Who Wrote What?

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Leisure
  • Transition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 
15minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
Objective: 

Participants write down answers to set questions on strips of paper, and then one at a time, participants try to guess who wrote what. 

Equipment: 

Strips of paper (all the same size)
Pen/Pencil for each participant
Bowl/Hat/Jar

Set Up: 

Give each participant strips of paper. 
On a board, piece of chart paper or somewhere else, write down a set of questions (please see step by step section for examples of questions). Put a number or letter next to each question.
Participants write down one answer to one question on each strip of paper, and write down the letter or number that corresponds to that answer.

Step by Step: 
  1. Participants will write down their answers to a set of question on strips of paper.
  2. It's an activity of who wrote what, and getting to know each other.
  3. When participants have finished answering the questions, they will fold them up and put them in a bowl/hat/jar.
  4. One participant will draw one strip of paper and read the answer out loud.
  5. That participant now has 2-3 tries to guess who the piece of paper belongs to.
  6. For some questions, there could be multiple participants with the same answer. Even if it isn't the participant's paper, but they wrote down the same answer, that guess would be correct.
  7. To avoid this, participants could have to answer 2-3 questions on one strip of paper. 
  8. If a participant guesses correctly, they get to keep the strip of paper. Could make it that if a participant guesses correctly on the first guess they get 2 points and if they guess on the second (or third) try, they get 1 point.
  9. If they don't guess correctly, then they put the strip of paper back in the bowl.
  10. Continue until all strips of paper are guessed or until one participant has a set amount of strips of paper. 
  11. Example of questions (select a few):
  • A) Favourite animal?
  • B) Favourite movie?
  • C) Favourite sport to play?
  • D) Favourite sports team?
  • E) Favourite subject in school?
  • F) Favourite activity to do at recess?
  • G) Favourite book?
  • H) Favourite food?
  • I) Favourite beverage?
  • J) How many siblings do you have and what are their ages?
  • K) Favourite hobby?
  • L) What's your middle name?
  • M) What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • N) Who's your role model?
  • And so on and so forth. 
Adaptations (General): 

Participants select 4-6 questions out of the list and answer only those.
Participants answer 2-3 questions on one strip of paper.
Participants come up with the questions. 

Source: 

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