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The four games described in this chapter are upside-down versions of the party games musical chairs and pic-a-stick, the playground game tig (or tag), and 'blind man's buff'.  Turning a familiar children's game or competition upside-down, however, is not easy.  It only seems easy and natural after it has been done.   There is no formula which can be followed.  Inverting skipping games or ball games  -  inverting blind man's buff, or pass the…

 

Created : Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 12:15
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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A group of players are dancing with hoola-hoops.  Some players are keeping the hoola-hoops in motion around their waists, some around their hips, and some around their necks, arms, or legs.  Whenever a hoola-hoop falls to the floor the player simply picks up the hoop and starts again. Meanwhile, one other player  -  in an area with flowers and vases  -  is practising flower arrangement. From time to time one of the players with a hoola-hoop…

 

Created : Friday, June 22, 2012 - 20:41
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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All of the players are wearing blindfolds, except one. The players wearing blindfolds are led individually into the space for the game and turned around.  They don't know where they are. The sighted player begins to speak.  One by one the blindfold players are told how and where to move.  Gradually the speaker brings the blindfold players together into the centre of the space.  Some of the players are talked into taking low positions, and others…

 

Created : Friday, June 22, 2012 - 20:27
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Twenty four colourful carpet tiles have been placed randomly on the floor.  A group of twenty four players are stood quietly alongside the carpet tiles.   Music begins and the players start to dance  -  being careful not to touch any of the carpet tiles as they dance.  The music stops and each player steps to stand motionless on a carpet tile. The music begins again and the players leave their tiles and dance.  While they are dancing a carpet…

 

Created : Friday, June 22, 2012 - 20:18
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Some two dozen slim wooden sticks or rods, each one metre long, have been dropped into an interlocking heap on the ground.   A dozen players are seated in a circle around the rods, clapping in rhythm.  Each time the singing and clapping stops one of the players moves forward to extract a rod from the pile.  If the rod is extracted from the pile without any of the other rods being disturbed, then the player stands the rod in a box of sand to one…

 

Created : Friday, June 22, 2012 - 20:15
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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