Traditional Children´s Games - Traffic Lights
Handed down through the generations, simple, fun and - best of all - free!
By: totanaliz on: Thu 17 of May, 2007 [17:03 UTC] (5360 reads)
Traditional kids games have been tried and tested by generations of children. They endure because children can play out with nothing more than a few simple rules and some willing companions.
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Games like this are ideal for birthday parties too, as they need no resources and little or no preparation. You could always make a “traffic light” type costume out of cardboard, or even a hand held signal to add a bit more fun to the game. Just use your imagination!
Here are 2 variations on the traditional game of “traffic lights”
Materials – none, both games can be played indoors or outdoors, no mess, but 4 or more kids required!
1) Traffic Lights
- One child is the Traffic Light, whose job it is to give instructions to the rest of the group
- Shout RED and everyone needs to stand completely still
- Shout GREEN and everyone has to run about
- Shout AMBER and everyone must slow down
- Shout CRASH and everyone falls to the ground
- Shout TRAFFIC JAM and everyone starts to move along in a file very slowly.
Each time, the last person to follow the instruction is out of the game. Players are also disqualified if they do the wrong action! The last player left is the winner.
2) Red light, Green light
Here is another variation on the traffic light theme.
- One child is the traffic light and stands at the front of the group, with their back to the rest of the children at a distance of about 10m ( 30 feet) away..
- If the traffic light shouts GREEN, everyone tries to creep slowly forward in order to touch the light.
- If the traffic light shouts RED and then turns round, everyone must stand very still. If you are caught moving you are out of the game.
- The winner is either the first person to touch the Traffic Light, or the last to be eliminated.
Learning points for children
- Playing together, sense of comradeship
- a sense of anticipation, what might happen next. Excitement and uncertainty, but in a safe environment. Kids develop a sense of anticipation from around the age of 4, and begin to enjoy games where there is an element of surprise involved.
- encourages co-operation