Zipp zapp

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Zipp zapp
Type: attention game, icebreaker, name learning game
Number of players: 10 or more
Location: sitting in a circle
Equipment: chairs
Duration: arbitrary
Preparation: none

Zipp Zapp is a game played while sitting in a circle. It requires a lot of attention of the participants, that can be used as ice breaker game and name learning game.


All participants except one need a chair (or similar, like a pillow to sit on).


The players are sitting in a circle, one player is standing in the center. He randomly selects any other player, points at him and gives one of the following commands:

  • Zipp: the player has to say the name of his right neighbor
  • Zapp: the player has to say the name of his left neighbor
  • Zipp-Zapp: all players switch their seating places

If any player does not react within a short time, the player and the person in the middle change their places, and a new player is standing in the middle for the next round.


  • Of course, you can introduce further commands.