Archives by: Robert Ley

Electricity

Form the youth into two parallel rows with them sitting closely and facing the opposite row, about 2 feet apart. The youth in each row hold hands. At one end of the row is the leader with a coin; at the other end, on a chair is a plastic cup of water (not very much water). The leader stands/sits backward, between the front of the two rows in a way that only the person on each end of the row can see his/her hand.
The leader explains the rules that if he/she flips the coin and it is “heads” then the first person in that row is to send an electric charge by squeezing the hand of the next person in their row. The next person, using their other hand squeezes the next person’s hand and so on. When the last person feels a squeeze on their hand, they grab the cup of water and throw it on the person in the opposite row facing them!
The object of the game is to send the electric charge down the chain of persons faster than the opposing team. The losing team has to remain in place, whereas the winning team rotates down in their chairs and the last person is now at the head of the row. The first row to rotate everyone into the first chair wins. If a “false” electric charge occurs (someone on one of the team starts a false charge when no coin was tossed or the “heads” did not occur, then the other team gets to rotate their folks. All players must be silent. All must look straight down at all times; except the two people looking at the leader flipping the coin.
Get ready to get wet!

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Human Pretzel

You need at least six people but works great if you have more (like 10-15). Have everyone huddle close in a circle, putting both their arms into the middle. Tell everyone to grab someone else’s hands, but not the person to their left or right, and not both hands to the same person. Once everyone has a hand you try to un-tangle yourselves. You must continue to hold hands at all times. It works best if you elect one person to be the leader in the group so you have one person talking at a time in order to guide people through each other to un-tangle (some people may have to be lifted or step over people to un-tangle, but they should never stop holding hands. Eventually they’ll form a large circle of everyone holding hands. They will probably all be facing different ways. Depending on the amount of people, this could take from about 3 to 10 minutes. I’ve never tried it with more than 15, so I don’t know how long it would take to un-tangle. Depending upon
how tangled they are, it should take 3-10 minutes to un-tangle. Of course the larger the huddle, the longer it takes.

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