Spin-around game

My students love, and I mean love, playing all kinds of large motor games. If the children can spin, jump, run, or move about then they are just so happy. If I can’t think of a game, then I just make one up. This made up game is called the spin-around game.

How to Play

Invite the children to gather around in a circle. Choose one child to be the “spinner.” The spinner stands in the middle and cover his or her eyes and points out with one finger.

Now sing this song – you will have to make up a tune (or just chant it).

Spin (child’s name) spin,

Spin and spin again,

Spin (child’s name) spin,

Spin and “STOP!”


Whoever the “spinner” is pointing at now switches places with that child and the new “spinner” enters the middle of the circle. Now you can start the game again..

I love this game unless the spinner happens to point at me. I am too old to spin:)

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By |2018-11-02T11:06:26+00:00March 29th, 2017|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Esther March 30, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    This sounds great! Easy and fun. I have a hard time finding simple gross motor games that my special ed students can play- many of the ones I find are a little too complex. You are so great at coming up with creative ideas! I would love to see more gross motor ideas specifically. Thanks for everything you share!

  2. Belinda April 1, 2017 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, this is really helpful. I am a kindergarten English Teacher in a foreign country and sometimes I really want to play with the kids to keep the lesson interesting. This will help me a lot.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ann Erickson April 2, 2017 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I am in total agreement with Esther. I am no longer teaching full time, but volunteer at my grandchildren’s pre-school and share with the teachers there many of your postings and ideas.

  4. Julie Bergstrom April 2, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Great idea! Perfect when the children are getting antsy during circle times.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.

  5. Stephanie Drown April 3, 2017 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Nice game!!! I don’t think you’re too o!d to spin!! You look lovely and fit always!! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Ha! Thank you Stephanie:)

  6. Ellie April 3, 2017 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for this idea! I start off my circle time with a music & movement or gross motor activity and I am always looking for more ideas.

  7. Susana April 6, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Love this. I can use this during transition time, like waiting for lunch!

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