You Are What You Play

Sanam

Skipping & Running Game

Name of Game:

Sanam

Translation into English:

Statue/Sculpture

Category:

Skipping and Running

Country of Origin:

Lebanon

Where did you learn it?:

School

How many players?:

5+

Gender:

Both

Where is it played?:

Any empty space

How to play:

 

The group walks around the room and then one person, let’s call that person the joker, decides to shout ‘Sanam’.  When they hear this everyone freezes in their place. The joker then has to go around the room and make the frozen sculptures laugh. The joker goes from person to person, about 10 seconds allowed for each person,  and can make silly faces, say jokes, anything that would make anyone in the group laugh but you cannot touch them.

 

The first person to laugh then becomes the joker and they start over again.

Materials Needed:

None

How does it End?:

When the group gets bored or exhausted

Average time needed to play:

10 minutes +

Variations from other places:

Mujassam (Iran), The bears are coming (UK), Statue (Albania), Belle Statuine (Italy)

 

Age Range:

Young people

Who Introduced us to it?:

Nazha