Skip to main content

Red light, green light

First suggested by Boing kids
Get hearts racing with this fast-paced traffic light warm up game.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Something red
  • Something green
  • Cones or markers

Learn through play

This activity was created with our friends at Boing Kids. Boing is all about giving children the tools they need to explore the world around them and solve problems in a fun way. They support people to create playful, active, and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Physical literacy means understanding how you interact with the world around you – it involves concepts like reacting to objects, moving creatively, and interacting with other people. 

Find out more about Boing >

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • Set up a start zone and finish zone at opposite ends of the space using cones or other markers.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Remind everyone to stay at a safe distance when they’re moving around.

Play the game

  1. Everyone should begin the game in the start zone you’ve marked out.
  2. The person leading the game should start the game by shouting ‘green light’ and holding up something green. This is the sign for everyone to run towards the finish zone.
  3. The person leading the game should shout ‘red light’ and hold up something red. This is the sign for everyone to stop running and quickly balance on one leg for five seconds.
  4. If anyone loses their balance during the red light, they should jump back towards the start zone 10 times.
  5. The person leading the game should keep shouting green or red light at different times.
  6. Everyone should keep playing until they’ve all made it to the finish zone.


Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.