How to play Animal Farm to create groups and smile while doing it.

Creating groups for activities can be a pain. Do it with a smile by playing this fun and silly game. The Game of the Week is Animal Farm!

Group Size:  Large group (10 or more)

Age Group:  Pre K – Grade 5
Length of Activity: 10 minutes or more
Developmental Goal: To develop children’s listening and cooperation skills
Equipment:  None

Before You Start: 

  • In a circle, number off players from one to three, four or five (depending on the size of group and complexity the group can handle).
  • Assign an animal for each number.
  • Tell everyone what animal the numbers corresponds with and what sound that animal makes. They could be a dog (bark), a duck (quack), a cow (moo), a cat (meow), a sheep (baa), a lion (roar), etc.
  • Make sure every player has been assigned and remembers their animal.
  • Review safety measures of walking slowly with hands out when players close their eyes.

How To Play: 

  • Players must keep their eyes shut during the game.
  • They must find their fellow matching animals by making their sounds while walking slowly around the area with their hands up to act as a bumper.
  • The game is over when everyone has found their group or when the first group is complete and together.


  • Instead of numbers, give players pictures of different animals which they need to represent with the corresponding sound.
  • Depending on the age and ability of your group you can add more or less animals to make groups larger or smaller.

Find more new and exciting games in our games library!

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