Der Fuchs geht um – A traditional German circle game !
On Wednesday morning all 3 Kindergarten groups (Pre-KG, Blue team and Yellow team) usually go out together to the park to explore the surroundings, use the gymn equipment and hone their social skills !
What better way to learn and grow together than by sharing, caring and getting good at conflict solving.
Last Wednesday the skies looked a bit cloudy, so we decided to head for the area under the Rokko Liner just next to the school and do a fun traditional German game.
With the 100 Jahre Deutscher Kindergarten Anniversary coming up, we were all eager to know what little children played all those years ago.
The choice was “Der Fuchs geht um”, a circle game that requires paying attention, being quick on your feet and catching the fox.
Our group of children and teachers sat in a big circle with the Fuchs (fox) going around holding his tail (handkerchief or scarf) behind his back. The Fuchs then chose a person whose back he could drop his tail behind and started to run. When the person recognized that there was a tail, he neeeded to grab it and try to catch the Fuchs. If the Fuchs was fast enough he would safely make it to the empty spot and the person holding the scarf would be the next Fuchs.
Sounds logical and easy ? It is, but it isn’t. You need to be alert and you need to be fast.
All the children and teachers were thrilled with the game, lot of screaming could be heard and cheering for the ones who made it safely to their spot. This fun game encourages movement of the whole body, playing by rules and interaction.
Why not try it with your family or some friends in the park next time ?
Viel Spass ! Have fun !