What are you doing?

  1. Autonomous/Self-access Games
  2. Indoor Game
  3. Rotational Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 3-5

  • None

  • Under 10 minutes

Development Goal

To develop creative thinking and listening to directions.

Before You Start

  • Explain the rules of play.
  • Demonstrate how to play.
  • Have players explain the rules back to you or to someone next to them.
  • Players get in line and the first two face each other.

How to Play

  • Player A does a motion like in charades, and then player B asks “What are you doing?”
  • Player A must name a motion that doesn’t match the motion that they are doing.
  • Player B must do the motion that player A named.
  • Player A then asks, “What are you doing?”
  • Game continues until someone makes a mistake. When a player messes up, they go to the end of the line and the next person steps up.


  • Have multiple lines going to increase participation.
  • This game can also be played in pair, eliminating the rotational style and shortening the time of play.