Category: Rhythm

Rhythm games! These games usually involve a catchy rhythm and some timing that all players must follow. Stay on the beat and you will be fine. Coordination not required!

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The Priest of the Parish

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Rhythm, Talking Games, Team building
The Priest of the Parish is a call and response game, popular in youth groups across the world. The game warms up player’s vocal cords, legs, and memory muscles. It also goes by other names, including The Prince of Paris. This version of the game can be played with very large groups, even over one hundred (arranged into teams). It can also be played individually with groups of ten or so. In both games the players must remember the script. One of the goals is to speak in unison with your team-members, fostering a sense of team spirit. Set-up Arrange the players into teams. There should be an equal number of teams. Five to ten players is a good team size. For example, six teams of five would work for thirty players,…
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Zip, Zap, Boing

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Rhythm
A quick thinking game like Hot Potato without a ball. Kids play it on the playground, drama students play it as a warm-up exercise, and party-goers play it as a drinking game.This versatile little distraction has many variations, each named differently after the words called. Most start with Zip; Zip Zap Zop, for example. The hard to pronounce Zoom Schwartz Profigliano is a related game. Both of the versions described below are best played with groups of about ten or more. Zip Zap Zop This most basic version of them game isn’t very challenging, but will get a group moving and using their voice, and get them used to paying attention and responding. It’s great for the start of a class! Set-Up Everyone stands in a circle. Rules The first…
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Gone Fishin’

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Party Games, Rhythm
Gone Fishin is a group game based on its board game counterpart of the same name. In this game, you will need to be the player who catches the most fish in order to win. This game will work best with large to extra large groups and will require players to switch roles frequently. This game may best be played at an event or party where space will be accessible. Materials Needed You will need to gather a few materials for this game to make it work. Materials needed to play Gone Fishin': Poles or sticks String A music player A few rhythmic songs A large area Tape (optional) How To Set Up The Game First, start by picking a big open space that plenty of people can fit into; you're going to…
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Assa Party Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Rhythm, Stationary
Assa (or Asa) is a Korean rhythm game that follows a pattern of saying "Assa [insert name]" and going back and forth between people, calling their sign/name. There are many similar rhythm games that follow this kind of pattern as well. Setup for the Assa Party Game Everyone needs to prepare a two-syllable name (or something that can be said within two beats) and associated hand motion. For example, a person's call name could be "Su-per-man" or "Fly-ing Dra-gon" or just about anything, and their hand motion can be something that depicts their name (e.g. raising the right arm up like a flying superhero for Superman). Each person needs a unique name and hand motion. Before beginning the game, have everyone demonstrate their name and hand motion for the other…
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Screaming Viking

Screaming Viking

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Rhythm, Stationary
Screaming Viking is a stationary/active/party game that is highly interactive and silly. Players must correctly act out interesting things such as a "screaming viking," a "chia pet," "power rangers," and other funny things. This game is good for children age 9 and up. It's an excellent game for parties and families. The ideal number of players is about 12-15, making it a good medium and large group game. No special materials are required to play. You can play indoors or somewhere like a park. Screaming Viking Setup There is no special setup required for this game. Have everyone sit in a large circle, with each person facing the middle. The facilitator should teach everyone all the various motions for how to play. More details will be given below. Instructions for Playing…
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King Elephant

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Rhythm, Stationary
King Elephant (also known as Animal Kingdom Game) is well suited as a good party game or an icebreaker for meetings. It involves a little bit of silliness and is a lot of fun. The goal of the game is to become the King Elephant, the head of the circle. This active game works best if you have between 8 and 15 people. It is a good indoor game, and although it does require some movements (mainly making animal gestures), there is no running involved. No special props are required - it's pretty simple to play! The recommended age is 10 and up. Setup for King Elephant Game Not much setup is required. Instruct all players to have a seat and arrange everyone in a circle, facing each other. Each…
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