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Red Light, Green Light

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In this game, one person plays the “traffic light” and the rest try to touch him/her.

To start, one child is selected to be the “traffic light”. The rest of the children form a line about 15 feet away from the traffic light. The traffic light faces away from the line of kids and says “green light”. When “green light” is heard, the children begin to move toward the traffic light. At any time, the traffic light can say “red light!” and turn around. Red light means that all players should immediately stop and those caught still moving when the stop light turns around are out of the game.
Play resumes when the stop light turns back around and says “green light”.
The traffic light wins if all the kids are out before anyone is able to touch him/her.
Otherwise, the first player to touch the traffic light wins the game and earns the right to be “traffic light” for the next game.


Some versions of this game include adding a “yellow light” command meaning that players would move slowly. This command would allow for learning of movement control and attention to directions.