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Hide and speak

Build your communication skills and learn how to use a phone with this unique hide and seek adventure.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Two mobile phones

Before you begin

  • It’s a good idea for adult helpers to hide so young people aren’t left hiding alone.
  • Use two working mobile phones and store the numbers as contacts. Old phones are perfect for this.

Ready to call?

  1. An adult helper should hide with their phone on silent. The rest of the group are the seekers.
    If the group is larger, ask two or more people to hide, each with a phone.
  2. Everyone should practise making a call by calling to the hider to start the game. They should dial the number; greet the person who answers; tell them they’re ready to play; say goodbye; and hang up by pressing the ‘end call’ button.
  3. The person leading the activity should give the group a question from the suggestions below.
  4. When the seekers have a guess, they should call the hider, following the steps they practised. They should tell the hider the question and their answer.
  5. If they get the answer right, and they followed the correct phone call steps, the hider should give the group a clue to their hiding place. The hider’s clue should be quite tricky, for example, ‘move forward ten paces’, ‘turn left the oak tree’, or ‘I can see a fire extinguisher’.
  6. The seekers should repeat steps three to five a few times to get more clues.
  1. Everyone should repeat the game with hiders hiding somewhere else. Use just text messages if the hider is nearby and they might reveal their location by speaking on the phone.


This activity helped everyone feel more confident and independent as they learned how to make and receive calls. Well done to everyone for finding the hider after some tricky clues.

Everyone should talk about what they need to remember when making a call and why it’s important to be polite, introduce themselves, and find out the information needed. They should think about when it might be useful to make a call or send messages by themselves. Examples might include emergency situations or when they need to tell people they’re running late.


Outdoor activities

You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.

Phones and cameras

Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.