Elephant, Giraffe, Toaster

by Bernie DeKoven on June 13, 2010

Stand in a circle. Have one or maybe two people go into the center. These people can go around and point to actually anyone, and, in a more or less intimidating manner, ask that person, and the people adjacent, to perform any of the following figures:

Elephant: middle person puts both hands on nose, hands fisted and touching each other in trunklike manner. Players on either side place one hand each on the ear of the middle person.

Giraffe: middle person puts both arms straight up. Players on either side put hands on the middle person’s waist. See, it’s a giraffe.

Toaster: people on either side of the middle person join hands, surrounding the middle player. Middle player jumps up and down, toastishly.

The Intimidators try to catch people off guard. Off-guarded ones become the new Intimidator.

Encourage the creation of new configurations to prevent proficiency.


And now, a combinatorial variation of significant silliness from the sometimes silly but always significant Bernie Heideman:

…imagine you said Elephant Toaster.  Then perhaps they would make the Elephant and everyone would jump as well or the outside people could make the toaster and just the Elephant may jump-you might not want to define in advance what the action is and let them figure it out.  For Badger- people make a squinchy face showing lots of teeth and their nose squinched and their hands up by the side of their face like claws  (all three people make this).  So for Badger Jello the two outside people might make a container (hands around the badger) and the badger would make the face and then gyrate like floppy jello.  Once people get the idea that making faces and funny movements are fun-they can make up other silly things.  When we play this we really don’t focus much on people getting it wrong and having to go in the center but more on just the silliness of the “scenes”.  We have put all three together at once as well.

Want more? The Youthwork Practice site describes 128 different animals and things you can use playing this game.


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