1. One piece of paper, folded into a "note"
  2. A ruler
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1. Choose one person to play the "teacher" and one person to play "the principal" - Have the teacher stand at one end of the playing area. The principal should be at the opposite side of the room, sitting in a chair (the "office").
2. Have all the other players spread out in the area between the teacher and the principal. They are the "students".
3. Hand the principal the note.

How to Play: 

1. The teacher turns her back on the students, like they are writing on a blackboard.
2. The principal hands the note to one of the students, it doesn't matter who and then goes back to the office.
3. Once at the office the principal announces - "time for class, everyone take your seats".
4. At this point the students begin secretly passing the note from one person to the next.
5. At any given point the teacher can turn around.
6. When the teacher turns around, they must point their ruler at the student they think has the note. If they are incorrect, they turn around and face the board again, and the note passing starts up again.
7. If when the teacher turns around they identify the correct student, then they send that student to the principal's office.
8. The principal then comes up with some silly form of punishment for the student - such as singing the "ABC" song while holding their tongue, jumping up and down on one foot 10 times, saying the alphabet backwards, etc.
9. Once the student has completed their punishment a new teacher and principal are chosen.
10. Play as many rounds as you like.


1. Play everything the same way, with the acception that the student who is handed the note crumples the paper instead, and throws it at the back of the teacher. When hit, the teacher whirls around and tries to catch the culprit. (note, in this version you will need a sheet of paper instead of a "note" sized paper - you will still only need one, as the same paper ball can be used over and over)


1. Write up a list of funny punishments ahead of time to help your principal.
2. You may want to make your principal an adult team leader, just to keep the game flowing.
3. Let the players have fun in their roles as teacher and principal, talking in the manner that those they emulate might talk. Have the teacher chat about her lesson with her back turned.
4. Make sure that the "note" keeps moving. This is where it helps to have a principal who is an adult.

Activity Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor: 
Clean and tidy
Noise Level: 
Number of Players: 
5 to 10
10 to 20
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Space Needed: 
Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Team Division: 
Every man for himself (individual players)