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You shall not pass, Billy Goats Gruff game

author:  Nigel
level:  Elementary
target_English:  Do you have + Classroom Objects
big_small:  Small Groups

Place lots of items that the children will normally have with them for school on a desk (like pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, English / maths / etc books, bags, pencil cases, etc). Each student who is not a troll (guess we shall call these goats), picks up 5 objects only.



Put 5 chairs in a row with plenty of space between them. Next to each chair put 1 student (they will be like the troll in the 3 Billy Goats Gruff story guarding the bridge)

All the other students (the goats) line up at the first chair.

The first student goes to the first chair, where upon the troll will ask, "Do you have a ???" (for slightly more advanced students add adjectives like blue pen, long ruler, snoopy bag etc)

The student will answer either "yes i do" or "no i don't"

If they have the item they must show it to the troll (to prove they have the item and stop cheaters) and can then step over the chair and then pass to the next troll's chair where the same question will be asked.

If the student does not have the object, then the troll can say "you shall not pass" just like in Lord of the Rings, then they must go back and pick up the object from the table and rejoin the queue to cross the bridge.

First person to pass all 5 troll's bridges wins.

For an easy game the trolls must decide what they are going to ask for and ask the same question every time.

For a slightly more difficult game the trolls can change what they ask for, in which case the goats should try not to let the troll see what they are carrying.

And for even more difficulty, if the goats do not have the item a troll asks for and goes to the table to get it, they must replace it with one item that they are already carrying so that they will always have only 5 objects.



Nigel




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