Telephone Game and Tips

Purple Petal: Respect Myself and Others

I think we used this while working on the MANNERS try-it, but this could be used for any safety or communications related activity. We talked about the importance of communicating clearly and asking for clarification if we don’t understand something when it is said – specifically if the girls were old enough to answer the phone at home and take messages! We played the “telephone game” with several of the phrases found on the Telephone Game Tongue Twisters printable. We sat in a circle and I handed printed out these tongue twisters in strips and gave for the older girls to read or whispered to the younger girls. We tried to see if the message would make it around the circle. For a large troop, start the “message” with two girls – one whispering her message to the girl to her right and one whispering her message to the girl to her left until the message meets somewhere in the circle. It was hilarious to hear what the girls came up with. If the girls are young, only use the BOLDED half of the tongue twister. The Telephone Manners Tip Sheet is a printable that was used as a handout for the girls to take home and talk about with their parents.

Telephone Game Tongue Twisters

Telephone Manners Tip Sheet

FUN FACT: A MONDEGREEN is a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung <“very close veins” is a mondegreen for “varicose veins”>. The term MONDEGREEN originates from the mishearing in a Scottish ballad of “laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen”. First known use in 1954.
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