Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

A relaxed drama no prep game for junior youth

How To Play Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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All participants sit in a circle. The leader begins, saying "Ali Baba and the forty thieves" while doing a repeatable motion (Clapping, snapping) with their hands. As soon as the phrase, "Ali Baba and the forty thieves" is finished, the second person (person to the right of the leader) picks up the leader?s first motion, saying the "Ali Baba" phrase. The leader is now saying "Ali Baba?" for the second time, with a new hand motion, so the second person must still keep an eye on the leader ? they will have to duplicate every new motion as the leader finishes. The motions travel around the circle in this fashion, with the leader coming up with a new motion every time they say "Ali Baba...", until the first motion reaches the leader. That is, the leader sees the person to their left making the first motion that they made, and so stops their action. Then the non-action follows through the circle until the last person has repeated the last motion.

Basically, the students have to copy the actions in order, while also concentrating on saying the phrase correctly.

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sounds groovy

Posted by brendan 13 years ago
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