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Musical statues

Show everyone your dancing skills with this fun, energetic game.

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You’ll need

  • Device to play music

Musical statues

  1. Everyone should find some space and stand two metres apart – they should be able to swing their arms without touching anyone else.
  1. The person leading the game should put the music on.
  2. Everyone should try out some different dance moves while staying in their area.
  3. The person leading the game should turn the music off.
  4. As soon as the music stops, everyone should stop moving and try to stay as still as a statue.
  5. The person leading the game should try to spot anyone who moves. Anyone they catch moving is out – now they can help the person leading the game see who’s moving next time the music stops.
  1. The last person left standing as still as a statue wins the game.


During this game, everyone was courageous by dancing along to the music. Hopefully dancing with friends helped to boost people’s wellbeing too.

Once you’ve finished playing the game, take some time to reflect. You could ask questions, for example:

  • What dance moves did people enjoy doing?
  • Was it difficult to stay still when the music was turned off?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed. Take a look at our guidance on running active games safely.

  • The person leading the activity could encourage everyone to take it in turns to try some dance moves for everyone else to copy.
  • Adults should be on hand to support those who don’t feel comfortable dancing. How else could they move? 
  • Remember, people don’t have to be out. You could keep it competitive by giving a point to people who stay still each time the music stops, or you could just play for fun without any competition.  

Some people may not feel confident dancing in front of others. If they don’t want to join in by moving in a different way, they could help stop the music and spot who’s moving when the music stops. 

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.