Chain Story

Make up a story in a group


Chain Story is a fun chance for a group to get inventive together and make up a story. Great practice for cooperating together and improvising.

How to play

  1. Sit in a circle.
  2. One player begins a story, breaking off at a point of interest or suspense (if possible).
  3. The next player continues and when they are ready, hands the story on again.


Try going around the circle telling “taller” and “taller” stories about yourselves. With the first player setting the subject for each round. “The reason I was late tonight is . . .” OR “this thumb of mine is now incredibly famous because . . .” OR “my most interesting previous existence was as . . .”

Each player takes it in turn to start their bit of the chain story with either ‘fortunately’ or ‘unfortunately’. The part of the story they tell should then either go well or badly dependant on how they started.

Take it further

This is taken from the book Games, Games, Games, a publication with around 250 group games. The games are essentially co-operative in nature and develop skills and attitudes which encourage learning together and supporting one another.

If you have mastered the art of one word storytelling, try playing a more concise version with only one word each.

It is great we are starting to have face to face activities again – make sure you and your group stay safe by following our latest guidelines on physical meetings.

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