Playground games

Fun in the playground!

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I love playing games at school play times or in the park with my friends. It's a fun way to make sure I get my 60 minutes of exercise each day. Here are some of my favourite games for you to try:

Duck Duck Goose

Teddy bear skipping game

Can you see me?

Sticky toffee

Duck, Duck, Goose

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This game can be played with four or more people sitting in a circle. One person walks around the outside of the circle, gently tapping people on the shoulder as he (or she) goes past. Each time he taps someone, he chooses whether to call them 'Duck' or 'Goose'.

If it's 'Duck' the person stays sitting. If it's 'Goose' the person has to get up and race the tapper round the circle to the empty space! The person who loses becomes the new tapper and the game starts again.

Teddy bear skipping game

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This game can be played with three or more people – the more the better! Two people need to turn a long skipping rope. One person skips in the middle whilst the others line up and sing:

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do!
Teddy bear, teddy bear, run upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, brush your hair.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, blow out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight.

The person who is skipping should do an action for each line of the song. If they do all the actions without tripping up, they get to turn the rope. If they don't, they go to the back of the line of other people waiting to have a go. Good luck!

Can you see me?

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This game can be played with lots of players. Everybody needs to stand at one end of the playground. One person should stand at the other end, with their back to the rest of the players.

The players must try to creep up behind the child in front and touch them gently on the shoulder. The child in front can look round at any time, so the other players have to keep an eye out! If someone is spotted moving by the child in front they have to go back to where they started.

The person who touches the child in front on the shoulder first is the winner. They get to take over from the child in front and the game starts again.

Sticky toffee

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This game can be played with up to ten players. One person is chosen to be the chaser. The chaser stands still and the players touch one of his/her fingers, also standing still. They keep touching the chaser's fingers as the chaser starts listing 'sticky' items he has bought from a shop. He might say:

I went to a shop and bought some sticky orange juice, some sticky mango, a sticky fruit lolly, some sticky toffee...

When the players hear the words 'sticky toffee', they run away and the chaser tries to catch them. Anyone who is caught has to stand still with their arms and legs wide apart. They can move again if someone releases them from the sticky toffee by going through their legs or under an arm.

The game ends when everyone is stuck!

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