Have the children form a large circle, sitting down, facing inward, and then number them off in threes or fours. REMEMBER YOUR NUMBER!!!
When the teacher says the rhyme: “Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the clock, and the clock struck NUMBER (2), all the twos run around the outside of the circle. The first one back is the winner.
Once all players are back in their places, I will call a new number… Listen carefully. I might call your number!
J. Palmer says…
To make this an elimination game, the last one back to their space is out and has to face the outside of the circle and not run again. The last one left at the end is the winner.
To make it harder (and if you do the elimination as above and the number of children still in decreases), you could call out more than one number at a time.