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Curly, Moe, and Larry

Groups of 20-30 sit or stand in a circle. One person is in the middle and points to someone in the circle and says either “Curly,” “Mo,” or “Larry”. The person pointed to must respond with a name before the person in the middle can count out loud to ten. The name the person shouts depends on the name the person in the middle says:

“Curly”: say the name of the person on your right.
“Moe”: say your own name.
“Larry”: say the name of the person on your left.

If they succeed, the person in the middle stays and repeats the process with someone else in the circle. If they fail, they change places with the person in the middle.

After a while, you may want to add a second person to the middle. After five minutes, rotate half of each group to another group, or combine two groups and put a second person in the middle.

The Point: Remembering names of people in your group.

Also see Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp'em) (Click Here).

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Comments on this post

   Rod         10/17/2015 5:10:35 PM

Sunday Game.

   Josh Shrable         6/22/2011 10:33:15 AM

Awesome game! My kids can't get enough of this, even though all of them are utterly confused every time we attempt it :-P

   Mornette Scott-Riddell         6/21/2011 10:56:51 AM

We played this game with 30 of our teens in our lounge upstairs - it was absolutely hilarious! We cut the response time down to zero - kids had to shout out a name instantly which really added to the fun! Tip - make sure you know who is on your right and left, and remember your own name too!