3.5 stars

The group sits down in a circle.

One person is choosen to be "it".Blindfold the youth and spin them in cirlces.

Hand one other person in the circle something that they shake to make noise (eg maraca, bottle of pebbles, tambourine). It works best if you have something that is hard to pass on without making noise.

The students really have to pay attention. Once the youth blindfolded is done spinning, the leader will call out "rattlesnake"

Whoever has the shaker must give one shake and then pass the shaker off to someone else. The shaker will continue to be passed around the circle. The youth leader should continue to call rattlesnake more often until the blindfolded youth can catch the rattlesnake.

Whoever was caught will be the next one blindfolded.

  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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This game sounds amazing. I'm going to try it with the kids at the recreation center today to see the results
- Tj Seal (10 Mar 2009)

im going to try this at our beach party on sat thanks.
- maxiv TB youth center (10 Mar 2011)

We used a Christmas themed variation of this game tonight with the youth group (think jingle/sleigh bells.) They loved it! great fun and can be very active. Our group is currently mainly young teens.
- Working4Him (4 Dec 2011)

wow, that sounds kinda fun. - though since the kids at my youth group are different ages ill see if i can use something that they'll realize quicker and be easier to catch.
- natasha (22 Feb 2012)

What do you mean by "catch" the rattlesnake?
Does the blindfolded person touch them them?
Point to them?

- Macie (25 Mar 2012)

Interesting idea, but one suggestion is don't have the blind folded person try to tag the person to catch them... We had a bit of a groping situation with our teens and had to move on the the next game pretty quickly!
- K (24 Feb 2015)

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