Big Room Games, Games & Icebreakers

Ships and Sailors


This game involves the entire crowd. One person acts as the Caller, who calls out certain commands. After a command is called, everyone in the audience must get in the position with as many people as they need that follows that command. The game is an elimination game, so the last person (or few students if you have a large group) to get into position or anyone doing the wrong move is out.

The commands:
*3 Men in a boat: three people get together in a line sitting on the ground acting like they are rowing a boat
*Man overboard: two people get together, one person down on hands and knees and the other person puts their foot on that person’s back
*Attention: everyone stands at attention, saluting
*Time for dinner: 4 people sit in circle acting like they are eating
*Hit the deck: lay down on your stomach as fast as you can
*Portside: everyone runs to the left of the room (their left)
*Starboard: everyone runs to the right side of the room

Added by Amy Stafford


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. William K
    October 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Fun game that does't take much prep and gets students moving around!

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