Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint pad
- Music tape or CD and player
Preparation for Activity
- Obtain music and a tape/CD player
- In a large, open space, lay individual sheets of newsprint on the floor as lily pads in a pond. You will need enough "lily pads" for all participants.
Description of Activity
We are going to play a game of frogs and lily pads. All of you can be frogs. When the music is playing, you dance and hop around the lily pads as frogs like to do. But when the music stops, you must be on a lily pad.
Be careful, because you must keep everyone safe from the crocodile that lives in the pond. The crocodile can only eat frogs that are not on a lily pad when the music stops. If anyone gets eaten, the whole group loses the game.
After each round of music, remove a lily pad until the entire group is working together to stand on a single piece of newsprint. If this does not present enough of a challenge, you may rip the last sheet of newsprint in half.
Including All Participants
In many cases, children with limited mobility or sight or other disabilities can play this game if their peers are guided to make sure the child is helped to "safety" on a lily pad. Another way to adapt would be to ensure the child who cannot move ably or quickly is always near one of the remaining lily pads when you stop the music. Seven-, eight- and nine-year-old children can understand how they need to be physically careful of this particular child. Tell the group what they need to know about physical safety in this game, without calling undue attention to particular children's disabilities. A group that includes children with limited mobility presents a desirable opportunity for applying the concept of "non-violence" in this game.