It is with some reluctance that I post the details of this game – a game which still brings back a little pang of self-conscious pre-teen bad feelings circa 1982. I was the new kid at a new school and I attended our first casual clothes day (at a school that requires a uniform these are golden and rare days indeed!) wearing a singularly bright pink tracksuit with banana yellow panels. Even for an 11 year old in 1982 it was a fashion tragedy which was met with much mirth from my class mates. When we played this game at morning break these class mates managed to victimise me with every round. HOWEVER – I can see that this game can be lots of fun, so here’s how you play:
You will need:
An open space
Four markers (cones, beanbags etc)
A gaggle of kids who are familiar with their basic colours
optional: a bunch of coloured fabric flags or scarves
Sometimes called “Uncle Sam”, (thanks Emma!) Crocodile should be played outside in a largish play area. Two markers are placed to mark out a start line and then place the other two markets at least 20 feet away to mark out a finish line.
One player is chosen to be the Crocodile who then stands in the centre of the playing field. The other players stand along the start line and if using flags or scarves, these should be tucked into waste bands or pockets, leaving a tail hanging out.
The players along the start line then start chanting “Crocodile, crocodile, may I cross the river?” and the crocodile replies “Yes you may, yes you may, if you are wearing *insert colour*”.
All the players who have that colour somewhere on their clothing may pass across to the finish line (you may want to put in an “underwear doesn’t count”) without being tagged.
The rest of the players must then run across to the finish line and avoid being tagged by the Crocodile. If using flags or scarves the Crocodile must attempt to remove the flag or scarf from the player (obviously the player is not allowed to hold on to the flag).
The players who are caught then join the Crocodile in the middle of the field as Crocodile Helpers. Begin the game again, this time with the Crocodile Helpers also tagging players. This goes on until one player is left who then becomes the Crocodile for the next round.