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? ... --- ...