Secret Handshake Game for Kids

by Jennifer Eblin

Clubs and organizations use secret handshakes as a way of communicating with other members. When a member presents the handshake outside of the club, it gives the individual a way of identifying other members. Kids creating their own clubs with friends may want a secret handshake of their own. Secret handshake games for kids give children ways of creating their own handshake and sharing a secret with their closest friends.

Add to the Handshake

Arrange the children in a large circle and assign each one a number. The first child starts by creating one element of the handshake, such as putting his palm on top of the next person's hand. The next child uses the element the first child added and adds a different element of his own. As you move around the circle, each child repeats the steps that came before and adds another element. When a child misses a step or cannot remember, she must leave the game. Keep playing the game until only one child remains.

Shake It to the Music

In this game, you play different types of music and the kids create different handshakes that go along with the song. For example, play a country music song followed by a heavy metal song, a pop song, a piece of classical music and finally rock-and-roll. Have the kids stand in two lines facing each other. As soon as the music starts, the kids create their own handshake and share it with the person across from them. When you switch to a different type of music, ask one child at the end to move, which changes the partners.

Make the Best Handshake

Give every child a set amount of time, such as five minutes, to create his own secret handshake. At the end of the time period, each child demonstrates the secret handshake he made and then all the children vote on their favorites. Award small prizes to the kids with the best secret handshakes.

Remember the Classics

Teach the children secret handshakes used by organizations and groups in the past, such as the Masons. Go over each handshake a few times and then host a trivia quiz on what everyone learned. Demonstrate different elements of each handshake and ask the children what group did each one. Divide the kids into small groups or let them play solo and give prizes to those with the most correct answers.

About the Author

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.