Thumbs up game in kindergarten

Thumbs up game in kindergarten

I had forgotten about this familiar “thumbs-up” game until I walked in this classroom the other day and saw it in action!

To play this game, start by choosing two or three students to come to the front of the room.  (They can leave the shoes on by the way:)

The remaining children sit at the table with their heads down, eyes closed, and one thumb up!

The children up in the front of the room then go around the room and select one child to tap on the thumb. When your thumb is tapped you put it down!

After each child has tapped a thumb, they go back up to the front of the room.  Now the children are told to open their eyes and anyone who was tapped on the thumb is to stand up.

Now the children who just stood up are to try and guess who they think tapped their thumb!

Oh, and yes – the teacher can play too!

We do not play this as a win lose game. After every child has made a guess as to who might have tapped their thumb, then they get to go to the front of the room and the others sit down. Now we play the game again for as long as the children are enjoying the experience.


  • Cathy @ NurtureStore Posted August 20, 2010 11:19 am

    It’s such a treat to discover a game which is completely new to me – going to try it next time we have a gang of friends round to play. Thank you so much for sharing with the Play Academy Deborah.

  • Teacher Tom Posted August 20, 2010 11:34 am

    Hey, we did play this game when I was in elementary school. I’d forgotten about it too!

  • Scott Posted August 20, 2010 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of this game. I may need to use this with the children’s choir I help with.

  • Amy M Posted August 21, 2010 12:29 pm

    I think we called this Heads up 7 Up when I was a kid.

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted August 21, 2010 8:14 pm

    Yes – that is the name of this game! I couldn’t recall the name of it so thank you:)

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