A silly game – Simon Says meets Paper, Rock, Scissors.
STEP #1: One person is the Top Monkey (they make a motion scratching both armpits like a monkey and encourage the crowd to do the same) and they stand in front of the crowd and explain that they are Top Monkey and that all the animals in the jungle want to be Top Monkey. But, sometimes Top Monkey imitates other animals like the snake (they make a snake motion with their arms and encourage everyone to do the same,) the raccoon (they cup both hands and look through them and encourage others to do the same,) or the bunny (they make two bunny ears with their hands on their head and encourage others to do the same.)
STEP #2: The Top Monkey tells the crowd that the way they become Top Monkey is by beating Top Monkey at his imitations. Top Monkey then instructs and leads the crowd to go into the Top Monkey position while they repeat “Top Monkey” over and over again, until Top Monkey yells, “Not a monkey!” Then everyone chooses an animal to be, besides the top, monkey signified by the symbol (snake, raccoon or bunny.) If they match the top monkey they get to remain in the game and remain standing. If not they sit down. Once this is explained with two or three trials, the game begins, but, everyone in the crowd turns around for the game so that nobody can cheat off the top monkey. After their animal is chosen, they turn around to find out if they advance to the next round. NOTE: Expect most people to beat the Top Monkey during the trials when they face the Top Monkey. That’s good because it gets everybody’s confidence up.
STEP #3: Start and continue rounds until one member of the crowd remains. They become Top Monkey for the next game.
BONUS STEP: Even though the last remaining member of the crowd is Top Monkey, they go “back to back” for a challenge with the old Top Monkey for the Alpha Monkey position until they beat him or her.
Reward the Top Monkey with a banana or banana flavored Laffy Taffy.
Idea by Jason Schmock
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.