Red Light! Green Light!

Children of all ages always enjoy being the first across the finish line in this classic game.

1. Select one person to be the "Police Officer" that directs traffic.
2. The officer stands on one side of the play area.
3. Everyone else stands about 20-30 feet away, on the other side of the play area.

How to Play

1. The game starts when the Police Officer turns his/her back on the other players and shouts, "Green Light!"
2. The players must run or walk quickly toward the Police Officer.
3. When the Police Officer is so inclined, he/she calls out "Red Light!" and quickly turns around to face the moving players.
4. The players must freeze instantly.
5. If the Police Officer catches anyone moving, they must return to the starting line.
6. Then the Police Officer turns his/her back again and shouts "Green Light!"
7. Again, the players walk or run quickly until the Officer shouts "Red Light" and turns around.
8. Just as before, the players have to freeze and those that move are sent back.
9. Play continues until one of the players tags the Police Officer while his/her back is turned.
10.That player then becomes the next Police Officer.


The name "Police Officer" can vary depending upon a party theme or interests of the players. "Engineer", for example, works well for a train-themed party.

Activity Length
Indefinite (as long as you want!)
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
10 to 20
Prep Time
No prep time needed!
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)