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Kids exercise their brains and bodies in this popular Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game, I'm Going to Recess. 


I'm Going to Recess

Who: Grades K-8 

Players: 5+ 

Time: 10 minutes+ 

Where: Auditorium, cafeteria, classroom, gymnasim, hallway, library, playground 

Equipment: None 

How to Play

  • Players form a circle standing 6 feet apart from one another.  
  • The leader will select one person to start. That player will say, “I am going to recess and I am bringing     [noun that begins with the letter A].”
  • The person on his or her left will then say, “I am going to recess and I am bringing [noun that begins with the letter B]." This pattern continues until the group completes the alphabet. 
  • If someone says the incorrect letter or a word that is not in the dictionary, then the whole circle does 10 seconds of silly dancing.

Check for Understanding

  • What does each word have to begin with? 
  • What happens if a player makes a mistake? 

Game Tip

  • Put a time limit on each turn. 

Conflict-Resolution Tip

  • Play rock-paper-scissors to settle any disputes. 


Easy: Players must jog in place. 

Medium: Players must make it through the alphabet twice. 

Hard: Players can only bring something from a specific category (fruit, animals, etc.).