Feathers Fur Or Fins

The age old classic guessing game!

Game Type: Study Break

Recommended Ages: 6 and up

Number Of Players: Whole class

Equipment Required: Whiteboard

Where To Play: Indoors

Duration: 10-15 minutes


For each player to work out which mystery animal they are.

How To Play

Step One: Choose three players to sit or stand in front of the whiteboard.

Step Two: On the whiteboard behind each player, write the name of an animal. Each student’s task is to guess what animal they are.

Step Three: The first player (usually the one on the left) asks the opening question, ‘feathers, fur or fins?’ The audience respond feathers, fur or fin depending on their animal. The player can then ask questions to determine what kind of animal they are to which the audience can only answer yes or no. Tip: Encourage your students to ask broad questions like ‘do I eat meat?’ at the beginning rather than going straight to specific animal names, it is a game of deduction after all.

Step Four: When this player receives the answer no, play moves to the next player who then asks ‘feathers, fur or fins?’ and so the game continues.

Step Five: Play ends when each player has correctly guessed their animal. Hints are perfectly acceptable.


Sub In: In the Sub In variation, once a player guesses their animal correctly, a new player takes their place.



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