One of my new favorite pastimes is a kicking a small, knit sack that contains beads. The game has been around in many forms but the western version dates back to 1972, created by two guys in Oregon. You may know this activity as hacky sack. It rocks. Wikipedia has a full entry on footbag My friends and I play circle hack with various levels of success.
I was first turned on to the game in college during a road trip to Santa Barbara, CA from Chicago, IL. My friends and would break out a crotcheted sack every time we stopped for gas or as a driving break and try to bang out a few full hacks. Several years later, as a tutor, I was reintroduced to hacky sack by one of my co-workers who brought a sack into work. He and I and a third co-worker began hacking during our down time and we've been doing it non-stop since then.
We obviously need some work... But it's a lot of fun and helps pass the time when we're not helping kiddies learn how to be better writers. The amusing part is that my co-workers and I have been chastised as students for hacking in the hallways and "distracting" the students by allowing them to join our hacking circle.
I think what it comes down to is that my co-workers and I like to mix up the day. it gets boring to go from classroom to classroom teaching MEAL paragraphs and doing outlines for students. Plus, hacky sack is actually a decent workout that requires skill, coordination and flexibility. Moreover, now that we hack in the school gym among the various gym classes many of the students join us in our circle instead of just sitting out or walking around the gym in circles. That has to be a thing.
When things get really boring, we make our friend and co-worker, Nick, climb walls ninja-style.
That always breaks up the day.