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Whoosh!

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  1. Everybody in a circle. Start with one person who waves both hands to his/her neighbor, saying ‘Whoosh.’
  2. The next person passes the Whoosh to his neighbor, and that way the Whoosh is passed around the circle.
  3. Continue whooshing around the circle as quickly as possible. There are other sounds/movements that can be made:

    • ‘Wow’:and moving both arms down. A Wow changes the direction of the Whoosh.
    • ‘Zap’: instead of passing the Whoosh to your neighbor, it gets zapped to the person you point to. The receiver continues with either a Whoosh to his neighbor, or another Zap to another person. A Wow after a Zap returns to the Zapper.
    • ‘Ramp’: put your arm over your head at an angle so the “whoosh” skips you and lands on your neighbor who much continue to pass the whoosh.
    • ‘Groovelicious’: for this one the whole group bends down and up again all saying Groovelicious. Afterwards, the person who started the Groovelicious sets the Whoosh in motion again, in any direction.
    • ‘Freakout’: indicated by waving both hands in the air. Everybody starts screaming and moves to the center of the circle. When everybody’s freaked out a new circle is formed, and the starter of the Freakout sets the Whoosh in motion again (or Zaps, or does a Groovelicious).

VARIATIONS You can invent other sounds and gestures. You might replace Whoosh by a kind of Vroom-Vroom, as is you’re in a car, and replace Wow by the sounds of brakes (‘iiiii’). ‘Tidal Wave’: A whoosh at floor level which causes people to have to jump and say “Whee,” as the wave passes under them. ‘Eagle’: is like a ‘Freakout’ but everyone flaps their arms like wings to soar across the circle to a new spot. Keep inventing and adding to the list.

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