One and Twenty

Submitted by:
Rae Haynes
aka Rae-Rae
Leader, Junior Troop 1477, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Crofton, Maryland

One and Twenty

You need an odd number of girls for this game. One girl is "It" and she stands in the center of the circle. The other girls are divided in half. One half makes a large circle, with plenty of space between them. Then each girl in the other half picks a "buddy" in the circle and stands directly behind her buddy. You now have a very loose circle of girls, with a second girl standing directly behind one in the circle. When this is done right, it reminds me of the spokes on a wheel, with "It" as the hub.

Now you are ready to play. As the girls begin singing the song, "It" grabs one girl from the circle and they become buddies. They take their place in any empty spot in the circle. (That is why the circle needs so much space when you first form it!). The girl who was "It" stands in front, and her new buddy is behind her. The girl who *was* the buddy is now buddy-less, and thus is "It". The new "It" now must grab a buddy and take a place in the circle. And so on.

The song starts out relatively slowly (but not very slow!), and each verse gets a little faster. By the time the girls get to "1 and 90" they are singing very, very fast! (And you know how kids are when they sing too fast. They get the words wrong and start giggling.)

When the girls have played this a few times, they get better at it. My girls always remember who was the last one who was "It"; and she starts out as "It" in the next game. All I have to do is say "One and Twenty". The circle is formed and they are ready to play within a very few seconds! :-D

The song goes like this:

1 and 20, 2 and 20, 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 20, 27, 28, 29, 30.
1 and 30, 2 and 30, 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 30, 37, 38, 39, 40.
etc. to 100.

At 100, the person without a buddy is "out".
(attitude will decide if she's the loser or winner. [VBG])

(still trying to figure out how to teach you the song. The word "20" (or 30, etc.) is drawn out, but the other numbers are said faster.)