You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Scrap paper
Before you begin
- Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
- You could draw cue cards for the actions of zip, zap and boing. These could be used to prompt players while they’re learning the moves in this game.
Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
- Remind everyone to stand at least two metres away from each other in your circle.
Run the activity
- Everyone should stand in a distanced circle. There should be a two metre space between each person, so that everyone has room to do a star-jump where they stand. Have everyone reach out to the side with their arms and legs to check that they’ve got enough space.
- Explain that in this game, play should be passed around or across the circle. There are three ways to pass play to the next person. One of these is ‘zip.’ Demonstrate ‘zip’ by clasping the hands with thumbs raised and index fingers pointing to the next person in the circle. Demonstrate the ‘zip’ sound effect. Have everyone practice by using ‘zip’ to pass play around the circle.
- The next way to pass play along is ‘zap.’ Demonstrate ‘zap’ by clasping the hands with thumbs raised and index fingers pointing, in the same way as ‘zip.’ However, ‘zap’ passes play to anyone else in the circle, and not the next person in line. Demonstrate the ‘zap’ sound effect. Have everyone practice by using ‘zip’ and ‘zap’ to pass play around the circle.
- The final way to pass play along is ‘boing.’ Demonstrate ‘boing’ by doing a star-jump and doing the ‘boing’ sound effect. Explain that ‘boing’ passes a ‘zip’ or a ‘zap’ back the way it’s just come. Do a practice round with ‘zip,’ ‘zap’ and ‘boing’ so that everyone’s clear on the rules.
- Run the game. When someone makes a mistake, they should sit down or step out of the circle. Everyone should watch and listen carefully as they try to catch other players out. Keep playing until there are just two people remaining.
Getting to grips with the rules and actions of this game was probably challenging in such a short space of time. It helps to have a practice round where you can’t lose! Quickly learning and applying new skills is important for life, as we only get to do new things if we’re willing to try. When was the last time someone in the group had to do something for the first time (apart from this game)? Was it tough at first?
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.