The Key of St. George Game
The key of St. George is a traditional French singing game, which can be fun but may work best with older toddlers. The players sit down in a circle. One child goes round the circle while everyone is singing the 'Key of St. George' rhyme translated from French as follow:
"I'm carrying, carrying St. George's key
When I'm tired of carrying it,
I'll drop it at the foot of a rock,
Where my loved one will be,"
Then the child carrying the key puts it behind someone's back while everyone carries on singing:
"Don't look at the fox who is going by, but look at him when he has gone by, oh! sailor, on the wave, look behind your back"
Children then turn around and the one who has the key must stand up and run after the child who dropped the key. The later must run to the spot where the other child was seated. Now it is that child's turn to go round and drop the key behind someone else's back.
To ensure everyone has a turn, make it a rule that the child with the key should not put it behind the back of someone who's already had a turn. Also divide your class in half, if necessary, having about 5 or 6 children in a circle so that they may not wait too long before having a turn. Increase the fun and get them clapping when the person chosen is running after the person who dropped the key.