Community Level 1 – Acquainted

Materials: None

How to Play: The group sits in a circle. The leader starts a
rhythm using a sequence of knee slap, handclap, right-hand finger snap,
left-hand finger snap. The leader then announces a category, such as
fruits, on the right-hand finger snap and names an example, such as
apples, with the left-hand finger snap. The next person in the circle
must be ready to name the leader’s fruit with the right-hand finger snap
and then a different fruit with the left-hand finger snap: knee slap,
hand clap, “apples, apricots.” The play continues around the circle.
Once an item has been named, it cannot be used again.

Plan for Success: Model and practice the rhythm sequence around the circle before adding the words.

Variations: Before the activity begins, the category
is announced and each person says out loud an item that belongs in that
category. Once an item has been named, it cannot be used again. The
leader begins by identifying his own item with the right-hand finger
snap and then names another player’s item with the left-hand finger
snap. That player then names her item followed by another player’s item
and so on. This variation sends the action jumping around the circle
and demands that children not only listen but also remember what other
players said.

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