Concentration

There is something about the clapping and chanting rhythm of this game that used to keep my school friends and I occupied for hours! Best played with kids of the same age, or the game will be unequal.

Concentration instructions

Age: 6+

The children sit in a circle and take a number each, starting with 1.

They then start a chant by slapping their thighs twice then clapping their hands twice and saying

Concentration

(slap slap clap clap)

Are you ready?

(slap slap clap clap)

If - so -

(slap slap clap clap)

Let’s - go!

(slap slap clap clap)

Then player 1, continuing the rhythm, says her own number twice followed by another number. For example:

1, 1, 4, 4

(slap slap clap clap)

Player 4 then does the same, starting with their own number and following with someone else's:

4, 4, 7, 7

(slap slap clap clap)

Anybody who makes a mistake or fails to keep the rhythm is eliminated but remains in the circle, making it more difficult for the other players – who must remember not to use the eliminated person’s number! As the play progresses you can speed up the rhythm slightly too, to try to catch the better players out.

When there are only 2 or 3 players left, change the numbers and start a new game, or try a variation using colours or animal names instead of numbers.

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