and emotionally. Give that gift!