In this simple game, players will put their listening skills, concentration and reflexes to the test.


Riverbank is a fast paced physical game. Players must put their listening skills, concentration and reflexes to the test.

Setting Up

Lay a long rope (or ribbon) on the ground in a spacious area and get all the players to line up along it. Be sure there’s enough space either side for players to safely jump over the rope.

Allocate a game leader – this could be an adult or a young person.


Explain to the players that the side of the rope where they are standing is the ‘bank’ and the other is the ‘river.’ When the game leader calls the word “river,” the players must jump over the rope and into the ‘river.’ When they call “bank,” they must jump over the rope and back onto the ‘bank.’ The game leader can call “river” or “bank” in any order, as many times as they wish!

If a player jumps into the ‘river’ or onto the ‘bank’ when they are not supposed to, they are out of the game and can help the game leader keep an eye on the other players. For added excitement, you could make it so that players are also eliminated if they take too long to jump. 

Take it Further

If you enjoyed this game, why not try out 40 Ways of Getting There or Buzzy Bees.

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