Animal Noise Game

A relaxed, icebreaker, music game for junior youth

How To Play Animal Noise Game

A great ice breaker game which is sure to lighten the mood and get people feeling comfortable around one another.

Get the group to stand around in a big circle, all facing inwards. Choose a leader (who knows how to play) to start the game by demonstrating their animal noise. For example, they might do an elephant, making a trumpet-like noise while waving their arm like a trunk. Then continue going around the circle, getting each player to chose a unique, individual animal noise (and action). When everyone has had their turn then get someone to start...

The game works in a "pass the buck" style. The first player will do their own animal noise, then pass it on to someone else by doing their animal noise. So it might go "elephant - cat" then whoever is the cat must respond "cat - donkey" etc. If a player takes too long to respond, or passes back, or stuffs it up, then they are out!

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on 19 May 2008


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We call this game: Signs
Works not with noises but with Signs (Actions) they need to do.
There is one person in the middle of the circle trying to find out where the sign is at the moment.
Gets very funny by using funny gestures and overacting when the person in the middle turns the back to you.

Posted by Fabio Schäfer 5 years ago

I am going to do this for a kids program!! do we really have to sit in a circle??

Posted by Johm 8 years ago

My youth group plays this as well, but we call it "The Cat's Bum". We also use a ranking system, with the chairs in a circle. The bottom position is called "the cat's bum" and the action is screwing up your face, pursing your lips, making a fart noise, and waving your arm above your head like a tail! Each chair keeps the animal that the first person on it chose, so when someone gets sent to be the cat's bum, everyone has to be a new animal, which belongs to their new chair. This makes it even trickier, because you have to remember what your new animal is, and respond to it. People try to be sneaky by in the first round choosing a noise and action that are really hard for other people to do, but they are good at it, so everybody messes up on that chair!

Posted by Claire 9 years ago

Josh - sounds like a great variation to the game. It's kind of like combining it with this game Matthew Matthew One One

Posted by Shorty 11 years ago

we play a variation without noises, where we have a designated seat for the elephant (which is the highest rank), and for the alligator (lowest rank), and it goes in a circle by rank. if you mess up, you become the alligator and move to that seat, while everyone else moves up one. the action corresponds to the seat you're in, so as you move you have to remember which action is yours! the object is to try to become the elephant, and once you're there, to stay there! people will generally try to get the elephant to mess up.

it's great playing with a large group and seeing all the animal actions people come up with.

Posted by sarah 11 years ago

we played this game but we added a person in the middle (the person who got out last) who had to try and hit whoever's turn it was to make the noise with a pillow before they made both their's and the passing animal noise. Kids loved it!

Posted by Josh 12 years ago

Narattor : That's Right

Posted by mrnervous 12 years ago

let me know of more games u come up with for children from
3 to 14 years of age
thank u

Posted by eteel 13 years ago

This game is great if you let the kids come up with a noise forthemselves and don't restrict it to just boring animals.

eg. "MIGHTY WARRIOR" and action is flexing muscles

Posted by AwesomeGuy 13 years ago

We played this game but without the noise, everyone just had an animal action to do, like bunny ears or butterfly wings, but sounds like it would be funnier with the noises. (Some kids complained it was kind of boring)

Posted by Spiritual Ninja 14 years ago
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