B’gawk!

Category: Games

a.k.a. “The Chicken Game”
Type of Game Circle Games, Mind Games
# of Participants 5-40
Materials None
Where to Play In a large open space

How to Play

The participants stand in a circle. Each participant makes two circles with each of their hands using their index finger and thumb. They then hold these circles over each eye.
The first person starts by dropping on hand and then quickly returning it to their eye. They must say “b’gawk!” while they do this. The hand they use decides the direction that the ‘b’gawk’ will travel in. If he/she uses their right hand, play would continue to the right and vice versa.
After the first person has started the game, players can choose to use a ‘Double B’gawk’. This means that they would drop both hands instead of just one. Play continues in the same direction but the person directly opposite them is skipped over once.
When a player messes up (by b’gawking when they shouldn’t or hesitating too long) they must run around the outside of the circle flapping their arms and making chicken noises until they return to their original spot. They are then allowed to rejoin the game. The game DOES NOT stop while they are doing this which means that the other players run a higher risk of becoming distracted!

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ABC Basketball

Category: Games

a.k.a.
Type of Game Circle Games, Sports-Based
# of Participants 10-30
Materials
  • basketball
  • basketball net
Where to Play On a flat surface where the participants can sit, a basketball court

How to Play

The participants sit in a circle and pass the basketball around while singing the alphabet. Whoever has the ball when the song gets to ‘Z’ has to get up and try to shoot the ball in the net.
If the player makes the shot, he/she can rejoin the circle. If not, he/she must sit out for the rest of the round.
A round ends when only two people are left. They participate in a shoot-out style competition to decide the winner.

A What?

Type of Game Circle Games, Mind Games, Still and Settled Games
# of Participants unlimited
Materials at least one object (like a ball) or 2 objects for a more challenging game
Where to Play inside or outside

How to Play:
The leader of the game arranges everyone into a circle and then begins play by passing the first object to the person on their right (Participant A). The leader says to Participant A, “this is a whit.”

Participant A asks the leader, “a what?” and the leader responds, “a whit.”

Participant A then passes the object to the person on their right (Participant B) and says, “this is a whit.”

Participant B asks Participant A, “a what?” Participant A then asks the leader, “a what?” The leader responds by saying, “a whit.” Participant A then turns to Participant B and says, “a whit.”

This pattern continues around the circle with the question “a what?” being asked of every participant after the leader, including the leader.

The game can be made more difficult by adding another object traveling in the opposite direction. This object should be called something similar, for example: wheat, whet, watt, etc.

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1-2-3 Look

a.k.a.
Type of Game Circle Games
# of Participants < 50
Materials none
Where to Play Anywhere
Similar Games “Scream Machine”

How to Play:

The leader arranges the group in a circle and then tells them to close their eyes and lower their heads. The leader calls out “1-2-3 look!” As the leader calls “look,” the participants look up at a specific person.

If two people are looking at one another, they are both out. If a participant is looking at someone who is looking at another person, they are both still in the game.

Play continues until there are only two participants left.

 

Snort

Type of Game Just Meeting, Circle Games, Icebreaker Games
Number of Participants a group of 10+ works best, larger groups may want to split up into multiple groups
Materials: none
Where to Play: inside or outside

How to Play:
Everyone stands in a circle with no spaces in between them. For this game to be effective, the participants must get really close!

The object of the game is to pass a snort around the circle, trying to make one another laugh. Someone starts the game, let’s call him/her Participant A, by snorting at the person on his/her left. The person on the left, we’ll call him/her Participant B, has to maintain eye contact while trying not to laugh! Participant B then has to turn and snort at the person on his/her left. The snorts are passed this way for a while and people who laugh while being snorted at are out!
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Beat the Bunny

Type of Game Circle Game
Number of Participants: works best with 10+ participants, a larger group (30+) may want to split into several smaller groups
Materials: 
  • small ball
  • large ball
Where to Play: inside or outside

How to Play:
Everyone stands in a circle. The bunny (small ball) starts at one end of the circle and is passed from person to person. Once the bunny gets about halfway around the circle, the farmer (large ball) starts from the same spot and goes in the same direction.
The farmer can change directions to try to catch the bunny but the bunny is only allowed to change directions when the farmer does.
Play ends when the bunny is caught by the farmer.

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Who Is It?

Type of Game Circle Game, Mind Game
Number of Participants: 10+
Materials: none
Where to Play: inside or outside, in a space where you can stand and sit

How to Play:
Ask the participants to stand in a circle. The leader will secretly choose one of the campers to be “it”. No one but the leader can know who this person is.

The participants will then ask questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no”. For example, someone could ask “is it a boy?” If the “it” is a girl, the leader will say “no” and all of the male participants will sit down. They could also ask “are they wearing a hat?” and if the “it” is wearing a hat, the leader would say “yes” and everyone not wearing a hat would sit down.

Everyone is allowed to ask questions, even if they are sitting down. You can play until the campers successfully guess who the leader picked OR limit the number of questions they ask before they have to just guess.

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Ah Soh Gi

a.k.a. “Ah So Koh”
Type of Game circle game
Number of Participants unlimited
Materials none
Where to Play inside or outside

How to Play:
Everyone sits in a circle and learns the three commands/movements:

  1. Ah! (put left or right hand across forehead in a saluting motion with fingers pointing at the person next to you)
  2. Soh! (put left or right hand across chin in a saluting motion with fingers pointing at the person next to you)
  3. Gi! (put both arms together in front of you in a clapping motion and point to someone else anywhere in the circle)

The phrases must always go in the order listed above and each requires the correct hand motion. It is your turn when you are pointed at by someone next to you (Ah or Soh) or when someone else in the circle points at you (Gi).

When someone makes a mistake (says the wrong command, uses the wrong movement, hesitates for too long) they are out.

When someone gets out everyone puts a hand in the middle with the thumb up and says, “you’re outta here!”

That person leaves the circle and the rest of the members move in to fill in the space. The person to the right of the now “out” person starts the game again with “Ah!”

The game ends when there are only two people left.

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