This Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game, Do as I Say, Not as I Do, is a brain twister that also gets kids active.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do
Who: Grades K-8
Time: 10 minutes+
Where: Auditorium, cafeteria, classroom, gymnasium, hallway, library, playground
How to Play
- Players form a circle standing 6 feet away from one another.
- The leader will select one person to start the game. The selected player will turn to the person on his or her left and say, "I am doing [insert verb]." For example, “I am brushing my teeth." However, the player will act out a difference action. For example, he or she will pretend to climb a ladder.
- The person on his or her left will then act out the action that was spoken aloud but say a different action. In this example, the player would pretend to brush his or her teeth but say somehting else, like, "I am walking a dog."
- Players must make it around the circle without making a mistake. If someone does make a mistake, then the whole circle must do the action that was said and run in place for 10 seconds.
Check for Understanding
- What do you do when you say what you are doing?
- What do you do when you are told what someone else is doing?
- Alter the pace of play depending on how the group is faring.
- Only the leader can judge whether there has been a mistake or not.
PLAY: REP IT OUT
Easy: Have a goal time for players to make it around the circle.
Medium: All players must remember and perform what everyone has said.
Hard: All players must remember and perform what everyone has said and done.
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