Museum Night Janitor
Self-control. Skills practiced include spatial awareness and freezing.
Before You Start
Talk to students about what statues do: Do they move? Do they touch each other? Do they make a lot of noise? But we all know they come alive and move around the museum at night, right?
Remind students to be safe and be aware of where their friends are around them. We want to ensure students do not run into each other.
- Have students practice appropriate statue poses.
Make sure the space is clear of obstacles and there are boundaries for where you will be playing
- Designate an area where students will go to do jumping jacks when they get caught moving
Equipment needed to play the game:
- “Flashlight” for the janitor to hold (cone, marker, anything they can pretend is a flashlight)
How to Play
Everyone is going to be a statue, and they can’t let the janitor catch them moving.
The janitor will move slowly around the room, pointing his/her flashlight at the statues. If s/he shines the flashlight on a student and that student moves/laughs/etc., s/he will have to go to the designated area and do 5 jumping jacks (or consequence of your choice) to get back into the game.
- If playing this indoors/in a classroom, encourage students to be sneaky when they’re moving around. You do not want the janitor to hear you moving!
For older students, this game can be combined with other games, such as silent ball, for an added challenge.