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Circle Activities for Teens Middle School Youth

Circle Games and Activities for Youth: Camp Songs and More


Circle Activities and Games for Teens and Middle School
Circle Games for Youth: Teens and Middle School.

Circle Time isn't just for preschoolers! Circle Activities and Games are fun for teens too. If you are planning activities for an after school program, summer camp, scouts, or youth group, these circle camp activities make nice icebreakers. We've used these circle games to welcome kids to camp, introduce each other, and as a way to make attendance and head counts fun. Enjoy!

When you need a quick activity to fill a block of time or something to transition to a new activity, circle games are the bomb- no matter your age! 

Lyrics to Camp Songs for Scouts, After School, and Summer:


Camp Songs are fun to sing during Circle Time and probably the most popular circle time activity. Below we've listed our favorite Camp Songs. Scroll Down for Camp Circle Games that are fun for After School Programs too!

Chances are you know this one, but came here looking for some lyrics. Need to know the lyrics to Do Your Ears Hang Low

Hear it here: Do Your Ears Hang Low
Print it here: Free Printable Lyrics Do Your Ears Hang Low
Companion Craft:

Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Do They Wobble to and Fro?
Can You Tie Them in a Knot?
Can You Tie Them in a Bow?
Can You Throw Them Over Your Shoulder Like a Continental Soldier?

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do Your Ears Hang High?
Do They Reach Up to the Sky?
Do The Droop When They're Wet?
Do They Stiffen When They're Dry?
Can You Semaphore Your Neighbor with a Minimum of Labor?
Do Your Ears Hang High?

Do Your Ears Hang Wide?
Do They Flap From Side to Side?
Do They Wave in the Breeze?
From the Slightest Little Sneeze?
Can You Soar Above the Nation with a Feeling of Elation?
Do Your Ears Hang Wide?

Do Your Ears Fall Off?
When You Give a Great Big Cough?
Do They Lie There on the Ground?
Or Bounce Up at Every Sound?
Can You Stick Them in Your Pocket Just Like Little Davy Crockett?

Do Your Ears Fall Off?

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Lyrics to Down by the Bay (of the Hanky Panky) 
Hear it here: 


Print it here: Down by the Bay Where the Watermelon Grow
Companion Craft: Make Elephant Ears to Wear


Down by the bay where the watermelon grow
Where the watermelon grow
I dare not go
I dare not go
For if I do
For if I do
My mother will say,
My mother will say,
Did you ever see a-
Did you ever see a llama wearing pink pajamas?
Did you ever see a goose kissing a moose?
Did you ever see a whale with a polka-dot tail?
Did you ever see a bear, without any hair?
Did you ever see a cat wearing a hat?
Did you ever see a fox carrying a box?
Did you ever see a snake barbecuing a steak?
Did you ever see a bug drinking from a mug?
Did you ever see a cow with a green eyebrow?
Did you ever see a bee with a sunburned knee?
Did you ever see a moose with a loose front tooth?
Did you ever see a bear wearing underwear?
Did you ever see a fly wearing a tie?
Did you ever see a bear combing its hair?
Did you ever see a flower taking a shower?
Did you ever see a goat sailing a boat?
Did you ever see a snake baking a cake?
Did you ever see a moose shaking it loose?
Did you ever have a time when you couldn't make a rhyme?

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Hear it here: Boom Chicka Boom
Print it here: Free Printable Lyrics Boom Chicka Boom
Companion Activity: Make new lyrics and vote on your favorite

I said a boom chicka boom
I said a boom chicka boom
I said a boom chicka boom
I said a boom chicka boom
I said a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom
I said a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Alright
Alright
One more time
One more time
Valley Girl style
Valley Girl style
I said, like, a boom chicka boom
I said, like, a boom chicka boom
I said, like, a boom chicka boom
I said, like, a boom chicka boom
I said, like, a boom chicka totally chicka totally chicka boom
I said, like, a boom chicka totally chicka totally chicka boom
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Alright
Alright
One more time
One more time
Janitor style
Janitor style
I said a broom sweep-a broom
I said a broom sweep-a broom
I said a broom sweep-a broom
I said a broom sweep-a broom
I said a broom sweep-a mop-a sweep-a mop-a sweep-a broom
I said a broom sweep-a mop-a sweep-a mop-a sweep-a broom
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Alright
Alright
One more time
One more time
Star Wars style
Star Wars style
(Tune of the Imperial March)
Boom boom boom chicka boom chicka boom
Boom boom boom chicka boom chicka boom
Boom boom boom chicka boom chicka boom
Boom boom boom chicka boom chicka boom
I said “no Luke, I am your father”
I said “no Luke, I am your father”
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Alright
Alright
That’s it
That’s it

Additional Lyrics: Minecraft Style
I said a mine diga mine, I said a mine diga mine,
I said a mine diga hole, build a village, diga mine
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Hear it here: Herman the Worm


Sitting on a fence post, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
do wap do wap/ pretend to use a yo yo
When along came Herman the Worm
And he was this big / fingers a few inches apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my sister
Sitting on a fence post, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
do wap do wap / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was this big / hands about six inches apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my mother
Sitting on a fence post, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
do wap  do wap / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was this big / hands about two feet apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my father
Sitting on a fence post, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
do wap  do wap / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was this big / hands as far apart as possible
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my grandpa
Sitting on a fence post, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
do wap  do wap / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was this big / fingers close together again
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I burped!
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The Princess Pat (pose)
The Princess Pat
Light infantry (salute)
Light infantry
They sailed across (wave motion) 
They sailed across
The seven seas (make a 7 with your fingers, then make a C)
The seven seas
They sailed across (wave motion)
They sailed across
The channel two (Follow a channel, then make 2)
The channel two
And they took with them (throw sack over shoulder)
And they took with them
A rick-a-bamboo! (full body twist)
A rick-a-bamboo!
CHORUS
A rick-a-bamboo! (full body twist)
A rick-a-bamboo!
Now what is that? (shrug shoulders, hold out hands)
Now what is that?
It’s a something made (bang one fist on top of the other)
It’s a something made
By the Princess Pat (strike a pose)
By the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold (twirl motion with hands)
It’s red and gold
And purple too / flip hands as if you were saying “oh my gosh!”
And purple too
That’s why it’s called / cup hands in front of mouth
That’s why it’s called
A rick-a-bamboo (full body twist)
A rick-a-bamboo
Now Captain Jack (salute)
Now Captain Jack
And his mighty fine crew (salute over and over again)
And his mighty fine crew
They sailed across (make a wave motion)
They sailed across
The channel two  (make a wave motion)
The channel two
But their ship sank (plug nose, one hand over head waving, bend knees)
But their ship sank
And so will you (point to each other)
And so will you
Unless you take (throw sack over shoulder)
Unless you take
A rick-a-bamboo  (full body twist)
A rick-a-bamboo
CHORUS
A rick-a-bamboo! (full body twist)
A rick-a-bamboo!
Now what is that? (shrug shoulders, hold out hands)
Now what is that?
It’s a something made (bang one fist on top of the other)
It’s a something made
By the Princess Pat (strike a pose)
By the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold (twirl motion with hands)
It’s red and gold
And purple too (flip hands as if you were saying, “oh my gosh!”)
And purple too
That’s why it’s called (cup hands in front of mouth)
That’s why it’s called
A rick-a-bamboo (full body twist)
A rick-a-bamboo

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Hear it here: Mama Don't Wear No Socks

A ding dong, dong, dong, dong
A ding dong, dong, dong, dong
A ding dong
Your mama don’t wear no socks
A ding dong
I saw ’em when she took ’em off
A ding dong
She threw them in the tree
A ding dong
Now the dog refuses to pee
CHORUS
Your mama don’t wear no socks
A ding dong
I saw ’em when she took ’em off
A ding dong
She put them in the bed
A ding dong
Now dad sleeps in the shed
CHORUS
Your mama don’t wear no socks
A ding dong
I saw ’em when she took ’em off
A ding dong
She put them in fridge
A ding dong
Now we all live under a bridge
CHORUS
Your mama don’t wear no socks
A ding dong
I saw ’em when she took ’em off
A ding dong
She threw them in the sky
A ding dong
Now Superman refuses to fly
CHORUS
Your mama don’t wear no socks
A ding dong
I saw ’em when she took ’em off
A ding dong
She threw them over the fence
A ding dong
Haven’t seen the neighbor since
CHORUS

Additional Lyrics:
She threw them in the lake; the fish began to regurgitate
She threw them into space; it was the end of the human race
She threw them in a nest; she put the birds to rest
She threw them on the wall; the roaches refused to crawl


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Hear it here: On Top of Spaghetti


On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed
It rolled off the table, and onto the floor
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door
It rolled down the garden, and under a bush
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush
The mush was as tasty, as tasty could be
And the very next summer it grew into a tree
The tree was all covered, all covered with moss
And on it grew meatballs, all covered with sauce
So if you have spaghetti, all covered with cheese
Hold onto your meatball, ‘cause someone might sneeze.
Ging gang goolie goolie goolie goolie watcha,
Ging gang goo, ging gang goo.
Ging gang goolie goolie goolie goolie watcha,
Ging gang goo, ging gang goo.
Hayla, oh hayla shayla, oh hayla shayla, shayla, oh-ho,
Hayla, oh hayla shayla, oh hayla shayla, shayla, oh.
Shally wally, shally wally, shally wally, shally wally,
Oompah, oompah, oompah, oompah.

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Hear it here: Funky Chicken

Funky chicken / make a chicken motions
Frankenstein / walk slowly with your arms out in front of you
Ballerina / twirl and pliĆ©
Sumo wrestler / put hands on knees, bend, and stomp feet one at a time
Cleopatra / walk like an Egyptian
John Travolta/ do a dance form Saturday Night Fever
Tree / put arms up like tree branches and stay still
Elevator / pretend to push a button on the elevator and then bend your knees as if going down a floor, push the button again and stand back up slowly
PeeWee Herman / do the PeeWee Herman
LEADER: Let me see your funky chicken.
EVERYONE: What’s that you say?
LEADER: I said let me see your funky chicken.
EVERYONE: What’s that you say?
(Altogether)
I said ooh ahh funky chicken
ooh ahh one more time
ooh ahh funky chicken
ooh ahh get back in line!
Funky chicken / make a chicken motion with your arms
Frankenstein / walk slowly with your arms out in front of you
Ballerina / twirl and pliĆ©
Sumo wrestler / put hands on knees, bend, and stomp feet one at a time
Cleopatra / walk like an Egyptian
John Travolta / do any of the dance moves from Saturday Night Fever
Tree / put arms up like tree branches and stay still
Elevator / pretend to push a button on the elevator, bend your knees as if going down a floor, push the button again, and stand back up slowly
PeeWee Herman / do the PeeWee Herman
LEADER: Let me see your funky chicken
EVERYONE: What’s that you say?
LEADER: I said let me see your funky chicken
EVERYONE: What’s that you say?
EVERYONE:
I said ooh ahh funky chicken
ooh ahh one more time
ooh ahh funky chicken
ooh ahh get back in line!

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Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs
Ribbit! Ribbit!
Four green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are three green speckled frogs
Ribbit! Ribbit!
Three green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are two green speckled frogs
Ribbit! Ribbit!
Two green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there is one green speckled frog
Ribbit! Ribbit!
One green and speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
He/she jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are no green speckled frogs . . .

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Hear it here: Bazooka Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum Craft for Bazooka Bubble Gum Song
Find this cool, companion bubble gum craft at LiveCraftEat.com.

My Mama
She gave me a dollar
She gave me a dollar
She told me to buy a collar
She told me to buy a collar
But I didn’t buy no collar
But I didn’t buy no collar
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA gum!
My Mama
My Mama
She gave me a quarter
She gave me a quarter
She told me to tip the porter
She told me to tip the porter
But I didn’t tip no porter
But I didn’t tip no porter
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA gum!
My Mama
My Mama
She gave me a dime
She gave me a dime
She told me to buy a lime
She told me to buy a lime
But I didn’t buy no lime
But I didn’t buy no lime
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA gum!
My Mama
My Mama
She gave me a nickel
She gave me a nickel
She told me to buy a pickle
She told me to buy a pickle
But I didn’t buy no pickle
But I didn’t buy no pickle
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA gum!
My Mama
My Mama
She gave me a penny
She gave me a penny
She told me to buy some bubblegum
She told me to buy some bubblegum
But I didn’t buy no bubblegum
But I didn’t buy no bubblegum
Because, I’m sick of bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA gum!

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Hear it here: Baby Shark
Print it here: Free Printable Lyrics Baby Shark
Companion Craft: Make a Shark Hat

Make a Shark Hat for Baby Shark Song or Shark Week
We found these nifty shark hats at HotMomsHelpfulTips.blogspot.com, but that site seems to have disappeared. Make a Shark Hat for Baby Shark Song or Shark Week.

(Make a Shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark, do do do do do do
Baby shark, do do do do do do
Baby shark, do do do do do do
Baby shark 
(Make a Shark mouth with hands connected at wrist)
Mama shark, do do do do do do
Mama shark, do do do do do do
Mama shark, do do do do do do
Mama shark
(Make a Shark mouth with whole arms)
Daddy shark, do do do do do do
Daddy shark, do do do do do do
Daddy shark, do do do do do do
Daddy shark
(Make a Shark mouth with elbows)
Uncle shark, do do do do do do
Uncle shark, do do do do do do
Uncle shark, do do do do do do
Uncle shark
(Make a Shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Grandma shark, ma ma ma ma ma ma
Grandma shark, ma ma ma ma ma ma
Grandma shark, ma ma ma ma ma ma
Grandma shark
(Make a Swimming motion with arms)
Going swimming, do do do do do do
Going swimming, do do do do do do
Going swimming, do do do do do do
Going swimming
(Make a Shark fin overhead)
Sharks a’coming, do do do do do do
Sharks a’coming, do do do do do do
Sharks a’coming, do do do do do do
Sharks a’coming
(Make a Swimming motion again, but faster)
Swimming faster, do do do do do do
Swimming faster, do do do do do do
Swimming faster, do do do do do do
Swimming faster
(Make a Shark fin again, more frantic)
Sharks a’coming, do do do do do do
Sharks a’coming, do do do do do do
Sharks a’coming, do do do do do do
Sharks a’coming
SHARK ATTACK (Yell)
(Make a Swimming motion with elbow)
Lost an arm, do do do do do do
Lost an arm, do do do do do do
Lost an arm, do do do do do do
Lost an arm
(Put One hand on head like a shark fin, other hand rubbing stomach)
Happy shark, do do do do do do
Happy shark, do do do do do do
Happy shark, do do do do do do
Happy shark
(Make CPR motions)
CPR, do do do do do do
CPR, do do do do do do 
CPR do do do do do do 
CPR
CPR faster It’s not working, do do do do do do
It’s not working, do do do do do do
It’s not working, do do do do do do
It’s not working
Now you’re dead.

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Hear it here: Baby Bumblebee

Hands cupped together as if you’re holding something

I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me
I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee
Ouch! It stung me! / open hands up and look surprised
Squish hands together as if you’re mashing the bee
I’m smashing up my baby bumble bee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me
I’m smashing up my baby bumble bee
Ew! It’s all over me! / open hands up and look disgusted
Pretend to lick hands
I’m licking up my baby bumble bee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me
I’m licking up my baby bumble bee
Ew! I feel sick! / put hands on stomach and look sick
Hold stomach and stick tongue out as you pretend to throw up
I’m throwing up my baby bumble bee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me
I’m throwing up my baby bumble bee
Yuck! What a mess! / put hands out as if to say: “how did I make this mess?”
Pretend to sweep up the bee with a broom
I’m sweeping up my baby bumble bee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me
I’m sweeping up my baby bumble bee
No more baby bumble bee . . . / slap hands together as if to say: “All done!”

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Boom boom ain’t it great to be crazy?
boom boom ain’t it great to be crazy?
Silly and foolish the whole day through
Boom boom ain’t it great to be crazy?
Way down south where bananas grow
A flea stepped on an elephant’s toe
The elephant cried, with tears in his eyes
“Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”
Way up north where there’s ice and snow
There was a penguin and his name was Joe
He got tired of black and white
So he wore pink pants to the dance last night!
A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on the curbstone shooting dice
The horse, he slipped and fell on the flea
“Whoops!” said the flea, “there’s a horse on me!”

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Drip Drip Splash

This is basically the same as Duck-duck-goose, but instead of touching the heads of those not picked they have a little bit of water from a cup dropped on their head. The person picked gets the SPLASH of what is left poured onto their head.

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The Crazy Question Game

Campers sit in a circle, and pass out paper. Ask the campers to write a question on the paper on one side, but do not answer it. 

Collect the papers give them back at random, making sure that nobody has the same question that they wrote. 


Now, tell them to write the answer to the question on the back. It can be as silly or crazy as they want. 

Finally, collect the papers again and pass them back out randomly. 


The first camper starts and reads the question to the person beside them- BUT the person beside them reads the answer on their own paper. Then, that person asks their question to the next person, and so on. 

This makes for a hilarious game with wild answers. 

Think Mad Libs.

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This is a What?

Group sits in a circle. You'll need several objects which you pass from hand to hand around the circle (doll, cap, toy car, etc.).

The leader starts by looking to the person next to him and holding up the object in his hand (let's say a doll). He says “this is a doll”. She responds “a what?”, he says ”a doll”, she says ”a what”, he says ”a shoe”, she takes the doll and says ”oh, a doll”. 

She then turns to the next person and starts the same interaction with that person. The leader then adds more items into the mix, starting the same way, and joining into to same rhythm already established by the doll. 

The goal is to have as many items going around as there are people in the circle, so you are turning to one person and saying what an item is, and saying “a what” to the person on your other side, ready to receive their item. 
 

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Windows and Doors

Kids form a circle holding hands. Then they spread out enough so that everyone's arms are straightened out forming large spaces between the kids. These are the windows and doors. 

Then one child runs and weaves in and out between the other  children. As they do this, the kids in the circle randomly drop their arms down trying to touch or trap the person whom is weaving in and out. 

Once the person is caught or touched by the arms of someone else, they are out. Then, they choose which person is next to weave in and out of the windows and doors. 
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Village Chief
Everyone sits in a circle, and one person leaves. Next, one person is selected as the ‘Village Chief’ or the ‘It'. 

Everyone else in the circle has to follow the movements of the “Chief” (clapping, snapping, banging the ground). 

The person who stepped out of the circle comes back and tries to see whose movements everyone else is following, and guess who is  the “Chief”. 

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Stick Numbers or Alien Language

One counselor has several sticks. They make up a random combination with the sticks and say, "This is a secret language; the sticks spell out a number 1-10 and 1-10 only."

Make as many stick figures and arrangements as you want, it doesn't matter as long as you are making numbers with your hands. Say it is a 5, all you have to do is put your hand on the ground and spread out your finger. 

The fingers that you make numbers with must be on the ground and visible. The campers are looking at the sticks. 

If your campers can't get it, tell a few other counselors the secret and have them guess. 

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Splat

All stand in a circle, one person is nominated as "splatter" and stands in the middle. The person in the middle randomly points at someone else and shouts "Splat!" 

The person they pointed at must duck. The two people on either side of the one who ducked must "splat" each other, by pointing the other and yelling, "Splat!" 

The last one to do this is out. This continues until there are only 2 active people left in the circle. 


Once out, they must stay in the circle, but do not continue to play. This is part of the challenge for the remaining players.

When using fewer numbers, it becomes harder to determine who is next as the numbers deplete, but the circle size remains. 

Once down to the last 2 people remaining active in the circle they stand back to back western style. Then, the person who was in the middle counts from 1 - 20. 


With each number, the 2 remaining players must take a step away from one another. At any random point between 1 and 20, the counter shouts 'splat' instead of a number. 

Finally, they take a quick draw on each other. The last one to point at their opponent and say 'splat' is out. 

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Buzz


It (the leader) picks a number.

The first person starts by saying "One." Starting to that person's left, each person will say either the next sequential number, or the word "Buzz".


When they reach the leader's number (the goal), they stop.

When someone says "Buzz," the direction of the people saying numbers reverses. So, you may start clockwise and end up going counter clockwise.

If someone in the group makes a mistake, the group starts the process over, with the person who made the mistake starting that round.

Buzz Rules:

The following numbers are to be replaced with the word "Buzz:"

Any number that is a multiple of 3 (3,6,9,12,15...)
Any number that is a multiple of 7 (7,14,21,28...)
Any number with double digits (11,22,33...)

Here's an example:

1, 2, Buzz (reverse direction), 4, 5, 6, Buzz (reverse direction), 8, Buzz (reverse direction), 10, Buzz (reverse direction), Buzz (reverse direction), 13, Buzz (reverse direction), and so on... 
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Bob The Weasel

One child steps into the center of the circle.

The outside group puts their arms around each other as if in a huddle. Next, they pass an object around the outside of the circle. 

While turning slowly, the person on the inside of the circle must try to guess who has the object. The group jumps up and down shouting "Bob the Weasel, keep it goin' keep it goin". 

If the person inside the circle has their back turned to the person in the circle holding "Bob", that circle member may hold up the object and then everyone shouts, "I saw the weasel, I saw the weasel".


Continue chanting, "Bob the Weasel, Keep it Goin' keep it Goin'". 

When the person in the middle guesses who has the weasel, the person holding the weasel goes into the middle. 

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Dead Horse

Somebody lays down and closes their eyes while everyone else gathers around them. The one lying down must keep their eyes closed while the others try to make them laugh without touching them. When the person laughs, they lose. 

Now, another person lies down to be the dead horse. 

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Crocodile Morey

Everyone sits in a circle with hands out to their sides and palms up. 
Everyone's right hand is on top of their neighbors left (palms up). 


The leader starts the song. 

When the song starts, the first person takes their right hand, crosses it over to the person on their left and slaps that person's right hand.
 This continues until the end of the song.

On the last word of the song, two things can happen. First, when the group sings out, "Five", the person whose hand is slapped is out. 
Second, if this person is quick enough and pulls their hand away in time before the other person slaps their hand, then the person trying to slap is out. 

The circle moves in closer and continues playing.


When down to two people, they stand up, hold each others right hand in front of them and sing the song again while swinging their joined hands back and forth toward each other in rhythm to the song. 

When they say, "Five", the person that their hands are closer to is out, and the other is the winner. 

Crocodile morey, croc, croc, croc.
See cinco, cinco, - cinco, cinco sock.
See cinco, cinco, - malo, malo, - malo, malo, malo.
One, two, three, four, five! 

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Honey if you love me…

The group starts in a circle with one person in the middle. 

This person tries to get others to laugh by saying “Honey if you love me, you’ll smile.” 

The person on the outside must respond without smiling or laughing saying, "Honey, I love you, but I just can't smile." 

The person in the middle does various things without touching to get the other person to smile. 

If the person in the middle does smile, then they move to the center of the circle.

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Grandma's Underpants

The group sits in a circle. One person is "it".  "It" stands in the middle of the circle. 

The kids on the outside of the circle ask the "it" questions. The only thing the "it" can say is, "My grandma's under pants." 


The object is to try to make the "it" laugh. When someone makes the "it" laugh, they become "it". 

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Escape From the Monsters

Four monsters are chosen, blindfolded, and placed in the middle of a circle. These Monsters sit on their treasure (keys). 

Balls or bean bags are their ammunition. The leader chooses one brave person to go through the circle and steal the treasure. 

This person gets three monster deactivators (crepe paper tied into a circle). This will de-activate the monster when put over their head. 

The monster can stop trespassers by hitting them with a ball or bean bag. 


The players in the circle can help the monsters by telling them where to find the trespasser.

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Ha Ha Ha!

Have everyone lie in a circle with each other’s heads on each other’s stomachs. 

On ‘go’, the first person will shout ‘HA’, and then it will be repeated one by one clock-wise around the circle. (Everyone’s heads bounces up on the other person’s stomach when 'HA' is shouted). 

Then, shout two ‘HA HA’s’, and go around again. Continue doing this increasing the number of ‘HA’s!’ 

Goal: Get up to 10 'HA HA’s' .

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Zoomy Zoomy


Children sit in a circle. The leader is Zoomy Zoomy. Everybody else is a number 1, 2, 3 and so on...

Clap your lap twice and snap twice to make a pattern. Zoomy Starts by chanting "Zoomy Zoomy, Zoomy ZooMa, Zoomy Zoomy, Zoomy ZooMa" to the pattern. 

Zoomy calls out a number twice. That number has to repeat the number, and say another number. Someone else can say 'Zoomy'. The first one to make a mistake is out. Those who are out sit it the middle of the circle, and game play continues.

Zoomy Zoomy, Zoomy ZooMa, Zoomy Zoomy, Zoomy ZooMa
Zoomy Zoomy (the leader) "Zoomy Zoomy 7 7,"
Person with the #7, "7 7 ,2 2"
Person with the #2, "2 2, Zoomy Zoomy"
Zoomy Zoomy, "Zoomy Zoomy, 3 3"
Person with the #3, "5 5...(Wrong didn't say their number at the beginning so Number 3 is out.

The game continues until only one number remains.
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Freeze Dance 
Everyone stands in a circle. One person (leader) stands in the center. The leader plays music and everyone else dances. The leader turns off the music at random. When the music stops, everyone freezes in the dance position they were in at the moment the music stopped. The last person standing in their frozen position without (getting caught) moving is the winner! The winner moves to the center to control the music. Music can be a jam box, phone, or musical instruments. No cheating by plopping down to the ground when the music stops.



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