31 Games - Ring Around the Rosey

Is your 3-year-old the youngest of the family, or are all the kids your child plays with close to that same age?  If so, then you know how difficult it can be to find ways for them to all be involved in the fun and games - so many choices are just too advanced for this age.

But now, you'll have a list of 31 unique games that even a 3-year-old can join in with.  A few of these ideas will be best for the preschool set, but most will work for a wide range of ages!

Click on over here to see the full list, but read on for this great game idea!

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Urban legend asserts that this game describes the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages, but folklore scholars dismiss this idea completely - and if you read all the variations of this rhyme, you'll probably agree.

Regardless of its reasons of origination, this song is fun to play as a game and perfect for corralling a group of even the tiniest tots and keeping them occupied.

Ring Around the Rosey

Players:  3 + 

Ages:  2 + 

Place:  a space large enough for the players to form a ring

Equipment:  none

How to play:  The players join hands and form a circle.

The players then walk in a circle while singing:

Ring around the rosey,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes,
We all fall down.

After the final line, the players dramatically plop down on the ground.

That's all there is to the version that I grew up playing, but I discovered a fun verse to sing while down on the ground:

The cows are in the meadow
Huddled all together (hug a neighbor)
Thunder, lightning, (pound the floor & wave arms in the air)
We all stand up.

Play continues with the original verse, or players can change things up a bit by running, hopping, skipping or galloping around the rosey!

I'm sure you've played this classic game with your children before, but have you ever heard of the extra verse, or tried any of the variations?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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