Help Game

Help Game is a favourite South American game from the country of Peru.

Age: All ages

No. of players: 4 or more

Equipment: None

Time: 10+ minutes

Aim: To try avoid being caught by the chaser.

1. To play the game, the first thing to be done is to choose a chaser. One player holds his hand out with his palm facing up. The other players all place their index fingers in the palm. The player quickly closes his hand. The player who is caught becomes the chaser for the game.

2. The chaser runs after all the players trying to catch them. If a player is in danger of being caught he shouts out 'Help!' If someone comes to his rescue by holding his hand, they are both safe from being caught. However, if no one comes to his rescue he can be caught and becomes the new chaser.

3. Players can only hold hands for three seconds before they must let go and run away. The catcher cannot get closer than two metres (six feet) to players who are holding hands.

4. The game continues until all the players decide to end the game.

Source: Adapted from "Games Around the World" UNICEF New York

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