In brief: To pass 1 item toward left while different item towards right.
Introduction: This game was originally introduced by Karl Rohnke as ‘Never, Never Miss’ (source: Funn ’N Games). I adapted it by using markers in place of shoes and adding a new condition, thus transforming it into a problem-solving game.
Prop(s): 2 items that are different for each player – e.g. 2 markers of different colours, 2 ice-cream sticks of different colour, 2 rubber balls of different colours, 1 pen and 1 crumpled piece of paper, etc.
How to play:
- Have everyone sit in a circle around a table or on the floor.
- Everyone gets 1 blue marker and 1 red marker.
- Place the blue markers on the right hand side and the red markers on the left hand side of the players.
- Sing the following ditty:
- Di Di Dum
- Di Di Dum
- Di Di Di Di Dum (Keep repeating)
- Every time the word ‘Dum’ is said, each player must pass his blue markers to the person on the right and the red marker to the person on the left.
- If the pass is done correctly, everyone should have 1 blue marker and 1 red marker.
- The challenge is to do so repeatedly without making any mistakes such as messing up the colours of the markers.
- Have a special set of markers for 1 player (e.g. wrapped with a special tape). The target is for the group to move their markers until the set of special markers returns to the original person.
Notes to the Facilitator:
- You can use anything as long as they are available in 2 sets. They can be 2 sets of different coloured balls, 2 sets of different coloured ice-cream sticks or 2 sets of different items (e.g. a marker and a plastic ball). You can even try using a pen and a crumpled piece of paper.