This is really an old school game but I couldn’t resist dressing it up with a nice graphic. Have students form a circle sitting in chairs. Everyone should be seated in a chair. Choose a person to start and remove their chair so there is always a person out. The person in the middle of the circle begins the round by filling in the blank after this statement:

“Over the mountain if ____________.”

When they make the statement everyone must get out of the chair and race to an open chair if that statement is true of them.


Over the mountain if you’ve ever bought a Justin Bieber album.

if you’ve peed the pool.

if you’ve stood up a date before.

if you’ve worn the same underwear twice in a row.

This is a fun game that can possibly never end. It also can get sketchy so be advised. If you have a large group you can divide into two or more circles by grade or gender.

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5 Responses to “OVER THE MOUNTAIN”

  1. brandon July 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    does the guy get out of the middle by sitting in a chair? last person w/o a chair is out?

  2. kathy August 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    So the person that is in the middle, do they go to an open chair also once they have said the statement? And if so who is the next person in the middle? Or do you keep one person in the middle each time?

  3. chadswanzy August 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm #


  4. chadswanzy August 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    last person is the next to tell the story

  5. Brian November 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    We do this game. We say “cool kids”. As in, “cool kids wear hats.” And all the cool kids run for a new chair.

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