Anywhere Games, Games & Icebreakers

Count It Out


Gather youth into a tight circle of 5-10. (If you have more than ten, you can make this a competitive game with two or three circles participating at once.) While in the circle, everyone must look down at the ground and may not raise their head to make eye contact with others in their group. The goal of this team building and communication game is to count the numbers 1 to 15 in order, with each person in the group saying at least one number. The students are not allowed to count around the circle consecutively. If two people say the same number at the same time, they must start over again at one. This may sound very easy, but it is extremely hard in reality because you have taken away their ability to see non-verbal cues as to who is going to say the next number. It is a great game for student leadership.

Added by Michelle Fessel

Variation: Also try having the team go through the alphabet!


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. Pastor Mike
    September 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Lots of Fun, we have a pretty small group so we made the count = to twice the number of students so each student and required each student to count out twice. Hilarious! and Challenging – even our adult leaders enjoyed playing this game 🙂

  2. Pastor Mike
    September 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Great Game! We have a pretty small group so we made our count = to twice the # of students and required each student to chime in twice. Hilarious how long it took to get it right LOL !! Even our adult leaders got in on the fun 🙂

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