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Games Around the World

Games Around the World

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Published by: Elle Nicole on Dec 25, 2010
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Ages:

6 and up

Supplies:none

Players:10 or more; circle

Activity:running; clapping; slapping

Place:

gymnasium; out-of-doors

Appeal:

competition; skill

All except Ebe (pronounced eh-beh) or "It" stand in a circle, at arm’s length from one another; Ebe
stands in the center of the circle. The following chant is used continuously throughout the game, with the
players in the circle clapping as they chant:

Ebe, Ebe, come to us now,
And hit our hands from a distance somehow.
If our hands you cannot hit,
then again you must be It.

Ebe runs from one player to another, trying to slap some player's hand before the player can put them
behind his or her back. When Ebe succeeds in slapping someone's hands, that player becomes Ebe, and the
first Ebe takes his of her place in the circle. The same procedure is repeated, along with the chant.
The end of play is determined by common consent. There are no "winners" or "losers." Moderation in
slapping is practiced both for concern for friendship and for self-protection when someone else becomes
Ebe.

Games Around the World

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September 1989

TURKEY

ASIA

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