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Games from around the globe

Learn a game from another country that’s been affected by conflict, then think about your favourite games.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A ring (or something else to hide)

Play ‘Hunt the ring’

Hunt the ring is a game played in Iraq, where they call it ‘mahabis’. In Iraq, each team has between 50 and 250 players, so this is a slightly smaller version. If you don’t have a ring, you could play with any small counter or token.

  1. Everyone should split into two teams. They should decide which team will hide the ring and which team will find the ring – both teams will swap over and have plenty of turns at both.
  2. The team that’s hiding the ring should decide who will hold the ring. They should make sure the other team can’t hear or see them while they decide.
  3. The team that’s hiding the ring should sit in a row with their hands clenched into fists in their laps. The chosen person should hold the ring in one of their hands.
  4. The finding team should choose one person to find the ring, the finder.
  5. The finder should look at all of the players in the hiding team to try to spot any clues about who has the ring. They could look at people’s facial expressions and movement, for example.
  6. The finder should point at anyone they think doesn’t have the ring and say ‘not you’. The person they pointed at should open their hands. If they don’t have the ring, they should move away from their team. If they have the ring, the hiding team gets a point and the teams should switch places and play again (so the hiding team becomes the searching team and the searching team becomes the hiding team).
  7. If the person they sent away doesn’t have the ring, the finder should keep repeating steps five and six until they know who has the ring (or they accidentally send the person with the ring away and the teams swap over).
  8. If, at any point, the finder thinks they know who has the ring, they should tap the player’s hand and say ‘it’s you!’. The player should open their hands. If they don’t have the ring, their team gets a point. If they have the ring, the finding team gets a point. The teams should switch places and play again (so the hiding team becomes the searching team and the searching team becomes the hiding team).

Talk about games

  1. Everyone should gather together and talk about what it means to be part of a global community – how and why are Scouts are connected to other Scouts around the world? Some things, such as traditions, songs, or ceremonies might look a bit different in different places, but no matter where they are, Scouts gain similar skills, for example, learning to try, try again or play their part.
  2. Everyone should think of something they’d like to share with Scouts who have been affected by conflict. It could be a fun game or a campfire song.
  3. Everyone should work together to think of a creative way to share. Perhaps they could make a video, create a poster, or teach someone else who’ll visit, so they can pass it on.

This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved, here.

Reflection

This activity was a chance to try new things. Some people may have played similar games before – but probably not with teams as huge as is traditional for mahabis. Would people like to learn games for any other countries? What did people choose to share with Scouts who have been affected be conflict? Games and fun can be really valuable when people have been through difficult experiences. 

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.