Worldwide Recess Day is one week away! To motivate you to #TAKE10 we’re sharing recess games from around the globe.
2 or more players. You’ll just need chalk!
A spin off the standard hopscotch, escargot is a French playground game. Draw an escargot (snail) in the shape of a spiral with squares numbered 1-21. Hop on one foot on each numbered square. When you reach the center, turn around and go back! Once you’ve made it back, choose a square and write your initials in it. The next players will have to skip over your square each time they pass. Each time you go back and forth through the spiral, add your initials to a new square. Be careful not to step on any lines or use both feet to hop! When no one can reach the center or when all the squares are marked, the game is over. The player with the most squares in the winner. Bonne chance!
5 or more players. Find a field or any open space!
Originally from Britain and similar to the American Red Rover, British Bulldogs, (also known as Octopus, Bullrush, Pom-Pom Pullaway and Running Bases), gets your heart racing and can get competitive fast. Choose one or two players to be the “bulldog”. The dogs stand in the center of the field, while the rest of the players stand in line on one end. The goal of the game is to cross the field without getting tagged by the bulldogs. If you’re tagged, you become a bulldog. The winner is the last remaining player to cross without getting tagged. Have fun!