3.5 stars


Start by sitting everyone in a circle facing inwards.  Each person should chose their own unique 'sign' which is a movement or motion such as touching their nose, brushing their hair, giving two a thumbs up etc.  Go around the circle and give people the chance to demonstrate their sign to the rest of the group.  

Choose someone to be the 'guesser'. Get them to close their eyes whilst you choose someone in the circle to start the game.  The guesser can then open their eyes.  This person you choose to start then has to secretly 'pass' the sign onto another player without being caught by the 'guesser'.  To pass, you must make your sign followed by the sign of the player you are passing to.  

The game continues until someone is caught, then they become the guesser. 

For younger groups, you can make the "pass" simplier by making people just do their sign and look at the person they are passing to.  


  • Free / Low Cost
  • No equipment needed
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Small 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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My youth group love playing this game as it is both creative and fun. They tend to cheat a little for example gesturing towards the person who's sign they are about to do, but in the end everyone has a laugh! And more often than not the cheater's plan backfires :P
- Jess (13 Mar 2013)

This one has to be explained well, the best way I've found is to have people imagine we're passing an invisible ball. The person passing CAN NOT change the person they're trying to pass the sign to, otherwise you end up with two balls. I've found with younger groups, this game can often flop, but with older groups, it often becomes a favorite.
- Jim (26 May 2016)

My youth group plays signs too!!!😄
- Emma (22 Mar 2017)

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