The game Björnen sover when translated into English means, "the bear is sleeping". It is a great game involving running, dodging, and music. The games starts off by selecting a person to be the sleeping bear. This person lays down with a circle of students holding hands and walking around the sleeping bear. I used a CD with the sleeping bear song and played it while the kids walked clockwise around the person pretending to be the bear. Slowly the bear begins to wake up and stretch then comes to their knees and feet. The entire time the students are still walking in a circle around the bear. Once the bear makes its move to start running the students scatter. The student that the bear catches becomes the next bear and the process repeats.
Warnings!!! The kids love being the bear and will try and be caught on purpose. I stressed that they had to try and run away and not get caught. Anyone getting caught on purpose would be sent out for jumping jacks.
Variations in the GameVariation#1: I allowed the students to change one rule to make it more excited and they wanted to add a second bear. When we played this version, we made the bears wake up at the same time and leave to chase the other students at the same time.
Variation#2: The students also came up with another great version of the game which started off with one bear sleeping. The single sleeping bear wakes and begins to chase the others making big bear movements and noises (flailing arms swinging wildly and roaring like a bear). The person that they catch also becomes a bear, as well as everyone else they tag. In the end, the last student remaining becomes the bear for the start of the next game.