Community Level 1 – Acquainted

Materials: None

How to Play: Make an inner and an outer circle with partners
facing each other. Say each verse of the following chant, making the
movements indicated:

“Head and shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3!”
Touch your own head and shoulders with your hands, clap your hands on “baby”, and clap both of your partners hands on “1,2, 3.”

“Head and shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3!”
Touch your own head and shoulders with your hands, clap your hands on “baby”, and clap both of your partners hands on “1,2, 3.”

“Head and shoulders, head and shoulders, head and shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3!”
Touch your own head and shoulders each time you say the phrase (3
times), and THEN clap your own hands on “baby” and clap partners hands
on “1, 2, 3,” as before.

Following verses:
“Knees and ankles; Hips and toes, etc.”
Name and touch other body parts

“Swing your partner!”
Link elbows with partner and swing until the word “baby,” and then do the clapping motions as usual.

“Change your partner!”
Inner circle moves a person over each time you say “Change your partner!”

As the inner circle moves:
“Change your partner, baby, 1, 2, 3!
Change your partner, baby, 1, 2, 3!
Change your partner, change your partner, change your partner, baby, 1, 2, 3!”

Plan for Success:
Introduce the verses slowly, perhaps one each time you play the game.
The change your partner verse gets very active and things may get
confused. Try modeling it, followed by a slow motion practice session.

Variations: This is one of what the British call
“play party games.” Each has a song and motions to match, and many
involve whole body movements. Patty Cake and other clapping games are some of the most universally-known play party games.

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