By: the editors of Wondertime magazine
Although it sounds vaguely like a brand of transition diapers, Johnny Jump-Ups is a simple version of Simon Says — and with its springtime theme, a superb game to either welcome the season (if you're lucky) or boost the morale of winter-weary kids (if you're not).
How to Play:
1 . A leader is chosen and designated "Spring." The other players are "seeds," and count off into two equal-as-possible groups. The seeds spread out and crouch down.
2. Spring then claps once, twice, or three times. If she claps once, Group 1 seeds "sprout" by jumping up. If she claps twice, Group 2 seeds sprout. Three times, everybody sprouts.
3. Anybody who sprouts (or fails to sprout) at the wrong time is out; the last sprout standing is the next Spring.
Originally published in Wondertime magazine.