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Shuttlecock Activity

Indians of the Eastern Woodlands played games with what they had around them.  Simple games of "aim and toss" were played with the shuttlecock.


  • Dried corn cobs
  • Feathers (available in packages at craft supply store)
  • Nail
  • Glue


  1. Teacher using nail, pre-"drill" a hole into the soft end of the corn cob.  Make this rather deep, so the children can fit 2 feathers into the hole.
  2. Have children select 2 feathers, insert them into hole
  3. Glue around the feather shaft and in the hole

Game to play

  • Each player needs one shuttlecock.  The game needs one hula-hoop
  • Choose a "judge".  The judge will roll the hula-hoop.
  • Form 2 equal teams
  • Have the teams stand in 2 lines facing each other about 10 feet apart.
  • The judge rolls the hula-hoop between the 2 lines.
  • The members of one team try to throw their shuttlecocks through the hoop as it rolls by.  Team members must stay in line.
  • The judge gives the team one point for each shuttlecock that goes through the hoop.
  • The winner is the team with the most points.


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