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Yes / No Game

Yes / No Game

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A simple game you can play with a single child or group of children is the yes / no game. This game requires at least two people: Someone who asks questions, and someone who answers them. The aim of the game is for the asker to get the other person to say yes or no. The answerer however should avoid using these words at all costs.

Rules Of The Yes / No Game

  • If the person who is answering the questions says the words ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ they are out.
  • In addition to not being able to say yes or no, they also can’t say anything that sounds similar to them. For example, you can’t say ‘na’, ‘nay’, ‘yeah’ and the like. You also can’t nod or shake your head.
  • All answers given must make sense.
  • To ensure the same answers aren’t given over and over again, you can’t repeat the same answer more then twice.
  • To ensure the game runs smoothly, it is a good idea to give the answerer a time limit on how long it takes them to answer. Give them a time limit of say five seconds if they’re new to the game, but as they get better you can reduce this time. If they take too long to answer, they are out.
  • If someone does any of the above actions, they are out. If you’re playing with two people, you can switch over and the other person now asks the questions. Alternatively, if you’re in a group you can move onto asking the next person questions.

The yes / no game is a great game to play, as it can be played easily anywhere. A great opening line is “Do you want to play the yes / no game”? When they reply “Yes” tell them that they’re out. They will become wise to this trick however, so enjoy using it while it lasts. 🙂