Human Spelling

Human Spelling game

Human Spelling is a fun ice-breaker for adults and a cool team building activity for kids. The players use their bodies to make fellow players understand what they are all about.


Equipment: None

Group Size: 5-10

Time: 10-20 minutes

Effective Group Age: 6 and above

How to play the Human Spelling:

This game works best as a icebreaker if you do not know the names of players in the team.

  • A random player is chosen to start the proceedings.human-spelling
  • He must use his body to form the shapes of alphabets which make up his letter.
    For example if the name of a player is Dan, he will curl his hand around the belly forming a D, Do a hand stretch resembling an A and put his left hand up while his right hand down the shoulders resembling ‘N’.
  • The other players take turns in guessing the alphabets and thereby guessing his name.

Key Takeaways:

  • Use short names in case of long names. Alex will do for Alexander, Stan will do for Stanley etc.
  • Do not take difficult postures as it may injure the players.
  • This game can also be played as a competition by awarding one point for each correct guess.

Learning Outcomes:

  • As an icebreaker activity, human spelling helps to know the names of everyone in the group.
  • The skill of demonstration is also tested by the game.
  • This game also helps to improve guessing power by interpreting the gestures.