Grandmother’s footsteps, also known as Grandma’s footsteps, is a popular game for kids and drama students alike. In this article I’ll show you exactly how to play it.
Requirements To Play
Players: Minimum 2, but ideally 4 or more.
Time: 10 to 20 minutes on average.
People Aged: 4+ years old.
Space: Room for at least 7 large strides.
How To Play The Grandma’s Footsteps Game
One player is assigned as the grandmother, and all of the other players are her pursuers. The grandmother begins the game facing a wall at one side of the room. If you’re playing outside you can have them stand facing away from the other players, but it doesn’t have to be at a wall.
The aim of the game is for all the other players to sneak up on the grandmother without being seen. This would be easy if it wasn’t for the grandmother turning around when they feel like it and seeing if they can spot anyone moving. If they do they should tell that person to go back to the starting line.
How To Win
To win this game you need to be the first player to reach the assigned the grandmother; simply tap her on the shoulder without her seeing. Once you win you become the grandmother in the next round.
Rules Of The Grandmother’s Footsteps Game
- Grandmother can turn around any time she pleases.
- The assigned grandmother can be either a boy or a girl.
- If grandmother spots you moving, you go back to the beginning. Her decision is final. Note: if kids are playing, an adult may want to supervise weather the chosen grandmother is doing this fairly.
Skills Learned By Playing Grandmother’s Footsteps
- Moving in stealth. If grandmother can hear a rush of footsteps coming towards her she’s more likely to turn around. So silence is key.
- Patience. If you rush forward and don’t stop, chances are grandma is going to turn around and catch you while you’re still moving. She will then send you back to the beginning.
- Strategy adjustment. Move too fast and you’ll be caught, move too slow and others will get to Grandma before you. Can you find the perfect balance between the two?
Variations Of The Game
While the game is reset each time someone becomes grandmother, if you want to add additional competition you could keep track of how many times each person becomes the grandmother. The person who does so the most will win the overall day.
If you want to better control the pace of the game, you can have the grandmother saying “grand mother’s footsteps” each time and then turning around. This makes it more predictable to when they will turn around and makes the game easier for younger players.
Wrapping It Up
Grandma’s footsteps is an easy to pick up and fun game for all ages. That said there is strategy involved, and both kids and adults alike can get their tactical brain thinking while having fun.