One day somebody should remind us that, even though there may be political and ideological differences between us, the Vietnamese are our brothers, the Russians are our brothers, the Chinese are our brothers; and one day we've got to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. But in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. In Christ there is neither male nor female. In Christ there is neither Communist nor Capitalist. In Christ, somehow, there is neither bound nor free. We are all one in Christ Jesus.
Martin Luther King (1957-1968)
A Christmas Sermon, 1967
Nose Nose Nose
This is an English version of a tradition Japanese game for youngsters. Chant "Nose. nose, nose" and tap your nose at the same time with both forefingers. Complete the line by saying another body part and touch that at the same time. For example,if you said "Nose, nose, nose - ears" you'd finish touching both ears. Then go back to the beginning. Develop a rhythm. Having a minute pause before saying the target body part can create a little tension and extra fun.
With older children they can take turns leading the group or make pairs or threes and take turns leading.
- Introduce the idea of plurals by sometimes saying ear, rather than ears, leg instead of legs etc. When doing this use just one hand. If the children use both hands just wave your free hand at them and then point at the other hand. When doing this really over stress the ' z' when saying the plural. Once they begin to get the idea you can cut down on stressing the 'z' and say the plural normally.
- Have the children touch something else, for example a chair, the floor, a table etc.
- Occasionally pretend you are going to sneeze, pause,take a breath, hold your nose with both hands and then slowly let the air out. Give a sigh of relief and then carry on with the game. Very occasionally you can actually sneeze. If you do remember to cover your mouth!
Note: Thanks to Kazuko Koyama for introducing this came to me.
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