I remember one popular game that involved searching the faces of others with your eyes, looking for clues in their faces as to where to find a hidden object. “The Quarter Game” came to mind. Not that anyone who has ever played that game will need the rules rehearsed for them. The two teams sit across the table from one another, passing a large coin and then one team slapping all of their hands on a table in unison so as not to let the other team know who has the coin hidden in their palm. I think that game will work for the purpose of learning cooperation and using no words.
A second game came to mind. Do you remember as a child how someone of us would stay in the front room and would hide a coin? The coin had to be in plain view: if not all of the coin, then at least part of it. No climbing on chairs or having to crawl under couches to find it. When the group who has been in the hall returns to the room, as soon as you saw the coin, you will sit down on the couch with your secret of where it was and let others search until everyone had found the coin. No touching it. No grabbing it. No giving away to others that you have seen it.
What made the game fun was Doral would hide the coin in his ear, or on top of his ear or in his sock, or it would be on top of his bald head or tucked in the laces of his shoe. He must have had fun watching our eyes as we would first discover the coin and then make a straight face so that no one would know where it was as we sat down to watch others look for the coin.
Did the game have a name?
It may have ended with “You are getting hotter / colder” but when the game began there were no clues – just all of us running pell-mell into the living room to be the first to find the coin. That game also meets the specs of using no words, just your eyes and your face, either in subterfuge or by being aware that you couldn’t suppress the happiness on your face of finding the coin in such odd places.
That is my best shot at today’s request.
It comes freely given to all, except to the person who asked me for the game and I shall invoice her.