No…this game doesn’t require a swimming pool, and you can play it in the dead of winter anywhere in the world. And when you do play it, your kids will ask for it time and again. Here’s what you do.

Shark can be played with any group of people, although the larger the group the more fun it is. (Make sure you get your adult leaders involved in this one, too!)

All you need is a room with some open space, and a few “islands” made out of some kind of fabric (like a cut up rug or even cut up XXL T-Shirts). The “islands” should be placed on the ground, spread out across the room. Make them irregular in shape…like an island is supposed to be. Now, ask all the players to stand around the “islands.” (This is called “swimming.”)

One person is designated “the caller,” who, when they feel it is appropriate, will yell out “SHARK!” At that point, all of the “swimmers” will desperately try to cram themselves onto the islands, with NONE of their body touching the floor/ground.

If someone takes too long to get on an island, or they fall off once they are on, they are out of the game. (This is at the discretion of the caller.)

As swimmers start to get eliminated, and the game gets easier, start removing islands to increase the intensity level.

NOTE: This game can be played both cooperatively (everyone helping each other) or competitively (free for all). Have fun!

Idea by Chris


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. Patrick Collins
    June 19, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Going to try this game tonight but call it Sharks and Meteors.

    Use chairs place on the outskirts of a big circle. Players will be in the middle. When the caller yells SHARK the players have to get to the chair for safety. When players get out, they are placed by adult leader in the circle and given a dodgeball, when play continues they can try to throw that dodgeball at the “swimmers” racing for the island.

    We will see how it goes.

  2. Walter Swaim
    July 3, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    hOW DID IT GO?

  3. Walter Swaim
    July 3, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    How did it go? (apologies for the caps and typos)

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