This is a exceptional recreation which necessitates total silence. Children constantly delight in enjoying it, and they will gain from expanding their recognition of the seems all over them, and you can tie it in with other pursuits and lesson options involving listening (all new music involves listening, of course) – but to be genuine it is really far more for your very own profit: each and every teacher desires a little bit of quiet now and once again!


You will require a little bit of room for the children to sit in a circle, and also a chair, a blindfold (could be someone’s jumper) and a bunch of keys.


Decide on just one smart pupil to be the initial Keeper of the Keys. Sit this pupil down on the chair, in the centre. Blindfold this pupil (listed here you have to be mindful of any polices that might prohibit this – you could usually get a reliable pupil to do it for you) and test that he/she cannot see. All the other pupils sit cross-legged in a massive circle at the very least two meters from the chair. Place the bunch of keys beneath the chair and describe the policies.

How to Perform:

You – the trainer – really should stand just outside the circle. The moment anyone is definitely silent, allow the silence to develop, and then reveal silently who is to be the initial would-be Robber. Make it very clear who you have chosen and make absolutely sure that everybody understands that only this one particular person is to attempt the daring criminal offense.

The Robber:

The would-be Robber has to crawl silently to the chair, select up the keys devoid of a audio and return just as silently to his/her area in the circle. All this is to be completed little by little, devoid of remaining detected.

The Keeper:

The position of the Keeper is to shield the keys by listening out for the slightest sound (creaking of floorboards or limbs, for case in point) and using a single hand to position in the direction of any these types of audio.


If the Keeper points straight at the robber, then the endeavor must be abandoned and the robber must return vacant-handed to his/her original place. You should then silently appoint an additional Robber.


If the Keeper factors any where else (at a different pupil, for instance), perform carries on. If the Keeper is executing a ton of pointing which involves guess-operate relatively than appropriate listening, the Robber would be very well suggested to wait around till the Keeper variations his/her approaches.

Successful Robbery:

If the Robber manages to steals the keys devoid of getting detected, then that Robber gets to be the new Keeper, and the old Keeper sits in the circle. Participate in carries on until eventually all the would-be Robbers have experienced a go!

Supply by Tom Morrell

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