Musical chairs

indoor games for kids: musical chairs

Musical chairs

Musical Chairs is a timeless and engaging game that has entertained children for generations. This lively activity is perfect for birthday parties, school events, or a fun day at the park. With its simple rules and infectious energy, Musical Chairs promises laughter and excitement for kids of all ages.

Game sheet

  • Number of players: from 5 children.
  • Ages: Suitable for children from 4 years and older.
  • Supplies: Chairs (one less than the number of players); Music player.
  • Setting: indoors or outdoors
  • Play time: Approximately 15 minutes

Musical chairs rules


  • Arrange the chairs in a circle, facing outward, with enough space for players to move around.

How to Play:

  1. Start the Music: Begin by playing some upbeat music. As the music plays, players must walk around the chairs in a circle.
  2. Stop the Music: Randomly stop the music. As soon as the music stops, players must quickly find a chair to sit in.
  3. Elimination: Since there is always one chair less than the number of players, one player will be left standing. This player is eliminated from the game.
  4. Continue the Game: Remove one chair from the circle and start the music again. Repeat steps 1 to 3 until only one chair and two players are left.
  5. Winning the Game: The game continues until the music stops for the final time. The player who sits in the last chair when the music stops is the winner.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure that the chairs are stable and safe for children.
  • Supervise the game to prevent any pushing or rough play.


  1. Themed Music: Choose music that fits a particular theme (e.g., Halloween, Christmas) to add an extra element of fun.
  2. Musical Statues: Combine with “Musical Statues” where players must freeze in place when the music stops. If they move, they’re out!
  3. Colorful Chairs: Each chair could be a different color, and when the music stops, announce a color. Players must find the chair with that color.

Educational Benefits of Musical Chairs

  1. Physical Coordination and Balance: As children move around the chairs and quickly find a seat when the music stops, they enhance their physical coordination and balance skills.
  2. Listening Skills: This game requires players to listen carefully to the music and respond promptly when it stops. It helps in developing attentive listening and sharpens auditory perception.
  3. Social Interaction and Cooperation: Musical Chairs encourages children to interact with each other, promoting social skills. It teaches them to be aware of others’ movements and space, fostering a sense of cooperation and respect.
  4. Cognitive Development: The game involves strategy and quick thinking, as players must decide swiftly where to go when the music stops. This enhances decision-making skills and cognitive agility.
  5. Emotional Resilience: Learning to cope with being ‘out’ of the game and cheering for friends builds emotional resilience and sportsmanship among children. It teaches them to handle disappointment positively.
  6. Rhythm and Musical Appreciation: Exposure to different types of music during the game can foster an appreciation for rhythm and music in young children.
  7. Patience and Turn-Taking: Waiting for the music to stop and taking turns to find chairs teaches children patience and the importance of fair play.
  8. Creativity and Imagination: Variations of the game, like themed music or incorporating additional rules, encourage creativity and imaginative play.

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