This is a great game for large groups of neighborhood kids. Children organize into two even teams. Each team member interlocks their arms together forming a line. The teams face each other and are spaced a fair distance apart. The first team calls, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (child’s name) on over.” The child who has been called runs as fast as he/she can toward the other group and tries to break through the line. If that player breaks through, he/she takes a player from the broken line back to his/her team. If the child doesn’t break through, he/she must join the opposing team.
When only one player is left on a team, he/she is left to break through a link on the opposite side. If successful, a player may go back to his/her team. If unsuccessful, the opposing team wins. Red Rover has been known to continue well past dusk.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.