Wes Briscoe has a game he loves to play and even though I have seen this game before I’m reminded of the fact that I have never played it. I got to try this out this weekend. Bum Shuffle can be played with a large group or mid sized group. Here are the words straight from Wes.
Have a circle of chairs facing inwards and students in the chairs. One student will spin in the center of the circle with their eyes closed for 5 seconds. On the start they try to sit down in the one open chair. Everyone else sitting in the chairs will shuffle over continuing to move the vacant spot around leaving the person in the middle frantic to find the open spot.
The people already sitting down can only defend the open spot by shuffling their bum. No hands or pushing is allowed. They can shuffle back and forth and in any direction. The shuffle typically moves fast.
Once the person in the middle finally gets to sit down, the person to the right is picked to be in the middle. This is our groups favorite game that we play and we break at least one metal chair every time we play!
In the future, leave two open chairs for a modified game. You can also do a lesson on accepting new people to the group or welcoming visitors and how we treat them.
We would love for you to share a game as well. If you have one you can post using the links below. Have fun. Games help students with community and get their energy out.