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Minimum number = 4
Before the game prepare pieces of paper by writing subject headings across the top (long side) in landscape mode, e.g. animal, book, colour, boy’s name, girl’s name.

Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Choose a letter at random, e.g. by pointing at a newspaper sheet with eyes closed. The children must them write the name of each subject using the chosen letter, e.g. for “M” they might have mouse, Mysterious Island, maroon, Mike and Michelle. The first person to complete one name for each item shouts stop. They then read out what they have and score as follows: zero for a blank or a wrong item; one point if more than one has written the same thing; two points if no one else has the same thing. (NB the first person to finish may not necessarily score highest). Continue for as many rounds as the children want to continue. The person with the most points overall is the winner. It’s called bibchar because the original required a Biblical character!

Cat and Mouse 2

Minimum number = 10
Everyone but two of the players form into three parallel lines, equal numbers in each line and holding hands – for example with 11 players the 9 would line up as shown above opposite. The two other players stand at opposite ends – one is the cat (chaser) and the other the mouse. The mouse can run between the rows of people, but not through clasped hands. Similarly the cat. The leader shouts “change” at strategic points during the game: the rows of players then drop hands, turn to the right and then re-clasp hands, so they will now form barriers at 90 degrees and the cat and mouse find they have to run in different directions! If the mouse is caught the cat becomes the new mouse and the old mouse swaps with one of the other players, who becomes the new cat.


Minimum number = 10

The idea of this game is to build a complete fence before the other team. Divide into two teams and stretch them out at arm's length from each other acorss the room. Give each team a set of small, similar sized cardboard boxes (at least six boxes per team). At the word "go" each team must build a fence at the opposite end of the room using their boxes. However only one box at a time can be moved, and every child in the team must take part in moving the box by passing the box to one another as they go. The last child in the chain puts the box down each time.
This game coulod be played using different materials than boxes, e.g. Duplo bricks, etc.

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