PE Game Idea 20 | Silent Ball




14" (0.36 m) to 24" (0.61 m)

Age group

6 years old and +


12-30 participants



Activity Type


Silent Ball in action
Silent Ball in action
Silent Ball in action
Silent Ball in action


The objective of the silent ball game is to toss a ball amongst a group of participants who must remain silent. You are eliminated from the game if you talk, drop a direct pass, or throw a bad pass. You might just figure out some ways to communicate with others without saying a word!


Be the last player remaining.

How the game is played

Silent ball begins with participants spread out, standing or sitting in a circle. Starting with one ball, participants take turns throwing the ball to any other player, who must catch it.

Players may not “throw back” to the player who threw it to them, until there are only 4 players remaining. If a player drops the ball when it is thrown to them or talks at any time, they are “out” but most remain silent and step outside of the circle.

If a thrown ball is uncatchable or a “throw back” the player that threw the ball is out. A second ball can be added at any time to increase difficulty.

Play until all but one player has been eliminated. When only 2 players remain, they can only use one hand.

Adaptations/variations of the PE game

  • Different ball sizes to throw/catch.
  • Allow players to laugh but not talk.
  • Teachers can play this in a classroom and students can sit on top of their desk.
  • Eliminate the use of 1 hand.
  • If you have a large group, you can split it into 2 or 3 circles to make them participate more.

Specific safety rules

Talk to students about appropriate speed of throws as the object is to throw a catchable pass.

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