3 2 1

MATERIALS:  long jump rope (any rope will do)


Two non-participants swing the jump rope.  The players are told that the name of the game is "3-2-1".  Also, they are told that they all must begin on one side of the jump rope and get to the other.  If the jump rope is stopped (by a stray foot, hand, etc.), all must return to start.  If play is incorrect, players must also begin again.


The trick to this is that no real rules are given.  The name of the game is the only clue.  Players must work together to figure out what it means and how to get across.


*Every time you lead this game, "3-2-1" can mean something different.  Here are some variations I have seen:


A.  Players must go across 3 at a time, then 2 at a time, then 1 at a time.


B.  The rope must hit the ground 3 times in between jumpers, then 2 times, then 1.


C.  The first player must jump rope 3 times, the second 2, the third 3.