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Friday, April 30, 2010

#9: Come and follow me my friend! / 请你跟我这样做!




Background:
This is a game that we played today in cell group to hilarious results. My dear friend Celeste said that since everyone just finished their exams (we're in university, hence the odd timing for exams) we'll play a no-brainer game tonight.

But understand that Celeste is in medicine. And she's a genius. Hence a no-brainer game to her is a moderately difficult game for us, hence the level of difficulty this time round was "Medium" if you see below.

Haha, anyway, the original game begins in Chinese, but for the sake of everyone else, I'll do a bilingual version.

This game was super fun. Enjoy!

Instructions:
1. Everyone to sit in a circle, including Game Master.

2. Game Master demonstrates how to play the game by showing the group a 4-beat clapping rhythm.

Beat #1 - Both palms to slap thighs.
Beat #2 - Clap both hands together.
Beat #3 - Thumbs up sign to the right with right hand.
Beat #4 - Thumbs up sign to the left with left hand.

3. The rhythm is as follows:

a) DA-da 请你/Come and - Beat #1
b) DA-da 跟我/Follow - Beat #2
c) DA-da 这样/Me my - Beat #3
d) Da 做!/Friend! - Beat #4

4. The Game Master starts by reciting and setting the pace by clapping and saying,"请你跟我这样做/Come and follow me my friend!"
(Note that the game was originally in Chinese, so it'll be more fun in Chinese if your cell group is half-decent in Chinese.)

5. Everyone claps along, following the Game Master. Game Master remember to SMILE. It'll belie the moderate complexity of this game.

6. Begin to call people:

Game Master: "Rachel, 4!"
Rachel: "Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, Rachel."
(Note: Chant according to the beat.)
Rachel: "Celeste, 3!"
(Note: This is done on the first two claps of the next set of 4 claps.)
Celeste: "Celeste, Celeste, Celeste."
(Note: Chant only to the first 3 claps, last clap is silent.)
Celeste: "Pauline, 1!"
Pauline: "Pauline."

And the game continues until someone misses a beat.

Variations:
1. Change the individual names of the people like such:

a) Fruits - Apple, Orange, Pear, Grapes, Watermelon, Durian, Papaya.

b) Subjects in school - English, Chinese, History, Biology, Chemistry, Literature.

c) Colours - Yellow, Red, Indigo, Turquoise, Blue, Purple, Ultraviolet.

d) Car Brands - Mercedes, Ferrari, Toyota, Aston Martin, BMW.

e) Books of the Bible - Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians
(NOTE: This is SUPER HIGH LEVEL and was what my friend Celeste made us play today. Thank God I was "Acts", that was simple enough. "Ephesians" was one incredible tongue twister. Haha. Try it!

Use your imagination!

2. Do it double beat! Numbers from 1 up to 8. So at each clap, you gotta say the name twice.

For example:

Celeste: "Pear 8!"

a) "Pear pear" - Beat #1
b) "Pear pear" - Beat #2
c) "Pear pear" - Beat #3
d) "Pear pear" - Beat #4

It'll be hilarious!

Suitable for:
1. Young and old.

2. Wake sleepy people up.

Length of Game:
10 - 15 minutes is great. Lengthen if appropriate.

Complexity level:
Medium.

Suitable number of people:
6 people and above.

Conclusion:
Try it out if you're bored with the usual games and you want a solid laugh. Especially try the last variation for an unique "spiritual" flavour. :P

Enjoy!



Rachel

Thursday, April 22, 2010

#8: 小蜜蜂!



Background:
Sorry for the lack of updates. Was almost hospitalized except for the fact that NUH didn't have enough hospital beds last Wednesday night. But Mount E was great, saw a specialist and am back stronger than ever! My awesome friend Celeste once told me whatever won't kill you will make you stronger, so here I am. Stronger.

Was introduced to this great game by the ever energetic Sarah Teo! Let's give her a big hand:) I still remember the day we played it. I was pretty new in the cell group and we had a zone prayer meeting at Anna's function room. Huge place at BTP. Whee!

Here's how to play it:

Instructions:
1. In a circle, the Game Master instructs each person to raise their left hand with palm facing upward.

2. Then, the Game Master tells everyone to put the index finger of their right hand in the center of the palm of the person to their right.

So far so good?

3. Game Master stands in the center and begins. It's a call and response kinda game.

It will go something like this :

Game Master: "小蜜蜂!"
Everyone: "嗡嗡嗡!"
Game Master: "小蜜蜂!"
Everyone: "嗡嗡嗡!"

4. It goes on like this until...

Game Master: "捉!"
Everyone: *Panics*

5. When Game Master shouts "捉!", everyone is supposed to squeeze their open left palm into a fist. The objective is to "catch" the right index finger of their neighbour. So super duper fun right?

6. Repeat Steps 2 - 5 until everyone has had enough fun for the day and you're ready to start cell group :)

Suitable for:
1. Anyone, everyone.

2. You want a game to wake sleepy/tired students/adults up.

Length of Game:
10 - 15 minutes is great. Lengthen if appropriate.

Complexity level:
Easy.

Suitable number of people:
6 people and above

Conclusion
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! This ranks as one of my all time favourite game! With or without cell group. Haha.

Enjoy!



Rachel

Monday, April 5, 2010

#7: Name Game


Background:
My great friend Krystle introduced this game to me when I was pretty new in the cell group. This is the perfect game when there are many new friends in the cell group, or when there are many members from other cell groups coming for make-up cell group.

Will guarantee that you'll know at least a name or two after the game. So it's good for bonding :)

Instructions:
1. In a circle, the Game Master instructs each person to write his/her name down clearly on a scrap of paper.

2. Beginning with the Game Master, the game will go something like this:

Game Master: "Rachel, Chloe!"
Chloe: "Chloe, Pauline!"
Pauline: "Pauline, Emmanuel!" and so on.

3. When a person misses a beat/fouls, the game stops.

4. The Game Master will instruct everyone to pass his/her scrap of paper to the left. Everyone opens up the paper and "adopts" the identity of a new person. E.g. Pauline passes her paper to the left to Samuel, now Samuel's name/identity is "Pauline."

5. Proceed with Step 2 - 4 but with new names.

Variations:
1. Put an adjective in front of your name that begins with the same letter as your name, "Amazing Anna" or "Sensational Shiqi" :)

Suitable for:
1. Anyone, everyone.

2. Especially if there are a lot of strangers together who don't know each other's names.

3. You want a game to make people bond quickly.

Length of Game:
10 - 15 minutes is sufficient for a lot of fun. Extend/Shorten as appropriate.

Complexity level:
Easy.

Suitable number of people:
6 people and above.

Enjoy!



Rachel
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