The goal is to be the player in the #1 spot. Gather all the people in a circle and number each player in order. The player with the number 1, usually the leader, starts by tapping a rhythm on their legs and ground. The rhythm is ‘Pat’ (pat your legs legs with your hands), ‘clap, clap,’ ‘thump, thump’ (stomp feet on ground). Once the group starts the rhythm, the leader starts the game on the two ‘clap-clap’ beats by saying their number (#1 at the beginning of the game) and someone else’s number. The person with the other number called, must say their own number and another number on the next two claps. If a person messes up, they go to the end of the line and everyone after that person shifts down.
Person 1: ‘Pat, “1, 3,” thump thump’ – RIGHT!
Person 3: ‘Pat, “3, 4,” thump thump’ – RIGHT!
Person 4: ‘Pat, “5, 2,” thump thump’ – WRONG!
See, person four got it wrong so the move to the last spot, becoming the last number. Assuming this group had six people, #5 takes #4’s spot (they made a mistake), #6 becomes #5, and the original #4 (who made a mistake) becomes the new #6.