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Jesse's Blog 35 - Games2018.11.04


Jesse's Blog 35 - Games

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Nobukoです♪
今日はJesse先生が担当!
子どもたちの遊びやゲームについて
日本とアメリカの違いを話してくれていますよ★

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Today I was talking to some students about children’s games. 
Japan and America have different games, but a lot of them are very similar.  I have a lot of happy memories tied to some of those games, so today I’m going to explain a few of the most popular children’s games.  These are the kinds of games often played in the classroom at school, or outside on the playground.

 
The first is musical chairs.  I really loved this game, and I was always really serious about winning.  To play musical chairs, you need a group of children, one chair for each child, and a music player.  The children sit in the chairs in the middle of the room, and when the music starts playing, they all stand up, and start walking in a circle around the chairs.  The teacher takes one of the chairs away while the children are walking.  When the music suddenly stops, the children have to sit down, but there aren’t enough chairs so the slowest child can’t sit, and is out of the game.  This is repeated until only one child is left as the winner.
 
Another popular game is Simon Says.  To play, you only need a group of children, and one leader.  The leader is speaking for an imaginary boss, named Simon.  Simon has a lot of commands for the children, and the leader tells them what to do.  “Simon says, ‘touch your head’.”  Then, all the children touch their head.  “Simon says, ‘stand on one foot’.”  All of the children stand on one foot.  The leader speaks faster and faster, and the children do the things Simon says to do.  Then, the leader will give a command, but without saying ‘Simon says’.  For example, “Simon says ‘touch your nose’.  Simon says ‘touch your head’.  Touch your mouth.”  Any child who touches their mouth is out of the game, because Simon didn’t say to do that.
 
If children are in a swimming pool, they always play Marco Polo.  Marco Polo is a kind of tag game, where one person who is “it” has to touch another person.  In this game though, the person who is “it” has to keep their eyes closed.  They find other children by calling out “Marco!” and all the other children have to answer with “Polo!”  By calling “Marco” and listening for “Polo” again and again, they find people in the pool and try to touch them.  The person they touch is the new “it” and the game continues.  If you go by a swimming pool with a lot of children in it in America, you’ll probably hear “Marco” and “Polo” a lot.
 
Did you play any games similar to these when you were a child?
 

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