Cooperative Musical Chairs

Summary: The game is like regular musical chairs except as the chairs are removed, the students have to work together to make sure everyone has room to sit.


  • Chairs
  • Speaker
  • Age-Appropriate Music


  1. Have each student grab a chair and place the chairs in a circle, facing outward. If there isn’t enough room for a circle, then you can put the chairs back to back in two straight lines.
  2. When the music is on, the players should walk around the circle of chairs. When the music stops, everyone must find a seat. Consider having the first round be a practice round. After the first round, a chair must be removed each round.
  3. Each time a chair is removed, one more player will lose a seat. Explain that the group needs to work together to make room for all of the players without a chair. Room can be made by squeezing multiple players onto one chair or by having players sit on each other’s knees.
  4. The game continues until the players can no longer fit everyone on the remaining chairs.

Debrief Questions:

  • Did you like this game more than regular musical chairs? Why or why not?
  • How did it feel when you couldn’t find a place to sit but then someone helped you
  • What would happen if you didn’t help each other? Why is it important to help others?

Activity Length: Medium (15-30 minutes)

Energy Level: High

Grade Level: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9)