A versatile game that tests creativity, reflex and agility, The Floor Is Lava is a game in which players pretend that the floor or ground is made of and thus must avoid touching the ground to avoid getting burned or “killed”. The concept has been referenced in media in movies such as Inside Out, and Netflix has also based a competition game where teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with “lava” by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers. Here’s how to play The Floor Is Lava.
What you need to play The Floor Is Lava
- Any space with furniture or architecture that can be used for climbing
- Two or more players
How to play The Floor Is Lava
The game is straightforward and will start as soon as players hear the phrase “the floor is lava”. The players then will have to get their entire body off the surface within an agreed amount of time or be “out” and unable to join the game for some time. To extend the playtime of the game, players can decide “tasks” that players can do to “regain health points” to allow them to rejoin the subsequent rounds.
Variations for The Floor Is Lava
The concept of the floor is lava remains the same across different variations, but some ways that players can switch up the game include making it into an obstacle course where they have to imagine that the floor is lava for the entirety of the game
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Other variations include switching up the location. The Floor Is Lava is often played indoors using furniture such as couches or beds. A great place to play The Floor Is Lava is the playground as many obstacles are designed for climbing. Players can also agree on a course that they have to complete while ensuring that they do not touch the floor at all.
Parents can also play this with their toddlers by putting soft objects such as pillows on the floor and allowing their toddlers to safely jump from one end to the other. There are also indoor playgrounds that toddlers can fully utilize to play this game.