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I have seen this game played a lot in childcare centre's and it works really well as a group game. The great thing about it is that each child gets a turn to be 'in', to act, to be active and to sing and tap to a beat.
Key: sing the bits in ' '
Ages: 2 years and over.
Indoor or Outdoor: Either.
Equipment/Resources: Your singing voice and somewhere to sit.
1) All the children form a circle and sit down with their legs crossed. They then tap both palms of their hands on their legs to a beat for the song. They continue to do this for the whole game. Now choose a child to be 'in'.
Who will be in first? Image is from Pixabay images.
2) 'Sandy boy\girl sitting on a stone'. The child who is 'in' sits on a spot in the middle, on the floor or on a cushion.
3) 'He/she is crying, crying because she\he is all alone'. The child sitting in the middle then pretends to cry and wipes their eyes.
4) 'Stand up cheeky boy/girl and wipe your tears away.' Another child is then chosen to approach the child crying and help them up.
Hold hands and skip with each other. Image is from Pixabay images.
5) 'Choose the one you like the best and take them out to play. Da, da da da da da da, da da da da da da da' x3 Both children join hands and skip around together in a circle whilst the da, da, da bit is sung.
Everybody sing along. Image is from Pixabay images.
6) The child who approached the one who was crying is next to be 'in'. The other child finds their spot in the circle again.
Repeat until every child has had a turn.
Aim: For the children to share a game as a group and to get them involved.
Time: This game needs to be done when you have a fair chunk of time so that each child gets a turn. Obviously this also depends on how many are playing. The more players the longer it will take.
Players: The more the better, its all about inclusion.
Why?: It's inclusive and promotes teamwork. Everyone is occupied in different ways throughout the game.
Add dress ups to enhance the game.
Ask the children to make up another beat to do it to.
Do it to the beat of a popular song or perhaps a nursery rhyme.