Swing the Statue Will Make Kids Laugh

How Long Can You Hold That Pose?

swing the statue is a fun game for grandkids
The grandchildren will have great fun playing swing the statue. Photo © Tony Anderson | Taxi | Getty Images

Swing the Statue is a game that is more entertaining than competitive. Isn't that a nice change? It's been played by generations of children. A grassy lawn is all you need to play, and children (and adults) of all ages can play. School-age grandchildren are at the perfect stage to enjoy this game.

How to Play

One player is chosen to be "it." He or she takes each of the other players in turn and, holding them by a wrist or hand, swings them in a circle and then lets them go.

The swung player must freeze as soon as possible and hold that position as long as possible. The first player to break the freeze becomes "it." Since the first player swung must hold the position longest, begin with the oldest child first. The entertainment value comes from seeing the strange positions that players end up in and watching them try to hold those positions.


  • Another version uses teams of two. One of each pair is designated as the swinger. At "go" they swing their partners, who freeze and try to hold their position longer than their opponents.
  • In another version, when all the players have taken their positions, the player who did the swinging pretends to be an art critic and judges the statues. The player with the best pose wins! 
  • In yet another version, as the swinger releases the person being swung, he calls out an animal or object. The person swung must try to land in a position that represents the animal or object. When all players have been swung, the swinger chooses which one did the best job.

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    The game of Statues resembles Red Light, Green Light. It is played by having one player, called the curator, stand at the end of the field of play. The other players stand at the opposite end. When the curator turns his back, the other players move toward him or her. But when the curator turns around, the other players must freeze and stand as still as statues.

    Any player who is unable to stop quickly is eliminated from play or sent back to the starting line, depending upon the rules adopted. The curator may walk among the statues and admire them before resuming the game. The first player to reach the curator wins. 

    A different version of Statues requires that players be seated in a row in front of the leader or curator. The leader gives each player a pose to assume. Players may be asked to portray an angry parent, a happy puppy or something similar, usually combining a character and an emotion. After everyone has been posed, the leader chooses a winner based on the quality of the pose and how well it was held. The winner then becomes the leader. 

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