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Chicken, Chicken, Goat

The object of this game is to walk in a circle, tapping on each child’s head until one is finally chosen to be the new picker. Maa!

Gendarmes and Voleurs

A game of tag in which the gendarmes, who are in pursuit of the voleurs (the team being chased), arrest the voleurs by tagging and putting them in Reubeuss jail. Voleurs can stage a jailbreak by tagging one of the prisoners without getting tagged themselves.

Mamadou Diop

A form of tag played in the ocean. One player is chosen as “It”. This player closes his/her eyes and tries to find and tag the other players without the use of vision. The player who is “It” shouts “Mamadou” and the other players must respond by shouting “Diop”, which “It” uses to try to acoustically locate them. If a player is tagged, then that player becomes “It”.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Please do not use a real donkey.

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Hot piment

Involves players gathering in a circle and tossing a small hot pepper to each other while music plays. The player who is holding the “hot piment” when the music stops is out.

Red light, Green light

The “it” person stands at one end of the playing field, with the rest of the players at the other end. “It” turns their back to the others and calls out “Green light!” or “Red Light! Green Light! 1, 2, 3!” The players then run as fast as they can towards “it”.

At any point, a player may call out “Power Cut!” at which point all players run in any direction they want, resulting in complete chaos that is made worse by police officers giving conflicting traffic directions.

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Rock, Paper, Plastic Bag

Rock-paper-plastic bag is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The “rock” beats plastic bag, the “plastic bag” beats paper and the “paper” beats rock. Alternatively, the paper gets used to wrap bread at the buutik.

Seynabou Says

A player takes the role of “Seynabou” and issues instructions (usually physical actions such as “jump in the air” or “hop over a pot-hole”) to the other players, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase “Seynabou says”. Players are eliminated from the game by either following instructions that are not immediately preceded by the phrase, or by failing to follow an instruction which does include the phrase “Seynabou says”.