Friday, January 2, 2015

When the Cold Wind Blows . . .

How to Play: Move chairs into a circle. The number of chairs in the circle should be one less than the number of players. One player stands in the middle of the circle and says, "When the cold wind blows, it blows for anyone who_________," filling in the blank with a category such as, has a dog. Everyone who fits that category, including the person in the middle, quickly finds a new place to sit. The one player who doesn't find a seat now stands in the center of the circle and continues the game by saying, "When the cold wind blows, it blows for anyone who __________," naming a new category. The activity continues for several rounds. You can limit categories to ones that relate to interests, hobbies, and family, or to a curriculum topic rather than allowing players to focus only on clothing or appearance.

This lively activity is a great way for children to learn about each other and what they have in common with classmates. You could brainstorm a list of categories before beginning the activity.

Variations: This game is also called A Warm Wind Blows, A Hot Wind Blows, and The River Rises. Some versions of Fruit Basket Upset are similar.

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