Move Samples

Level 1: Pea Pod


Level 2: Diver


Level 3: Ticking Clock





Why Monkey Moves?

Monkey Moves is a movement-based card game designed to get you movin'! It's accessible to beginners and practiced athletes alike. Monkey Moves improves strength, balance, trust, coordination, flexibility, and social skills in groups of any size, with any mode of play.

Ways to Play


          This mode of game play fosters an intimate atmosphere by grouping players in small teams to work through the challenges each card poses. Players must communicate and participate both socially and physically in order to win. Strengthens team bonds, trust, and social skills.

          Separate the cards by number and place move-side down. Taking turns, each team chooses a card from a number pile; higher numbers are harder, but worth more points*! Do your best to mimic the pose of the monkeys on the card. If you and your partner can’t do the monkey move, the other pair can try to steal. Keep track of points as you go- the first pair to reach 12 points wins!

*Play competitively, or just for fun!


          Separate into groups of 2 or 3 players per group. Play using the “Classic” rules (see above). In groups of 3 players, the player not involved in performing the move may act as a “spotter”, and help to facilitate the move. For every group of 6 players, you will need one deck of Monkey Moves cards.


          This mode of game play incorporates the merits of individual partner interactions with the team dynamic of a large group. Players must communicate with their partner and take cues from pairs around them to win. 

          Divide the class into two teams. Form pairs within each team; if there is an odd number, have that player rotate in and act as a spotter when it is not their turn. Have the paired off teams play on different sides of the center line. The facilitator pulls one card from the deck and shows it to the class. All pairs on both teams must try to execute the move simultaneously. The facilitator determines how many pairs successfully executed the move. The team with the most successful executions gets a point for “winning” that move. Move on to the next card with a new move, and continue until the end of class time.

*Decks come with 30 cards; if you have more than one deck, you may consider using more than one deck

"Classic" Specifics

The Object

To successfully execute more monkey moves than the opposing team. A successful execution entails mimicking the pose of the monkeys on the card with you and your monkey partner.

The first team to 12 points wins. After each turn, the team that successfully completed the move keeps the card. Pairs total the numbers on the back of their cards to calculate their score. 


Prepare to play by warming up. Access a complete warm-up under the "warm-up" tab of the site.

Divide into teams of two. Separate the cards into three decks: 1, 2, and 3, according to the number on the back of each card. Place decks move-side down (number-side up) next to each other. 

The Play

Choose a team of two to go first. The pair decides whether to attempt a monkey move from deck 1 (easy), 2 (medium), or 3 (hard). The pair takes the top card from the deck they chose, and must collaborate to attempt the move. If successful, the pair may keep the card. If unsuccessful, the opposing pair may steal. If the other team is unable to execute the move as well, the card is recycled.


The other team judges when a move has been successfully completed. Just remember, if you have high standards for the opposing team, they may have high standards for you.

Number of Players

If only two monkeys are around, play for fun! With no competition, players can try the moves in a casual environment. You can even try trading places in a move to see if it becomes harder or easier. 

With more than four players, normal game rules apply. In this case, teams may attempt to steal consecutively in a clockwise fashion, or play simultaneously if the play area permits.