How to Play Dead Cow Group Game

Are you good at making people laugh? If you have a great sense of humor, you will surely win dead cow! This is a fun indoor game fit for all ages.

This icebreaker will surely tickle funny bones and loosen up the tension within a class or group. All you need is a “farmer” and some “dead cows”. Read below to know more on how to play dead cow.

Features of the Dead Cow Group Game

 ★  Game Name Dead Cow Group Game
 ★  Group size medium to large
 ★  Age any (6+)
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill acting
 ★  Place indoor
  Time up to 10 – 20 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials no

Aim of the Game

The aim of the game is to make all players, who will be acting as dead cows, laugh without having to tickle or touch them.

Group Size and Age

 This game will need at least five players. This game is fit for school-aged children (6 years old and up) and adults who have a good sense of humor!

Preparation and Materials

There are no materials needed for playing the dead cow game. All you need is enough indoor space for the group.

How to Play the Dead Cow Group Game

Step 1: The game master will assign a farmer from the group, while the rest of the players will act as dead cows lying on the floor. Apart from the game master, the farmer will only be the person standing in the room. His goal is to revive each dead cow by making them laugh.

Step 2: Once the game master says, “Farmer, you may begin your harvest,” the game starts. The farmer cannot touch or tickle the dead cows. However, he can crack a joke, make funny faces, or do funny gestures just to make the dead cow laugh.

Step 3: The players assigned as dead cows must literally play dead. They cannot move, smile, or laugh. Once the dead cow does any of these, he will be tagged as a farmer. The farmers will then hunt other dead cows and find ways to make them laugh.

 As the game goes on, each player gets the chance to showcase his skills in making a good laugh. The last dead cow to laugh will play as the farmer on the next round.  


Another variation for this fun game is to divide a larger group into two teams. For instance, there can be four players in each team. One team will be assigned as farmers, while the other team will play as dead cows.

The team of farmers must strategically find hilarious ways to make each dead cow from the other team laugh. The team who has the shortest amount of time to harvest all dead cows wins the game.