Compliment Relay

Summary: Players learn how to give compliments. Use variations to make the game more high energy.


  1. Tell players they are going to be playing a game in which they will be complimenting each other. If you are playing with young children, then ask if they know what a compliment is. If they already know, have them share some examples. If not, then explain the concept to them and give a few examples of compliments.
  2. Have the players sit in a circle and tell them that they are going to be passing compliments around the circle. One person will give a compliment to the person next to them, who will then say “thank you” and give a compliment to the next person and so on around the circle.
  3. If you would like to play a second round, give players 10 seconds to find a new seat in the circle, so they can’t sit next to the same person. Challenge them to say something different from the last round.


  • Split players into teams and have team members stand on opposite sides of the room. Players have to run to their team members on the other side of the room in order to give them a compliment. The team who finishes giving each other compliments first wins.

Debrief Questions:

  • Was it easy to think of compliments?
  • How did it feel to give a compliment? How did it feel to receive a compliment?
  • What kind of compliments do you like receiving?

Activity Length: Short (<15 minutes)

Energy Level: Low, Medium

Grade Level: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9)