When everyone is confident of the tune, the game begins. One person starts by singing the first word from the song. The person on their left sings the next word, and so on – a little like telling a one word at a time story. Try to keep the tempo smooth. ‘Flowerpot’ can be sung as one or two words – it’s up to you! Once this has been mastered, the next rule is that the person singing ‘Bill’ must bend their knees at the same time as singing the word – just that person. When that is working, add the next rule – everybody bends their knees when anyone sings ‘Ben’. This usually results in much laughter, with people bending their knees at the wrong times. If you lose the flow of the tune, start again.
||To warm up the voice To encourage concentration To cooperate in group work
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Bill and Ben was a BBC television programme first broadcast in 1952. A new version was released in 2001 with new characters and a different theme tune.