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Ape, Man, Girl Game

Both "Ape, Man, Girl" and "Elves, Wizards, Giants" are funnier team variations of the popular game- scissors, paper, stone.

Instructions: Have people pair off or you can have your team stand in front of each other in two lines. Then, when the signal is given each person strikes a pose like an ape, man, or girl. Be sure to demonstrate what each looks like ahead of time (and make sure they act it!). Here is a thought.

  • Ape- Jump up and down and make whoop noises, beating your chest and scratching your behind.
  • Man- Flex your chest, twirl your moustache and flex your muscles.
  • Girl- Act coy or demure, twirling your skirt, flitting your eyelashes, blowing kisses, etc.

The ape beats the girl, man beats the ape, the girl gets the man. Eliminate the losers and pair the winners until you get a champion.

Elves, Wizards, Giants

Another team version of the old game of `Scissors-Paper-Stone’, but has funnier actions and noises which each team has to act out. Each character (Elf, Wizard, Giant) has a specific action or noise.

Instructions: Have people pair off or you can have your team stand in front of each other in two lines. Then, when the signal is given each person strikes a pose like an elf, giant or a wizard. Be sure to demonstrate what each looks like ahead of time (and make sure they act it!). Here is a thought.

  • Elf- Squatting down and imitate pointed ears by holding two fingers up by your ears (similar to making bunny ears). Make "eeeking" noises while doing this.
  • Giant- Standing on tip toe, arms raised in frightening posture making growling / roaring sounds.
  • Wizard-Standing normally but with arms outstretched as if casting a spell. Make appropriate spell casting noises.

Each team finds a quiet corner and decides on a character to be as a team, after choosing their character each team stands facing each other with hands behind their backs. On a given signal (e.g. the count of three) the whole team acts out their character with the points going to the team that chooses the winning character. If both teams pick the same character there is a draw.

Winning streak-

Elves shoot Wizards: Thus, Elves win (Elves pretend to shoot an arrow, Wizards make dramatic gestures as though struck in the heart).
Wizards frazzle Giants: Thus, Wizards win (Giants pretend to shrink).
Giants squash Elves: Thus, Giants win (Giants pretend they are squishing something small).

Balloon Game

Tie a balloon on a string (at least two feet long) to each person's ankle. The objective of the game is to be the last person with an un-popped balloon around one's ankle. Note: this game takes some prep work. Balloons must be blown up and string cut in advance. It is a fun game, though.

Communicating Challenge Game

Try the "Line up game" this way....

Give everyone a number. They have to arrange themselves in numerical order communicating with each other without speaking or holding up fingers. They make up their own sub-language or sign-language and it often is pretty amusing. Round two. Have people arrange themselves in order of birth or in calendar months.

Silly Scrumple Game

One person is selected as the leader (who remains out of the game) all players then get into a circle and each gets given a piece of paper to write a silly thing to do on with out letting others see what they have written (e.g. Bark like a dog or sing a song). Each player then crumples their paper up so that the contents cannot be seen. On the leader's command players then start to pass the pieces of paper around the circle waiting for the command to stop. When this happens two people are chosen to carry out the instructions on the pieces of paper they have, without laughing. Those who laugh are out. Repeat until only two people are left.

Spinning Pairs

Get into pairs and face each other. Place your palms on other's palms between you a little above shoulder height. Both partners close their eyes and pull their palms apart (approx. 12 inches) while keeping their palms at that height. Both then turn around on their respective spots 3 times at the same time. The goal is to reconnect palms after spinning while keeping your eyes closed.

 

 

 


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