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Twenty One

Singing & Clapping Game

Name of Game:

Twenty One

Category:

Singing and Clapping

Country of Origin:

Albania

Where did you learn it?:

School

How many players?:

5+ … more players are better

Gender:

Both

Where is it played?:

Anywhere

 

Players stand in a circle

 

Their hands are extended to the sides

 

The right hand is on top of your neighbour’s left hand

 

All hands are facing up

All left hands are under partners’ right hands

 

First player takes right hand to partner’s left hand to clap and says ‘1’.

Second player passes the clap and says ‘2’ and so on

Until you get to ‘20’

 

On clap 21 the player to the right must clap the left partner’s hand, while the left partner tries to avoid being clapped by pulling his hand away when he senses the clap coming

 

If the right player doesn’t contact he/she is OUT

If the right player does make contact the left player is OUT

 

The reduced circle re-forms and starts again

 

It slowly reduces to just two players

And they play the final round

 

How to play:

To be the last one in the circle

Aim of game:

How does it End?:

When one person is left

Variations from other places:

Italy, Lebanon

An almost identical game can be played going up to 7, saying the days of the week instead of numbers, so the crucial clap/evasion is on “Sunday”

Average time needed to play:

5 minutes +

Age Range:

5 years +

Albert

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