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How to Play Fruit Basket Musical Chairs

This is the classic game of musical chairs with a little fruit added.


  • Step 1: Choose a person to start and stop the music throughout the game.
  • Step 2: Set up the chairs in a circle. Have each participant sit in a chair.
  • Step 3: Divide the participants into groups of two or three and assign the name of a fruit, such as pears, bananas, or cherries, to each group.
  • Step 4: Play the music and call out a fruit group. Members of that group get up and walk around the chairs. Remove one of their chairs.
  • Step 5: Stop the music. The participants must find an empty seat and the person without a seat is eliminated.
  • TIP: Have the eliminated person help with the music or call out the next fruit.
  • Step 6: Continue the same process until all the fruit groups are called.
  • Step 7: Call out "upset the fruit basket" and everyone has to get up and walk around the circle. Remove a chair.
  • Step 8: Continue playing until there is one participant in the last chair. They are the last fruit in the basket and win the game.
  • FACT: There are 1,000 different varieties of bananas.

You Will Need

  • Participants
  • Music
  • Chairs
  • Fruit names assigned to each participant

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