How to Play Ring-Around-the-Rosie

by ContributorUpdated September 22, 2017

Ring-Around-The-Rosie is one of those games that can bring someone back to their childhood. The rules are simple to learn. Children who are 5 or younger are more likely to think this game is fun. If you haven't played in a while, here are some helpful reminders.

Gather at least 2 kids together, or, ideally, 3 or 4. If too many kids try to play at once, it's more likely that someone will fall down too soon.

Explain the game rules to the participants and teach them the short song. The kids should understand the object is to sit down after the singing is completed.

Form a circle with the kids and yourself by join hands with each other.

Walk around in a circle while singing this song together: "Ring around the Rosie, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down."

Stop walking and quickly sit down on the word "down." The last one standing is out of the game and sits off to the side while the game continues.

Repeat Steps 3 to 5 until there is only two people left in the game. The first person sitting after the song ends is the winner.


It's a kid's game, let the kids win.

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