Stationary Games Archives - Group games, team games, ice breakers
Seven-Up

Seven-Up

Summary: A kids’ game in which seven people secretly select seven other kids by pushing their thumbs down at “night”, followed by those kids guessing which of the seven chose them. Ages: 6-12. Recommended # of People: 20+. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: None. Seven-Up (7Up) How to Play Seven-up (7Up) is a popular elementary school game that has the benefit of getting kids to be quiet. In the game, seven students are chosen to be “It”, and so they stand at the front of the classroom. When the lights are out, the remaining students are instructed to close their eyes, put their heads down and make a fist with one hand, except for an upwards-pointing thumb. The seven standing students roam around the room, each touching one person’s thumb. The person that was touched then puts his or her thumb down, so that he or she isn’t picked twice. When the seven students are done choosing, they return to the front of the room (“Heads up, seven up!”) and the lights go back on. All students open their eyes and raise their heads. The seven students whose thumbs had been touched stand up and take turns trying to guess who their toucher was. If they guess correctly, they replace the toucher at the front of the room. If a toucher managed to not get picked by the student he touched, the toucher stayed in the game for another round. This game is especially well-suited for...
Thumbs Game

Thumbs Game

Summary: Players stand in a circle and repeatedly take turns showing 0, 1 or 2 thumbs up signs with their hands. Players take turns trying to correctly guess the number of thumbs that will pop up. Ages: All. Recommended # of Players: A small group of 3 to 6 people. Messiness factor: No mess, no stress! Materials required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoor settings. The Thumbs Game The Thumbs Game is a simple game that has some similarities to Rock, Paper, Scissors, with some interesting variations. To begin, have a small number of players (ideally 3-6) stand facing each other in a circle, with their arms out and making a fist. Playing the Game To play the game, there are several turns. On each turn, each player repeatedly shows 0, 1 or 2 thumbs; all the thumbs are totaled up and one player tries to guess how many thumbs will show up. If the player guesses correctly, he wins that round. If he guesses incorrectly, it is the next person’s turn. For example, if there are three players in the circle, there could be anywhere from zero to six thumbs that can go up, so each player guesses a number from 0 to 6. The game could proceed as follows: Example Game Three players, Player A, Player B and Player C hold their hands out. It’s Player A’s turn. Player A says: “2!” At that moment, all players, including Player A, decide whether to show 0, 1 or 2 thumbs. Everyone has a split second to show their thumbs. If the total is 2 (correct guess), then Player A wins...
Celebrity Game

Celebrity Game

Summary: A game in which players attempt to guess the celebrity via clues (Round 1), charades (Round 2), and one word descriptions (Round 3). Ages: All. Recommended # of people: 10-15. Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: Timer, small slips of paper, pens/pencils, bag or hat. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Celebrity Game The Celebrity Game is a guessing game similar to the Bowl Game. It features a lot of good variety in gameplay and works well with medium sized groups. Supplies: 1 minute timer, small slips of paper, pens/pencils, a bag or hat to hold the slips of paper. Setup: Distribute three slips of paper for each player. Each player must think of three celebrities or famous people (living, dead, real, or fictional) and write these on a slip of paper (one name per slip). Divide the group into two teams. There needs to be a scorekeeper to keep score. Each team will have 1 minute per turn. For each turn, the person who is “it” (the clue giver) and must use verbal clues or gestures (charades) to try to get their team to correctly guess what is written on the slip. The goal of the game is to have your team correctly guess as many clues as possible. The winning team at the end of the game is the team that has the most points. First Round – Verbal Clues. For the first round, the person who is “it” must use descriptive clues in a way that is similar to board games like Taboo and Catchphrase, i.e., saying anything that might get their team to correctly guess the word...

Reaction Game

Summary: A funny icebreaker/stationary acting game in which a person randomly chooses an event (e.g. winning the lottery or being surprised by an wedding proposal) and must act out his or her reaction to this event. Based on this reaction, team members try to guess what the event was. Ages: All. Recommended # of People: Groups or teams of 6-12 people. Messiness Factor: Might break a small sweat. Materials Required: Sheets of paper, pens, a container to hold the paper. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Reaction Game Form groups of six to twelve people. If playing this game with a very large group as an icebreaker, you can also choose four or five volunteers and have them go to the front of the room. The first step is to ask players to create some events. Give each player small sheets of paper and pens. Ask each player write some events. Encourage creativity. Some examples of events: Being attacked by a shark while fishing Hitting a home run to win the World Series Watching the lottery and realizing that you have the winning number Being presented a large engagement ring and proposed for marriage Going on a first date with an attractive person After people are done writing events, collect the sheets and place them in the container (a hat or small bag will do). Within groups, choose three or four people to act for each round. Ask the players to randomly draw an event from the container. Without giving away what the event is, give each player 30 seconds to 1 minute to act out a reaction to the event they received. They may act out using charades rules, and they can also make noises...

Team Story Game

Summary: A funny storywriting game that involves creating a story as a team. Each player adds the next line of the story. Ages: 8 and up. Recommended number of players: Teams of at least six. Messiness factor: No mess! Materials required: None – just a great sense of humor! Team Story Game The Team Story Game (also known as the “Once Upon a Time…” Game is a funny game involving creativity and a group of people making a story together. Setup Form teams of at least six players. You can prepare a theme in advance if you wish. For example, you can require all stories to be about a certain topic (e.g. Christmas, or food, or relationships). Have everyone form a line. Playing the Team Story Game Each team will construct a story. Each person is only allowed to say one sentence and must continue the story. The first player in line begins the story by saying “Once upon a time…” and completes the sentence. The next person in line must continue the story and have it make sense. This process continues until it reaches the last person in the team’s line. The last person in line must conclude the story in one sentence as well. Have team create a story. If you wish, judges can decide which story is the best. This game is a silly game that usually leads to hilarious...
Categories (a.k.a. Scattegories)

Categories (a.k.a. Scattegories)

Summary: A quick thinking game of brainstorming unique items within categories! Ages: All. Recommended # of People: Small groups of 5-10. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: Pens and lots of paper. Recommended Setting: Indoors in a not-too-noisy environment. Categories (Also known as Scattegories) Have you heard of the famous party game called Scattegories? You can play this on your own at parties or hanging out with friends. Set-Up Prepare a list of categories. This can include embarrassing items, sports, snacks, movie names, or anything else you wish. Give each player a writing utensil and a sheet of paper. Randomly choose a letter of the alphabet. Note that the letters Q, U, V, Z, Y or Z are usually too hard, so you may wish to avoid those letters. Set a countdown timer for one minute. Playing the game You receive one point for every unique (not shared by any other player) word that starts with the given letter and fit into the given category. Start the one minute timer. Write down as many valid words (those that fit the category and start with the correct letter) for the category as you can. When the timer ends, stop writing. Go clockwise and have each player read aloud their words. If someone else has the same word, both players cross out that word (no points are earned). If a word is read that doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the category, the other players vote on whether to accept the word or cross it off. In the case of a tie, the word is disqualified. Each word that remains is worth...
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