Circular Hand Clapping

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A quick thinking game where players clap their hands when it is their turn (otherwise their hand is removed from the circle).

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

-Equipment List:

-Equipment Link:

-Setting Up:

  • Have two or more groups (5-10 players) of players that lay in a circle with their arms overlapping with their neighbours arms, and their hands toward the centre of the circle.


  • Determine which direction the hand clapping will begin going around the circle.

  • One player is assgined to begin and claps their hand on the floor.

  • The next hand in the assigned direction claps the floor, and then the next hand...

  • If a player claps the floor twice with their hand the direction is reversed.

  • If a player claps when they are not supposed to they remove their hand.

  • When a player losses a second hand that player joins the other circle with both hands in play.


-Questions & Notes:

  • Questions for Understanding:

  • What makes this game challenging?

  • How do you best overcome the challenge?

  • What does it tell you about leadership?

Questions or comments? 

Please contact Dr. John Byl at:


     (905) 923-0938

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