Team Building Activity: Body Language Message Relay

Message relay is a widely used activity not only in team building events. It is popular even in parties.

This particular post is dedicated to a variation of the message relay. We call it the Body Language Message Relay.

See also: Facial Message Relay

Body Language Message Relay

Body Language Message Relay is a variation of the message relay wherein participants use only parts of their bodies to relay the word, phrase, sentence or paragraph given. This is different than the usual whispering of the original activity.

Body language message relay team building activity
Petron 2014

Materials Needed:

Human bodies! We need human bodies! Not the dead ones of course but warm, alive, and enthusiastic human bodies.


To correctly relay the message from the first person to the last person on the line.


  1. Verbal communication is not allowed.
  2. Participants line up in a single file.
  3. Facilitator shows note to first person at the back of the line.
  4. First person relays the note to the second person using only one body part.
  5. Second person then relays the note to the third person in line using another body part. The next person relays consequently to the next using other body parts. 
  6. No 2 persons can use the same body part in relaying the note to the next person.
  7. Last person in line writes down the note and have it checked by the facilitator. Facilitator will confirm whether the team got the note correctly or not.

  • The instructions for this activity was recreated by the Learning and Development Division of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network . Led by Philipp Chen Tan, other members of the division are Lorenzo Jose Cahig, Kevin Johnrey Sosas, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Marc Julius Rizada.
  • CTFN does not claim ownership of this activity. For a list of references used to recreate activity instructions, please visit our Directory of Activities page.

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  1. I can definitely see myself using this in the future. I love that its a variation of the normal whispering pass the message that I encountered in school! It brings back memories :) Great activity!

  2. I actually had been able to do this activity in one seminar and i agree that it is fun and a very refreshing way to do message relay. I liked it. I am happy though that you showed a more structured instruction for this activity. -SF 54. C25

  3. Oh, this seems like a really interesting activity for people to participate in. Maybe I can use this next time :D

  4. Hahahahaha sounds like an interesting activity! I would love to see what kind of strategy participants will come up with this twist on the classic game of Pass the Message