In this sequencing game, students will develop comfort with their peers and strengthen their concentration skills. To begin, teach the students a hand gesture to go with the words “Zip,” “Zap,” and “Pop.” The leader will begin by “passing” a zip to a neighbor. The neighbor follows with a “zap,” and passes it to another player. The last player provides the “pop.” If a player hesitates, they must leave the circle and try to distract the other players.
Zip, Zap, Pop
Under 10 minutes
To practice listening to directions, concentration, and social comfort within group.
Before You Start
- Have the group stand in a circle. Explain the three different actions, ‘Zip’, ‘Zap’, and ‘Pop’:
- First pass a ‘Zip’ around the circle, accompanied by placing a hand on top of the head with the fingers pointing at the person on either side. Pass the word and movement around circle in the same direction.
- Pass ‘Zap’ around, accompanied by putting the hand below the chin (at the player’s shoulder).
- A ‘Pop’ is done by pointing with two hands palms together to anyone in the circle, who then passes a Zip to someone else around circle. Make sure there is eye contact with the person receiving the ‘Pop’.
- The actions must always come in the same order, Zip, Zap, then Pop.
- Once everyone is familiar with the words and movements, begin the game.
Designate playing space large enough for the group to form a circle (cafeteria, gym, classroom)
How to Play
- The leader starts with a ‘Zip’ and passes it to the person either to their left or right.
- It is up to the person who receives it which direction to pass it, and they do a ‘Zap’.
- The next person must ‘Pop’ it, sending it to someone across the circle.
- ‘Zip’ and ‘Zap’ can be sent in either direction.
- If person hesitates they are out and can go around the outside of the circle heckling the group, saying the words Zip, Zap, Pop in people’s ears, trying to distract them.