Ten Ways to Cross an Area


This game challenges the creativity of the child in that they shall move from one area in a different way each time. The children must also remember how they moved area. The game openly tests (nothing is right or wrong) a range of locomotor skills.


  1. The children stand on one side of the play area.
  2. The children shall then cross the area ten times moving differently each time. The children decide how they will move across the area and can steal ideas from each other.


  • Let the children count how many times they cross the area themselves.
  • Praise creative solutions to the task by giving positive feedback to the children.


  • The game can be varied by playing in pairs when the children will copy each other. Change the ‘leader’ after the area has been crossed in each round.
  • In pairs, let the children ‘attach’ to each other with different body parts (e.g. hands, shoulders, knees). Encourage them to cross the area in different ways whilst ‘attached’ to each other.
  • Tell them that they will be carrying small pieces of equipment in different ways, e.g. bean bags, hula hoops, balls.


No equipment required (small equipment to carry over the area, if applicable)


0 - 2 years
3 - 5 years


Large space
Small space

Motor skills

Learning areas

Activity type