Type of game:
Locomotion Game
Character of the game:
Non-Competitive
Country of origin:
Jamaica
Aim of the game:
Players from a ring holding hands, apart from one of them who goes into the middle of the ring and starts skipping around to the beat of the tune.
Number of players:
Multi Player
4+
Age
10 +
Difficulty:
Easy
Area of play:
Indoor or outdoor free space (e.g. park, school backyard, gym)
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment

None
Motor skills
Coordination Balance Flexibility
Social skills
Cooperation Communication Team building Socializing
Cognitive skills
Strategy Building
equipment
Background
This game is a traditional children's song in the West Indies, which is thought to have originated in Jamaica. The song became famous when the group "Boney M". recorded in 1978. The song had previously been recorded by the group Malcom's Locks.
Set up:
Players from a ring holding their hands. One player goes into the middle of the ring.
Rules
  1. The elected player starts skipping around to the beat of the tune –
    "There's a brown girl in the ring
    cha la la la lah
    There's a brown girl in the ring
    cha la la la lah
    There's a brown girl in the ring
    cha la la la lah
    She looks like a sugar in a plum -- PLUM PLUM"
     
  2. The player starts doing his/her favorite dance during this song segment
    "Show me your motion
    cha la la la lah
    show me your motion
    cha la la lah
    show me your motion
    cha la la la lah
    She looks like a sugar in a plum -- PLUM PLUM"
  3. During this segment the player picks his/her partner/friend to join him/her to dance in the ring
  4. "Show me your partner
    cha la la la lah
    show me your motion
    cha la la lah
    show me your motion
    cha la la la lah
    She looks like a sugar in a plum -- PLUM PLUM"

Teaching Styles:
1.Provide clear and simple instructions
2.Encourage players to communicate throughout the game
3.Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game.
4.Help people with disabilities make contact and move, if needed
Rules:
1.Change the song
2.Slow down/ accelerate the speed of moving / skipping / walking /  running / dancing
3.Introduce obligatory movement patterns
4.Make the circle smaller/bigger
Environment:
N/A
Equipment:
Include objects to use for movement patterns
Background
This game is a traditional children's song in the West Indies, which is thought to have originated in Jamaica. The song became famous when the group "Boney M". recorded in 1978. The song had previously been recorded by the group Malcom's Locks.