Hand Tap

Summary: A fast-paced, competitive game that involves focus and coordination.


  1. Have the group sit around a large table or kneel in a circle on the floor. Everyone should place their hands out in front of them, palms down on the floor or the table.
  2. Have each person raise their right hand and place it over the left hand of the person on their right. In other words, each person’s left and right hand are separated by the right hand of the person on their left and the left hand of the person on their right. Video demonstration here.
  3. The objective of the game is to tap hands in the order that hands are placed on the table or floor. Have a few practice rounds if necessary.
  4. If a player waits too long to tap or taps out of order, then they have to put one of their hands behind their back. The player is out once both of their hands are behind their back.
  5. To make the game more difficult, introduce the double-tap: if a player double taps one of their hands, then the direction of the taps reverses. Anyone can double tap either of their hands at any point.
  6. Continue until there are only two players left.

Debrief Questions:

  • What was difficult about this game?
  • What did you need in order to be successful in this game?

Activity Length: Medium (15-30 minutes)

Energy Level: Medium

Grade Level: 4th, 5th, 6th & Up

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9)