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In fact, the human knot game has long been used as a popular way to lighten the mood and build a more solid teamwork. To play this game, all you need are game participants and a large enough open area. That is why, human crochet games are generally played by students who are camping or by adults who are traveling with many small children. Although it really depends on the number of players and the difficulty level of the crochet pattern, this game will generally only take 15 to 20 minutes. Want to know how to play it? Check out the article below!
Preparing the Game
Group form. The more people who play, the more fun the game will be! If the participants in the game are small children, it is best not to make too many groups so that the pattern of links formed is not too complicated. In fact, the ideal number of participants in the human connection game is 8-20 people. However, the game can still go on as long as the number of participants reaches at least 4 people.
If you're not camping or traveling with a lot of young children but want to give it a try, try inviting your neighbors or close friends to play together in the park
Explain the rules of the game. First of all, all participants in the game must stand in a large circle and interlock their hands at random. Remember, the object of the game is to untangle the hook without letting go of the hand you are holding. After the link is untied, all participants in the game should return to a neat circular position without any loose hands.
To create your own version of the human crochet game, try creating additional rules to make the game more challenging. For example, you can define a maximum time limit that all participants have to describe the relationship
Ask all participants to stand close together and in a circle. Remember, your hand must be able to reach the hand of the participant standing across from you. Therefore, game participants in large numbers must really stand close together. Once you are in the circle, take the hands of two people who are not standing next to you. Remember, the left hand must go hand in hand with the left hand, and vice versa.
Even if it's a violation to let go of your hand while playing, you'll most likely have to do it to make each other's position more comfortable. Remember, generally all participants need to bend and turn to untwist the hook so sometimes they have to let go of their hands briefly to reduce the risk of sprains
Check the pattern of the hooks formed. Discuss how to unravel with your peers. If the participants in the game are small children, you will most likely have to guide them to do so. Most likely, there is a hook structure that can be more easily and quickly removed so that it could pave the way for another hook structure.
- Make sure all participants move calmly, don't rush, and be careful, especially if the game is played by small children. Roughly pulling other people's hands can hurt them, you know!
- At the beginning of the game, all the hooks will feel very tight and seem difficult to untangle. If possible, ask all participants to take a few steps back to make all the links easier to see.
Ask all participants to move to untangle the link. All participants must be ready to move, bend, and turn to untangle the links that are formed! More than likely, you will need to bend over to pass another person's hand, step over another person's hand, or perform a similar motion to untangle the hook. Since this game requires flexibility, you may need to do some light stretching before playing.
When playing, make sure you always respect the limits of other participants. If you feel that your position is not comfortable, ask other participants to first describe the other parts so that your position is comfortable again
Unravel the hooks to form a large neat circle. As the crochet pattern begins to unravel, you will notice a large, neat circle forming. Most likely, there will be players facing in and out of the circle. But whatever the position, make sure none of the grips are loose. Safe! You have successfully unhooked the humans!
In some cases, the crochet pattern may be too complex to be deciphered. If this is the case, immediately release the clutch and start the game again
Adding Game Variations
Have someone take on the role of game director. This variation is suitable for games with a small number of participants, and each participant can take turns to be the director. In this game, one player must get out of the circle and stand with his back to the circle while the other participants link their hands. After that, the participant can only move according to the direction of the director.
If you want to add to the fun of the game, try setting up props for the director like a megaphone, a director's signature hat, or a badge
Take advantage of the game to get to know other participants. Oftentimes, games designed to lighten the mood like a powerful human connection help each participant get to know each other better. Therefore, apply the rule that each participant can only invite other participants to speak after mentioning his name.
Give penalties for participants who violate the rules for not mentioning their nicknames. Agree that participants who violate the rules must do five push-ups after the game ends, or plan the next activity with other participants who also violate the rules
Define boundaries related to the player or the scope of the game. Be careful in applying this variation of the game! Remember, the interlocked limbs will make it easier for each participant to fall or lose balance. However, if the game is played by teenagers and adults, there is no harm in applying variations such as:
- Turn a blind eye to half the number of players. Thus, participants who are not blindfolded must lead participants who are blindfolded. This kind of game variation is also effective in increasing teamwork, you know!
- Lay down barriers. Maintaining balance on unpredictable terrain while making connections is not easy. Therefore, be careful that you and the other participants do not stumble. For children participants, they are likely to feel more happy if they can play human hooks on uneven terrain such as trampolines.
Have a race. If the number of participants is very large, you will most likely have to divide all the participants into several small groups to keep the flow of the game effective. If that's the case, try to make the game more challenging by having the whole group do a quick race to untangle the links.
- If the weather is very hot, make sure you invite all participants to play under a tree or a cooler area. Be careful, very hot temperatures can make the participant's skin sweat and feel sticky so that it will reduce the comfort of playing.
- Don't force yourself to play if you have a sprain or injury. Most of the movement needed to untie the hook can make your injury worse.
- This game involves quite intense physical contact. That's why the human hook game is not suitable for people who are very shy, don't feel comfortable making physical contact, and have a phobia of tight spaces.
- Some crochet patterns don't come off easily. In fact, sometimes game participants actually make links that really can't be released, you know!