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Easy Game You Can Play Anywhere

Updated on November 29, 2016

A guessing game that is great anytime and anywhere.

This game got me out of trouble many times when there were long waiting times or traveling, especially with kids.

Can you guess what animal I'm thinking?

I started playing this game with my nephew, when I was baby-sitting him many years ago. Now I play it with my husband and our children any time we need to kill time: on long car rides, while waiting at the restaurant, at the airport, on walks, literally anyplace. The coolest thing about this game is that it’s totally free and you don’t need any supplies.

In many instances I ended up learning things about animals, like the time when my son asked: “Does this animal sleep?” And I said “Yes” and he commented “Oh, so it can’t be an ant.” “What?? You mean ants do not sleep?” I never heard of such a thing, and it turns out some species of ants do not sleep.

With time we developed slightly different versions of the game. Here it goes.

Guess the Animal

Number of players: 2-8
Ages: 3+
Stimulates curiosity, creativity, and logical thinking.

Guess the Animal it's a great game to play on family outings, during a road trip, or even at a picnic.
Guess the Animal it's a great game to play on family outings, during a road trip, or even at a picnic. | Source

Original version

The younger person will start thinking of an animal, without revealing it to the others.

Players take turns asking questions about the mystery animal. After Player 1, the thinker, answers a question, any player can try to guess the animal.

Player 2: “What size is the mystery animal: big, medium or small?”
Player 1: “Big”
Player 3: “Is it an elephant?”
Player 1: “No”
Player 3: “What does it eat?”
Player 1: “it’s carnivorous”

And the game continues until one of the opponents guesses the secret animal. The prize for guessing right is to be the “thinker” for the next round.

(By the way, in case you are wondering, I was thinking about a T-Rex).

Yes or No version

The Yes or No version makes it a little more difficult to guess, especially for young children. Player 1 thinks of a mystery animal, the others take turns asking questions, but this time the questions can only have a Yes or No answer.

Player 2: “Is it a medium size animal?”
Player 1: “No”
Player 3: “Does it eat meat?”
Player 1: “Yes”

The "Anything" version

The “thing” to guess can be anything, from objects, to places, to people, etc. When you play this on the Yes or No version it can get really difficult to guess, to the point to be frustrating. So it’s recommended that the thinker specifies what broad category includes what he’s thinking about.

Great game for any time you have time to kill

We have played this game on long car rides, in doctors' waiting rooms, on trains, walk, picnics, and on rainy days.

Anytime my kids say things like "are we there yet?" or "I'm bored", my mind tries automatically to find an easy solution, and often the first thing I say is "I'm thinking of an animal, can you guess which one it is"... and it just picks up from there.

I hope you enjoy playing this game as much as we do. If you have suggestions on how to improve it, feel free to leave a comment.

© 2012 Robie Benve


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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Alocsin, three was about the age my nephew had when we started playing. It's such a fun age! He would always think of the same animal and give me the wildest answers, but he loved the game. Enjoy! :))

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very nice game that I'll try with my 3-year-old nephew. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Robie Benve 6 years ago from Ohio

      Dianne, I hope the boys like it. Let me know how it goes. :)

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      Dianne 6 years ago

      I will have to try this with the boys.

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      Robie Benve 6 years ago from Ohio

      Sometimes the simplest games can be a lot of fun. My nephew is now 25 and he still remembers when he played with me, ehmmm... 20 years ago!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. :)

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      I can remember playing this game when my children were young. They loved it!