Type of game:
Locomotion Game
Character of the game:
Competitive
Country of origin:
South Africa
Aim of the game:
To catch a buthi and bring it home
Number of players:
Multi Player
4+
Age
5 +
Difficulty:
Easy
Area of play:
Indoor or outdoor free space (e.g. park, school backyard, gym)
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Pin
Motor skills
Speed
Social skills
Communication Team building Socializing
Cognitive skills
Strategy Building Tactics
equipment
Background
in Zulu, Ubuthi is a poison (usually made from the berries of an indigenous bush). Umuthi, on the other hand, is medicine made from plants (usually tree bark). This game from South Africa used to be "umuthi" and the players were meant to capture the muthi and bring it home to their family. It has been corrupted to ubuthi, steal the buthi and take it home.
Set up:
Players form a circle. One person is chosen to be the leader ("sebi", the thief). Place the buthi (the pin) inside the circle
Rules
  • The sebi stands in the middle of the circle with the buthi. The sebi must shout another person's (the 'muntu') name.
  • Both the sebi and the "muntu" run to try to grab the buthi
  • The player who gets the buthi first then tries to reach the spot in the circle that the muntu vacated. The player who did not get the buthi tries to tag the runner.
  • The sebi for the next round is the person who either successfully makes it back to the place in the circle without having been tagged and with the buthi, or the one who successfully tagged the other player.
Teaching Styles:
  • Slow down the speed of moving / walking / running. 
  • Help a potential wheelchair user use his wheelchair. If necessary you can help the person or people with a handicap to make contact and / or move in the game.
  • Provide clear and simple instruction
  • Practice games before introducing scoring
  • Encourage players to explore different ways of travelling and communicate between each other
  • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game
  • Introduce new movement patterns (hopping, scrawling, etc.)
Rules:
The leader calls out more than 1 name (2 or more muntus then try to grab the buthi)
Environment:
Make the circle smaller/bigger
Equipment:
NA.
Background
in Zulu, Ubuthi is a poison (usually made from the berries of an indigenous bush). Umuthi, on the other hand, is medicine made from plants (usually tree bark). This game from South Africa used to be "umuthi" and the players were meant to capture the muthi and bring it home to their family. It has been corrupted to ubuthi, steal the buthi and take it home.