Games are a fun and exciting way for children to learn more about the African culture. Here are
suggested games that you could play during assembly, lunch or P.E.
This is a fun game played outdoors among the rocks and trees in Zambia and Zaire. The title of
the game is from the African word meaning 'the snake'.
No. of players: Large groups (12+)
Equipment: an obstacle course. Create an obstacle course by using household items such as
chairs, boxes, tyres, toys, etc.
Time: 5-10 minutes
Aim: To be the team to reach the finish line.
1. Find a play area that has trees or shrubs, rocks or other obstacles. Alternatively, you can make
up your own obstacle course.
2. Divide the players into two groups of six or more children.
3. Each group forms itself into a snake (banyoka) by players sitting on the ground behind each
other. The legs are spread apart and arms are placed around the waist of the child in front of
4. Each 'snake' moves together by shuffling on the ground and moving side to side. They move
around their obstacle course toward the finish line. The ‘snake’ must stay connected so the
children need to work together.
5. The winning team is the first to cross the finish line.
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