Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Go Outside: Two Classic Games

I'd love to introduce another new series, "Go Outside." This series is designed to get you and your kids outside and to give you some ideas of things to do. I've already been writing many posts that would fit in this category, but now they have a name and will be organized better! Enjoy!



It's usually not too difficult to find something to do outside, but sometimes it's fun to play a few organized games. I'd like to reintroduce you to a couple of classic games you probably played while you were a kid. Red Light, Green Light and Mother May I? are both easy games and suitable for all kids, both young and old. Neither requires any equipment besides room to run and a few willing participants.



Red Light, Green Light
Red Light, Green Light is perhaps one of the easiest games to play. It promotes listening and following directions while allowing lots of active play!

How to play:
  • You will need one person at the finish line and the rest of the participants will line up a distance away facing the finish line.
  • The person at the finish line is in charge of saying "red light" or "green light."
  • When you hear "green light," everyone moves as fast as they can toward the finish line.
  • When you hear "red light," everyone must stop immediately.
  • Anyone that doesn't stop when they hear "red light" must go back to the start.
  • The first person to reach the finish line wins!



Mother May I?
I loved playing Mother May I? as a kid and was excited to teach the girls how to play. This one is slightly more difficult, but still suitable for young children.

How to play:
  • One person needs to be at the finish line; that person is "Mother." The rest of the players need to line up at a starting point.
  • "Mother" calls on each participant separately giving them instructions on how to move toward the finish line. For example, "Lizzie, take 3 giant steps" or "AJ march 4 steps."
  • The participant then has to ask, "Mother may I" and Mother answers, "Yes, you can." The participant can then move according to the directions.
  • If anyone forgets to ask "Mother may I?" before moving, they have to go back to the start!
  • The first person to the finish line wins.
We had a lot of fun playing these games and I hope we play many more times. What is your favorite outdoor game from your childhood? 

*Note: Yes AJ did play the entire time with a rubber ducky in her hand! I guess she thought he wanted to play too!


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5 comments:

  1. I have never heard of either of these games - I think they must be US ones. We have just taught J how to play What's the time Mr Wolf and he's busy teaching T how to play. She doesn't get it at all though

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  2. Great games for the outdoors! The instructions are helpful!

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  3. Love it! We always loved Tag and Colored Eggs when I was a kid, but they both require larger groups of people to play. These are two fun games that only need three participants!

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  4. Great games. I hadn't heard of these before. Mother May I... sounds like a wonderful game that teaches kids listening skills and following instructions. I'll be adding these to my teacher games file.

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  5. I remember playing these games at school. I would love for you to link this post to a link up I am co-hosting called Outside Play: Games.

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