5-minute fillers | 11 January


Get your young people thinking logically with this quiet game.

You will need a pair of objects, like two pencils or some chopsticks.

Tell your young people that the aim of the game is to guess the secret code.

Get everyone to sit in a circle on the floor. The leader begins, telling everyone to watch carefully what they do. They pick up the chopsticks, look at them, and say either 'crossed' or 'uncrossed'. Then, they pass the chopsticks on to the person on their left. The secret code is that it does not matter how the chopsticks are held, but that 'crossed' or 'uncrossed' refers to whether the person holding them has their legs crossed or uncrossed. Deception and diversion, e.g. crossing the legs of the chopsticks, switching hands etc. is encouraged!

Each person in turn will recieve the chopsticks, say whether they are crossed or uncrossed, and pass them to the person on their left around the circle. The leaders should let each person know whether their answer was correct. If someone thinks they know the secret code, they can get up and whisper it to a leader, but must not tell anyone else if they are right.


Make it harder:

Try changing the rules part way through the game or adding new things in. New secret codes could include having to say ‘thank you’ when receiving the chopsticks, switching hands or making a small coughing sound before saying ‘crossed’ or ‘uncrossed’.


Looking for more fun time-filling ideas? Here's a five-minute team game.

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