Get your kids active with our Recess Enhancement Program's (REP) game, Red Handed! This circle game will get kids active while also working out the most important muscle of all — the brain!




Red Handed

Who: Grades 3-5 

Players: 15+ 

Time: 10 minutes+ 

Where: Classroom

Equipment: Coin or small object


How to Play 

  • Let’s form a circle! 1 student will be “It” and will start in the middle.
  • "It” will close his/her eyes for 10 seconds while the other students pass the coin (small object) around the circle.
  • “It” will open his/her eyes and will try to guess who has the coin.
  • If correct, then the student with the coin was caught “Red-Handed” and will switch places with “It.”
  • If “It” is not correct, he/she will do 5 jumping jacks and try again.

Check for Understanding 

  • How many students are in the middle of the circle?
  • What happens when the coin is found?

Game Tip 

  • "It” is allowed 3 guesses.

Conflict-Resolution Tip

  • Have students high-five when switching places.

Outdoor Tip

  • Create 2 or 3 smaller games.




Easy: 2 students are "It."

Medium: Pass 2 coins around the circle. 

Hard: Have students face away from the circle.


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