Sunday, 19 August 2007

Catch the Stick

Each player has a stick. Players form a circle leaving about five paces between each other. Each person holds her stick in front, keeping it upright with one end on the ground.
When the leader calls out "Change" each person lets go of her stick and reaches to catch the stick of the person to her right before it falls to the ground. If the stick falls. the person who should have caught it is out. The game is over when only one person is left.

Now for my variations: Only one stick is used, the girls all have a number and stand in a circle with the person in the middle with a stick. The person in the middle calls a number and that person has to catch the stick the person who called the number then takes her position and her number. If the stick is dropped that person calling the numbers remains in the middle.

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Canada


"Mora" means finger in Italian. This is an old game which is very popular.

Two players face each other and count in Italian, "Uno, duo, tre" and then shout out numbers between the two (this could be in English). At the same time they throw out any number of fingers on one hand. The player who accurately guesses the total number of fingers is the winner.

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Canada

Italian Kim's Game

Give each small group a copy of the map of Italy. Play Kim's game using this map.

After letting the groups study the maps for a given length of time, have them turn the map over and then ask questions such as:-

Which body of water lies to the south of Italy?
What city is almost in the centre of Italy?
What mountains lie in the north of Italy?
What is the name of island which looks like it is a soccer ball being kicked by Italy?
What colour is the country to the east of Italy on this map? etc.

To check, have the groups look at the map again and then repeat the questions so they can see if they had the correct answers.

The give each girl a piece of paper and a pencil and challenge her to draw the outline of Italy. While all of them probably know it is shaped like a boot, let them see how close they can come to the actual outline.

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Canada