Musical Chairs - idea sheet for a classic family game to play with the children

4-6 year olds | one hour

Make the most of a rainy or cold day with this traditional family activity. It may seem a bit obvious, but it’s a classic for a reason.

What You'll Need

  • Chairs (one less than the total amount of people playing)
  • Some materials to make it more creative (blindfolds, obstacles for the floor, etc.)
  • Stereo/radio/music playing device


  1. Place chairs in the centre of the room (one less than the people playing).
  2. Everyone except for the music master (who controls the music) has to walk around the chairs whilst the music is on.
  3. When the music stops, everyone has to try and sit down on a chair. Whoever doesn’t get a chair (as there will always be one less chair than there are people) is out and has to wait until the next game.
  4. Play this way until there is one winner sitting on the remaining chair.


It’s a traditional game, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be messed with, so get creative and change the rules a little bit. You could do anything from blindfolding everyone, to placing obstacles on the floor or making everyone do something like touch the floor when you say. If you tell them to touch the floor with the hand that is on the outside of the circle right before you stop the music, the results can be fantastic. Similarly, surround the final chair with a large circle of beanbags, footstools and cushions so that it’s difficult for the final two to get there.


Here we've got another version of the classic game for you: All Around The Neighbourhood

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