Remember playing Red Light Green Light as a child? Those endless hours of outdoor fun, racing and freezing on command. Well, it's time to relive those moments with a literacy twist!

Traditional Red Light Green Light Game

Let's start with the traditional way of playing the game. No props needed, just three or more players.

  1. Choose one player to be the traffic cop. They stand on one side of the sidewalk with their back to the other players.
  2. All the other players line up at a starting point, a reasonable distance away from the traffic cop.
  3. The traffic cop shouts "green light," and the players run towards them. When the cop shouts "red light," the players must freeze in place. Any player caught moving is out and must return to the starting line.
  4. The first player to reach the traffic cop becomes the new cop, and the game continues.

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Red Light Green Light Game with a Literacy Twist

Now, let's add a literacy component to the game!

Materials Needed:

  • Colored foam sheets
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Sidewalk chalk
  1. Cut out three cars from colored foam sheets for each player. Write a letter of the alphabet or a sight word on each car, depending on the child's level of practice.
  2. Behind the spot where the traffic cop will stand, create three "parking spots" for each child using sidewalk chalk. Write the corresponding letter or word in each spot.
  3. In this version, each player holds three foam cars. Follow steps 1-3 from the traditional game. The first player to reach the cop gets a chance to park one of their cars in the correct spot. Players then return to the starting line and continue playing until all three cars are "parked" by one player. This player becomes the new traffic cop.

And there you have it! Red Light Green Light with a literacy twist. It's a fun and engaging way to incorporate literacy skills into a classic childhood game.

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