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Rhythm master

Be an effective detective and find the master of rhythm in this quick team game.
Plan a session with this activity

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include: 

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Make sure that none of the actions involve touching faces or other people. 

Play the game

  1. Everyone should sit in a large circle.
  1. The person leading the activity should choose one player to be the detective. The detective should turn around and cover their ears so they don’t know what’s going on.
  2. The person leading the activity should choose another player to be the rhythm master.
  3. The rhythm master should start an action or rhythm and everyone else in the group should copy them.
  1. The detective should join the circle again.
  2. Everyone should keep copying the rhythm master. When the detective isn't looking, the rhythm master should switch to a new action or rhythm. The group should continue to copy the rhythm master (without making it obvious who the rhythm master is).
  3. The detective should watch everyone closely and try to work out who the rhythm master is. When they think they know, they should guess by pointing to someone and saying their name. The person they point to should tell the detective whether they’re right.
  1. When the detective’s found the rhythm master (or used up all their guesses), everyone should play again with different people in the roles.


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.