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Amoeba

An elimination game where players try to pull others into an object.
Materials
Trash Can or similar sized object
How To Play
Players stand in a circle and hold hands. A trash can is in the middle of the circle. The leader says 3-2-1-go at which point players, while holding tightly to the hands of the players next to them, try to pull the circle back so that other plays are pulled into the trashcan.

If a player touches the trash can, they are out. If two players let go of each others hands, both of those players are out. The last one remaining wins.
52 Ratings
52 Ratings

If all the players are not the same size and strength injuries can occur and if the central object is too small they can walk over it. If too tall, heads and eyes can be poked. -Beth (Mar 2, 2010)


Fun, but have to be careful! -Rebeca (Dec 31, 2012)


Awesome for planning and kids love it! -Cole Bumen (Mar 1, 2013)


This game is awesome, I was first introduced to it at SBR, Silver Birtch Ranch. -peter (Mar 7, 2013)


*birch -Peter (Mar 7, 2013)


Yeah we've used it HEAPS in the past, teens LOVE it but it is a bit brutal on wrists etc, we know it as Poison Pole. Would definitely recommend -Lynda (Mar 7, 2013)


It's called Kajabe Can-Can.. Been around forever.. learned about it at Hume Lake - (Apr 2, 2013)


At the camp & church I went to, we called this either Can-Java-Can-Can, or Jamaican Pool Pull. - (Aug 6, 2013)


rough game, but fun. there were a few injuries, but nothing that required hospitalization. kids are kids. they'll get hurt from time to time. suck it up. rub some dirt on it. -M@ (Sep 30, 2014)


fun game, but it has had some significant injuries associated with it, especially if you are mixing big and small kids. -Jeff (Mar 30, 2016)


use a big trash can. Good size. Better to play on grass than harder ground -xavier (Jul 12, 2017)


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