Anywhere Games, Games & Icebreakers

A What?


A funny game that can be played with 5-50. To start the game, tell everyone to take out a SMALL item (such as a hat, bracelet, shoelace…try not to have anybody pull out a wallet).

The game starts with everyone sitting in a circle. They should look to the person on their left and all say to that person, “This is a(n)…_(item)_______.” They then turn to the person on their right and say, “A what?”, then turn back to the person on the left and say, “A(n)(item)”, turn again to the person on their right and say, “A what”, and then say, “Oh, a(n)(item)…”

Example: So let’s say your item is a pencil, and the person to your right has a hat. This is what you would say: “This is a pencil…a what? A pencil…a what? A pencil…oh, a hat!” And continually pass the items until everyone is laughing their heads off, or completely messing up.

Try to have the whole group say, “A what?” at the same time. It should take anywhere from 5-7 seconds to finish a sentence.

If someone messes up they are removed and the circle gets smaller. Several people can be removed in one round. If no one messes up, just continue until someone does. Keep playing until the circle works down to a small number. If no one is messing up… speed up the game. And don’t forget a good principle with any game…stop the game before it drags on too long. It’s better to stop a game and have them want more than to keep playing a game after it expired long ago.

Added by Kristen Wooster

NOTE: The game works better with one syllable objects…it helps the flow go a lot better 🙂

Thanks Heather


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Jerrod
    July 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

    First saw this at a youth camp as a teenager. I loved the rhythm to it, fun to play, but equally fun to watch. Oldie, but a goodie!

  2. Mary
    October 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We played a similar version of this game at our church Wednesday and ended up with tons of laughs. Definitely our favourite game!

  3. Mary
    October 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

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