Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BLACK HISTORY MONTH


In honor of Black History month I'd like to share some great African children's games that you can play with your kids. The people of Africa are gifted with rhythm. So we find many of their games accompanied by chanting, hand clapping, stamping of the feet, or all three. The players are frequently more interested in the rhythm of the game than they are in competing to win.


WHAT IS BIG?

The song leader, the teacher, asks a question and the chorus (children) answer. Kids stomp around the room and act like the animals.

LEADER: What is big?
CHORUS: Elephants are big.
LEADER: What is big?
CHORUS: Elephants are big.
LEADER: Amoung all animals of the world Elephants are larger.

LEADER: What runs fast?
CHORUS: Cheetahs run fast.
LEADER: What runs fast?
CHORUS: Cheetahs run fast.
LEADER: Amoung all the animals of the world Cheetahs are faster.

LEADER: Who can swim?
CHORUS: Hippos can swim.
LEADER: Who can swim?
CHORUS: Hippos can swim.
LEADER: Amoung all the animals of the world Hippos can swim.

LEADER: Who can change?
CHORUS: Chameleons can change.
LEADER: Who can change?
CHORUS: Chameleons can change.
LEADER: Amoung all the animals of the world Chameleons can change.

LEADER: Who is king?
CHORUS: Lions are king.
LEADER: Who is king?
CHORUS: Lions are king.
LEADER: Amoung all the animals of the world Lions are king.

NUMBERS

Children march around the room to African instrumental music. If your kids are old enough you can vary your march to stomp right, step right, stomp left, step left. When the teacher calls out a number kids join hands with others to make that number. Say the number is two. Everyone has to find a partner and continue to do the stomp, step until the next number is called.

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