Birdie on a Perch

3.5 stars

Ask everyone to find a partner so everyone is paired up in groups of two.

Have them decide who is the birdie and who is the perch.

All the birdies stand in a circle and all the perches stand in a circle surrounding the birdies. Have some music ready.

When the music starts, the birdies walk clockwise around the circle and the perches walk counter-clockwise.

When the music stops, the birdies must find their perches and sit on them (the perch kneels on one knee, making a perch out of the other leg).


If you don't have music, you can just have a leader yell "Birdie on a Perch!"

The last couple to pair up is eliminated and the object is to be the last couple left.

It's more fun if you make them move quickly in their circles so that they are at least jogging. 


  • Free / Low Cost
  • No equipment needed
  • Sharing, Get to know you
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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Am so happy with these games i love them so much they r evn fun 2 play
- (10 May 2014)

My kiddos LOVED this game. 6th-12th grade.
A slight variation to make the "perch" slightly less awkward (in case you've got a middle school group), have the perch kneel on the floor and the birdie stands behind, placing both hands on the shoulders of the perch.
If you're not using music, yell out other words that aren't "birdie on a perch" and eliminate teams that "assume the position" without actually LISTENING to what you said :)
- Kayt (11 Mar 2015)

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