Human Battleships

An active team-building simulation game

How To Play Human Battleships

One of my favourite things is taking something normal and making it life-size. The game of battleships is great fun to play normally, so naturally - a human version is twice as fun.

You'll need to divide the area/room into 2 by setting up a barrier or sheet in the middle - something that you can't see through. Then divide the group in half and send one team to each side. Get each team to pick one player to start as the bomber, the rest of the players need to sit spread themselves across the area and sit down (or lie down) as a battleship. These players cannot move.

Each team takes it in turns to get their bomber to sit at the back of the area and throw a ball over the barrier to the other side. If their ball hits someone from the other team, the player that gets hit must then say "You sunk my battleship!" and they are out. They can now become another bomber for their team and they must sit with the other bomber.

You'll need to make up rules - like whether a ball can bounce before hitting someone, or whether both people are out if it hits two people in a row who are next to each other.

Once an entire team is out, they must all yell "YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!"

Materials Needed

Soft balls, divider (sheet or board)


war, fighting

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on 7 September 2011


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We played this with bean bags instead of balls, then you don't have it bouncing and hitting someone else.
We started with one each, towards the end of the game if no one was 'sinking battleships, we gave each team two - then three and so on to speed things up when you only had 1 or 2 battleships left.

Posted by Jan on 7 Nov 2019 at 7:11:11

doing this for a p.e. project

Posted by fred on 17 Apr 2019 at 2:07:21

wow cool game

Posted by Dustche-hanson on 17 Apr 2019 at 2:04:38

sounds like a great game

Posted by saki on 9 Aug 2017 at 3:47:02

Can u buy the game the one with floating ships and board that lights up if so where and how much

Posted by Crystal on 14 May 2017 at 2:57:30

how about doing it outside and use water balloons :D

Posted by dano-son on 5 Sep 2013 at 10:40:34

Playing outside with water balloons instead of a ball is also fun!

Posted by on 7 Jul 2012 at 5:42:36

One my my church leaders did these and it was fun! But he made changes like he called out a scripture for one team and whoever got it first on that team got to throw 3 dodge balls over to the other team but u couldnt get up from where u were. It was really fun. I'd love to do it again

Posted by Lexi on 1 Dec 2011 at 7:49:40

hey from south africa - this game sounds great! i love battleships! itll be even more fun using real peolpe!

Posted by Len on 21 Sep 2011 at 2:44:18
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