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Sensei Says

Sensei Says

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Basic Rules:<

  • Choose a leader to be Sensei (which means 'teacher") for the first round. You may want to let the birthday child go first.
  • Have the leader call out a series of commands; some should start with "Sensei Says..." and some shouldn't. The commands should include blocks and kicks if the children have learned some basic martial arts moves.
  • Children who fail to complete a task in which Sensei did say "Sensei says" first and children who complete a task when Sensei didn't say "Sensei says" are out for the rest of the round.
  • The winner is the last person who follows all of Sensei's directions correctly, and this child becomes Sensei for the next round.
  • If all of the remaining players get "out" at the same time, they should all stay "in" until only one player remains and is named the winner.

Detailed Explanation:
  1. Choose a child to be the leader for the first round; or, if your guests are younger, have an adult be the leader throughout the game.
  2. The leader will be "Sensei," and the other players must do whatever Sensei says.
  3. To start the game, the leader should call out a series of commands, such as "Sensei says...touch your nose!" or "Sensei says...hop on one foot!"
  4. The children must complete every task in which the leader says "Sensei says..." first.
  5. Randomly, the leader should call out a task without first saying "Sensei says," and all children who complete that task by mistake will be out for the rest of the round.
  6. Here is a sample dialogue of what the leader could say, along with how the children should react:
"Sensei says...tap your head!" - The children should do as directed.
"Sensei says... touch your left foot with your right hand!" - The children should do as directed.
"Hop up and down!"- The children should do nothing.
"Sensei says... hop up and down!"- The children should hop up and down.
Children are out when they:
  1. Complete a task that the leader gave without first saying "Sensei says," or,
  2. Don't complete a task when the leader did say "Sensei says" first.
Play until there is only one player left; that player is the winner and the leader for the next round!