A popular and fast-moving game with mimed shapes and actions.
Bippity Bippity Bop has a simple structure with lots of ‘add-ons’. Begin by learning the basic game and add the other rules one by one. There are many variations and if you play it for long enough you will soon be making up new ones of your own.
The Basic Game
One person (the Pointer) stands in the centre of a circle made by the group. The Pointer’s aim is to swop places with someone in the circle by catching them out. She chooses somebody at random and says one of two phrases – either “Bippity bippity bop” or just “Bop”. If she says “Bippity bippity bop” then whoever is pointed at (the Target) must say “Bop” before the Pointer gets to the end of the phrase. If the Target doesn’t manage to do this in time, he swops places with the Pointer. If, however, the Pointer just says “Bop,” then the Target must remain silent. In this case if the Target accidentally says “Bop” then he switches places to become the new Pointer.
Of course the Pointer can alternate between “Bop” and “Bippity bippity bop” as often as she likes. She can spin round to point at people unexpectedly or stay pointing at one person saying a mixture of “Bop” and “Bippity bippity bop” until she catches them out!
Once the group have got the hang of the basic game you can start to introduce the additional rules listed below. For any of these, the Pointer adds the name of an object before saying “Bippity bippity bop”. This time, as well as the person pointed at, the people on the left and right of that person also take part. The three of them work together to make the shape of an object by the time the pointer has finished saying “Bop.” If the object has not been made correctly then whoever the Pointer thinks was the most at fault switches places to become the new Pointer. 10
“Toaster, bippity bippity bop.” The person who is pointed at becomes a piece of toast by bouncing up and down with their arms by their sides. The players on either side of the piece of toast make the toaster slot by holding their arms out towards each other with the toast jumping up and down between them.
“Elephant, bippity bippity bop.” The person who is pointed at forms the head of the elephant by holding their nose with one hand and putting their other arm through to make the trunk. They can also make elephant sounds. The people on the left and right hold out their arms towards the middle person to make the shape of the elephant’s ears.
“Aeroplane, bippity bippity bop.” The middle player makes flying goggles by making the ‘OK’ sign with both hands, holding the hands together and turning them upside-down over his or her eyes. The people on the left and right hold out one arm each to make the wings.
“Bunny, bippity bippity bop.” The middle person holds up two hands as paws and the people on either side wiggle their hands next to the bunny’s head to make the right and left ears.
“Raccoon, bippity bippity bop.” The person pointed at holds up two paws and the people on either side make the “OK” sign with their hands and hold them over the middle person’s eyes. This makes a very credible- looking raccoon.
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