Quieter/Sit down Games

The scenario: you’re on a residential with 20 young people. They’ve been running around all day, climbing things, getting wet and basically being a bit mad. Dinner has been eaten and they are now tired, full, but basically happy. What do you do to keep the momentum going? Here are a few games.

A lot of these games are well-known, so ask the young people not to shout out answers if they get it, but to join in the fun!

Moon in the Spoon

This game requires a spoon and a circle of young people. The leader takes the spoon, says ‘I can see the moon in the spoon’. Passes it to the next person, who looks into the spoon and says ‘I can see the moon in the spoon’. If they have performed the necessary action, then the leader agrees that they can, indeed, see the moon in the spoon. If they have not completed the action, then they cannot see the moon in the spoon, and the leader must inform them that ‘sorry, you haven’t seen the moon in the spoon’

The necessary action is this: they must simply thank the person who passed them the spoon. This should be done quite subtly to keep the mystery going.

Forks (or sticks, or knives, whatever)

The leader takes a selection of forks, arranges them in a complex manner and asks ‘how many are there?’ (do not stipulate ‘forks’). The young people will probably try and work out how many, based on a series of rules. The leader, however, has set out their fingers on their knees, or on the ground, and it is really the number of fingers that the leader is asking about. The forks are merely a distraction. So if 4 forks are in front of the leader, but 5 fingers, then the answer is 5. If no fingers are visible, yet 6 forks are, the answer is zero.

Mrs Appleberry at Appleberry cottages.

The leader starts with the following formula:

Mrs Appleberry at Appleberry cottages likes x but not y where x and y are words. The next person then repeats the formula with their own words. The formula is correct if the word represented by x has a double-letter in it (e.g. apple, ball, foot, feet, etc.) and y does not (e.g. pear, box, toe, toes). The formula goes around the group, with the leader (and those who know the game) passing the formula around the circle. Encourage everyone to take part, and not drop out simply because they don’t get it.

Formula examples:

Mrs Appleberry at Appleberry cottages likes feet but not shoes
Mrs Appleberry at Appleberry cottages likes Tottenham but not Chelsea
Mrs Appleberry at Appleberry cottages likes school, but not university
Mrs Appleberry at Appleberry cottages likes college, but not pencils

Scissors

You can use scissors for this, or just mime them. The idea is to pass scissors around the circle ‘crossed’ or ‘uncrossed’. Each pass is either correct or incorrect, and depends on whether the person has crossed legs, arms, etc. or not. So pass to person A ‘uncrossed’ who has uncrossed legs is correct, to person B ‘crossed’ whose legs are uncrossed is incorrect, to person C ‘crossed’ whose legs are crossed is correct, etc.

Going on holiday

Formula: I’m going on holiday, and I’m taking with me an ‘x’. Goes around the group, and as with all these types of game is either correct or incorrect. Now, to be correct, the first letter of the word chosen must be the last letter of the previous word, so it turns into a word chain. For example:

I’m taking a pillow, I’m taking a walrus, I’m taking a seesaw, I’m taking a whale, I’m taking an eagle….

Only the words that are correct in the chain count, so incorrect guesses don’t join the chain…e.g.

I’m taking a pillow, I’m taking a walrus, I’m taking a taxi I’m taking a seesaw, I’m taking a whale, I’m taking a corkscrew, I’m taking an eagle….

 

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