With our new character theme Big World Recess kicking off soon, we thought we’d teach you a few games from the countries your student will learn about next school year. Plus, it’ll add a little global flavor to this great American summer.
In every game, the more the merrier. Let the games begin!
Australia: What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?
Choose one player to be “the wolf.” They stand with their back turned to the rest of the group, who are standing a good distance away. The group asks, “What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?” and the wolf yells out a time. The players then take the number of steps that match the time. (3 o’clock = 3 steps). All players repeat the questions and answers, moving closer and closer to the wolf. When the wolf feels the players are close enough, he answers “dinner time,” then turns around to tag one of the other players. The player who is caught becomes the next round’s wolf.
Kenya : Fix The Reserve
Start by separating the children into two equal groups. Spread the groups apart so they cannot hear the other group talk. Have a parent or friend assign different types of animals to each person in Group 1 (ex. Zebra, Giraffe, etc.), Then assign those same animals to each person in Group 2. Bring the teams together and challenge them to find their animal match by acting out what they are. The pair that finds each other first are the winners!
Switzerland: Don’t Look Back, The Fox Walks Around
Like “Duck, Duck, Goose,” all players sit in a circle except one “fox.” As the fox circles the group, a player is tagged when the fox drops a small piece of fabric behind them. That player then tries to catch the fox before he makes it around the circle and into the empty seat. If the fox is caught, he is the fox for another round. If he makes it to the empty seat, he is safe and the tagged player is the new fox. Here’s the catch – if the player doesn’t realize they’ve been tagged and the fox completes the circle without being chased, that tagged player is the “lazy egg” and must sit in the middle of the circle until there’s another lazy egg.
Brazil: Luta de Galo
Luta de galo is Portuguese for “fight of the roosters.” Break into pairs of two and tuck a handkerchief into each player’s belt or waistband. Assume the rooster pose by crossing the right arm across the chest and hold up the left leg. Players must hop on one leg and use their free arm to snatch their opponent’s handkerchief. The first to get the handkerchief wins, but don’t put your leg on the ground or unfold your right arm or you’ll be disqualified!
Players divide into two teams and make a line holding hands with their teammates. Standing face-to-face with their opponents, each team picks one member of the opposing team to be the challenger. The chosen two meet in the middle for a game of “jan-ken-pon” (what we know as rock, paper, scissors.) The loser leaves his team and joins the other team, and the entire process is repeated until all of the players are in one group.
No matter what country you call home, children everywhere love to use their imaginations and play with friends. Make lasting memories this summer while learning about our great big world!
Learn more about Big World Recess and the fun coming to your school HERE!