I had my class out on the playground this morning and half the class was playing a game together. I moved closer so I could watch and hear what they were saying. As I walked up to the group I observed one of my girls lift her hand to her ear to make a phone (like the sign language “Y”) and say, “Hello, 9-1-1 here – what do you want?” As you can imagine, I immediately wondered what kind of game they were playing!
After observing for awhile, I kinda worked out their game. One child was a police officer. One child was the police officer’s dog. The other children were cats. The police officer and her dog would run after the cats, capture them, and put them in “jail”. The cats who were still free would break the cats who were in jail out and the game would resume. Every so often the roles would change so each child got a turn being the police officer, dog, or a cat.
I thought this was a slightly bizarre game – but they seemed to really be enjoying it and played it for almost an hour! I must say, they have good imaginations to come up with this on their own. I also loved how they decided to take turns playing the different roles – with little fighting about who’s turn it was! It was a proud moment. I’ll miss these guys!