How to Play The Energy Game

The Energy Game is a great ice breaker game for medium to large groups to get the conversation flowing and everybody to start interacting. It can be played indoors or outdoors and has a minimal setup, ideal for busy days where you don’t have prep time. 

This is also a great teambuilding game that can improve communication, helping employees or new teams to get to know each other better. 

Features of Energy Game

 ★  Game Name Energy Game
 ★  Group size medium to large
 ★  Age any
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill reaction
 ★  Place indoor or outdoor
 ★  Time up to 10 – 15 min
 ★  Preparation yes
 ★  Materials coin

Aim of the Game

You will flip and coin and if it lands on heads, the players have to silently communicate to one another by squeezing each other’s hands. Be the quickest at communicating in your team and be the first person to grab the object. If you grab the object before the other team, your team wins a point! The first to 10 points are the champions. 

Group Size

The Energy Game is best for medium to large groups ranging from 10 to 20+ players. You can also play this game with kids of any age, as it is easy to learn yet fun for all ages. 

Preparation and Materials

The only materials you need to play the Energy Game are:

  • A coin
  • An object such as a teddy or a ball

To set the game up, split your group into two equally sized teams. Each team lines up in straight lines next to one another. At one end of the line a few feet away, place the object. At the opposite end of the line, you will need to stand with the coin. 

How to Play The Energy Game

Once you are all setup, explain to the participants that they all need to hold hands with the person next to them and close their eyes, apart from the player at the head of the line (closest to you) who keeps their eyes open. You then flip the quarter and reveal the coin to the first person in line on both teams. 

If the coin comes back as “tails”, flip the coin again. However, if it comes back as “heads” then the players have to squeeze the hand of the person next to them. This person then squeezes the hand of the person next to them and so forth until the last person in the line receives the news that the coin flip was “heads”. 

This player then opens his or her eyes and runs to grab the object. Whichever team grabs the object first wins one point. The player at the back of the line then goes to the front and the game continues.

The first team to reach 10 points wins! If a team grabs an object when the coin flip was “tails” then they lose a point. 

Alternative Versions

There are a few variations you can choose to play to make the game more interesting for the kids or if you don’t have the equipment:

  • If you can’t get hold of an object, have the kids at the end of a line run to the head of the line and tap you. The first team to tap you wins the point.
  • Have several different objects laid out and yell the object you want the kids to grab when they start to run. If they pick up the wrong object, their team loses a point!

Group games are a fun activity for people of all ages, so try this one today and see how much they love it.