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If you could read my mind

Guess your friend’s favourite activity or badge, using just six questions to ‘read their mind’.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Chairs

Before you begin

  • Divide into teams. Give each group a chair, a piece of paper, and a pen.
  • Each team should sit in a horizontal line in front of their chair. 
  • Players should think of their favourite activity or badge. Everyone must keep their favourite a secret, and not tell anyone else

Play the game

  1. The first player should sit on the chair, and think about their chosen activity. 
  2. The player at the start of the line should ask a question which can be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. The person on the chair should answer with either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ – they can’t say anything else.
  1. If the answer is yes, the player should ask another question. As long as the answer is yes, they should keep asking questions until they have asked six, or until they think that they know the activity or badge. 
  2. If the answer is no, the next player in the line should ask their first question. 
  3. Repeat these steps until someone guesses which activity or badge the person on the chair is thinking of.
  1. Once the team has guessed the activity or badge, they should write it down. The person on the chair should explain why they chose it as their favourite. 
  2. The player who asked the first question should sit on the chair; the person on the chair should sit at the other end of the line. 
  3. Teams should repeat these steps until everyone has had a turn on the chair.


To ‘read the mind’ of the person on the chair, you had to work in a team. Did you listen and remember the questions others asked? Did you all ask questions which were helpful for everybody? Did you take it in turns? Did it matter who guessed correctly?

To guess the activity or badge, you also had to communicate. Did you ask clear questions? Did you think before you asked a question to make sure it was useful? Did you give clear answers? Did you listen carefully? Did you try to understand why if the person on the chair seemed unsure?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. 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.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.