- The children sit in a circle.
- Each child is given the name of a fruit.
- One person is chosen to stand in the centre of the circle and repeats the name of one of the fruits three times, e.g. orange, orange, orange.
- The person around the outside of the circle who is the orange, must interrupt by shouting the word orange before the other person has managed to say it three times.
- If they interrupt successfully, the person in the middle chooses another fruit.
- If they are not quick enough, they replace the person in the middle.
It is a really fun game and encourages the children to concentrate and tests their reactions. It can be used as a time filler or a warm-up to a circle time session.
These variations were contributed by Sarah:
I played a similar game when I taught in Japan (I got it from a booklet, so I can’t thank whoever came up with the idea), but it was called apple3. The person stood in the middle and tried to “steal” a seat. It was adapted in several ways
- Try using the names of animals vs the sound they make
- Try using verbs (present tense three times vs past tense once)
- Topic words
- Different language
- Another language + the translation