Up Jenkins is a fun observation game and one of the good team building games for kids.
Guess which hand has the quarter?!
Sounds easy, right, as there are only two hands and you have a 50 - 50 chance of guessing correctly!
But you'll see it's not as easy as it sounds!
8 or more players
Ages 5 and up
Need: quarter and paper and pencil if scorekeeping
Begin by making two teams and sit facing each other. Choose a captain. Decide which team will get the quarter first. ("Heads or tails" works fine!).
The team with the quarter passes it around under the table so the other team cannot see it. The captain of the team without the quarter counts from one to ten.
When he reaches "ten" he calls out, "Up, Jenkins" and all players on the team with the quarter raise their fists in the air.
The captain of the team with the quarter calls out, "Down, Jenkins" and the members of the team with the quarter open their fists, slap their hands on the table, and try not to show the quarter.
The team without the quarter must figure out which player has the quarter.
The captain of the team without the quarter calls out each player's name on the other team, except the one they think has the quarter.
When a player's name is called, he opens his hands.
If the quarter is in the hands of a player whose name was called, the team with the quarter wins that round with one point and plays again.
If the other team guesses who has the quarter, they get one point and hide the quarter.
Set a time limit, and the team with the most points at the end of that time, wins.