Counting gets a fun twist in our Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game, Countdown. 



Who: Grades 3-8

Players: 10+

Time: 10 minutes+

Where: Auditorium, cafeteria, classroom, gymnasium, hallway, library, playground

Equipment: None 

How to Play

  • Form a circle, standing 6 feet away from one another. The goal is to count down from 15 to 1.
  • The leader will start the countdown. Another player will say the next lowest number.
  • Each player can only say one number in the countdown. There is no order regarding who should say the next number.
  • If two players say a number at the same time, the group must do 10 jumping jacks, and the game will start over. 

Check for Understanding 

  • What happens when two people say the same number at the same time?
  • How many times can you say a number?

Game Tip 

  • No pointing or gesturing is allowed.

Conflict Resolution Tip 

  • Select a person to start the countdown.


Easy: Start with 5 to 1. 

Medium: Set time restrictions on the round. 

Hard: Players close their eyes during the countdown. 

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