This game game to us from Ms. Erin, Annika’s teacher. Totally flexible and adaptable to any location or age. Get a die, fill out the chart with rules for what to do for each number. Kids take turns rolling the die and doing whatever you have written next to each number.
Tips: Have everyone involved somehow on each roll. Have one designated as snack–but make sure each kid has their own baggie to pull from on his or her turn, otherwise, “he got more!” grievances will be filed.
- Everyone eats 1 chocolate chip from their bag (we upped this number later because we were outside and they were melting)
- You run around the house while everyone else counts (kids counted fast, a stopwatch would have been useful here)
- You go down the slide while everyone else cheers (they liked being cheered on)
- Everyone does 10 jumping jacks
- Make up a silly dance move and the others have to copy you
- Sing part of the Down by the Bay song* “Have you ever seen a ______” (fill in the blank) …then the next person says a next rhyming line, then the next rhymes next.
* The song goes like this:
Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow…
Back to my home, I dare not go…
For if I do, my mother will say:
“Have you ever seen a duck, driving a truck, down by the bay?”
(Kid 1) Have you ever seen a pig / (Kid 2) Wearing a wig / (Kid 3) Eating a fig …. down by the bay.
Go Easy On Yourself
Print a Fillable Rule Chart
Fill in the pdf with your own rules for each roll, or print it blank and write in. If you don’t have a die handy, you could have them pull numbers written on paper from a bag.
This could be played with friends over Zoom (or whatever platform you choose) too. Thanks for the great idea!