Fruit basket turnover

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Fruit basket turnover
Age Range 5-8 (grades 1-2), 8-11 (grades 3-5), 11-14 (grades 6-8)
Group Size medium (6-20)
Setting indoors, outdoors
Setup Time short (0-5 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min)
Materials none
Presentation Style active, interactive, student led

Brief Description

Fruit basket turnover is like musical chairs. There are a few groups each with a fruit name. The person who is it calls out a fruit and that fruit group has to get up and find a seat. The person who couldn't find a chair is now IT.


  • Students will be able to learn how to multi-task by learning a song, listening, and moving to a new seat quick!

This Is How You Play

The Song

"Oranges and Lemons,

Apples and Bananas,

Peaches, Pears, Watermelons too!

One will be left overrrr!

Fruit baskets turnoverrrr!"

(middle person calls out 1 fruit, then replace an open seat)

  1. The players are divided into equal-sized groups, with each group having the name of a fruit.
  2. A circle is formed with a number of chairs equal to one less than the number of players. The players sit on the chairs, ensuring that members of each group are evenly distributed around the circle.
  3. One player will be left without a chair, and will stand in the center of the circle.
  4. Everyone sings the song together; once the song ends,
  5. The player standing in the center calls out one of the fruit names. When this happens, all players in that group must stand up from their seats and move to another seat in the circle. The player in the center must attempt to take one of the free seats while the other players are moving.
  6. A new player will then be left in the center, enabling the game to be repeated. If any player failed to move even though their group's fruit name was called, they are required to move into the centre and the player previously in the center sits in their seat.
  7. Instead of stating a fruit name, the player in the center may call "Fruit Basket Turnover!", "Fruit Basket Upset!" or "Fruits Basket!", in which case everybody must move to a different seat.
  8. There is often a restriction that the player must move to a seat not adjacent to their own.

At some point, add this activity to songs and delete this line.


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