“This is the avocado game”

(edit 17th May – welcome to my page, those who have wandered here to read about the avocado game go right ahead…. and perhaps you may be interested in my  thoughts on The Berenstain Bears and moralistic children’s literature  or self-sacrifice in the Octonauts  or helping those who don’t want to be helped (and the Octonauts) or my favourites from #Inktober … or perhaps not)


I was in a primary school which initially had an equal enough boy-girl mix, but for some reason boys tended to leave to go an all boys school around 4th class. Thus in my last three years of primary school myself and two or three other boys were in a class of 25 or so girls. This, naturally enough I would say, caused the boys to gravitate together. This paradoxically meant, looking back, that while I was aware of girls’ enthusiasm for clapping games, I never knew the details.

And at home I was the youngest of two boys so had no sororial influence. All this is by prelude to my noticing a clapping game my daughters have begun playing, like, two hundred times a day which they picked up at summer camp. It turns out that “the avocado game” is a well-recognised clapping game, at least if having videos on YouTube is a sign:


but the above seem to have quite a different wording and gameplay to the version I have heard – and clapping is optional, as opposed to the essential element of the game above.

The version my daughters (and son at times) play goes like this:

(both players chant and [optionally] clap) “This is the avocado game / If you lose I will change your name”

Both players recite alphabet, whoever finishes first is the winner, and they get to give the loser a name beginning with the letter the loser got to.

Variants I have heard include saying “if you lose you will change my  name” 

Which is more similar to this video (though note the inevitable Angry Comments which seem to crop up on even the most innocuous YouTube video):

Anyway, none of the YouTube avocado game videos are exactly in the billions of hits range, and my children picked it up at camp, so there is life in the old fashioned “viral” transmission of games and chants etc.

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