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Animal Farm

Before You Start: 
  • In a circle, number off players from one to three, four or five (depending on the size of group and complexity the group can handle).
  • Assign an animal for each number.
  • Tell everyone what animal the numbers corresponds with and what sound that animal makes. They could be a dog (bark), a duck (quack), a cow (moo), a cat (meow), a sheep (baa), a lion (roar), etc.
  • Make sure every player has been assigned and remembers their animal.
  • Review safety measures of walking slowly and hands out when players close their eyes.

 

Set Up: 

Designate a play area with safe boundaries and room for the group to move.

How to Play: 
  • Players must keep their eyes shut during the game.
  • They must find their fellow matching animals by making their sounds while walking slowly around the area with their hands up to act as a bumper.
  • The game is over when everyone has found their group or when the first group is complete and together.
Variations: 
  • Instead of numbers, give players pictures of different animals which they need to represent with the corresponding sound.
  • Depending on the age and ability of your group you can add more or less animals to make groups larger or smaller.

Animals Two by Two style:

  • Have animal cards with or without pictures depending on age group.
  • Begin the game by giving each person one animal card.
  • Explain that s/he must move around the room while imitating the movements of the animal whose name appears on the card (For younger players a picture may be necessary).
  • As each person moves around the room, s/he must look for another who is imitating the same animal.
  • When a player finds her/his animal mate, the partners stand together until everyone has found a mate.
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Development Goal(s): 

To develop children'€™s listening and cooperation skills