Snakes in the gutter

Snakes in the gutter game: how to play?

Snakes in the gutter Game.

Snakes in the gutter is a great game that kids love! In this running game, children attempt to run through the gutter without being tagged by a snake. This game can be played both indoors and outdoors.

Game sheet

  • number of players: from 6 children
  • age: from 6 years old
  • material: Provide enough material to mark the lines on the ground representing the gutter.
  • Played indoors or outdoors
  • Duration: 20 minutes

Snakes in the gutter Game rules

Mark two parallel lines on the ground that will divide the playing area into two equal parts. The space between these two lines will be the gutter.
Pick two to four kids to be the “snakes” in the gutter. They will need to line up in the middle of the play area to start.
All the children start out on the side of the playing area away from the snakes. Once someone yells “Snakes in the gutter!”, the children along the side of the play area attempt to run through the gutter without being tag by a snake and reach the opposite side. Snakes can move anywhere within the two lines.
Any kids that are tagged now become part of the snake and must remain in the middle. Continue this until all kids have been tagged and are part of the snake. The game ends when one person is left or when everyone has been tagged.


After a few rounds of the game, it can be fun to mix things up by changing how the kids run through the gutter. An example would be having everyone hop on one foot or even liking arms with another child. The variety will keep the game exciting for the kids.

The educational advantages of the game

  • allows you to expend your energy
  • development of gross motor skills
  • working on speed and agility
  • play in community
  • learning and listening to the rules of the game

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