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Thread #85915   Message #1594474
Posted By: Azizi
31-Oct-05 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Concentration (kids' game)
Subject: RE: Origins: Concentration (kids' game)
Scoville, this isn't the same game as you described,


there's a rather popular competition handclap game called "Concentration" that I've seen performed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Unlike most other handclap routines, elementary school boys don't have a problem playing "Concentration" -i.e. it's not considered a "girl's game.". But on second thought, I've seen "girls only" play this game but not "boys only"

Here's how the game is played:

The girls {and boys}stand in a wide circle. Each child alternately claps the hands of the children standing on either side, and then claps her or his own hands. When clapping the hands of the children standing on either side, one palm is up and the other palm is down.

The hands are clapped on beat-of course.

While they are clapping the children chant in a sing song voice:
No repeats or hesitations
Name of ____ "

On "name of" someone [an older child, or a child who is a forceful, leader type] selects a category such as "Cars". "Girl's Names", "colors", "Fruits", "Sports"....

While reciting the first part of the rhyme {"Concentration, no repeat or hesitation, name of ___ ", one at a time, going around the circle in clock wise order from some starting point, each child has to quickly name something in the declared category-and like the rhyme says, there can be no repeats and no hesitations. If someone names something that doesn't belong to that category,or if she or he hesitates too long, or says something outside that category, or repeats something in that category that had been already been said, than, she or he is "Out".

Eventually there will be four childen doing handclaps {standing facing each other in two sets of "partners"}; then three children doing handclaps {standing in a triangle formation, and then two children standing facing each other doing partner style handclaps.

The object of the game is to be the last person remaining. That person is "The Winner".


I don't remember playing "Concentration" when I was a child. But this game must be played elsewhere as I have seen questions about it and examples of it posted elsewhere on the Internet, including on this great thread on children's schoolyard games and rhymes: