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Who Started the Motion?

The children at Lincoln school in Ashland like playing "Who Started the Motion?" Game. Everyone sits in a circle. One person leaves the area and will be the guesser. Another person stands at the door as a guard, and will tell the guesser when to come back. A leader is selected in secret. The leader will lead the people in the circle and they will follow, without staring directly at the leader. The leader might clap hands for a while, then tap his/her thighs, snap fingers, etc. The guesser comes in and observes the circle of people and tries to determine who is leading. The leader always keeps the circle in tact. The guesser is given three chances or guesses before the leader is asked to stand up.

"Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" is another fun game that is common in the United States and played at Lincoln school.  Everyone sits in a circle. Before the game starts everyone is given a number, but not in order around the circle, that is kept in front of each person. Names are usually used. The teacher or leader starts a rhythmic pattern such as clap, tap thighs, clap, tap thighs, ... at a slow pace in the beginning. The leader says, "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? again and again in the same rhythm as the clapping and tapping. The leader will start by saying "# 1 or ________(name)  stole the cookie from the cookie jar." That person says, "Who me?" Everyone says, "Yes you!" The person says, "Couldn't be!" Everyone says, "Then who?" The person says, "#2 or _________ (name) stole the cookie from the cookie jar."  And on it goes. The object of the game is to keep the rhythm going and the talking, without breaks.


Villa Viani and students
Lincoln Elementary School Ashland, Oregon, USA

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