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Red Light! Green Light!
Games
Type: Games   Skills: Play & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
Today’s activity, “Red Light! Green Light!” is a favorite for kids, and it helps them practice skills that develop self-control. Red Light!  Green Light!
What We Learn
Self Control
Discipline
Supply List
Red and Green Construction Paper
Scissors
Popsicle sticks
Glue
Masking Tape
How-To
First, you’ll need to make Stop and Go signs. Take some red and green construction paper and cut them into circles. Glue a red circle to a popsicle stick. This will be your Stop sign. Glue a green circle to a popsicle stick to create your Go sign.

After you’ve made the signs, gather the kids in an open space, either inside or outside, so long as the kids can move around. Mark off a startling line by laying down a straight line with masking tape. The starting line can be 10, 15, 20 feet or more away from where they’ll be running toward.

Next, have the children line up behind the line. Then you or a child can begin the game by holding up the Stop and Go signs alternatively. When the Go sign is held up, children can run forward towards the person holding up the sign, but when that person holds up the Stop sign, everyone must stop. Whoever first tags the person holding up the signs first gets to hold the Stop and Go signs up when they start the game over again.

Child Care providers should always tailor activities to the individual needs and abilities of each child. Some kids with disabilities may need one-on-one guidance or you may need to adapt the game in some way to make it possible for them to play.

You can still do this activity even if you care for only one child. The adult can be the person following the colors of the light and model what is expected. Then you can switch off and have the child model what you did so that he or she can learn how to play this game, too.
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