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225 Best Telephone Game Phrases For Kids & Adults

Best phrases and sentences for the telephone game

Funny Telephone Game Ideas For Everyone

Need a way to focus a group of squirrely kids? These best telephone game phrases work for kids of all ages, require no supplies, and are effective in almost any situation.

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How do you play the old telephone game?

Game Rules

The telephone game is both fun and incredibly easy to play.

  1. Sit in a circle or a line and whisper your phrase into the first person’s ear.
  2. From there, each person whispers to the next exactly what they heard.
  3. Once you get to the end, the last person reports to the group what they heard.

The object of the game is to see how close you can get to the original word or phrase.

Where can you play the telephone game?

Try these fun telephone game phrases out:

  • in the classroom
  • at church youth group settings
  • at parties
  • at home on family night
  • waiting with kids at restaurants or in lines

What does the telephone game teach us?

A lot, actually! First, the telephone game teaches us to speak clearly and listen intently. But it also sharpens memory and builds vocabulary. Because it is a cooperative game, it gives kids (and adults) an opportunity to work together and practice taking turns.

And you can even use it to work on specific educational concepts like rhyming, phonics, idioms, and figurative language.

Best Telephone Game Words For Young Kids

First, these words are great for teaching kids older words that used to be popular, or just to have kids say really funny words.

best telephone game words and phrases for kindergarten

1. Skeedaddle

2. Lollygag

3. Bumbershoot

4. Thingamajigger

5. Bamboozled

6. Whippersnapper

7. Lickety-split

8. Bumfuzzle

9. Scallywag

10. Flubber

11. Hogwash

12. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

13. Blabberdabber

14. Flummery

15. Willy-nilly

16. Popple

17. Teazel

18. Hoodwink

19. Foggy bottom

20. Diddly-squat

21. Flummox

22. Bumfuzzle

23. Kerfuffle

24. Cattywampus

25. Diddlydink

Best Telephone Game Phrases For Kids

Next, these pass the message game phrases are short and sweet. They also include categories that kids have seen before, making it a little easier to play the game at the beginning.

Nursery Rhymes

Do kids know these traditional nursery rhymes?

teapot nursery rhyme

26. I’m a little tea pot short and stout.

27. Mary had a little lamb.

28. Humpty dumpty sat on a wall.

29. London bridge is falling down.

30. The wheels on the bus go round and round.

31. Hickory dickory dock

32. Jack and Jill went up the hill

33. Pop! Goes the weasel

34. This little piggy went to the market

35. No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Idioms for the Whisper in the Lane Game

These kids telephone game phrases are a great way to teach sayings that aren’t meant to be taken literally.

cat out of the bag - whisper down the lane

36. Spill the beans

37. A picture is worth a 1000 words

38. Let the cat out of the bag

39. You hit the nail on the head.

40. The early bird gets the worm

41. Don’t cry over spilt milk.

42. A dime a dozen

43. That is the last straw.

44. A penny for your thoughts.

45. Under the weather

46. Comparing apples to oranges (Source: English idioms)

47. The whole nine yards.

48. Have your cake and eat it too.

49. Try not to burn bridges.

50. Run like the wind.

60. When it rains, it pours.

Short Kids Quotes For The Telephone Game

"Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.": Kids kindness quotes for the classroom

Next, these are great telephone game sentences for emphasizing character traits.

61. “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

62. “A person’s a person no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss (Find more great kids reading quotes)

63. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt
Disney
(Find more short thoughts of the day for kids here)

64. “When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou

65. “No one is perfect–that’s why pencils have erasers.” – Wolfgang Riebe

*These telephone phrases can also be used to help build a growth mindset. For example, try “we do hard things” as one!

More Silly and Funny Telephone Game Phrases

The best sentences for the telephone game are not too short, but not too long either. And it is always good to have some that make you laugh out loud.

funny phrases and sentences for the telephone game for kids

66. Jinx, you owe me a coke!

67. He bought 100 pounds of applesauce.

68. Pass me the salty beetle for a snack.

69. I’m the boss, applesauce!

70. She can speak to trees.

71. I put a spell on you.

72. I built a giant robot to take over the world.

73. Liar liar, pants on fire!

74. Where is my pet snake?

Rhyming For the Telephone Game

Rhyming is fun and educational! Use these to practice with kids.

Rhyming short telephone game phrases

75. It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.

76. Can you fix your shoe with goo?

77. Turn off the bright light.

78. The lady wears a hat while sitting on a mat.

79. You can not hide, so go outside.

80. The big truck brings good luck.

81. What’s the deal, banana peel?

82. He uses a fan to cool the pan.

83. The cat sat on a bat.

84. Good night, sleep tight.

85. Do you hear the rumble of the jungle?

86. I wish I had a fish.

87. Oh I agree. There are three.

88. Where is the square?

89. Pass the jam with ease, please.

90. Do you miss your mother’s kiss?

91. See you later, alligator.

92. After a while crocidille.

93. Chop chop lollipop.

94. See you soon, baboon.

95. Got to go, buffalo.

Great Tongue Twisters For the Telephone Game

Next, these alliterations and famous tongue twisters are great for older elementary, middle school, and high school looking for a challenge.

good telephone game sentences and phrases for middle school and high school

96. Six sticky skeletons.

97. She sells seashells by the seashore.

98. An ape hates grape cakes.

99. Friendly fleas and fireflies.

100. The shark has shiny shoes.

101. Green glass globes glow greenly.

102. The black bat’s back.

103. Topsy turvy turtles

104. Blue bubbles in the bath.

105. Slugs are salty and slimy.

106. The ball will fall on the doll.

107. The owl growled at the towel.

108. The king liked to sing.

109. That squirrel stole my scissors!

110. Zanny zebras zig and zag.

111. Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.

112. Which witch is which?

113. The queen in green screams.

114. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?

115. Weathered leather is better.

116. Each Easter Earl eats eighty Easter eggs.

117. A happy hippo hopped and hiccupped. (Mondly.com)

118. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

119. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

120. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Broken Telephone Phrases That Make No Sense

These phrases for the telephone game are perfect for stumping others. No one will suspect them!

Pass the message in a circle

121. The bird swims east.

122. The fish flies north.

123. Danny’s rat likes lemons.

124. My pet rock will not bite.

125. The sun is green.

126. That test was tasty.

127. More fuzzy caterpillars please.

128. The hairy lizard made coffee.

129. Her dad is a tall dinosaur.

130. The dungeon is full of pink bandaids.

131. Have you seen my favorite banana?

132. Spiders are cute.

133. Pants go on your arms.

134. Hello, Mr. Mustache.

135. Grandma’s jello tastes like chicken.

136. The giant ant befriended a tiny elephant.

137. This lollipop is made of mustard.

138. Gloria eats rubber potatoes for breakfast.

139. I ate polka dot stew with a piece of paper.

140. The moon is made of cheese.

141. Is she doing the cha cha in bed?

142. Close your eyes to see the moon.

143. Loose lips sink ships.

144. I found a magical genie who dances.

145. A bird is nesting in her hair.

146. Her talking parrot says to wash your hands.

147. The clock chimes thirteen.

148. I am stopped by a teensy tiny cloud.

149. How did that shower get there?

150. The gingerbread man was big and slow.

151. She saw a bird made of butter flying below the books.

152. Donald Duck plays the harp in the bathroom.

153. What if morning what night?

154. Kids rule the pink Earth.

155. I dreamt that I sailed across the ocean on a bicycle.

*These phrases are great ways to break the ice. See these ice breaker games for even more fun!

Pass The Message Words That Pair

Next, these are great pairing to use as telephone game phrases for beginners.

peanut butter and jelly

156. Peanut butter and jelly

157. Salt and pepper

158. Cookies and milk

159. Hugs and kisses

160. Santa and reindeer

161. Fish and chips

162. Shoes and socks

163. Hanzel and Gretel

164. Bread and butter

165. Bow and arrow

166. Macaroni and cheese

167. Cat and mouse

168. Batman and Robin

169. Bacon and eggs

Telephone Game Phrases For Adults Too

Now, these hard telephone sentences are great for adults for workplace or at home. And many are pass the message with a twist – as they come from older famous tv shows.

broken telephone game phrases for adults

170. The worst thing about prison was the dementors.” – Michael “Prison Mike” Scott, The Office

171. “If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die.” – Stanley Hudson, The Office

172. “I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs.” – Kevin Malone, The Office

173. “We are dessert stealers. We are living outside the law.” – Rachel Green, Friends

174. “Here come the meat sweats.” – Joey Friends

175. “Could I BE wearing any more clothes?!” – Joey Friends

176. “I’m Chandler. I make jokes when I’m uncomfortable.” – Chandler

177. “Oh, I wish I could, but I don’t want to.” – Phoebe Friends

178. “I do wanna fling my poop at her.” — Penny, The Big Bang Theory

179. “I am not crazy, my mother had me tested.” – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

180. “I haven’t cried this hard since Toy Story 3.” — Raj, The Big Bang Theory

181. “Oprah wasn’t built in a day.” Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother

182.”Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” —Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother

183.You have to let me dance my own battles.” —Marshall Eriksen, How I Met Your Mother

184. “It’s going to be legen—wait for it—dary.” Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

185. “I would love to be wrong, but I don’t live with the right people for that.” – Claire Dunphy, Modern Family

186. “The minute they got rid of rotary phones, everything went to hell.” – Jay Pritchett, Modern Family

187. “Books? Wake up and smell the Internet, grandma.” – Luke, Modern Family

188. “You’ll never go broke playing to a rich man’s ego. Write that down.” – Manny Delgado, Modern Family

189. “The only time I break a sweat is when we run after the ice cream truck.” – Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

190. “Everything hurts and I’m dying.” —Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec

191. “Sometimes you gotta work a little so you can ball a lot.” —Tom Haverford, Parks and Rec

192. “There has never been a sadness that can’t been cured by breakfast food.”—Ron Swanson, Parks and Rec

193. “Do I look like I drink water?” —Donna Meagle, Parks and Rec

194. “I regret nothing. The end.” —Ron Swanson, Parks and Rec

195. “Ugh. I hate talking to people about things.” —April Ludgate, Parks and Rec

Hard Tongue Twister Telephone Phrases for Adults

hard sayings with adults in the workplace

196. “Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.”

197. How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

198. I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.

(This one may come out sounding rather interesting!)

199. Irish wrist watch, Swiss wrist watch.

Christmas Telephone Game Sentences (Kids & Adults)

These words and phrases start easy and get harder as you go down the list.

Best Christmas telephone phrases and words for students or adults

200. Joy to the world.

201. Feliz Navidad

202. Jingle bell rock

203. Christmas is coming!

204. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

205. Tis the season to be jolly.

206. All is calm, all is bright.

207. Dashing through the snow.

208. Repeat the sounding joy. (See great Christmas song trivia here)

209. Ugly Christmas sweater

210. Santa Claus is coming to town.

211. Sleep in Heavenly peace.

212. Son of a nutcracker!

213. It’s the most wonderful time of year.

214. Sugar and spice makes Christmas nice.

215. Let earth receive her king.

216. Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

217. Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

218. For unto us a child is born.

219. Jesus is the reason for the season.

220. Believe in the magic of Christmas.

221. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.

222. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.

223. You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.

224. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

*Grab more fun ideas, and a free Christmas charades printable here >>

More Variations That Are Fun to Try

Finally, if you would like to spice up the regular version of the telephone game, try one of these ideas:

kids whispering

Rumor Has It

In this variation, the first player deliberately changes a word or two. This could be a great variation for list ideas that are famous or well-known phrases. See if participants can guess the phrase!

This game is also referred to as “Gossip.” It is great for showing kids how rumors get spread and twisted up.

Do Charades Instead

Instead of using words, do a specific movement. In this version, the line (or circle) looks away from the group. Then, one person at a time does the action to the next person in line. At the end, the last person shows the move that they saw and you see how different it was from the beginning move.

Great for kids that need to get out energy!

*See the Ultimate List of Charades Words For Kids for more words >>

Compete In Teams

Divide your group into two teams, and play one team against the other. See which team is the fastest and more accurate with their phrase.

Great for large group competition!

Draw As a Group

In this variation, you use pencil and paper. The first player draws a single line to begin the illustration of the word. Once you finish your line and lift your pencil, you have to pass it to the next player.

Then, the next person is quietly told the word and must continue the drawing with only one line. In the end, the last player is NOT told the word and must guess what the word was by the drawing on the paper.

Great multi-sensory version!

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