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How to Play Grab Bag Musical Chairs

In this classic game of musical chairs, everyone gets a prize.


  • Step 1: Choose a person to start and stop the music throughout the game.
  • Step 2: Arrange the chairs in a circle, with one less chair than the number of people playing. Place the grab bags on the table for the players to see.
  • TIP: Grab bags can contain inexpensive items such as suckers or gum.
  • Step 3: Start the music. When the music starts to play, the players walk around the chairs in a clockwise direction.
  • Step 4: Listen for the music to stop. When the music stops, the players scramble to sit in a seat.
  • Step 5: Receive a grab bag if you cannot find a seat. You are out of the game.
  • Step 6: Remove a chair every time someone is eliminated.
  • Step 7: Continue the process until the last person is sitting in a chair. The last person sitting in a chair gets the special grab bag. They are the winner.
  • FACT: Every year thousands of whales, sea turtles, and other marine mammals die from eating discarded plastic bags.

You Will Need

  • Music
  • Chairs
  • A grab bag for each player
  • A special grab bag

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