Variations of "Un, dos, tres, mariposita es" are played around the world. It's the equivalent of "Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3!"


This game can also be found as "Un, dos, tres, mariposita linda es" (1, 2, 3, it's a fine –little- butterfly) in the Dominican Republic.

Game Instructions

"Un, dos, tres, mariposita es" is played with a group of children.

The group stands on one end of the playing area, at the starting line. The person who is "It" stands at the other end, at the finish line, usually facing a wall.

The person who's "It" faces the finish line, with his back to the group. He says, "Un, dos, tres, mariposita es" clapping a hand against the wall if there's a wall. Then he quickly turns around to face the group.

When he is facing away from the group, the people in the group run towards the finish line. Meanwhile, as soon as the one who's "It" finishes saying, "Un, dos, tres, mariposita es" he quickly turns around to face the group. The group must freeze. Anyone who is caught moving has to go back to the starting line.

The game continues like this until someone reaches the finish line. That person wins. That person is "It" in the next round.