Sunday, 14 February 2010

Cornflake Packet Game

This game will appeal to yoga-ites as it allows guests to demonstrate their dexterity and balance. It’s brilliant to watch and you might be surprised by the suppleness of some people in your group. The idea behind the game is that players compete to pick the packet up with their teeth, whilst it gets lower and lower as the game plays on. It's not necessary to take your trousers off as demonstrated by my friend in the picture, but it does give you that added flexible edge.

How do we play it?
  • The aim of the game is to demonstrate flexibility by bending down and picking up a cereal packet using only the teeth as it gets lower and lower.
  • Get everybody to stand in a circle and then each player takes it in turns to step forward, bend down and retrieve the cereal packet with their teeth. The rules are that no body part other than the player’s feet are allowed to touch the floor, and no other object must give them balance.
  • If players fail after two goes, they’re out. If you want to be strict about it you can make it one go.
  • Once the remaining players have completed the task you then need to trim the top layer off the cereal packet by about five centimetres. You then go around the circle again, with each player attempting to pick it up with their teeth within two goes.
  • The game plays on, with the box getting lower and lower as more is ripped off at the end of each round, and more and more players dropping out, until the last man standing is declared the winner.
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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Pancake Day Race

Pancake racing is a traditional sport played out on this auspicious Tuesday, and involves a group racing each other on foot whilst simultaneously tossing a pancake. The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney and is a tradition that has been upheld for over 500 years. In 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan and inspired an event that is honored and observed to this day. Competitors must be female residents of the town who should be appropriately dressed in a traditional housewife outfit. They must run the 375 m course and observe the tossing of the pancake three times.

As I’m a bit stuffy about the concept of kids playing with and losing respect for food, I’m suggesting re-creating this event for kids but making some pretend pancakes.

What do we need to play it?
You need a frying pan per racing child, try to avoid heavy iron ones if possible. You also need something to take the place of the pancake. It needs to be something that has a bit of weight to it so it can be easily flipped. If you don’t have time to craft something then a small book is ideal. Finally, you also need somewhere where you can race.

How do we play it?
  • Mark out your race course and get your kids lined up at the starting line
  • On the word ‘go’ kids must race from start to finish and successfully toss the pancake three times. If they drop the pancake on the floor they have to go back to the starting line
  • First racer across the finishing line having successfully made their three tosses is the winner.
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