Chinese Whispers

Whispering fun ... a game of unexpected surprises.
Whispering fun ... a game of unexpected surprises. 

Chinese whispers isn’t about talking in Chinese, but it does involve whispering. It is a great group game which can be lots of fun with more than likely an interesting outcome, for example: 'Send reinforcements, we're going to advance' … Could end up as: 'Send three and four pence, we're going to a dance’

Number of players:
Four or more people.

What you will need:

  • Chairs or a rug to sit around
  • Paper and pen

How to play:
Get everyone to sit around usually in a circle. Chose a phrase or short sentence and write it down for the person to start the game – he or she simply whispers the phrase into the person’s ear next to them.

That person now passes the phrase to the next person and so on. The last person in the group stands up and announces the phrase to the group. The person with the note with the phrase written on it will check if this is the exact phrase at the start of the game.

If this is correct, you might want to award a prize to the group. If you have a lot of kids, perhaps split them into teams and give them the exact phrase each and see which team completes the whisper correctly.