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Name Description Activity Type Age Range Presentation Style Subject Keywords
Animal charades Animal charades is a circle game where students have to quickly strike an animal pose. Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2) active
interactive
student led
Big booty Big booty is a game where you get to say "big booty." Everyone sings a song about Big Booty and then each person has to count to the rhthym. Did I mention that you get to say "booty?" Circle
Cooperative
Ice breaker
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Black magic One person "mind reads" which object their partner picked. Students guess how the two people are able to communicate without talking Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
65+ (senior)
interactive
Category In Category, students choose a word from a set category such as colors. Students then pass a ball to someone in the circle first saying their color, then the next person's color. The person who is IT has to tag the next person before they get the ball. Circle 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
whatever your theme is
Caught red-handed Students sit around in a circle and pass around two objects. If a student holds both objects at thee same time, then they are out or they have to do something silly. Circle
Rainy day
all ages interactive
Defender dodgeball Defender Dodgeball is a game where a defender protects a defenseless protectee while the rest of the group forms a circle around them and tries to peg the protectee with a ball. The protector is the only one who can swat the ball away. Circle 8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
interactive
Find your shoe Each person puts one shoe in the middle. In turn each person is then blindfolded, and has to find their shoe, with instructions shouted out by the rest of the group. Circle 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
Fruit basket turnover Fruit basket turnover is like musical chairs. There are a few groups each with a fruit name. The person who is it calls out a fruit and that fruit group has to get up and find a seat. The person who couldn't find a chair is now IT. Circle
Cooperative
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
Group counting Group counting is a good transitional game or centering game. Students close their eyes and each person says a number starting with 1. If two people say a number at the same time, the whole group has to start over! Circle
Transitional
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
listening
transition
focus
theater game
Hops, Crawls and Flies: Insect Movement Children learn that insects move in different ways by sorting pictures of insects into three separate piles according to how they move (hops, crawls, or flies) Arthropod
Circle
3-5 (PreK-K) interactive insects
arthropods
insect
arthropod
hop
crawl
fly
adaptation
Indian chief Indian Chief is a game where one person (the indian chief) performs an action like clapping or snapping. The rest of the students in the circle have to copy the chief. One student has to guess who the real chief is. Circle
Rainy day
all ages active
interactive
Poison dart frog Kids sit and circle and figure out who is the poison dart frog Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
student led
frogs
amphibians
poison
Poor kitty Poor kitty is a "don't laugh" game. One person goes around and moews and purrs at the non-kitties. All the non-cats have to pat the poor kitty's head and say, "poor poor kitty." If any non-kitties laugh, they become the poor kitty. Circle
Rainy day
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
Sausage Student A asks student B a question and Student B has to respond by saying "sausage" without laughing. Circle
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Scream machine Students stand in a circle and at the count of three look up at someone and scream. If eye contact is met by both screamer and screamee, then those two are out. Last two in are the winners. Circle 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
interactive
student led
Skadoosh In Skadoosh students stand in a circle and pass a ball to each other on the floor. Use hands to pass the ball. If the ball passes between someone's legs, they are out! Circle 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
student led
Team storytelling Team storytelling is where each person gets about 10 seconds to add to a story, then pass the story to a next person. What sort of kooky story will your group come up with?! Circle
Cooperative
Transitional
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
storytelling
noticing details
group development
Thunderstorm Thunderstorm is an activity where students make different sounds to emulate the sounds of an approaching thunderstorm. It sounds like a real thunderstorm! Circle
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2) interactive
model
sound
listening
weather
rain
Wah Wah is a fast circle game. A student point to another across the circle. That person has to say "wah!" while their neighbors have to say "wah!" and point to the middle person. Circle 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Who am I One person who is it tries to figure out who they are. The leader shows everyone the name of "it." (For example, they could be superman). It has to ask the group yes or no questions to figure out who they are. Circle
Cooperative
Science
Transitional
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led

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