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Killer Wink

Killer Wink

Summary: A simple party game in which players walk around mingling in a room and stare at each other. One person is secretly the “killer” who must try to eliminate players by winking at them without getting caught! Ages: All. Recommended # of people: 10-20. Messiness factor: No sweat! Materials required: None! Recommended Setting: Indoors. Killer Wink (also known as Mystery Winker, Mystery Mingler, Wink Murder Game, etc.) Rules for Killer Wink Have everyone stand in a circle. One person must be the moderator (who doesn’t play that round). All players close their eyes and the moderator selects one person by tapping his or her shoulder. This person is now the secret “killer,” or “mystery mingler.” Now, have all of the group mingle around and through the general space, making sure to look at each other in the eyes. The mystery killer is in the mix and try to wink at other players without being detected by others. If a person is winked at, they must continue mingling for a few seconds and soon “die” a horrible death right there in the general space. Play continues. If a live mingler thinks they know who the killer is, they stop and proclaim “I accuse!” At that point everyone else stops and if one other person wants to accuse, they say the same thing, then both accusers point at their perceived killer. If both accusers point at the same person, and they are the killer; the game is over, if the point to different people, both accusers are dead; if they point to the same person who isn’t the killer, they...
Kemps

Kemps

Summary: A fun, fast-paced card game involving teamwork in which a player tries to get four of a kind. Once he or she gets four of a kind, you must perform a secret nonverbal signal to try to get your partner to yell the word “Kemps!” without being caught by an opponent. Ages: All. Recommended # of people: An even number of people between 6-10. Messiness factor: Not too messy. Materials required: A standard deck of 52 playing cards. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Rules to Kemps Game Kemps is a fun game involving strategy, teamwork, and quickness. The game works well for all ages. It must be played in pairs. Setup: Form Pairs and Create a Secret Signal Since Kemps is a partner-based game, you need to have an even number of players. Form pairs and sit as a circle, with partners seated across from each other. All players should be facing toward the center. The cards will be dealt in the center of the circle, ideally on a table. Before you begin play, have each pair meet briefly to come up with a secret signal. This signal must be a nonverbal gesture or movement that isn’t too obvious, but can clearly be seen. Good examples of signals include: tugging on an ear lobe, sticking out your tongue, winking your right eye, etc. Once secret signals have been prepared, return to your seats on opposite ends of the table. Playing a Round of Kemps Shuffle the deck of cards. Deal out the deck until each player has a total of four cards in his hand. Be sure no one can see...
Sardines Game

Sardines Game

Summary: Sardines is like the game Hide-and-Seek, only in reverse! one person hides, and the rest of the players look for the one hidden person. When someone finds the hidden person, they quietly join them in hiding — after a while, the group begins to look like sardines! Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of People: 15-30. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors with ample space, but not open space. Sardines (Reverse Hide and Seek) Game Sardines is a fun game which is very much like Hide and Seek, except it is done in reverse. It can be pretty humorous, as many people end up hiding in interesting places, resembling a bunch of sardines jammed together! How to Play One person is picked to be “it”. This person is given some time to hide while everyone else sits in a neutral spot with their eyes closed for a specified amount of time. When the time is up, everyone searchers for the person who is “It”. When this person is found, instead of ending the game, one tries not to let other people know where the person is; instead, he or she joins the person at their hiding spot. The object is to not be the last one left. The first person that found “It” gets to be “It” the next time.Be sure to have proper guidelines in place for appropriate boundaries and hiding spots. Safety always comes...
Dragon Tag

Dragon Tag

Summary: Dragon Tag is an action-based game that is like tag, but with a twist! Teams of 4-8 people form “dragons” by linking elbows and attempt to grab the “tail” of another team’s dragon. Last team remaining wins. Ages: 12 and up. Recommended # of people: Groups of 4-8 people. Messiness Factor: Might break a sweat! Materials required: One scarf or bandana for each team. Recommended Setting: Outdoors. Instructions for Dragon Tag Setup for the Dragon Tag Game You need an area with a lot of space. Form teams of 4-8 people. Make human chains by having team members hold on to each others waists or link elbows. Each team of connected people is now a “dragon” with a head and a tail. Place a scarf or bandana hanging in the back pocket of the last person in the chain (the tail of the dragon). Rules for the Dragon Tag Game People who are part of a human chain cannot let go and get separated! The goal of the game is to have the head of each dragon (the front of the chain) to grab the scarf or bandana off the tail of another team’s dragon while staying linked. If any part of a team’s dragon gets separated, the detached tail end cannot move; only the head and the people attached to the head can move. You cannot go after another team until you have reconnected your body together. A team can perform defense by curling up into a ball. You can curl up as a whole dragon or just the tail if the head has been detached. All teams...
Hodgy Podgy

Hodgy Podgy

Summary: Hodgy Podgy is a simple (and entertaining!) rhythm game that has each person go around taking turns adding words to create a story. Ages: 10 and up. Recommend # of people: 6-15. Messiness factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Instructions: Hodgy Podgy (also known as Hodgey Podgey and the Hodgy Podgy Word Game) is a simple yet very fun rhythm game. A group of people stand in a circle, with everyone facing the center. Choose a person who will start the round. He or she starts to clap a relatively slow rhythm (slap both legs on the first beat, then clap hands on second beat, thumbs-up on left hand for third beat, and thumbs-up on right hand on fourth beat, and repeat the four beat cycle). Everyone in the circle matches the rhythm set by the leader. To start each round, the leader says (while clapping to the rhythm, one beat per word), “Hodgy podgy, hodgy podgy, hodgy podgy, hodgy podgy!” The leader starts a sentence by saying any word on the one beat (for example, he or she could say the word “Big” as he or she slaps their legs on beat one). The next person in the circle must continue the story by adding the next word in the sentence by the first beat of the next rhythm cycle (for example, the 2nd person could say “dogs,” so the sentence is now “Big dogs..”). The third person in the circle must continue the story by adding the 3rd word in the sentence at the right time (for example, the person could say the...
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