Group Size: Any
Age Group: Good for all ages
Equipment: Cones

Development Goal(s):

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.

​Set Up:

  • 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.

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