Silent Sorting Game

Silent Sorting Game requires silent communication, as indicated by this photo with a woman holding her finger over her lips.

About Silent Sorting Game

This is a twist on the usual “line up by your birthday” game. Usually in that game, you will see youth holding up a number of fingers to indicate year, month, day. In this version, they cannot use that option. So they must come up with an alternative method of communicating the numbers.

How to Play Silent Sorting Game

Materials

  • None!

Instructions

  1. Give each person a number. You can do this when they enter the room, or you can assign it on the spot.
  2. Explain the rules:
    • No talking at all
    • No making sounds to indicate their number
    • No holding up fingers to indicate their number
  3. Have them arrange themselves in order, following the rules.

Variations

Play your initial round with one of these variations or play a second round this way.

  • Line up by birthday
  • Line up by exact age (a little different than birthday because they must consider the year also)
  • Line up by height
  • Line up by shoe size

More Resources

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Shoe Sort Icebreaker

Shoe Sort icebreaker is a fun youth group game where people try to match shoes with their owners. It makes a great icebreaker or team building game.

Noisy Circle – A Listening Game

This listening game will teach youth how hard it is to hear above the noise in their lives. Tie this in with a lesson about listening to God over all of the other distractions in our lives.

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