Written Telephone

Thinking & Engaging
Thinking & Engaging

Children write a secret message and then pass it on. 


  • Paper
  • Pencil


Sometimes, if we know the root of a word or its structure or context, we can guess what it means. This activity will help children make those connections and associations.


  1. Have children sit in a circle. Give each child a blank sheet of paper and pencil.
  2. Choose one child to begin the game by writing a secret message on their sheet of paper. 
  3. Take the secret message and show the next child for 30 seconds.
  4. This child will now write down what they remember of the message.
  5. Take this paper, with the new message and show the next child.
  6. The pattern continues until the last child. They read aloud the message.  


  • Change the difficulty of the game by making longer or shorter messages. 


  • There are no foreseeable safety concerns for this activity.


Compare to the original messages:

  • Do they match?
  • What changed?
  • When and why did it change?

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