Kids move their bodies and get in a few laughs while playing our popular Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game, ZIp, Zap, Zoom. 


Zip, Zap, Zoom

Who: Grades 3-8

Players: 10-15

Time: 5 minutes+

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

Equipment: None 

How to Play:

  • Form a circle and stand 6 feet away from each other.
  • One player starts the game by clap-pointing while saying, "zip," to a player on his or her left.
  • That player will clap-point and say, "zap" to a player on his or her right. 
  • Next, that player will clap-point while saying, "zoom" to someone new. Keep the pattern going.
  • Restart if the wrong command is said or someone claps in the wrong direction.


Check for Understanding

  • What comes after zoom? 
  • Which way do you turn for zap?

Game Tip

  • Do a practice round before starting? 

Conflict Resolution Tip

  • Make sure players look each other in the eye before passing. 

Outdoor Tip

  • Add jumping or squatting to the clap-passing movements. 


EASY: Complete in 30 seconds.

MEDIUM: Add lunges to the clap-passing movement.

HARD: Stand on one foot while waiting. 

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