How To Play: Players sit in a circle. Leader establishes a
steady, 4-beat tempo. To be sure all players are clear about the tempo, count
aloud together “1 – 2 – 3 – 4” a few times and clap on each beat. While players
keep the tempo going, the leader says:

“My name is / / / / (four
I say it so:” (four beats)
{/ / / / / / / /}

{/ / / / / / /
/} represents two 4-beat measures. In that part of the chant, the player says
her name in a rhythmic way. Examples:

  • “Elizabeth Elizabeth” one syllable per beat.
  • “Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo” could be said with the name said twice per beat
    the first three beats, and once on the fourth beat.
  • A one-syllable name like Shawn could be drawn out to last 4 beats – the
    first sound could be drawn out through the first 3 beats:

After the player has said her name
rhythmically, the group echoes it in the same rhythm. Repeat the cycle, going
around the circle.

Plan for
Practice the tempo a couple of times without saying a name and then
practice with one or two names before beginning the activity. As you model, use
simple rhythms, but build in more rhythmic complexity as players appear ready
for a challenge. HINT: Don’t go too fast, and keep the tempo steady. Rushing
is a natural tendency, so the leader can help keep the players at a steady tempo
and/or address the tempo during game review.