Many Japanese speak English. But they do not think our thoughts. They worship at other shrines; profess another creed; observe a different code. They can no more be moved by Christian pacifism than wolves by the bleating of sheep. We have to deal with a people whose values are in many respects altogether different from our own.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
The Mission of Japan, 1937
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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