Ging Gang Gooli

This song was originally written by Lord Baden Powell as a song all Scouts and Guides around the world could sing together because the lyrics were gibberish and not restricted to a mother tongue.

Ging gang gooli gooli gooli gooli watcha,
Ging gang goo,
Ging gang goo,
Ging gang gooli gooli gooli gooli watcha,
Ging gang goo,
Ging gang goo.

Hey la,
Hey la shay la,
Hey la shay la hey la ho oh!
Hey la,
Hey la shay la,
Hey la shay la hey la

Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly,
Oompa, oompa, oompa, oompa.

TIRO

To sing this song, you stand in a circle with your arms around the shoulders of the people next to you. As you chant the letters, you sway back and forth. Each time you repeat the song, you get faster. On the four OH!s, you lean forward into the circle, then out, then in, then back out again, and then go back to swaying. This becomes lots of fun the faster you go.

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Second time through:

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Oh!
Oh!
Oh!
Oh!

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Oh!
Oh!
Oh!
Oh!

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Great Big Buffalo

Great big buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Great big buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Long, long ago, huff huff huff,
Long, long ago, huff huff huff,

Great big buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Tiny little buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Tiny little buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Long, long ago, puff puff puff,
Long, long ago, puff puff puff,

Tiny little buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Humongous buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Humongous buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Long, long ago, huh huh huh,
Long, long ago,huh huh huh,

Humongous buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula Grace

I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula,
Cha cha cha!
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula,
Cha cha cha!
I’m a knife, fork, spoon,
I’m a knife, fork, spoon,
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula,
Cha cha cha!

Actions:

Knife – Arms up in the air, palms together.
Fork – Arms up, but spread apart
Spoon – make an o shape above your head.
Spatula – elbows at 90 degrees, arms up, level with shoulders.
Cha cha cha – dance around.

The Pirate Song

This song is sung by changing the rhyme each time. It is traditionally sung to the age of 10, but can go as high as however many participants you have. Each participant can be in change of coming up with a rhyme for each number and can be pointed to when it is their turn for their rhyme. 1 is used as the example here, but would change each time it is sung.

This song also has a few actions. For north, south, east, west, you tap your toe out in each of the cardinal directions. When you sing “up the Irish sea!” you raise your leg and clap underneath of it.

Oh!
When I was 1 I sucked my thumb,
The day I went to sea!
I climbed aboard a pirate ship,
The captain said to me,
We’re going North, South, East, West,
And up the Irish sea!
A bottle of rum to warm my tum, (or a stick of gum to fill my tum)
And that’s the life for me!

Sample Rhymes

When I was 1, I sucked my thumb.
When I was 2, I tied my shoes.
When I was 3, I fell from a tree.
When I was 4, I sailed once more.
When I was 5, I took a dive.
When I was 6, I played some tricks.
When I was 7, I went to heaven.
When I was 8, I filled my plate.
When I was 9, I found a dime!
When I was 10, I started again!

Boa Constrictor

This song can be sung two ways. If sung at a meeting, or at a campfire, you would progressively lie down on the ground as the body parts are eaten, and then work backwards to stand back up by repeating all the previous eaten body parts.

However, this is also a great song for before bedtime, as you can crawl into your sleeping bag as body parts are eaten. In this case, the body parts are not repeated, but you just move on to the next one as your sleeping bag gobbles you up!

I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
AND I DON’T LIKE IT VERY MUCH!

Body Part Rhymes:

Oh no! There goes my toe!
Oh gee, he’s got my knee!
Oh pip! He’s got my hip!
Oh fans! He’s got my hands!
Oh fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh heck! He’s got my neck!
Oh dread, he’s got my head!
Oh darn, he’s gobbled me up!

Octopus

This is a tag-like game.

To begin, the boundaries for play are set. If in a room, the objective would be to get from one side of the room to the other. If outside, a parameter must be set. The smaller the boundaries, the harder the game.

All players begin on one side of the playing area. An octopus is selected to stand in the middle of the playing area. They can run anywhere within the playing area. When the octopus shouts “Octopus Attack!” all players must run from one side of the playing area to the other and try to avoid being tagged by the octopus. If tagged, the player must sit down where they were tagged, and become seaweed. Seaweed may tag other players, but they must do so from their place on the ground. They may stretch and reach, but they must start from a seated position. If tagged by seaweed, the tagged player also becomes seaweed in the place they were tagged.

Once the number of players dwindles to a few, the octopus may shout out “Tidal wave!” in which case all seaweed can stand up and chase players to tag them. However, they must sit where they are when the players reach the other side.

The game ends when one or two players remain, or when you are out of time.

Dragon Tail

Dragon Tail is a game that works best outside in a large open playing area with soft grass, as falling over is quite frequent.

How the game works is one person is chosen to be “it” like in tag. They stand at the front of the line, and everyone lines up behind them with their hands on the shoulders or waist of the person in front of them. They cannot let go of this person. If during the game the chain is broken, someone calls out “Broken Chain!” and everyone must freeze and get back in line to start again.

The object of the game is for the person who is “it” at the front of the line to tag the person at the end of the line, similar to chasing one’s own tail.

The game continues until out of time, tiredness, or the person at the end is successfully tagged.

Rhythm Master

This game is a variation of Wink Murder.

The players sit in a circle, and a detective is selected. The detective leaves the room or playing area so they cannot see the next proceedings. Then a rhythm master is selected and the leader of the activity calls out, “when the Rhythm Master is ready, they can start the rhythm.” The Rhythm Master then starts a rhythm that everyone else mimics. For example, the rhythm master might start clapping their hands to a rhythm, and everyone must do the same. The detective is then called back to the circle and must figure out who is the Rhythm Master.  The Rhythm Master can change the rhythm at any time and everyone else, once they notice the rhythm change, must also change their rhythm. The detective has three guesses.

When the game ends (with either the detective guessing correctly, or running out of guesses), the Rhythm Master becomes the new detective, and a new rhythm master is selected.

Disco Frog

This game is a variation of Wink Murder.

The players sit in a circle and one player is selected to be the detective. They leave the room or playing area so they can not see or hear the next proceedings. Then a “disco frog” (the equivalent of the murderer in Wink Murder) is chosen and the detective is called back to the circle. The “disco frog” then sticks out their tongue at other players when the detective isn’t looking. If a player sees the “disco frog” stick their tongue out at them, then that player has to stand up and do the disco, then pass out from sheer exhaustion of doing the disco (the equivalent of a murder in Wink Murder). The detective’s job is to figure out who the “disco frog” is before all the players pass out. The detective has three guesses.

When the game ends (either with the detective guessing correctly, or running out of guesses), then the disco frog becomes the detective and a new disco frog is selected.

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