Each time I share my previous post, 14 Good, Old Fashioned Games to Play with Kids, I have readers ask how to play some of the games included in the list. Given the international nature of the Childhood 101 community it is unsurprising that games that may be all too familiar to many in Australia might be unknown to those in other parts of the world! Over the next few months I will share the instructions for how to play a number of the games readers have asked about, starting today with Please Mr Crocodile, May We Cross the River.
This is a fabulous game for all different sized groups, from smaller, family groups to class groups of kindergarten or early elementary children. It often forms a fun part of the physical education program for many child care and school groups, in fact, it is great as part of a warm up routine.
How to Play Please Mr Crocodile, May We Cross the River
Number of players: 5+
Recommended Age: 4 – 104 years
Equipment needed: None
All of the players (except one who is chosen as ‘Mr Crocodile’) stand side by side at one side of the yard or room, facing the other side. Mr Crocodile stands in the middle of the yard or room.
The players chant, “Please Mr Crocodile may we cross the river? If not, why not, what’s your favourite colour?”
Mr Crocodile calls out one colour name and any of the players wearing that colour are safe to cross past Mr Crocodile to the other side of the yard/room. For example, if Mr Crocodile calls, “Blue,” anyone wearing blue is safe to cross.
Once the safe players are across to the other side of the space, the players not wearing the selected colour must try to run across to the other side of the
yard/room without being caught by Mr Crocodile.
The player that is caught becomes the next Mr Crocodile and the game starts again.
Do your children have a favourite group game that gets them running around?