Group Sit and Stand

Summary: Players stand in pairs with their arms linked. They have to sit down and stand up together without unlinking arms.


  1. Begin the game by separating the group into pairs. Make sure to pair players according to size. Have the pairs stand back to back and link arms.
  2. Have pairs attempt to sit down without unlinking their arms or crashing to the floor.
  3. Once pairs have managed to sit, have them attempt to stand back up.
  4. As pairs complete the task, have them join together and try again in groups of four.
  5. Continue to combine the groups until eventually all the participants are sitting and standing in one large circle.

Debrief Questions:

  • How did you and your partner work together to sit down and stand up?
  • Would it be hard to do this if your partner did not work with you?
  • Did the task become more difficult as the circle became larger? Did you come up with any strategies?

Activity Length: Medium (15-30 minutes)

Energy Level: Medium

Grade Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Group Size: Large (10+), Pairs