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Captain’s coming

A great game for getting kids moving and thinking. It can be played indoors or outdoors.

You will need a clear space to play this game, one person to be the captain of the ship, and at least two other players to be the crew.

How to play:

  1. The captain is in charge of the ship and yelling out orders to the crew.
  2. Crew members must obey all of the captain's orders.
  3. The last crew member to finish an order is out of the game.
  4. Keep playing until one crew member is the winner.

Some examples of captain's orders:

  • Scrub the decks: crew members get on their hands and knees and pretend to scrub the deck.
  • Man overboard: crew members find a partner, hold hands and pretend to row a boat.
  • Climb the rigging: crew members pretend to climb a rope ladder.
  • Captain’s coming: crew members salute and say "aye aye captain".
  • Shark attack: crew members must not touch the ground. At the beach you could stand on a towel.
  • Hit the deck: crew members lay face down on the floor.
  • Captain's wife: crew members curtsey.
  • Four corners: there are four corners of the ship: back, front, left and right. Use something to mark each corner. When the captain yells out a corner all crew members must run to it.