As a child, whenever we were going on a long journey, in order to keep the kids occupied my Mum would suggest a game of “The Ministers Cat”. The youngest child would be first to start and would say for example “The Ministers Cat is an ANGRY cat”. Each player would take their turn in order of age (and possible degree of difficulty depending on the number of players). We would go through the alphabet until Z. If a player could not come up with a suitable adjective they would be out, although we would usually skip on X! I have played this recently with my niece and grandchildren and whilst it’s good fun, it’s also good for their vocabulary.
wow, am I glad I found this discussion. I was trying to teach my niece Concentration, and didn’t remember some crucial parts. Now here is how I played it as a kid: Concentration/are you ready/if so/let’s go/starting/with names/of boys/one apiece/no repeats… then the first girl shouts out a name beginning with the letter A, the next girl shouts out a name beginning with B…
Oh my gosh! I just found this website and I was looking for this particular game. We used to play it sitting crossed legged in a circle as well clapping and snapping but we would say “Concentration concentration navigation, keeping rythym keeping rythym to the beat, ok, lets play and we would choose a topic….
To MG: Here’s another version of Concentration. Everyone sits in a circle, clapping and snapping in rhythm to: Concentration (clap snap), are you ready (clap snap), if so (clap snap), let’s go (clap snap), starting with (clap snap), names of (clap snap) – Then the leader would pick the subject – colors, names, states, baseball teams, whatever. Whoever got tongue-tied on the clap-snap was out. A little more civilized than “because I like the letter A” (which was, as I recall, sung to the tune of A Sailor Went to Sea-Sea-Sea). Oy vey.
Hey – I’m a guy (from Jamaica Queens), but I have a “kid” sister – mid 40s now. She and her silly girlfriend used to play all these games, giggling non-stop. I wonder if her friend still has that laugh! I recall some game called concentration – I don’t know if a ball or clapping was involved. They’d say “Concentration letter A, may I repeat the letter A, because I like the letter A, Alice begins with the letter A. Right through the whole alphabet. Drove me nuts!
I can’t believe I remember that concentration game it seems like a life I do not know. I never did learn that Tulips together although I remember thinking the girls who did know that one knew something worth knowing. Oh little playmate come out and play with me and bring your dollies three climb up my apple tree slide down my rain barrel (only grandma knew what that was) Slide down my cellar door and we’ll be jolly friends forever more 1,2,3,4 and then there was a response I’m sorry playmate I cannot play with you My dolly’s got the flu – – something like that What about Miss Mary Mack?
Lizgui… Thank You!!! I couldn’t remember the name of a favorite game I used to play. It was “Concentration!”. Girls names,(as you said), names of flowers, names of boys (of course!) and anything else we could think of. It was so much fun thinking of things to name! Thank you for bringing that back! 😉
How about “Concentration” The hand movements were two pats to each knee [while sitting cross legged on the floor], 2 claps, and then snap your fingers on each hand once. You kept repeating this movement while singing the verse. “Concentration . . . name of . . . GIRLS . . . starting with . . . A” Everyone sat in a circle and it went around the circle, every person doing the next letter in the alphabet. It went on and on until someone messed up, and then you would start all over again The subject [word in Caps above] could be anything you wanted, and you could start with any letter of the alphabet. Great way to kill time on a summer’s day until they opened up the johnny pump!!!