Fun and physical activity are guaranteed in Shipwreck, a Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game.


REP Game: Shipwreck

Who: Grades 3-8 

Players: 6+ 

Time: 10 minutes+ 

Where: Gymnasium, hallway, playground 

Equipment: None 

How to Play  

  • Players line up at the starting line! Stand 6 feet away from each other. The facilitator is the captain and the players are the crew. Listen for the following commands. When you hear: 
    • ROLL CALL: the crew must line up, feet together, and salute the captain by saying, “aye, aye captain!” 
    • AT EASE: the crew may stop saluting and do the next movement that is called. 
    • CROW’S NEST: the crew must climb the ladder to the crow’s nest. 
    • SWAB THE DECK: the crew must mop the deck. 
    • THREE IN A BOAT: find three people, sit in a line 6 feet apart, and row the boat while singing, "row, row, row your boat." 
    • SPEED BOAT: the captain will become a speed boat and try to get to the line before you do. 
  • If you make a mistake, do five jumping jacks, then rejoin the game.


Check for Understanding  

  • What do you do for SWAB THE DECK? 
  • What do you do for SPEED BOAT? 

Game Tip  

  • Practice the commands with players before starting the game. 

Conflict Resolution Tip  

  • Have players help the facilitator lead. 


Easy: Have players stand in line. 

Medium: Have players walk in a circle. 

Hard: Have players hop on one foot for each command. 

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