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Mystery Creature

Before You Start: 
  • You will need small pieces of paper for every player, pen, and tape (optional).
  • Review with players how to frame “yes or no” questions.
  • Give players ideas for clue-finding questions, such as the animal’s environment/habitat, physical traits, etc.
Set Up: 

Write the names of several different animals on the small sheets of paper

How to Play: 
  • Stick an animal to the forehead of one player, not allowing him/her to see what'€™s written.
  • The player then asks yes or no questions to try and guess the animal that'€™s been assigned, such as €œAm I big?, €œDo I have scales?Am I a mammal?€
  • This player continues until they answer correctly, then pick a new person to go.
Variations: 
  • Play in small groups or pairs.
  • Pass the animal card to all players except for one instead of sticking the name to the player's forehead.
  • The the opposite way. One person gets to look at the card, while everyone else asks yes or no questions, trying to determine what's on the card.
  • Write cards with a different theme, such as Presidents of the United States or sports.
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Development Goal(s): 

To develop verbal communication, strategic thinking, and creative thinking