How to play Musical Chairs with a twist that allows everyone to continue playing together and complete a team challenge.

Often played at elementary school carnivales, Musical Chairs is fun for some, but can leave a bitter feeling for students who get out of the game quickly and have to wait to play again. In this variation, the team will be challenged to play together for as many rounds as possible. The Game of the Week is Cooperative Musical Chairs!

Group Size:  Large group (5 or more)

Age Group:  Grades 1+
Length of Activity:  Under 10 minutes
Developmental Goal:  To develop strategic thinking, listening to directions and social comfort.
Equipment:   Chairs/cones and Music

Before You Start: 

  • Players gather in a circle around the chairs

Set Up: 

Arrange chairs in a circle with the seats facing outwards. Starting with enough chairs for everyone.

How To Play: 

  • Play the music and have the players walk around the perimeter of the chair circle.
  • When the music stops, the players have to immediately sit on the chairs.
  • Every player be sitting on the chairs with her/his feet off the floor. If they acommplish this, they have completed that round and may continue to the next one.
  • Remove a chair and play the music again.
  • Again when the music stops, all players must sit down with their feet off the floor.
  • Continue playing each round until the team can no longer sit in the chairs. (Then you can try again from the beginning!)


  • Play with cones. Every player must have atleast one foot inside the circle of cones, remove cones each round to make the circle smaller.
  • To play elimination style, begin with one less chair than the number of players. The player that doesn't sit in a chair when the music ends is eliminated from the game (have a different task for him/her to go do), then one chair is removed and play continues.

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