Fruit Bowl / Anyone Who?

Summary

A classic game than can be adapted and used in a variety of ways.

How Do I Play It?

Students begin in a circle (ideally on a chair but doesn’t have to be).

Label the children with a type of fruit approx 5 – banana, apple, cherry, strawberry, pineapple. Repeat the sequence until every child is labelled with a fruit.

To check they remember and as a practice call out each fruit and get the students to raise their hand when their fruit is called.

Now explain that you will call out a fruit and those who are that fruit must change places (not with people sat next to them). If you call out "fruit bowl" everyone moves.

Tips

If the excitement is growing or the focus is drifting instead of calling out mime or mouth the fruit.

Variations

You can change the theme from fruit to anything. You can also adapt the way they move and change places e.g. hop, like you’re on the moon, skip etc...

Participants
Whole Group
Expertise
Novice
Duration
Short (5 mins or less)
Skills
Spatial Awareness
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