Arms, legs, elbows in faces, ‘Twister’ is a great game for letting off steam, being silly, and getting all tangled up. Lockdown has many restrictions and a lot of people are in need of more physical activity and less screen time. Physical games give kids space and time needed to make sense of the world. For adults, it’s a fun way to pass the evening and a bit of a family workout!
Give the spinner a whirl!
Try to keep your hands and feet on the mat! If you’ve never played Twister before, now’s the time to catch up on all the fun. Read on…
Step 1: Get set up
- Make sure that you have 2 or 3 players. One person can be the referee, spinning the needle and calling out hand and foot positions. If you have more than four people at home, then rotate players each round so that everyone gets a chance to twist.
- Twister board game or download the Twister Spinner app if you don’t have the game at home.
- A good floor space! The game can be played inside or outside.
Step 2: How to play Twister
It’s all about balance! Watch the video (below) on how to play, or follow these steps:
- Unfold the mat and spread it out on the floor.
- Smooth out the wrinkles. It needs to be as flat as possible. Stick something heavy on the corners if it helps.
- Slot the Twister spinner pieces together. That’s the square board with “left foot”, “right foot”, “left hand”, and “right hand” in its corners. Included in the box (or use the Twister Spinner app mentioned earlier).
- Step onto the mat. Remember to take off your shoes. Players should face each other from opposite ends of the mat and put one foot on the yellow circle and the other on the blue circle. Your opponent does the same on his or her end.
- Spin the black needle. Here’s the fun bit! The referee spins the needle and calls out the color and body part on which the needle lands. All players must obey. You must move the same body part at the same time.
- If you are already touching a color with the limb that has been called, you must move your limb to another circle of the same color.
- No two players can touch the same spot at the same time.
- The winner is the last man standing. Referee rules!