Stool Ball

Summary: A game where you try to knock over the three-legged stool.

Ages: From 8 to adult

Recommended Number of Players: Between 3 and 15

Equipment:
One three-legged stool
Sturdy stick
Soccer Ball

Set Up:
No prior set-up required

How to Play:
Place the stool in the middle of your yard or field. One player, called the stoolie, is given the stick and must defend the stool. The others stand behind a line about 10 to 15 feet away. Each player takes a turn at trying to knock over the stool by throwing the ball at it. The stoolie uses the stick to bat the ball away.

Winner:
The one who knocks over the stool wins and becomes the new stoolie.

Variation:
1) At THANKSGIVING and HALLOWEEN, use a pumpkin instead of a soccer ball.

2) Instead of the stoolie using a stick, let them use any part of their body except their hands.

3) Maybe use two balls with the players standing in a circle around the stool and let the stoolie try to guard against both balls at once.

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