Lucky Numbers 🍀






This week we have an activity based on numbers and counting. Don't worry, we won't be doing sums or multiplication tables with the group, rather we will be stimulating memory and recall through questions, music and games all centred around how we use numbers in our everyday language and culture.



INTRODUCTION


Start by asking members to think about how we use numbers in our every day life - telling the time, telephone numbers, addresses, handling money etc. Numbers, it would seem, really are important in society!


Have members got a lucky number. Or a number they avoid? (Unlucky thirteen!)


What about members' ages - see if people can guess the youngest member in the group and their age (you could do oldest as well!).







IDIOMS


Complete a few of these well known phrases together, by way of a shout out...



Two's company. Three's a CROWD


A stitch in time saves NINE


Back to square ONE


One for the ROAD


Six feet UNDER


Nine to the DOZEN


Kill two birds with one STONE


Stand on your own two FEET


It takes two to TANGO


Dressed up to the NINES


Be in seventh HEAVEN


At the eleventh HOUR


Feel like a million DOLLARS


A picture is worth a thousand WORDS


At sixes and SEVENS


Between two STOOLS


Catch TWENTY-TWO


On cloud NINE


Fifteen minutes of FAME


Seven year ITCH


The third DEGREE


The whole nine YARDS


Third time LUCKY


Zero TOLERANCE


A bunch of FIVES


Between two STOOLS


Cheap at half the PRICE


BOG OF - Buy One Get One FREE


Counting SHEEP


Double DUTCH


Goody two SHOES


Half HEARTED


Ménage A TROIS


Seven year ITCH


The third DEGREE


The whole nine YARDS


Third time LUCKY


Two heads are better than ONE


Three strikes and you are OUT





FIRST SONG. 'My Lucky Number', Lene Lovich - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pPIGJYeqB8 Go around the room and ask has anyone ever had a decent win on 'The National Lottery', 'The Pools', 'The Grand National', 'Bingo' etc.




NUMBER RHYMES


Have a go at saying (or singing) these rhymes from childhood together ... (only if members want to, as some might perceive them to be childish)






One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow One man and his dog Went to mow a meadow

Two men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Two men, one man and and his dog Went to mow a meadow

Three men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Three men, two men, one man And his dog Went to mow a meadow

Four men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Four men, three men, two men, one man And his dog Went to mow a meadow

Five men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Five men, four men, three men, two men, one man And his dog Went to mow a meadow

Six men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Six men, five men, four men, three men, two men, one man And his dog Went to mow a meadow

Seven men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Seven men, six men, five men, four men, three men, two men, one man And his dog Went to mow a meadow

Eight men went to mow Went to mow a meadow Eight men, Seven men, six men, five men Four men, three men, two men, one man And his dog Went to mow a meadow



Others you could try ...



One, two, buckle my shoe

Three, four, shut the door

Five, six, pick up sticks

Seven, eight, lay them straight

Nine, ten, begin again



There were ten in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were nine in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were eight in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were seven in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were six in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were five in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were four in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were three in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were two in the bed And the little one said, "Roll over, roll over" So they all rolled over and one fell out

There was one in the bed And the little one said, "Goodnight"



One, Two, Three, Four, Five,

Once I caught a fish alive,

Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten,

Then I threw him back again.

Why did you let him go?

Because he bit my finger so.

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on my right.







Give lots of clues and prompts to help people get answers right and feel a sense of achievement.

Play some of the songs, as members request, to break it up a little and make it more enjoyable.



1. What two words are normally used when calling the number "one" in a game of Bingo?


2. What is a Doppelganger?

(These chaps are not related, they just happened upon each other on board a flight!)



3. What is a Double Entendre?

Which films are most associated with them?


4. 'Knock Three Times', Tony Orlando and Dawn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjGhO4B923Y What was their other hit single about a bow of coloured silk?





5. Can anyone do the hand signal associated with 321 - Dusty Bin?


Who hosted this quiz show?





6. Who were the Three Musketeers?


And their protégé?






7. What did the Three Wise Monkeys advise?





8. What does SOS mean? ... --- ...


What language are the dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot?

9. 'Three Steps To Heaven', Showaddywaddy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaVSkh5Hy-U Which artist originally had a hit with this song?




10. 'Three Little Birds', Bob Marley & The Wailers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNBCVM4KbUM What album did this song appear on which is named after a book of The Old Testament?






11. Name the TV show (think yellow fruit!)


Here is the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMl6HnhFFIA






12. Who wrote the 'Famous Five' novels ?



13. Who were the Six Wives Of Henry The Eighth?

Here is the rhyme ...


King Henry VIII, To six wives he was wedded. One died, one survived, Two divorced, two beheaded. Boleyn and Howard lost their heads, Anne of Cleves he would not bed, Jane Seymour gave him a son - but died before the week was done, Aragon he did divorce, Which just left Catherine Parr, of course!


14. What toy was popular in the 80s which involved turning columns and rows on a cube to align colours? How many sides does a cube have (think dice)?



15. What are the '6 Nations' in the rugby championships?


And their emblems?






16. What are the 'Seven Deadly Sins' in 'Dante's Inferno'?


17. Which is the only 'Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World' which still exists?





18. What are the 'Seven Wonders Of The Modern World'?


19. 'Magnificent Seven', Film Score - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XDB7GMnbUQ Who starred in this 1960 Western about a group of American gunslingers hired to save a Mexican village?







20. 'Eight Days A Week', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kle2xHhRHg4 In 'The Book Of Genesis', what did God do on each of the 'Seven Days Of Creation'?



21. 'Eight Miles High', The Byrds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yObr7b96-Z4 What was the fastest passenger jet in service?






22. How many lives are cats said to have?






23. Where did the 'Hogwart's Express' travel from to Harry Potter's School?




24. How many Magpies are for joy?



Say it together ...

One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told. Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird, You must not miss.


Here is the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDNoSi1vbE0







25. Who brought 'The 10 Commandments' down from Mount Sinai?


Who is playing him here, in the 1956 epic?



Here they are:



  • Thou shalt have no other gods before me

  • Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

  • Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

  • Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy

  • Honour thy father and thy mother

  • Thou shalt not kill

  • Thou shalt not commit adultery

  • Thou shalt not steal

  • Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour

  • Thou shalt not covet any thing that is thy neighbour's




26. Who lives here?

What is the name of the cat?







Can anyone remember 'Ten Green Bottles' from their childhood? Ten green bottles hanging on the wall, Ten green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.


Nine green bottles hanging on the wall, Nine green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be eight green bottles hanging on the wall.


Eight green bottles hanging on the wall, Eight green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be seven green bottles hanging on the wall.


Seven green bottles hanging on the wall, Seven green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be six green bottles hanging on the wall.


Six green bottles hanging on the wall, Six green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be five green bottles hanging on the wall.


Five green bottles hanging on the wall, Five green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be four green bottles hanging on the wall.


Four green bottles hanging on the wall, Four green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be three green bottles hanging on the wall.


Three green bottles hanging on the wall, Three green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be two green bottles hanging on the wall.


Two green bottles hanging on the wall, Two green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be one green bottles hanging on the wall.


One green bottles hanging on the wall, One green bottles hanging on the wall, And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There’ll be no green hanging hanging on the wall.



27. What scale measures earthquakes?







28. 'ABC', The Jackson 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-aSjHnbw18 What is the letter Q worth in a game of Scrabble?






29. Which space mission went to the moon on 20th July 1969?


What was the name of the landing craft? (Neil Armstrong was first to step on the moon, followed by Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins piloted the command module. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.")




30. What are the 'Twelve Signs Of The Zodiac'?



31. What are the 'Twelve Zodiac Animals Of The Chinese Calendar'?




32. SONG BREAK. 'The Twelfth Of Never', Donny Osmond - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLbzwnRAIJk


His brother Jimmie had a number 1 hit in 1972 with what title?






33. What number on the Beaufort Scale represents a hurricane? What year was the UK's last hurrican strength winds?

Who is pictured here, getting the forecast wrong?





34. 'Rock Around The Clock', Bill Haley And His Comets (Haley's Comet, get it?) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWkuM2IPbZQ Name as many different kinds of clockfaces or timepieces as you can?





35. What is a Bakers Dozen?





36. For people with a fear of the number 13, if it lands on which day makes it even worse?


What is this phobia called?




37. How many pounds are there in a stone?



38. 'Treasure Island', in the pirates song 'Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum' how many men were on a dead man's chest?



39. 'At Seventeen', Janis Ian - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k39P2MK6WPo What is another name for the card game 'Solitaire'?


40. What is said to be the 19th hole on a golf course?



41. In the children's rhyme 'Sing A Song Of Sixpence', how many blackbirds were baked in the pie?


Here are the lyrics ...



Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,

Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,

Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house counting out his money,

The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey

The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,

When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!






42. Over what distance, in miles, is a Marathon run? (nearest guess) Who is pictured here?


43. How many years are celebrated in a traditional 'Pearl Wedding Anniversary'?


44. How many black squares are there on a chess-board?


45. Who wrote the thriller 'The Thirty Nine Steps'?


46. '9 to 5', Dolly Parton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxUSsFXYo4 What sized breasts has this legendary country singer had insured for $600,000? (She's quite open and proud about it, so I think this is an okay question!)


47. What number is the "answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything" in the 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'?


48. How many stars are there on a US flag?





49. '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover', Paul Simon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXtWqmArUU


Who was his former singing partner?




50. 'Deck Of Cards', Max Bygraves - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKIlpF2WU7g

How many cards are there in a deck of cards?

What are the four suits?





51. What was the VW Beetle 'Love Bug's' name?






52. How many Heinz varieties are there?





53. 'When I'm 64', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTgbWmaxu5s How old is Sir Paul McCartney?



54. According to the song, how many trombones were there in the orchestra?






55. Which character is the villain in the book '101 Dalmatians'? Who is playing her here?



56. In Monopoly, how much dodo you get when you pass 'GO'?



57. On what street did Sherlock Holmes live?




58. In money terms, what is a 'monkey'?




59. What is the answer?