Age: 7 to adult
Players: Groups (ideally of no more than 10)
Time: 10 minutes
Skills: Concentration, Focus
A game of quick reactions and verbal dexterity
Everyone thinks of the name of a type of fruit. The object is to say the name of somebody else’s fruit three times before they can say the name of yours. Before you begin, go round the circle with everybody naming their fruit – they must all be different.
Person A steps into the middle of the circle. Let’s assume their chosen fruit is “apricot”. A then has to try and say the name of one of the other fruits (e.g. “kiwi”) three times really quickly. Whoever chose kiwi as their fruit (person B) has to start saying “apricot apricot apricot” straight away. However if A manages to say “kiwi” three times before B starts saying “apricot, apricot, apricot” then B has to be in the middle and A joins the circle again. B then has to say the name of anybody else’s fruit three times and can only be stopped by that person saying the name of B’s fruit.
When people get good at this, it is quite difficult for the person in the middle to get out again. They have to keep trying to say the name of different people’s fruit until they catch someone out.
- The game can easily be played in a large circle with space between the players