Cooperative Musical Chairs

Like regular musical chairs, except as chairs are removed, the kids have to work together to make sure everyone has room to sit.

Chairs, Speaker, Music

1. Have each kid grab a chair and place the chairs in a circle, facing outward. (If there isn’t enough room for a circle put the chairs back to back in two straight lines.)
2. The kids walk around the circle, and when the music stops everyone must find a seat. (The first round should be a practice round, but after the first round a chair must be removed each round)
3. So, each time a chair is removed it means one more player without a seat. Explain that it is the group’s job to make room for all of the players without a chair. Room can be made by squeezing multiple people onto one chair, or having people 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?
How did it feel when you couldn’t find a place to sit, and someone helped you?
What would happen if you did not help each other? Do you think it’s important to help others?