Wink Murder


An old favourite to out-fox the detective and claim as many victims as possible.

How Do I Play It?

The teacher chooses a detective and sends them outside or away from the group.

Students are sat in a circle on the floor and close their eyes while you silently tap the murderer.

The murderer can kill off other students by winking at them but must try to conceal their identity.

When a student has been winked at they must die a 'dramatic death.'

The detective then must try and catch the murderer (3 guesses normally).


When playing the variation 'handshake murder' get the students to count to 5 before they die otherwise the murderer ends up with a pile of victims next to them.


It doesn’t have to be death by wink you can add a sequence e.g. a smile, a nose twitch and wink.

There are also variations for example murder in the dark, hand shake murder (where students walkabout and the murderer scratches their hand) and you can develop and expand to a game of mafia.

Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Concentration, Teamwork
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