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Materials: Enough beans or other small items for each child to have about seven.
Cost: Cheap–free, as any small items will do.
1) Give each child seven beans or small objects. For this example we will use beans. Also take a few beans for yourself to use as an example when explaining the game to the children.
2) Explain that the beans should be held in one hand, fist closed. Slip one or two beans into your other hand and ask one of the children how many beans he thinks you have in your hand—one bean or two. Explain that if his guess is correct, he may keep the beans you have in that hand. If his guess is incorrect, he must give you the amount of beans he could have won. So if he guesses that there is one bean in your hand when there are actually two, he must give you two beans from his own hand.
3) Have the children walk around the room asking the other children, "One or two?" Be sure to emphasize that they can only have one or two beans in the hand they are holding out. If a child loses all his beans, tell him he must wait until someone asks him how many beans are in their hand. Winning more beans will put him back in the game.
4) After five or ten minutes of play, give the children a one minute warning. When the minute is up, tell them to stop and count their beans. The child holding the most beans is the winner.