How to play red light – green light

How to play red light – green light

This is a simple game that my students love to play. For those of you who may not be familiar with this game, I wanted to share it with you today…

1. Have your students line up (side by side) at one end of your space facing the teacher.

2. The teacher stands opposite of the children and faces the children.

3. When the teacher shouts “Green Light!” The children walk quickly or run (depending on your space) towards the teacher.

4. When the teacher shouts “Red Light!” The children stop where they are.

5. The teacher continues to shout “red light or green light” until the children get to her and then all the children go back to the starting line and the game starts again.


  • In our classroom, the children also take turns being the ones to shout “red light and green light”.
  • We also made simple little red and green stop signs to hold up so the children can also see a visual but this is really not necessary. Our kids enjoy holding up the signs as we play the game.

Do you have an old favorite game we can play?

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  • Sarah Posted May 22, 2012 5:57 pm

    My children enjoy duck duck goose and musical chairs. You can play it as “musical shares” with all the children piling in one chair at the end so there is no loser.

  • School Sparks Renee Posted May 22, 2012 7:48 pm

    Red Light, Green Light is a classic!! Thanks, Renee

  • Barbaral Posted May 22, 2012 9:53 pm

    Our classes just love farmer in the dell.

  • Stacy@Share&Remember Posted May 23, 2012 3:06 pm

    Great, thank you! Adding it to my collection of ideas. : )

  • Vicki Blacken Posted May 29, 2012 11:18 pm

    Our favorite active, outdoor game is “Barracuda”. We also like “Elbow Tag” and “Tails”. Does anyone else play these?

  • Denise Funfsinn Posted June 1, 2012 2:41 pm

    My class also enjoyed playing “London Bridge”.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 1, 2012 10:31 pm

    We love that game too! An oldie but a goldie!

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