Rubber Chickens – Flip Me the Bird

Type of Activity:  Energizer, Tag

Props Needed: 

  • 6 Rubber Chickens for up to 18 people. If you have more people, add more chickens and taggers.  Use enough rubber chickens to equal out about a third of the number of people in the group.    
  • Marker cones or other props to create a well-defined boundary.

Set Up:  Have large open area with boundaries set up and work on getting your group running around a little, get the blood flowing before you get to other initiatives. Level playing ground.  Change language depending on maturity of participants.

Group size:  8-20

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Time Needed for Activity:  10 minutes

Activity Directions:

  • Have the participants stand in a circle.  Include yourself in the circle.
  • Start out with one person being IT.  Later you can assign up to 2-3 people to be IT.
  • To be immune from a tag, a participant must be grasping a bird.  Use enough rubber chickens to equal out about a third of the number of people in the group.  Since there are only 6 birds per 18 pursues, there is much “flipping of the bird.”
  • There can only be one bird in the hand at a time.  In keeping with the name of the game, the bird must be thrown, not passed, and the throw cannot be made back and forth between paired participants.
  • If someone wants a bird they need to yell out, “Flip Me the Bird!!”

Facilitator script:  “Please come and stand in a circle to hear the directions for our first game.  We’re going to paly a game called Flip Me the Birde.  In a minute I’m going to ask for a volunteer to start out as ‘It’ and will be the Tagger.  The Tagger will chase everyone else within the boundary area.  To avoid being tagged, you must have a rubber chicken in your possession.  So if you are being chased by the Tagger and you need a rubber chicken, you’ll need to yell out, “Flip Me the Bird!!”  Anyone who has a rubber chicken in their possession can choose whether they throw them their bird or not.  You may choose to hold onto it if you’d like.  The rubber chicken must be thrown, it may not be handed off from person to person.  You may only have one rubber chicken in your possession at a time.  If you get tagged by the person who is it, you become it!  You must raise your hand and announce, ‘I am now it!’ if you are tagged, so everyone else in the game knows who the new Tagger is.  Then the game continues.  So it’s in your best interest to avoid being tagged.  After a few minutes of play, I may add a Tagger or two, as well as additional chickens.  Are there any questions before we begin?

Safety:  With any tag game, there is slight risk of injuries by collision or tripping.

Variations:  Can also be done with small ropes tied into knots and call it “Knot Me!” instead of “Flip Me The Bird!”  To make more age appropriate us “Flip me the chicken” or if no birds available can use other objects but adapt the phrase used by participants.

Original Source:  Bottomless Bag Revival, by Karl Rohnke.  1993

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