Candy Arm Wrestling

Summary: Players try to get as much candy as possible by arm wrestling each other.


  • Candy (make sure you have permission from the school to hand out candy)
  • Instead of candy, you may use a different prize like stickers.


  1. Pair up players. Try to pair up students with similar strength.
  2. Explain that each pair will arm wrestle for 30 seconds. Each pair will receive one piece of candy per arm pin.
  3. Make clear that there is no talking during the arm wrestle.
  4. Start the clock! The goal is for players to figure out that they should let each other lose so they can maximize the amount of candy they get.
  5. Hand out candy and then debrief.

Debrief Questions:

  • Did anyone figure out the “trick”? What was the best way to get the most candy?
  • Was it hard to work together without talking?

Activity Length: Short (<15 minutes)

Energy Level: Medium

Grade Level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Group Size: Large (10+), Medium (5-9), Small (2-4), Pairs