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Ship, shore, deck


Ship, shore, deck

What to do with this activity?

"Ship, shore, deck" is a good game whether you have a larger group of kids or just one or two. One person (maybe you?) is chosen as the Captain of the ship and calls out the instructions. This game needs a bit of space, so a garden or park or indoor hall is suitable. Choose three different areas in that space and call them either "ship", "shore" or "deck".

If the Captain calls out "Ship" then all the children must run to Area 1. When the Captain shouts "Shore" they all run to Area 2. When the Captain shouts "Deck" they head to Area 3. When the Captain shouts "Hit the Deck" the kids all lie face down on the floor. Watch this video to see some kids playing the game.

If someone heads in the wrong direction they are out. By the way, keeping physically active is good for brains too!

  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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