How to play Huckle Buckle Beanstalk, a game that can be played in the classroom.

The Game of the Month is Four Corners! This month we're sharing fun indoor recess games. This game can be played easily in the classroom with any object of your choice. The Game of the Week is Huckle Buckle Beanstalk!

Group Size:  Any Size

Age Group:   Pre K+
Length of Activity:   Less than 10 minutes
Developmental Goal:   To develop visual awareness.
Equipment:   A small object, such as a bean bag

Before You Start: 

  • Identify an object, such as a bean bag, small ball or cup, to the group.
  • Share the special words huckle buckle beanstalk and have everyone repeat it back to you. Until the group can recall and say huckle buckle beanstalk.
  • Demonstrate how to move around the room observing, but not touching. 

Set Up: 

  • This game is best played in a classroom.

How to Play: 

  • Have all players sit in their seats with their heads down and eyes covered.
  • Hide the object in plain sight.
  • When you say so, players may open their eyes and quietly walk around the room looking for the object with their hands behind their back.
  • When a player finds the object, s/he must sit back down and say huckle buckle beanstalk without letting others know where the object is.
  • Continue playing until everyone has found the object.


  • You may want to encourage players to continue looking for five to ten more seconds after they've found the object so that it's harder for others to know where the object was found.


  • If players are having a hard time finding the object, play hot and cold. Say hotterhot and boiling hot as the player gets closer to the object and coldercold and ice cold as the player gets further from the object.
Find more new and exciting games in our games library!

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