Anywhere Games, Games & Icebreakers

King Elephant


This game is in addition to the rules of Silent Animal Circle (Click Here). We call it King Elephant because the object is to go around the circle until you get to be King Elephant.

The game is the same in that you have animal symbols and as you move a chair you become a new animal. We try to put animals in order of the food chain, ie. after elephant, we have lion, tiger, bear, crocodile etc. down to snake, bird and worm. Worm is just a single finger bent and wiggling. We also include a clapping beat to go with the game that King Elephant controls and can increase in speed. We clap twice, palms down on our knees, and then one clap with hands together. On the last clap is when the participant does their symbol. For example: knee clap, knee clap, hand symbol (ie. worm wiggles finger), knee clap, knee clap, another symbol (i.e. two hands come out like claws for bear), and then the bear person does the same without missing a beat, knee clap, knee clap, bear symbol, knee clap, knee clap, next symbol. Just like the other game, if the participant makes a mistake, they become the worm and everyone else moves up.

The object is to try to be king by knocking out anyone in front of you.

Examples of animals that we use:

  • Bird – two hands together with thumbs locked, flying like a bird
  • Chicken – hands under armpits and arms flapping
  • Crocodile – arms extended with one hand facing down, other up, clapping together
  • Bear – two hands out like claws
  • Tiger – hands with fingers spread apart placed on cheeks to look like stripes
  • Lion – hands above head and connected like a circle – just looks big I guess
  • Raccoon – index finger and thumbs together like a circle and put in front of eyes
  • Snake – make a snake movement with one out-stretched arm
  • Giraffe – one hand up above head fully extended with hand bent at wrist
  • Rooster – palm facing to left or right, brought to forehead
  • Monkey – pull ears out from head with hands
  • Beaver – bring to fingers bent to mouth like big teeth
  • Worm – wiggling one bent finger
  • Elephant – one arm extended away from nose, other arm wrapped around and grabbing the nose – hardest one to do, thus challenging to try and stay King

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.

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