Game Type: Concentration
Age Range: 7-12
Number of Participants: 8-20
Explanation: Ali Baba is sort of a physical version of a song in the round. one person starts with a motion, and the next person comes in one line later with the first motion, while the first person is doing the next motion. The game stops when the first motion has successfully made it around the circle to the first person.
How to Play: All participants sit in a circle. The leader begins, saying “Ali Baba and the forty thieves” while doing a repeatable motion (Clapping, snapping) with her hands. As soon as the phrase, “Ali Baba and the forty thieves” is finished, the second person (person to the right of the leader) picks up the leader’s first motion, saying the “Ali Baba” phrase. The leader is now saying “Ali Baba…” for the second time, with a new hand motion, so the second person must still keep an eye on the leader – he will have to duplicate every new motion as the leader finishes. The motions travel around the circle in this fashion, with the leader coming up with a new motion every time she says “Ali Baba…”, until the first motion reaches the leader. That is, the leader sees the person to her left making the first motion that she made, and so stops her action. Then the non-action follows through the circle until the last person has repeated the last motion.
Notes: It is easier at first for the participants to keep their eyes on the person to their left, so that they can see each new motion clearly. As they get better at switching the motions as necessary, the participants can try following the motions without looking directly at the person to their left. The leader should make sure each motion she does is different from the ones before, as a repetition causes confusion.