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This is a super simple activity I remember playing when I was a kid.

by Rachel

Basically, we created a stop/go sign and one person got to be “in charge”. When the sign said go we ran around like crazy banshees! When it said stop, we’d stop. Super simple! Kept them entertained for quite awhile. I even got a morning “quiet time” as a result of all our running! I have some resting preschoolers this morning.

What you need to make your sign:

  • Paper towel roll (I think we used the insert from our Aluminum Foil)
  • Paper Plates
  • Stapler (to attach the plates to the roll)
  • Markers


  • Following directions – mix it up. Try going on all fours, or only walking backwards during the “go” time, or jumping, whatever, let the leader use their imagination!
  • Recognition of sight words: Go & Stop. These will be helpful at stop signs and the like.
  • Practice looking both ways when the “stop” sign changes to “go”. Pretend you are on a street. I have my kids hold hands when we are in a street or parking lot. This was a fun way to reinforce the “how-we behave around cars” behavior.

​Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.