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Minimum number = 6
Everyone sits in a circle. The leader nominates someone to start and they say “One” – the next person then says the next number, and so on. However if the number is divisible by 2 they must say Fizz instead, and if it’s divisible by 3 they must say Buzz. If it’s divisible by both 2 and 3 then Fizz-Buzz. Continue until someone makes am mistake, and then restart from that person going the other way round the circle.  Thus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 would be 1, fizz, buzz, fizz, 5, fizz-buzz.

Note: a variant of this game is to say "have a banana" instead of fizz-buzz. Also you can introduce different conditions, e.g. numbers divisible by 2 and 5.

Rainbow Chase

Minimum number = 8
Divide the children into two equal teams and nominate one for each team as the chaser. Give the other team members small pieces of coloured card or tiddly-wink buttons, representing different colours of the rainbow. You should have several copies of each colour and need not distribute all the correct colours at the start. At the word GO the chasers must try to catch members of the other team – who immediately surrender their coloured item and then go to the leader for a new piece. As soon as one of the chasers has at least one of each of the colours to the rainbow they shout RAINBOW and everyone stops. If they have indeed collected all the right colours, that team scores a point. Change the chasers and repeat. As a reminder the colours needed are:


Who am I?

Minimum number = 4
Before the children arrive prepare a number of sticky labels with names of well known characters written on them (can be fictional). As the children arrive, stick the label on their forehead, so they can’t see who they are. When the game starts they must find out who they are by asking questions to which the answer can only be yes or no (or don’t know) and sort it out by a process of deduction, e.g. am I male? am I fictional? Etc.

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