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Acting and Dramatic Games Water Sprite

( Acting and Dramatic, Call and Response, Tag )

The players stand in two lines facing each other with a large open space representing a river between. One player representing the water sprite stands in the middle of the river and beckons to one on the bank to cross. This one signals to a third player on the opposite bank or side of the river. The two from the banks then run across to exchange places the water sprite trying to tag one of them. If the water sprite be successful he changes places with the one tagged.

This is a Chinese game supposedly based upon the superstition that a water sprite waits in the middle of a stream to entice people into it probably an outgrowth of spring freshets.

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