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How to Play Seven Up

This is a great classroom game that everyone can play.


  • Step 1: Choose player Choose seven players to be "it." Have them stand in the front of the room. The remaining players will sit at their desks.
  • Step 2: Pick a person Say "heads down, thumbs up – time to play seven up" if you are the teacher.
  • Step 3: Put thumbs up Put your head down and your thumb up if you are a player.
  • Step 4: Pick a person Pick one player within one minute if you are 'it.' Pick players by touching their raised thumbs. Chosen players lower their thumbs when they are touched.
  • TIP: Make sure everyone has their head on their desk so they cannot cheat by looking at your shoes as you walk by to tap them.
  • Step 5: Return to front Return to the front of the class when you are done picking. The teacher then says 'heads up, seven up.' The players who had their thumbs touched stand up.
  • Step 6: Stand up and guess The players who had their thumbs touched stand and take one guess which player touched their thumbs. If they guess right, they switch with the person who touched their thumb. If not, the player who chose them gets to be it again.
  • Step 7: Continue playing Continue playing until everyone gets a chance to be it.
  • FACT: Did you know? There are 34 muscles that move the fingers and thumb.

You Will Need

  • A classroom with desks
  • A group of 14 or more players
  • A teacher

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