Zoom is a noisy game played in a clearly defined area — usually a circle. It is a great game to focus attention and its also lots of fun!
How to play
Everyone stands in a large circle.
Choose someone to lead the game.
Everyone is asked to imagine the word “Zoom” as the sound of a racing car.
The first person starts by saying “Zoom” and turning their head to the next person on their left.
The next person passes on the “Zoom” to the next and so on until everyone has quickly passed it around the circle.
Next explain that the word “Eek” makes the car stop and go in the reverse direction. Thus whenever the word “Eek” is said, the “Zoom” goes in the opposite way around the circle.
At first it may be helpful to only allow one “Eek” per person per game — preventing the “Zoom” from getting stuck in one part of the circle.
Later this might be used as a cooperation game by loosing this rule, but letting each player feel a responsibility for helping balance the “Eeks” in different segments of the circle, therefore helping the “Zoom” get all the way around.
Take it further
This is taken from the book Games, Games, Games, a publication with around 250 group games. The games are essentially co-operative in nature and develop skills and attitudes which encourage learning together and supporting one another.
If you enjoyed playing this group game, you could also try playing If they were a colour.