1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

For Middle Level • 3-5


Community Level 2 - Familiar

Materials: An object, such as a water bottle or Frisbee

How To Play: Phase One: One player volunteers to be the caller. The rest of the players form a line at one edge of the play area, approximately 30 to 50 feet away, facing the caller. An object, such as a water bottle or Frisbee, is placed at the caller's feet. The game begins when the caller turns her back to the group and shouts, "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish." While she shouts this, the group moves towards her. When finished with the phrase, she turns and faces the line of players, who must be still. If the caller sees any player move, she sends that player back to the start/finish line. This process is repeated until a group of players is close enough to touch the object at the caller's feet.

Phase Two: When several group members get close enough to the object, one of them picks it up while the caller's back is turned. After the object is picked up, the group turns their backs to the caller and heads towards the start/finish line. The group's main goal is to return to the starting line with the object while making it difficult for the caller to guess who has the object.

The caller has three guesses to figure out who is holding the object as the group journeys to the start/finish line. As in Phase One, the group is free to move while the caller's back is turned, but when she is finished saying, "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish," and turns to look for the object, the group must be still. It is during these "frozen" times that the caller makes her guesses. If the caller guesses incorrectly the first or second time, she turns away, calls again, and the group continues to move to the start/finish line. While they move, they may pass the object among themselves, but must cease passing it when the caller finishes her phrase so a guess can be made.

Variations: Team Red-Light, Green-Light is played in a similar manner.

 

 

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