A medieval themed secret identity guessing game that your students will love!

Game Type: Study Break

Recommended Ages: 8+

Number Of Players: Whole class

Equipment Required: Pencils, strips of paper (scrap paper is perfect)

Where To Play: Indoor

Duration: 25 minutes

How To Play

Step One: Give each student a strip of paper. Each student must write a secret name on the strip then give it to you HINT: Encourage your students to choose a name that will be hard to guess, I use a hat at the front of the room for students to put their strips into when they have written their name.

Step Two: Ask each student to find a space in the room at least one arm’s length from any other student. They are now a ‘king’ or ‘queen’ in the game of Kingdoms.

Step Three: Write each name from the strips of paper on the board HINT: To speed this stage up, I choose two or three ‘scribes’ to help me.

Step Four: Choose a random student to start. That student must stand up and guess another student’s secret name. For example, John, are you Spongebob Squarepants? If the guess is correct, that person becomes the guesser’s ‘serf’ (the medieval European term for a peasant). The serf must stay with their king or queen and can quietly suggest players who they should ask next.

Step Five: If a student guesses another student’s name correctly, they get another guess. If they guess incorrectly, the student they ask gets a turn. You can not tip the butcher back (also known as ‘no tag backs’) whereby a student can not ask the person who just asked them, they must ask someone else.

Step Six: If a student guesses another student’s name correctly, that student becomes their serf as well as any other serfs they may have already had.

Step Seven: The winner of Kingdoms is the student who has all the other students as their serfs.


Thank you to the mystery chap long long ago from the internet who inspired me to try this great game!

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