How to play this school readiness game – Hi, My Name Is…

For Back to School, we are sharing games that develop school readiness skills. This week's game develops the social skill of introductions with a handshake and looking into each other's eyes. The Game of the Week is Hi, My Name Is…! (Hint for more fun–even for older kids–introduce the circle game variation)


Group Size:  Any size

Age Group:  Pre K – Grade 5
Length of Activity:  10 minutes or more
Developmental Goal:  To learn everyone's name and increase social comfort.
Equipment:  None


Before You Start: 

  • Gather the group in a contained area. If played outside, lay out clear boundaries.
  • Demonstrate the greetings with a volunteer.
  • Make sure everyone can repeat back to you greetings. 

How To Play: 

  • At a given signal everyone goes around introducing themselves to one another. Students go up to each other and they shake hands. Four exchanges happen while shaking hands:
    • The first person says, “Hi, my name is _________.” 
    • The second person says, “Hi, my name is _____________”
    • The first person says, “Nice to meet you.”  The second person repeats this back to his partner.
    • The first person says, “See you later.”  The second person says something similar in response, “See ya!”  or “Bye!”
  • Once that four-part exchange happens, the partners split up and find someone else to introduce themselves to.
  • Players go around trying to meet as many other players as possible in one minute.

Variations: 

  • Play in a circle, similar to Duck Duck Goose:
    • One player walks around the circle tapping each person's head lightly saying "Who are". They pick another player by tapping that person lightly on the head and say "you."
    • Both people stand up and run around the circle opposite directions. (The person who was up continues the same direction. The other player runs the opposite direction.)
    • When the players meet, they must introduce themselves while shaking hands in the same manner as above.
      • The first person says, “Hi, my name is _________.” 
      • The second person says, “Hi, my name is _____________”
      • The first person says, “Nice to meet you.”  The second person repeats this back to his partner.
      • The first person says, “See you later.”  The second person says something similar in response, “See ya!”  or “Bye!”
    • Once they have completed this, they run back (turning back the opposite direction) around the circle and attempt to sit in the empty spot first.
    • Whoever remains standing continues the next round.
    • If there is a tie, play Rock Paper Scissors.
    • If a player remains standing three times, pick a new player to stand up.
  • Students can use signals or sign language to develop nonverbal communication.

Find more new and exciting games in our games library!

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