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Something fun to get everyone mingling $1000 Bill Exchange For this game you need to make your own money on your computer (be sure it's clearly phony or it might be a federal offense). Give each person 10 of the bills. They are to try to win as many as possible from their peers by challenging them one on one doing one of three things: Thumb wrestling Rock, paper, scissors Flipping a coin Rules: You must accept any challenge Sudden death, no two out of three Challenger has to have a coin and is "heads" on the coin toss. *If you are unable or don't want to make play money, see Penny Challenge (Click Here); it's similar but uses a bunch of pennies. Also see Top Dollar (Click Here). Alphabet Getting to Know You As people enter the room, give everyone a pre-typed sheet of paper with each letter of the alphabet (x-optional) on the vertical left side. Example: A____________ B____________ C____________ D____________ Everyone attempts to find out something about others that starts with one of the letters. Examples: Jamal broke his arm in 6th grade. Alana plays basketball. Nissa’s favorite candy is Snickers. Evan’s dad is a dentist. Put the person’s name and info on a line. Cannot use the same person for more than four times. Set a 5-7 minute time limit and see who has the most. Have several (small group, have all) people share interesting discoveries about each other. The Point: Getting to Know You Also see Alphabet Pockets (Click Here). Appointment Clock Create a clock with hands to each of the twelve hours. Give a copy of this clock and a pen/pencil to every student in the group. The hands of the clock act as blanks for the students to write each other's names on. Everyone goes around and has to 'make an appointment' with someone who has an opening at the same 'time' you do

on your card. You go around till you fill out all 12 spots with names. After everyone is done the leader says, 'Ok, it's 3 p.m., time to find the person you made an appointment with." They find this person and then have to answer a goofy question and a serious question, both provided by the youth leader. Added by Bill Gavin Also see Clumps and Clumps with a Twist (Click Here) and Your Number Is Up (Click Here). Barnyard This is a good game to divide into teams for the day/evening. Have pre-made cards for more than enough kids. Come up with as many animals as you want teams that night(If you want four teams, have four animals). If you predict 35 kids that night make forty cards, four groups of ten. Each group of ten cards will have a particular animal written on it (so you will have 10 chicken cards, 10 cow cards, 10 donkey cards and 10 pig cards). Hand out cards randomly to the kids and tell them to not tell anyone their animal. When you give the signal, have them make the sound of their animal as loud as possible until they find their entire group. First group to totally find each other wins. This is also a great way to split your group up into teams for more games! Put a twist on the game by putting in only ONE card that says "donkey" and giving it to a very secure student (but don't tell him/her they're the only donkey). After all of the animals have found each other, there will still be one poor kid out there Hee-Hawing his head off to no avail! Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here), Clumps (Click Here), & Your Number Is Up (Click Here). Blow Pop Necklace Buy enough Blow Pops (Blow Pops, not cheap suckers - students have to LIKE what you use) for three times the amount of students and staff you have. Take string or yarn, cut it at arms' width and tie them to the individual "Blow Pops." You now have enough "Blow Pop" Necklaces for each student and staff to have three. As students and staff arrive, place three Blow Pop necklaces on their necks. Inform them that they can not use the word "I" until a designated time (when you usually bring things together and start). If you use the word "I" and someone catches you, they can have one of your Blow Pop necklaces. This can be quite funny because when someone catches someone else, they usually blow it by saying, "I caught you!" or, "I get one of your necklaces!" At the end of this time, give away a prize (besides Blow Pops) for the person with the most necklaces. Feel free to add or subtract from this idea. You can also use "Ring Pops" instead. Candy Hunt This game works as a crowd breaker for large groups. Gather a few distinctly different types of candy and tape them under the chairs of your audience before the meeting. Keep in mind when deciding how many types of candy you use that you will

want the teams to be as evenly numbered as possible. Have your MC explain the activity as follows: 1. Groups must look underneath their seat, grab the candy bar (or individually wrapped small candy), and then find the other people in the room with that candy bar. 2. Once all team members have found their respective group, they must eat their candy and present their wrappers to one person on the team who will bring them all to the MC. This gets the crowd up and interacting and provides a boost of energy to your meeting. It is also a good idea to have some high energy background music. Clothespin Mixer Pass out about 4-5 clothespins per kid in the room and instruct them to pin them on their own sleeves. Explain that when the music begins, the object of the game is to get all clothes pins off themselves and on to someone else. Turn off lights and turn on strobes and music. (You may want to put girls on one side of room and guys on another; guys can get a little frisky sticking clothespins on girls). Explain that when the lights come on, one or two people should have about 100 pins on them - pull them up and parade the winner. At the end you won't want them playing with the pins all night during the talk, so dress a tough kid or leader up front in protective gear (motorcycle helmet with face shield, chest protector or thick jacket, turtleneck, scarf, gloves, shin guards, thick pants, etc.); and put a bulls-eye on their chest. Tell everybody to grab all their clothes pins and bring in your human target and play music as they throw or pin their clothes pins at him. Kids can't believe they are doing this, and when you stop the music, all your pins are gathered up at the front. Added by Young Life See also Clothespin Bite Relay (Click Here). Clumps and Clumps with a Twist Any size room. Easy game used to divide your group into teams. Simply yell, "Form a group according to . . . (see suggestions below)." If you're looking for a certain number of people per team, just say, "Form a group of 7!" If you end up with a remainder, then have staff go around and divide the leftovers on teams. Variation: Once in their groups, the game leader reads a question from the list below (or write your own) and everyone in the group answers. When the majority in the crowd have answered, leader directs them to mingle again. Clumps: height, hair color, # cavities, # siblings, shirt color, number of people in your immediate family, month of birth, favorite color, grade, middle initial, school you attend. Questions: • What is your favorite cartoon (or cartoon character)? • Who do you most admire? • What animal is most like your personality?

• What would you do with $100,000? • What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? Also see Keys (Click Here) & Your Number is Up (Click Here). Communication Challenge Give everyone a number. They have to arrange themselves in numerical order by communicating with each other without speaking or holding up fingers. They make up their own sub-language or sign-language and it often is pretty amusing. For Round Two, have people arrange themselves in order of birth or in calendar months (like the game, Mute Organization). Added by Youth For Christ Also see Inversion (Click Here) & Mute Organization (Click Here). Curly, Moe, and Larry Groups of 20-30 sit or stand in a circle. One person is in the middle and points to someone in the circle and says either “Curly,” “Mo,” or “Larry”. The person pointed to must respond with a name before the person in the middle can count out loud to ten. The name the person shouts depends on the name the person in the middle says: “Curly”: say the name of the person on your right. “Moe”: say your own name. “Larry”: say the name of the person on your left. If they succeed, the person in the middle stays and repeats the process with someone else in the circle. If they fail, they change places with the person in the middle. After a while, you may want to add a second person to the middle. After five minutes, rotate half of each group to another group, or combine two groups and put a second person in the middle. The Point: Remembering names of people in your group. Also see Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp'em) (Click Here). Dollar Surprise Mingling game. One or two people have a dollar. Everyone goes around shaking hands. Each students with a dollar passes his/her dollar off to the tenth person he/she shakes hands with. Keep going... if you get the dollar, pass off to tenth person. When music stops, person with dollar keeps it. Added by Young Life Also see Hi, My Name Is (Click Here) and Mingle for Money (Click Here). Egg, Chicken, Dinosaur The goal of this game is to work your way up by beating other players at RockScissors-Paper to the “position” of king or queen. Everyone starts out as an egg. You find another egg and play Rock-Scissors-Paper.

The winner "grows" into a chicken who finds another chicken to play against. Whoever wins "grows" into a dinosaur. The loser returns to being an egg. Once a dinosaur you must find another dinosaur to play against. If you lose you step down to a chicken. The next step is becoming a prince or princess, which of course means playing against another prince or princess. If you win you become a King or Queen and stand off to the side. If you lose you return to a dinosaur. The game is played until there is one egg, chicken, dinosaur and prince. All other players will be kings or queens. The fun in all this?: Eggs waddle on the ground in a little ball, chickens walk and squat while flapping their wings and "clicking", dinosaurs "roar" standing up. Princes/princesses "prance" around holding an imaginary scepter while kings and queens stand off to the side victoriously. Added by Brad Williams Also see Ape, Man, Lady (Click Here) and Ninja, Gun, Gorilla (Click Here). Find Someone Who Great for large or small groups. Give out the "Find Someone Who" list to students and have them go from student to student looking for someone who meets the descriptions on their list. Example: Find someone who is wearing blue pants. The student who fits this description signs their name. Students then go off to find someone else that meets another description on their list. The winner is the one who has their sheet filled out first and most accurately. You should read aloud the list with the person's name who signed it. Have the student who signed the list verify the information. Example: Find someone who can belch the alphabet. If Joe signed that item, have Joe come up and demonstrate. Items needed:

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Find someone who has a birthday in February and have him/her sign their initials here. ______________________ Find someone who has been to Colorado before and leapfrog over him/her. Then have the person initial here._____________________ Get seven leaders to sign the back of this sheet. Find someone who has a birthday this month and sing "Happy Birthday" to them Have the person initial here.___________________ Find someone to listen to you say "toy boat" ten times quickly. Then have them initial here.____________________

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Get three other people to link arms with you and do the cheer "lean to the left, lean to the right, stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight!" Have each person initial here.____________________________ Give someone your ugliest face and have them initial here.__________________ With two other people, face the front of the room, put your hand over your heart, and say the "Pledge of Allegiance" in unison. Initial each other's papers.___________________ Have someone tell you about the best Christmas gift they ever received. Then have them initial here.____________________ Get a hair over 5 inches long from someone else's head. Let them pull it out. Have the person initial here._________________ Give someone a backrub and have them initial here.___________________ Find someone who has blue eyes and have them initial here.__________________ Find someone who is left-handed and have them initial here.________________

Also see Find Someone Who Bingo (Click Here). Find Someone Who Bingo Same as Find Someone Who (Click Here) but the "Find Someone Who's" are organized in Bingo rows on a piece of paper (a Find Someone Who Bingo Card). First one to get 5 across, down or diagonal wins. Four on a Couch Depending on the size of your group, this game could work as an Up Front Game (for a large group—the group watches while a few do the activity in front of the group, entertaining the rest) or as a Mixer (for a small group—in a group of 8-12 kids you could involve almost everyone. Create a circle with chairs and one couch, enough seats for everyone playing plus one extra seat. 2 girls and 2 guys start off by sitting on the couch, while everyone else sits in the chairs. Give every person playing a paper to write their name on. They are to turn their names in to you. Mix the names up and redistribute them back to the youth, making sure no one gets their own name. They are not to tell which name they have. The purpose of the game is for the guys to get all 4 guys on the couch and the girls to get all 4 girls on the couch. The person to the left of the empty seat calls out a name of someone in the circle. Whoever is HOLDING THAT NAME (not the one whose name it is, i.e John calls Amy's name, and Jeff is holding Amy's name) gets up and sits on the empty chair. The person who called the name and the person who sat on the chair, then exchange papers with names on it (that way the same name does not stay with the same person, it makes it more challenging). The person to the left of the new empty seat calls a new name. (the same name cannot be repeated twice in a row). Again, the purpose is for the guys to get the 2 girls off the couch and vice versa. This is a really fun game but it can last a long time. Added by Leah

Gabbing Groups This is a good mixer for groups who may not know each other very well. It is also a good introduction to sharing personal information and feelings in small group situations. Call out a characteristic and have kids form groups of different numbers based on the characteristic. Make sure kids are forming groups with people they don't know very well. Have groups indicate they are complete by joining hands in a circle and not talking. You should know everyone is in a group by the silence. After they are in groups have them introduce themselves and share something. Make sure the sharing starts out as silly or easy to talk about subjects and advances to more difficult subjects as the rounds continue. Play three or four rounds. You can use the characteristics to get kids into comfortable or uncomfortable groups depending on what you want to work on. Or to break up cliques during small group discussions. Example Rounds 1. Everyone wearing shorts or skirts get into groups of three; everyone in jeans get in groups of four. Introduce yourselves to everyone in your group then share the funniest thing that happened to you in the last week. 2. Everyone get into groups of four according to your eye color. (So, there may be more than one group of those with brown eyes, for example.) Introduce yourselves to everyone in your group then share your oldest childhood memory. 3. Everyone get into groups of three by age. Introduce yourselves to everyone in your group then share the dumbest thing you did or said in the last week. The Point: You can use this game as a Getting-to-know-you activity or as a segue into your regular small group discussion. For more random questions, click here http://www.thesource4ym.com/outreach/topic.asp?ID=108. Added by Davis Watts Give Yourself A Hand! Items Needed: Paper Markers or Ink pens Safety Pins You can either pre-make paper hands or have each participant trace their own hand on paper and pin it on their back. Then the whole group walks around and writes a one word POSITIVE description of the person whose back they are writing on. (ex. Nice, Pretty, Fun, Exciting, Loving, Kindhearted, etc.) Allow enough time, depending on group size, for everyone to circulate. Then have students come up front and read what everyone said about them. The Point: Motivator for positive self esteem. Added by Sylvia Tucker Guess Again

" If they are correct. If everyone pretty much knows each other. After the judge receives all the slips. fake names (just be sure to remember them)! Also see Guess Again (Click Here). Jelly Bean Trade . This person chooses someone in the game and guesses what their name might be. Later. or otherwise famous person. Added by Joelle Throp Also see Guess My Name (Click Here). he mixes them up and writes the names on the board. Tell everyone that they need to go and introduce themselves to and learn the names of as many people as they can meet. If the guesser is right. If this is a new. The winner is the player with the most people on his team. Guess My Name Each player writes a name on a slip of paper and then passes it to the judge. cartoon character. announce who received them and who had the prizes.. My Name Is Plant several people in your crowd who have a one dollar bill. The Point: A great get to know you game! Also see Dollar Surprise (Click Here) and Mingle For Money (Click Here). The judge picks a person to start. have people write funny. Have your "planted people" give the prize to the 15th person that introduces themselves to them.twice w/a bigger group.". Warn everyone to pay attention as part of the challenge is that the leader doesn't read the list again (especially if they're playing). "'Bob'. unaquainted group. they win. that person joins their team. Choose someone to start by saying to anyone. if that person's name is guessed. that person becomes the guesser and guesses someone else. Gradually teams form (teams are allowed to share with each other who they are). That person continues to guess people's names until he guesses wrong. Once the prizes have been given. have people write their actual names so everyone can get to know each other. or if anyone remains unguessed. Play continues until all but two players have been guessed. or any prize of your liking. I think you're Cinderella. The winner is either the team with the most people in their team. 'Bob' is now on that person's team. Hi. "I think you are. They only tell one leader who makes a note of who everyone is. both they and Bob join the other's team. The leader reads out only the list of characters slowly . actor.Each person chooses to be a famous character. Variation: Form teams of 3-4 at the beginning and say they cannot tell each other their "identities". If they are wrong. a certificate to something.. The last person he asks now gets to guess.

My Name Is (Click Here).. but by shoe size. Once matched. Idea by Young Life Mingle for Money Begins like the Dollar Surprise (Click Here). Like. the money is given up to them. height. At the end of 2 minutes. Each string is the same length as one other person in the room. ask certain people their birthdays just to be sure.. They each call their 7th person up with them.. The Point: Communication . (You would think that would be easy. Added by Barb Harrington Also see Hi. Students have to match up with their partner. If they do.. The Point: Getting to know you. Only catch: no talking.just keep on mingling.. They are to try to get 10 of one color by trading with other people one at a time. Give 5-10 people increments of $1-3 each. give them a question of the night to ask each person. Once they are all lined up.Every man for himself. Relationships don't go anywhere if you can't even remember what people tell you! Option: If you don't want to use money. the "holders" come up front. The Point: Discussion starter. First person to get all ten of a color they want wins. Also. Often times I get the money back because the "holder" couldn't remember. secretly instruct them (like when everyone is arriving and just hanging out) to remember the 7th person they mingle with (small group: 4th person). Everyone is handed 10 jelly beans. Mute Organization Simply announce that you want everyone lined up across the room by birth date. What is your favorite snack food for Super Bowl. You can have them do the same thing. does your mom (or older sister) dye her hair. but DO NOT give up their prize money.but not if you give PLENTY of time to mingle waaaay beyond the 7th acquaintance). Lengths of String Mixer Everyone gets a length of string... how often do you brush your teeth. But WAIT! There's ONE MORE step. who was the last person that made you laugh.the holder must also recall the answer from this 7th person. Also see M & M Scarf (Click Here). but more. use a can of pop or candy. etc. etc. That person must recall the answer they were given by the prize holder.. you can ask a pre-typed question for the partners to discuss.

Also prepare slips of paper with instructions such as "Introduce #4 to #12. Create a Bingo Card with 25 blank spaces. They can only use a person's name once. while trying to keep them from seeing the card on their own back. As each person arrives have them write their name clearly on an index card. Have each person give their name and make sure each name is clearly said so that all others can hear it. have someone start in the middle by asking someone to call the name of someone in the room. #3. Also see Alphabet Getting to Know You (Click Here). As they enter. and gets everyone mingling! NOTE: If there are two or more people named Chris. have students put their name on a piece of paper or ticket and place the tickets in a jar. prepare name-tags by writing an easy-to-read number on each one. and Name Tag Mixer (Click Here). This helps students get to know them. It’s better to make instructions for #1 to #10 and have duplicate name. Tape card to their back. Then have all of the kids go around the room with their blank BINGO cards and gather signatures in the blank spaces. Provide pencils and index cards. Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp em') Small Group mixer. Name Tag Mixer Before kids arrive. Play like BINGO. and so on. and Numbers Race (Click Here). . The Point: Getting to Know You Also see Atlas (Click Here). Determine a time limit and give a prize to the person w/the most names on their card. Name Bingo Need to have at least 25+ people. it is good to have the students get AT LEAST 2 adult leaders' names.Also see Communication Challenge (Click Here). They check off the box if they have the name that was called out. The person in the middle proceeds to find the person and try to whomp'em with a rolled up newspaper (or pillow) on their knee before that person can say both their name and someone else's name in the room. Once everyone has completed this. Give kids a name-tag and slip of paper. make sure the student gets the first name AND last name. Inversion (Click Here). Also. Have everyone sit in a circle as close as they can get. Name Game 2 Small group game. start drawing the paper/tickets out of the jar. then send them out to complete their assignment. Give everyone another index card. After going through the names once or even twice. "Find out #7’s favorite pizza topping. #2. It is lots of fun." "Shake hands with #5 and #13." and so on. and Name Game (Click Here). Atlas (Click Here). On "Go!" with hyped music in the background. Don’t use numbers higher than the number of kids expected.tags for #1. Name Game (Click Here). everyone copies names off backs of other people.

What is your favorite pizza? What is your favorite kind of weather and why? If you could go anywhere on a vacation for a week. When you are ready to begin the activities for the night. 3. When the music stops. Have all your students fill out an anonymous questionnaire when they come in.000 dollars cash right now? Share a moment in your life where you remember being the most happy. they will have to be it. Pop-a-palooza As kids come in have each one write his/her name on a piece of paper and put it in a balloon. they are now "it". The point is to pop the balloon and find the person whose name was in the balloon you popped. Questionnaire Game For this game you'll need as many pens as students and a pre-typed/copied questionnaire. Each student blows up their own balloon and all the balloons are put in one area (away from the students). The leader calls out a question they must ask of whomever they are shaking hands. if the person whose name is called fails to say both their name and another person's name. Organized Mingling Mixer Get an even amount of students and staff in the room. Play some upbeat music during this game. give each student a balloon. 6. Use both fun and serious questions.If they get whomped before they can say their name and someone else's name. 4. with . everyone must find another person and shake hands. Name Tag Mixer (Click Here). Submitted by Young Life The Point: Getting to know you Also see Getting To Know You (Click Here) and Appointment Clock (Click Here). 5. Remember. Items needed: Rolled up newspaper or pillow (preferable) Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here). Getting To Know You (Click Here). Identity Circle (Click Here). Share a moment in your life where you were really sad. Students and staff mingle to music and shake hands. 2. Hint: You can use questions that will kick off that night's discussion. where would you go? What would you do with $1. someone is trying to find you too. Also. You can add staff as needed to make the number even. Sample Questions: 1. and Who Hit Me? (Click Here). The person who is in the middle takes the place of the person they whomp. This helps people learn each other's names and mixes kids around with each other.

a flush. and Getting to Know You Better (Click Here). I'm John and I play football"). Likewise. Also see Secret Identity (Click Here). The Point: Getting to know you See also Getting to Know It (Click Here). Everyone is in a circle and each takes a turn saying their name and something about themself (example. he plays football and I'm Mary and I torture small animals"). and Getting to Know You Better (Click Here). Shuffle The Deck Mixer Hand everyone a playing card as they come in. Once finished. It has to be a person that everyone in the room would know about . The person who can do it in the least number of questions wins. They can only ask each person one question. Option: Once they get in their group. Submitted by Young Life Also see TP Tell All (Click Here). etc. During the mixer call out different combinations that they have to form a group with.a famous historical figure. an actor or sports celebrity. Who's On My Back?) Have everyone secretly write down the name of a person on a small piece of paper or a sticker. or a popular politician. Getting to Know You (Click Here). have them answer a pre-planned ice-breaker question. "Hi. They then hold onto the string and throw the ball/spool to another so they can answer the question. Secret Identity (aka. "My favorite band is. Real Identity Great "getting to know you" and memory game.questions/statements like. Have each person answer a question of some sort when they have the string in their possession.. It could be something fun and related or unrelated to the discussion that night. it is important that we all take part to make the group what it is. and that if one person was gone it would look different.. As this game moves on. pass the questionnaires out randomly (to someone different than the person who filled it out) and yell "Go!" Students have to walk around asking each other questions. With bigger groups you can have them only repeat the names to save time. Then have them tape the name on the back of the person on their left. You eventually create a web of some sort. The next person needs to say the previous person's name and item of interest before saying their own (example. describe how the web is analogous to the group in that we all play a part in creating the web. Getting to Know You (Click Here). . "He's John. In the end. two pairs.". Example: four of a kind. String Toss Game Get a spool of string or yarn. trying to find whose questionnaire they have. Everyone goes around and asks people yes or no questions about who is on their back." "My dream car is. unique and special. people need to remember more and more information..

in their groups. limburger cheese . Hand each group a roll of toilet paper with the instruction that each person is to "tear off as much as he/she needs" with no clarification. If they make the time limit they get to say two things to the next person. Apply scents on cotton balls. each person must tell one fact about themselves for every square of TP they tore . then move clockwise around the circle. . the next person says two items. and so on . vinegar. You can find some great ideas for questions or discussion starting statements on this page: http://www. each person must tell one fact about themselves for every square of TP they tore off. sauerkraut. Once everyone has their tp squares. Fill film canisters with different smells.asp Also see String Tie Mystery on Upfront page. Once everyone has their tp squares. and 5 canisters of each scent (one for each team member).Type up predetermined questions ahead of time. Getting to Know You. The first person says two similar items like pizza and ice cream (both foods). On "Go!" with fun music in the background. The second person has to say the thing they like better out of the two . Added by Sharon Swinerton For other fun mixers. Get into a circle and select someone to begin. & Getting To Know You Better This Game Stinks! Provide 12 film canisters (or similar small containers) for as many students as you have playing. Added by Ethan Rogers Also see Getting To Know It. Small Group: Divide into groups of between 3 and 5. But if they don't make it. (Could do this by way of another mixer game that divides the kids into groups .in 3 seconds or less. Barnyard). For example.com/outreach/topic.com/games/mixers.asp?ID=108 or this page: http://www.thesource4ym. Hand each group a roll of toilet paper with the instruction that each person is to "tear off between 3 and 5 sheets" with no clarification. the better.the smellier.com/outreach/koosh.asp TP Tell All Large Group: Divide into groups of about 15.thesource4ym. tuna oil. in their groups. click on http://www. Try 12 different smells (12 teams of 4-5 students). The Point: Getting to know you This & That Quick small group opener/activity--just a fun way of getting to know each other a little better. have students find the 5 other people who have the same scent as theirs.thesource4ym.ex. .

I have a green card. If no one guesses a person's slip correctly. A person states three things about himself. Two must be true and one a lie. Added by Mack McFarland Also see Shuffle The Deck Mixer Twister Testimony Every 'spot' is numbered and a list of questions about one's testimony and faith corresponds to each number. the individual earns five points. The Point: Getting to know you. all on Sick & Twisted page. Burger King or McDonald’s? And what's your favorite chat-up line? Added by Anna Tipping Also see Messy Message. If no one guesses correctly. .off. break up into smaller groups of about 15-20. Valentine Candy Mixer Pass out Valentine "conversational" heart candy to everyone. they earn a point. and players write who they think wrote that slip. The object is to get individuals to share unknown things about themselves in a safe environment. The slips are then read a second time. which do you prefer. I have a dog named Bubba. Condiment Twister. Each player writes down a little known truth about himself. If a player guesses correctly." The others in the group try to guess which statement is the lie. For example: "I was born in South Africa. After everyone has guessed on slips. The Point: Getting to know you. then split up into groups and have each group come up with a poem or funny story using what it says on their hearts. The paper slips are handed in and read aloud one at a time. Added by Young Life Also see Valentine Toe Freezer on Anywhere page. Each person should get a chance to share. that person gets five points. Messy Plexi & Twister on Upfront page. Two Truths and A Lie The object of this small group game is to reveal unknown things about yourself to the group in a fun atmosphere. Each player gets a point for every correct guess. & Slime Twister. the truth is revealed. Who Is It? Good small group game. NOTE: For really big groups. Mess Mix. Examples: When did you become a Christian? How have you shown or been shown grace recently? And random questions such as.

.) . Use swim goggles for each to protect their eyes. Added by Nate The Point: This could be a discussion starter if talking about friendship or the Ecclesiastes principle of. they must come back to the start and give another player a turn. One leads the way. one to be in back and one to be "it" in the middle. each armed with a squirt gun. there really is a World Air Guitar Contest each year. & Squirt Game (Click Here).if your group is on the smaller side. Check out this story: http://news. 2 contestants. A cheesy western song (think Clint Eastwood or Lone Ranger) and some “cowboys” or “cowgirls” add to this one.uk/1/hi/scotland/4547805. The tablet will fizz and foam all over the place. If they do the whole thing correctly they win! If they don't. so that "ideas" won't be stolen! It is hilarious to see what these kids can come up with! By the way. Each turn you go different routes to make it harder. The player has to walk through the whole house blindfolded. Idea from Young Life Also see Dueling Candles (Click Here). They draw and shoot the water at each other. Tell the contestants each will be judged (by the audience's applause) on how well each can play the "air guitar". If they fall down . Send each contestant in one at a time.one in front and one in back. Find some music that has a lot of guitar solos. you will have attached an Alka-seltzer tablet with double stick tape (possibly use big rubber bands if tape doesn’t work).. they do it all alone and try to remember their footsteps. Soda Shoot-Out (Click Here). the dynamics of this game lend themselves to be an all play.bbc."It" must wear a blindfold..stm Added by David Findley Alka-Seltzer On The Head Duel You may play this game as a quick up-front game or even as a 4-person tournament. the first one to dissolve the tablet on the other's forehead wins. Have towels close by for clean-up. make it a short up front game. . During the first pass the other two people lead them through the whole house . Then when they get back where they started.co. will take five paces and turn to duel. On each of their foreheads. one player takes a turn being "it". (If you have a big group. Alphabits Depending on the size of your group this can be an all play or an upfront game.” Air Guitar Contest Choose contestants that you know will really "ham it up" on stage.Up-front Games Games that grab attention and entertain the group A Walk in The Dark You need three players to start. At night time when it's dark. “Two is better than one.

and very tasty. girls game. Ask for two volunteers who are not allergic to peanuts. bison. cars. Each player gets 5 putts. Set up on stage one of those 10 foot long putting practice greens. Example-letter B and the topic is animals. You pick the gag. bat. shoot them with a super soaker. very simple. Added by Jason Schmock For variations of this game. Give a goofy prize at the end. The kids have to come up with a word that matches the topic and starts with the chosen letter. i. see Whiteheads (Click Here) and Cheeto Face (Click Here). animals. continue to let everyone play. Very fun. Annika's Revenge This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches.e. Set the timer and have the teams decorate the volunteers' faces as best they can. baboon. Rules: This is a boys vs. If someone gives up or takes too long they are now part of the judging team to make sure that words are not reused. If the player misses the putt. If not. Supplies: Two cups of Goldfish crackers and two big scoops of creamy peanut butter. or whatever. then sit them on their lap and feed them a baby bottle of soda (no more than half full). Our jr. the other team gets to do the gag on the teammate. golfer Annika Sorenstam became the first woman golfer in 48 years to compete in a PGA Tour event. Best "attacked" face wins. play the Jaws theme or music while the game is played. For ambience. her performance was no less exceptional. they only cost around $20 at Wal-Mart. (like a chocolate golf ball). and use everyone if it's being played in a small group). pour chocolate syrup on them.Pick a letter of the alphabet and a topic. Split up teams around them (Use 3 people for each volunteer if the game is up front. It should be easy to find an avid golfer who owns one. The . You might want to give the girls an advantage. Although she did not make the weekend cut. highers created looks like Goldfish glasses. Baby Bottle Burp Three girls put a diaper (towel) around three guys. earrings. etc. Alternate putts boy/girl. like make the guys putt opposite handed or have the girls stand closer to the hole. You can: have them crack an egg over their opponents head. Continue the game until you run out of words for the chosen letter. A few years back. clothes. If the player makes the putt their teammate gets to do a gag to their opponent of the opposite sex. There are two players on each team. etc. It’s amazing how many things the kids can come up with and how good they are at catching the repeated words. then make them burp. and a goatee. oversized eyebrows. Attack of the Fish Upfront or Small Group.

3 couples come to the front of the room. You can either end the game here awarding the Balloon Master to the one with the most balloons attached in the time allotted. Large Group/Up Front: Choose 2-4 five-person teams. Added by Kim Kopsaftis Balloon Master Small Group/All Play: Divide the group into 2 or more teams with 3-4 people on each team. have the player go through and back to their team. Baby Bottle Burp Extra We did the Baby Bottle Burp (Click Here). or you can set up an obstacle course and when the balloons have been attached. The boys sit in chairs facing the audience and hold a large water balloon on their heads. The team whose player has the most balloons still attached is the Balloon Master. Balloons that fall off during the race may not be re-attached. Be sure to make the last one a water balloon! .first guy to burp wins. Their girl partners cover the balloons with shaving cream. Balloon Shave 3 or 4 kids race to shave a balloon. The first to blow up their balloon using only their nose so far that it pops. On "Go!" have members of each team roll the masking tape (sticky side out) around one of their teammates below the neckline. First put shaving cream all over the balloons. The trick is that when the balloon breaks. Added by Young Life Balloon Squash A race to see who can break more balloons in a given time by sitting on them. each bag makes two. Each student receives a large balloon. Idea from Young Life Balloon Nose Pop Select three volunteers to compete against each other. so be prepared! A little nick put on the razor's edge beforehand will assure that the balloons will break. just the blade) try to "shave" all the soap off of the balloon without breaking it. Variation: Water Balloon Shave . only first. have kids blow up their balloons as quickly as they can and stick as many as possible to the taped-up team member. Next. guys had to feed girls a jar of baby food with the girls wearing bibs. wins. (For bibs: I use plastic grocery bags & split the handles and cut the bags in half. Bring 2-4 kids up front with a leader behind each chair to place the balloons (from a bag or other container). and with a single edged razor blade (no razor. Whoever is the first to succeed is the winner.) Then the girls had to tie the bib around the guy and feed them the bottle of soda and make them burp. Give each team a roll of masking tape and 30 balloons. Also check out Baby Bottle Burp Extra (Click Here). the shaving cream goes all over. This game is so fun to watch because of how difficult it is to suck any quantity of liquid from a baby bottle.

They must peel the banana with one hand and poke the other in the face (not in eye). whipping cream and finally. Banana Splits in the Mouth Recruit four hungry volunteers. Have them blow up a balloon only using their nostrils. Then put a pair of panty-hose over each volunteer's head. because when you take the pantyhose off the students' heads. only their mouths. nuts. Balloon Triathlon Three students compete in three events. a cherry into the person's mouth. They race to see who can eat the banana through the nylon first. Two people stand up in chairs while two others lie on the floor at their feet. People in the chairs try to make a banana split in the other persons mouth by dropping ice-cream. Have them blow up a balloon not using their hands. instructing them not to eat it. . Tie their left hands together and give each a banana. the banana still stuck in the hose is smeared across their face! Added by Elisabeth See Banana Stuff (Click Here). you may want to have a live video feed. so everyone can see. syrup. Banana Poke Bring 2 students up front. With larger crowds. just hold it in their mouth. Banana Barf Have two or three volunteers put a whole banana in their mouth. Have them blow up a balloon until it breaks. be prepared with spotters.Added by Young Life Also see Balloon Pass Smash (Click Here) and Balloon Squash Outdoor (Click Here). Note: If you decide to have the same student(s) compete in all three categories. Added by Young Life Also see Balloon Nose Pop (Click Here) and Balloon Squash (Click Here). This game is hilarious. Banana Legs You can use as many contestants as desired but it's best with an audience cheering them on. Have them squish the banana through the tiny holes in the hose into a trash or grocery bag. banana. The contestants place a knee-high pantyhose stocking over their head and face(like a bank robber) and are given a banana. in case they get lightheaded and lose their balance. Round Two: blindfolded Idea from Young Life Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here). Have a camera ready! Added by Trish Barnhart See Banana Barf (Click Here) and Banana Stuff (Click Here).

Payback time. If you don’t have access to a projector. etc. Banana Surgery This can either be played as an upfront game. and then have associates silently remove two of the blindfolds and let the guys rejoin the crowd. This is a great Up Front Game for parents or adult leaders to square off against students. Have a team peel and cut up a banana into equal parts. The point: Things taken apart (relationships. Also see Barnyard (Click Here) and Dancing Musical Chairs (Click Here). but even overhead projectors could work). it is hilarious. They came up on stage and were read the rules. the contestant will be handed another. Idea from Young Life Also see Chocolate Tower (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). or if you have a smaller group. When his blindfold is removed and he realizes he was the only one.Variations: Blindfold the people in the chairs. The team with the best reconstructed banana wins. The game leader then reads a question to “Adult Leader A” that has to do with today’s generation. We did it with our adult leaders. Instruct the crowd to cheer for their favorites. the game leader would then read a question to “Student A” about the adult leader’s generation (usually the 70’s). A group of 4 students and 4 adult leaders (8 total) were chosen at the opening of our event. Banana Stuff Bring three guys to the front to see who can eat the most bananas in five minutes while blindfolded. or whatever. no worries. Start the "contest" and keep the one guy stuffing down bananas as long as possible. use a video feed to a big screen and time the "surgery" so it doesn't drag. The student must . Alternate people in chairs with people on the floor. Battle of the Generations Note: This game works best with some sort of screen projection (a video projector is best. The adult leader must get it right.) Then tell them they must put the banana back together using pins.) aren't as easily put back together. Blindfold all three. Let’s say the adult leader gets it right. tape. reputations. If you do this with a big group. you’ll just have to use questions without visuals. (Don’t tell them what comes next until they're done.” Adult leader “B” would square off against Student “B” and so on. or risk a pie in the face. Adult leader “A” would play against Student “A. needles. As soon as one banana is peeled and eaten. you can have everyone play. Added by Tammy Straub Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here) and Marshmallow Drop (Click Here).

For the exact same competitors. The same is true for the student. What is the name of this “hunk” from the early 80’s? (Scott Baio) 8. Parent in Room.) Here’s an example of how the game is played: One question the game leader asked “Student A” was. What? (Be Right Back.get it right or risk a pie in the face. BUT NOT YET!!! This process repeats for the other three competitors. “What kind of jacket is pictured here?” (On the screen we had the ever-so-sought-after Member’s Only brand name jacket pictured. BRB. Save all of the consequences for the end. it’s fun to get some kids to help you develop them. let’s say that the adult leader gets the question wrong. If you decide to develop your own questions. A suggestion: save all of the pies until the end. What is the name of this comedian? (Borat) 4. What brand name jacket is pictured here? (Member’s Only) If you don’t have a projector. What is the name of this band? (Black Eyed Peas) 3. Here are some suggestions for VISUAL QUESTIONS for each generation: Questions STUDENTS ASK ADULTS 1. here are some suggestions for NON-VISUAL QUESTIONS for each generation: Questions STUDENTS ASK ADULTS 1. However.) “Student A” missed the question and was at risk of being pied in the face. Who rapped with Usher in his old song Yeah! (Ludacris and Lil’ Jon) . The student squaring off against him MUST know the right answer to be able to pie the adult leader in the face.noslang. “Exactly which game console is pictured here?” (On the screen we had a Nintendo DS Lite pictured. What is the name of the squirrel on Sponge Bob Square Pants (Sandy) 2. Now. but the student did! The student gets to pie the adult leader.) The adult leader did NOT know the answer. The game leader asked “Adult Leader A”. the tables were turned. If both “Adult Leader A” and “Student A” are supposed to get pied. and Talk To You Later… see www. In IM or text messaging. “Adult Leader A” also missed the question. and TTYL are each short for something. so nothing happened. What is Hilary Duff’s sister’s name? (Haylie) 3. Just make sure that it’s no one that will be involved playing the game. you don’t want one of them to have to make a bathroom run in the middle of your game to get cleaned up enough to pie someone else in the face.com for more examples) Questions ADULTS ASK STUDENTS 5. (This kind of operates like volleyball… you have to be in control to score. What was the name of this TV show starring Tom Selleck? (Magnum PI) 7. which game console is pictured here? (Nintendo DS Lite) 2. PIR. Who is this celebrity? (Goldie Hawn) 6. Specifically.

What famous movie does this quote come from: “You had me at hello. where does the Nurse keep her Chapsticks? (in her top drawer) Questions ADULTS ASK STUDENTS 5. • Battle of The Sexes Same concept as Battle of the Generations.” (the Mullet) HELPFUL HINTS: • You might want to design your questions for the age group of the adults that will be playing. and MaryAnn all could be found on…? (Gilligan’s Island) 8. What particular brand name is this handbag? (Louis Vuitton) 3. In the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Warn the crowd not to do it. So don’t!” Then let the crowd know that if they yell out the answers. party in the back. These rectangles at home plate have a specific name. What is their specific name? (Batter’s Box) Questions GIRLS ASK BOYS: 1.4. they will lose points. What fast food company ran the commercial with the old lady yelling WHERE’S THE BEEF? (Wendy’s) 6. we have people that try to prove their intelligence by yelling out answers. I usually set the stage for a kid to be embarrassed if he decides to yell out something. Professor. According to the song by Tommy Tutone in 1982. what is Jenny’s phone # (867-5309) 7. What NBA sensation is pictured here? (Labrone James) 4. I don’t know why. “Now every time we play this game. but between boys and girls.) Questions BOYS ASK GIRLS: 1. What does the SS stand for on the front grill of this Chevrolet Camaro? (Super Sport) 2. Guess what? The questions are easy! So you aren’t proving anything by yelling it out.” (Jerry McGuire) 2. I might do this by saying. (Great game to use on a Valentine’s Day event. Ginger. What kind of screwdriver and screw head is pictured here? (Philips Head Screwdriver or Philips Head Screw) 3. but in most crowds you’ll have a few people that love to yell out the answers. The above questions are geared toward someone born in the 1960’s or 1970’s. What 80’s fashion style am I describing? “Business in the front. What is the real name of this actor who stars on the show The OC? (Adam Brody) .

start some loud music and let the contestants start swinging at each other. Let’s face it. you have a very quick back up. buy cheap makeup. When you have the balloons inflated squirt some shaving cream into them. Give the girls two minutes to make . (Don’t make them too heavy!) Tie them off and duct tape them to the end of a noodle. necklaces. The winner is the person who pops his/her balloon on the other person first. Have the crowd cheer them on. do it! On your mark. every person on Earth likes to hit people with those Nerf-like pool noodles. and added the shaving cream. the more stretched they are. Usually. but capturing the crowd’s reaction during the first explosion provides priceless video footage. They face each other and stand about 5 feet apart (so that when they swing the noodles at each other. and some high quality tape (like duct tape). the quicker the game goes. The option of filming obviously requires a video camera. The bigger they are. Ahead of time. hair clips. clip-on earrings. Put it all out on a tray or table. That way if one pops while you are explaining the rules. What member of the bridal party is responsible for planning the bridal shower? (The Maid of Honor) Beat til Bang! This is a great game to film for later advertisement for your Youth Ministry.. Here is the deal though. Have all of the noodles prepared ahead of time so that the game moves quickly. NOTE: If there is any way you can safely put these wildly swinging people OUT IN THE CROWD area. the entire crowd is in for a surprise. The more stretched they are. (from Wal-Mart or dollar store). really big. No need to worry--shaving cream does not stain the carpet or sour like whipped cream.4. Preparation Before the Game: Take the 8-10 balloons and blow them up really. their hands and arms do not hit the other person). This game allows your students to take their pent up Algebra frustrations out on each other in a very funny way. the first three rows of students get covered in the shaving cream as well! A Few Things to Remember: • • • Have EXTRA balloons pre-filled for this game. Supplies Needed: You will need cheap goggles. etc. One balloon per noodle is quite sufficient! Here's How to Play: Have 2 people compete against each other at a time. Then have each pair pick a boy. 8-10 balloons FILLED WITH SHAVING CREAM. Beautiful Boys Pick six girls and put them in pairs. 4-6 noodles.. if you have really blown those balloons up.

If you have a piece of masking tape between the two chairs. and that they will have to run their pick up line by the staff member to make sure they're appropriate. Ask 2 girls from your group to sit on the outer chairs to keep the sheet tight so it . Added by Janet Martin Also see Beauty Both Ways (Click Here) & Face Decorating (Click Here). Using a small fish net (used for a home aquarium) bend the handle so that it fits securely in the front of your pants. besides cutting it. Start with the girls sitting. Contestant must swing ball and ring net without using their hands. female hair products (bows. it can help create the form of the couch beneath the blanket. curls. a spoon. those work best. The girls get 5 minutes to do as much with the boys hair as they want. This game requires shaving cream. and chairs to sit in. With net straight out in front. Beauty Both Ways Also called "What Goes Around Comes Around" Great for wacky game nights or lock-ins. or until the youth pastor lets them take them out. hairspray). Take great blackmail pictures for later. attach a rubber ball with a rubber band attached to it at the base of the net (remember those old ball and paddle games. Then remove the middle chair. Added by Jon Vandivere Also see: Beautiful Boys (Click Here) Face Decorating (Click Here) Shaving Cream Hair-do (Click Here) Spaghetti Hair-do (Click Here) Bellybutton Basketball Either get two volunteers from the audience or use teams. Have the boys "shave" the girl's face with shaving cream and a spoon in under 1 minute. Assign a boy with hair to each girl. then have the group vote on the best looker.. Send the guys out of the room with an adult staff-member saying they can go practice their pick up line. Then ask for guys who think they have the best pick up lines. Next the boys sit down. Fun to watch. clips. just remove string and ball and use with fish net). one piece at the tops of the chairs and one piece at the edge of the seats. After the time is up. whatever for the rest of the night. let the girls wash off. Two points each basket! Person or team with most points wins! Added by Melanie Velaski Best Pick-Up Line Challenge In front of everyone set up 3 chairs side by side.up the guy. The boys are to stay in braids. Then place a sheet over them claiming you're making a couch (the sheet must cover all three chairs).

shocking. jobs. you can call up 2 students and have them guess. volunteers. experiences.J. The more “out there” the story. their faces and names on the projectors). Have a name tag on each leader (or if technology provides. put out a call to all staff. we had one leader (now in his 70’s) reveal he is a mountain climber! We found out that we have a former Rolling Stones roadie in our midst. “No kidding. Ask them to line up across the front and face the student crowd. A few days in advance of your program. she gets a prize. if you program it right. (For obvious reasons.) The night we did it. Added by J. Ask her to match the story to the adult leader/volunteer. Invite one at a time each guy to sit in-between the two ladies and give them his pick up line. Before the guys come in the room instruct the ladies as the guys go to sit down. it highlights the leaders for once. you can spur some GREAT dialogue between your leaders and students if you give enough time at the end of the night for students to talk to leaders about their stories.looks as if the middle chair is still there. provided you have a few “interesting” staff or adult leaders in your ministry. the better. The 5 or so people selected need to have a “teen-friendly” story or experience to share and need to be known by your students (at least to a small degree). DO NOT REVEAL WHOSE STORY IT IS! Then call on one student from the crowd and bring her up. etc. they need to stand up. instead of always letting the students be in the center of attention. unique. Lastly. or adult leaders asking for weird. Enjoy! Blend-O-Rama Up front and entertaining. The game is very entertaining for the crowd. Better Know A Leader This up front game gets its title from “The Colbert Report” but is loosely based off of the new TV game “Identity. you cannot reveal the answers until BOTH students have tried to match the story to the leader. One by one. read off the stories/experiences that the adults have submitted to you.” It is simple to play. or “no-way” stories. These are the kinds of stories/experiences you are looking for. Here is why this game is so great: it lets your students get a better feel of who their adult leaders are. make sure the boy rejoins the rest of the crowd and keeps silent. the ladies will stand up and he'll fall through. Find four students who have strong stomachs--the type who claim they'll do anything! . Beyronneau (Click Here). you once jumped out of an airplane and accidentally landed in the middle of the football stadium?” This had our students talking for weeks about who their adult leaders were. When it comes time to play the game. We also have a female leader who met James Brown at a funeral. If she gets 3 out of 5. But as he goes to sit down. If you want. the story/experience MUST be true. Also. call your adult leaders/staff/volunteers forward that you have selected prior to the night. Also. After everyone has a good laugh.

Blind Feeders Call up between 4 and 10 volunteers (depending on the size of your group) to make two-person teams. The person standing threads their arms under the seated person’s armpits.). Then tell the oldest that they get to go first. Place a bowl in one hand of the blindfolded teen and a spoon in the other. and so on until the youngest. The person standing behind the chair puts on a blindfold. mousse. asking them their school. Whoever finishes their cup first wins. Once everything is blended. etc. Added by Amanda in Australia Also see Banana Splits in the Mouth (Click Here). Make sure that one of the items in each bag is a liquid so that it will blend well. . their birthday and their favorite food. The person sitting puts on an apron and places hands on hips. then the next oldest. Jello. cleanest eaters. you may award prizes for the messiest eaters. Challenge: Put all the pieces in one big pile. Do this until all the bags have been picked. Have 20 different edible items placed in 4 different lunch bags. pour into a cup and have them all drink it down. Great blending materials: baby food milk spam bananas Gold fish chocolate syrup ketchup mustard M&M's a can of Soda frozen veggies Be creative! Added by Jackie Also see Choice Combos (Click Here) and Happy Shake (Click Here). Put whatever's in the bag into the blender.Place four blenders on a table on stage or up front. Keep note of who is the oldest in the group. The first team finished to the best of their ability wins! Or. or the one that got the most into their partner’s mouth. Blind Toy Master Get 3 toddler toys that have all different shapes which have to fit through the right holes in order to get inside. etc. Blindfold 3 volunteers and have them race to see who can finish the quickest. Interview each student. Have an apron (or garbage bag with a hole cut out for the head) and one chair for each team. They will feed their partner (ice cream. Number the lunch bags 1-4. Have them each pick the bag that they will blend.

” But assure them that they are going to have one (or both) hands on your shoulders as they are lifted up on the board. Board Lift For this upfront game you need a blindfold and a 2x10 board at least 3 to 4 feet long – strong enough to support someone's weight. Blindfolded Sit-Up Pretend to try and convince 3 people that they can’t do a blindfolded sit-up. First let boys feed girls. but first take off the girls' blindfolds. In actuality. and bite into it.Added by Young Life Also see Blinded by Money (Click Here). and go on to your next victim… . Blow Pop Challenge Have 3 "volunteers" up front. Have your first player escorted back in. you can challenge them to do 10 sit-ups in 10 seconds. to the gum. Also see Bubble Gum Sculpture (Click Here) and Chewing Gum Contest (Click Here). Then. they strain but don’t do a sit-up. Tell them the object of this game is to see who can stand on the board longest as the guys lift it up a little at a time. They think they're falling 5 feet when it's only 5". Now blindfold your victim. This is a “test of bravery. excuse them back to their seat. Added by Young Life Also see Blindfolded Banana Feed (Click Here). the board holders aren't going to lift the board more than six inches off the ground. One at a time. Point: Trust and/or Things aren't always what they seem. Then have your two guys tip the board over so the person falls off. At that point the person really thinks they are going up in the air! Have your spotters play it up to the crowd and motion them to cheer and react as though the board is being lifted up high. Clap for that player. five of them with their eyes closed. Or. Have several informed 'spotters' as well that can catch them any way they would stumble. The first one to unwrap it. that is). By virtue of person's weight they will naturally move and ‘shift' the board a little. Boys get it in the ear! Added by Young Life Also see Bobbing for Bananas (Click Here) and Blindfolded Sit-up (Click Here). and blow a bubble wins. The first 2 are in on it. Give them each a Blow Pop sucker. Blindfolded Banana Feed Get several guy-girl teams to take turns feeding each other bananas while all are blind folded. The third sits up into a cream pie (his face. Have two informed strong leaders on either side of the board they are going to "lift" with someone standing on it. Then get girls to feed boys. You (or the game leader) will begin to kneel down slowly till they almost can't really touch your shoulders. select three players who don't have a fear of heights and have them escorted out of the room.

You may be able to get the beans donated and you may want to have swim goggles and ear plugs. eggs. Make sure you have plenty of clean-up towels. Tie several football flags to the 2x4. It's great. and Golf Balls Pull up 3 guys and have a large fish tank (wider is better than deeper). and the golf balls 3. player. etc.000 points. The kids bob for the apples. on top of a few cement blocks (not too high. the apples 2. Ping-Pongs. Other unusual things to "bob" for: oranges. (A great camp/convention promotion would be to put a $25 scholarship on the line. Bobbing For Bananas This game works best in a church with a baptistry that you've filled with milk and the bananas are sunk at the bottom 4 feet down! (I was young when I did this. If they fall off they are eliminated. Added by Young Life Also see Bobbing for Bananas (Click Here) and Bobbing for Caramel Apples (Click Here). They will be blindfolded and have 30 seconds to 60 seconds each to get as many points a possible. focused on the tasks at hand. Explain that the ping pong balls are worth 1. about 16 feet long.000 points. Secure a 2X4. reach down and pull off as many flags as they can. you don't want a law suit!). hot dogs. If your tank is big enough you may even try two at a time. Board Walk Use a stopwatch or watch with seconds hand for this competition. pickles. Bobbing For Apples in Baked Beans Great camp/retreat game! As disgusting as it sounds. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) The Point: It is difficult to walk steadily. You get a huge bucket/bin filled with baked beans and have apples "floating" around in it. For this game recruit brave. The one to walk across the quickest and with the most flags wins. if we allow the things around us to distract us. and golf balls. Explain that it is time to play "Bobbing for Apples (name of your youth ministry) Style"! Instead of just apples put in ping-pong balls. gross-proof students ahead of time. small apples (like crab apples). The game is exactly what it sounds like. Added by Young Life Also see Bobbing For Caramel Apples (Click Here).er. Have the students walk across it. Bobbing For Apples. so don't . Added by Travis See Trust Circle (Click Here) and Trust Lift (Click Here). while being sprayed from all sides with super soakers.) The visual on this one is hysterical.000 points.

The results are messy.I did it in 1988. the person bobs for marshmallows in a bowl of flour.email me if you're offended by this!) You can use a bathtub or one of those bigger baby pools too.) We had a camera at the entrance to the baptistry. Added by Gavin Gramstad For more fun with Spam. Pick 2 other team members that will be able to pick the smallest member up by the legs and hold upside-down. but a 4 foot baptistry is best! (Use powdered milk to save money. drop in a few large chunks of Spam. However. A sticky and fun mess! Added by Angela Nuckles Also see Caramel Apple Fest (Click Here). you will need: a kiddie pool 5-10 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal 3 swimming caps 3 jars of creamy peanut butter. Pour out the cereal into the kiddie pool. only you put caramel apples in the container instead. interviewing each "bobber" as they disappeared into the 50 gallon tank for what seemed like minutes before emerging with a banana in their mouth. Bobbing For Caramel Apples Played like Bobbing for Apples. Bobbing For Toast For three teams. Have the smallest member of each team put on a swim cap. Have those two members spread the peanut butter on the swimming cap. so make sure the floor is covered with plastic for quick and easy clean up.all can play. and they're still talking about it! Also see Bobbing for Apples in Baked Beans (Click Here). Fill up a large bucket with water. Bobbing For Marshmallows This game begins just like the regular Bobbing for Apples.upfront game. . Caramel Apples on a String (Click Here). Bobbing For Spam Small groups . Great fun . The rest is like "Bobbing for Apples" (just not with apples). Large group . also check out Spam Scarf (Click Here). immediately after bobbing for apples. Added by Nate Also see Bobbing For Worms (Click Here) and Marshmallow Drop (Click Here).

) Also see Gummy Worms/Chocolate Pudding (Click Here). It's really funny to see the faces of those who are biting off pieces of bologna. think Olympics.. Little Nemo. count down from 5 and have each team try to get as many pieces of Cinnamon Toast Crunch stuck to the swim cap as they possibly can.. Have volunteers take turns at bobbing for the worms. etc. I suggest using a "thick" piece of bologna. Fill the kiddie pool with water. Similar to Bobbing for Apples. have them cut the pieces of bologna thicker for you . my dad owns a meat market. We invite 4 "artists" to come up front. Play "aqua" music in the background .When everyone is ready. It's a lot of fun to watch and the kids want to do it every winter holiday season. you'd be surprised what kind of artists you have in your crowd! Added by Kim McNamar . After the time limit is up. Little Mermaid. Bobbing For Worms Outdoor or indoor (lay tarp if inside).some like it and eat it and some gag and well you know what happens.think. Each artist is given a piece of bologna. the crowd votes on the best "bologna snowflake". Add one bag of gummy worms. The person who can get and keep the most worms in their mouth during their one minute try time wins.. And. (if you personally know a butcher. etc. Bologna Artists Remember cutting out "snowflakes" from folded paper in kindergarten? Well this challenge takes on that same idea only using a piece of bologna instead of paper and using only your teeth instead of scissors! During the holiday season. only with gummy worms in a kiddie swimming pool. see Bobbing for Apples in Baked Beans (Click Here). which will sink to the bottom. Optional: You can actually count the pieces of cereal or you can judge just by team cheering! Have Fun! Adam Rentas If this isn't gross enough.it keeps the finally design held together better!) Each artist has 1 minute to create a snowflake design out of their piece of bologna. Added by Jodie ("Winning" music is a nice touch in the background when you announce the winner.. we introduced this challenge to our midweek crowd. heh. We are a smaller group (15-20 teens weekly) so everyone can see what's going on pretty well. You can have the youth wear goggles to protect eyes.

line up.. etc. The third time the leader behind the informed girl gives her a pie behind her back. Brother and Sister Like the old tv game show. . girl. . What is the meanest thing he has ever done to you? What does he spend most of his time thinking about? If you had one wish. Relationships take effort no matter if you're related or not! Get several sets of siblings to play this game. Next. Tally the scores and award the prize. Questions to the sister about her brother: What is the dumbest thing your brother has ever done? What is his favorite food? What do you dislike most about your brother? Describe your brother in one word. Have them face sideways. the couple gets a point. (Remember: when you ask the brother the questions that you asked the sister.Boo! Seven students. Also see Cheeky. “Boo!” to them. She pies the guy in front of her when he turns around to “Boo” her. what would you wish about your brother? What is his favorite TV program? How often does he take a bath? Question to the brother about his sister: What does your sister spend most of her time doing? If you were your sister. If their answers match. you or your sister? How old was your sister when she kissed a boy for the first time? What animal is your sister most like? What is your sister's favorite subject? . She records her answers on a large sheet of paper. "The Newlywed Game. Be sure to choose a good sport to get pied and have a towel handy. The Point: Just because you're related to someone doesn't mean you know them. he sits in a chair with his sister standing behind him holding up her written answers. What did your sister say was the dumbest thing you . they “Boo!” each other back down the line again (going the other direction).see which siblings know each other the best. side by side. with informed female student at the end. When the brother returns.) A brother and sister couple must work together to score the highest points possible to win. Cheeky (Click Here) and Flower (Flour) Girl (Click Here). then turn and say." only with siblings. Their answers are usually hilarious. The brother is sent out of the room and the sister answers a series of questions about her brother. ask them like this: "1. what would you change about yourself first? About how many arguments do you have with her each week? Who obeys your mom and dad best. (select siblings that can be a good sport and won't mind answering the below questions.") Repeat this process by sending the sister out of the room and asking the brother to answer questions. “Boo!” to the next person after the person on the other side has said. alternating guy.

and tell them to chew as quickly as possible. The team to make the nicest looking snowman wins. Ask for two very brave volunteers out of each group (don't tell them what they're volunteering for). mittens. Each team has a designated amount of time to use the shaving cream to cover their "snowman" (the contestant) and put all of the accessories on.) If their team (or their side of the audience) does not figure out the word after two spellings. etc.. a carrot etc. with smaller groups. Lay tarp down and have towels handy. the other team gets to guess. everyone can play. Added by Tina Ogle Butt Charades Cut up slips of paper with words on them and put them into a bag. (Make sure they do not say a word to give away clues. say 10 minutes.such as Wrigly's. the volunteers need to be working on their sculpture.How long does she talk on the phone each day? Does she chase boys? Idea from Young Life Also see Family Feud (Click Here). Set a time limit. Give them a plate or flat dish (we used cookie sheets). Have them chew it only until it is soft. and a pair of safety goggles. Have someone judge the sculptures. have them step back and watch. and then give it to the volunteers in their group. turtle. since they were so brave! Note: Instead of regular stick gum. and give them creative ideas of what to make.such as pizza. but it has to be something difficult. When the gum chewers are through. a can of shaving cream and a set of clothes to go over their clothes for protection. {It's much easier to work with!} Keep it cheap. As the group is chewing. We gave a prize (a Christian CD) to each of our winning volunteers. Bubble Gum Sculpture Materials: bubble gum and a towel or two This can be played as an up-front game or. Break up your audience or group into two teams. scarf. Build Your Own Snowman Can be played up-front with audience watching or in teams with the whole group playing. Divide your group into groups of 4 or 5. Give the rest of the groups the bubble gum. For each contestant have a bag full of assorted snowman accessories such as a hat. and start chewing the next piece.such as Bazooka. Get a volunteer from each team to spell the word he/she took out of the bag by moving their hips (spelling the words with thier butts!). I would suggest using larger gum drops. . because you'll want to buy enough! Submitted by Rebecca Sapp aka Zgrrl Also see Blow Pop Challenge (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here).

Mix a cake on the head – yes. Without Christ as the foundation of a life. They may blow out the other person's candle but they cannot touch any of the other person's supplies. and perhaps a guard that catches the melted wax so it's not dripping onto the student's hand or knee. Choose a student from each class.Make it interesting by the words you choose.). yummy! Lathers up good. too! The Point: This can also be used as an illustration for a talk about faith and deeds. Use cake mix. If we don't have the right foundation. For a twist in the game. The winner is the person who can finish their Ginger Ale first when their candle is lit. Just dump it all on their head.of a brave volunteer who will be a good sport if their hair gets messed up. Christian friends. we can have all the right ingredients in our lives (church. you lose! For safety. They have a candle (which they can never let go of) in their left hand resting on their left knee. Candle Blow/Ginger Ale Drink Two people sitting very close (knee to knee) in chairs facing each other compete to drink a full container of Ginger Ale. They may only drink the Ginger Ale when the candle is lit. and a lighter and a Ginger Ale in front of them. try to keep it clean. . Caramel Apples On A String This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. If If If If If you you you you you move your candle off your left knee. then again to add whipped cream and last to blindfold the contestants. directly on the head . Bible study. water. They race to see which one can eat the apple the fastest. Tie caramel apples to a string tied to a broom handle and get someone to hold it for each student. The object is to see who could get done first! For a fun twist. all that great stuff is useless. Caramel Apple Fest Have a contest between several students. Added by Elise Hawke Also see Human Sundae (Click Here). We don't want any dirty butts! Cake Head This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. oil. eating a hanging caramel apple blindfolded. give one of the kids or leaders a caramel ONION instead of an apple! Added by Naomi Also see Bobbing for Caramel Apples (Click Here). eggs. and icing. see Caramel Apples on a String (Click Here). you lose! touch the other person's Ginger Ale. you lose! touch the other person's lighter. you want slow-burning candles. etc. Mmm. you lose! touch the other person's candle. Fake starting and stop once to add chocolate syrup. you lose! spit your Ginger Ale. but they won't matter.

Bring up a kid from the audience.Added by Young Life Also see Caramel Apple Fest (Click Here) and Bobbing for Caramel Apples (Click Here). Then the second person runs back to the starting line with the cardboard and pulls the third person to the finish line. Get the crowd to cheer them on and decide the winner by applause. Have another phone up front with the number for the other one programmed in it. think RAGING EXTROVERTS! The fun. Have them . he/she must return to the starting line. If a student falls off between the starting line and the finish line. have a picture and short bio of the character or celebrity they will be acting out. The This is a relay racing game that pits two teams against one another. Cell Phone Challenge Have someone hidden in the crowd with a cell phone on. For this type of game’s participants. Choose two teams with an equal amount of players. dial the other phone. Try to have the final contestant (whether student or adult leader) impersonate the Youth Pastor. If you can do so without his or her knowledge. This repeats until all players have been moved to the finish line. . Hints: Test the room to make sure that cell phones work. Hand each representative a cell phone and phone # of two competing pizza places. The goal of the game is to be the team with all of your members on the other side of the finish line. Each team must have a durable piece of cardboard. Cell Phone Pizza Challenge Find two local pizza places that deliver. For the students who are up for the challenge. of course. and vice versa. it makes it all the more fun. Have both teams line up at the starting line. divide the crowd in two and bring up a representative from each side. The first person from each team uses the cardboard as a sled and pulls the second person from the starting line to the finish line. Also. so tell the kid to hit end and send again every four rings! See Cell Phone Pizza Challenge (Click Here). Cardboard 500. We prepared slides to flash on the video projection screens of the characters/celebrities. but that is not necessary. first. facing the finish line. You need to coordinate with the adult leaders beforehand as well. hand him the phone and tell him to find the other one as fast as he can. First team with ALL students across the finish line wins! Have the crowd cheer them on! Celebrity Impersonations This up front game pits students against adult leaders to see who has the best impersonation skills. that is the EXACT SAME SIZE! Put a starting line and finish line on the floor. . You can choose the students as they walk in and register at your event. is choosing some female students and leaders to portray male celebrities/characters. most cell phones will only ring four times and then will go to voice mail . During the beginning of the evening.

and circle their bowl. you can let the leaders rank what is left in the bowls. (You can then have up front games lined up where winners get a piece of pizza. glue. Clearly announce to the crowd which pizza place is coming for each team. a bowl large enough to fit an entire box of cereal. . This game is great. Leaders may judge. Put 5 students on one team and 5 different students on another team. or Cocoa Puffs out of their noses. Add water (milk is better. The team whose Puff goes the farthest wins. use the powdered kind to save $$$). (Olympic or Rocky theme music is a plus!) Interview the deliverer and give him the $20 tip in front of the crowd. so let them know that you will weigh the paper towels used to clean up their mess along with their leftover cereal. 1/2 gallon of milk. If you don't have a small accurate scale. A representative from each team takes off their shoes and socks and digs the marbles out with their toes. Pour the ˝ gallon of milk and the full box cereal into each team’s bowl. When the game leader says go. Cereal Mania 5 games that all involve cereal: 1. 3. Tip: there is absolutely no way to avoid spilling. Also make sure each team has the same type of bowl and cereal to avoid controversy. grab a spoon.) See also Cell Phone Challenge (Click Here). Kix. because if the bowls are not emptied after three minutes they will be weighed for rankings. Rice Krispy Marble Dig Fill a small swimming pool full of Rice Krispies & marbles. No leaders are allowed to help. There must be absolutely NO spillage. and 5 spoons for each team. As you are continuing your program. and that there's a $20 tip for the one that arrives first. one side of the room will erupt into applause when a pizza driver comes in representing their side of the room. Tell students the only rule: BE CREATIVE! Fun photo op here. paper. the contestants will have three minutes to eat as much cereal as possible. and they start shoveling it in with their hands. the spoons leave about 10 seconds into the game.each order a large pizza. Have all ten students come up. 2. and scissors. Cereal Killer You will need 1 box of cereal. Cereal Art Give each team various kinds of cereal. Snoot Shoot The youth shoot Trix. tell the delivery person the situation. Chariots of Fire or Rocky theme adds cheesiness.

The pairs switch places and race back to the start of the line and tag the next pair on their team.4. Also see Cereal Box Puzzle (Click Here) Snoot Shoot. If you have a small group. and one of the pullers now rides. If a rider is thrown from his chariot. One is at one end of the room holding an upright bucket on their head. At the signal. The race consists of three laps. go back. Then cut up each panel into puzzle shapes. use 3 teams of 5. Two of the youth on each team are holding onto front corners of the blanket. if you only have 15 kids.one for each person in the group. Added by Joshua Ellis Variation: Chariot Basketball Relay Line up all the students in 2 teams. The rider has one shot to make a basket. The team with the most baskets at the end of the time limit wins. Each group gets a large blanket. the youth rotate. Cereal Eating Relay *A Young Life Extra: Cereal Box Puzzle Cut off the front panel of several cereal boxes — one for each group you've formed. the team must stop until the rider is firmly reseated. Each team lines up at the starting line. One at a time they race to a table where they fix themselves a bowl of cereal and eat it. the 2 youth in front acting as horses and the blanket acting as a chariot. Added by Jason Dougherty Also see Chariot Race: Australian Style (Click Here) and Indoor Bobsledding (Click Here). Can be played inside on carpet and outside on the grass. you might want to let everyone do it. and tag the next team member. 3 laps allows each person to ride once and pull twice. The representatives dunk the shredded wheat one by one and then attempt to throw them across the room in the buckets on their team member's head. Five members from each team line up. One student pulls the other student on a blanket. featuring jelly beans (Click Here). At the end of each lap. On each team pair students up to run the relay. 5. soon to be hanging on for dear life. Mix together all the pieces and give one to each person and have them compete to find their cereal. Shredded Wheat Toss This involves two representatives from each team playing. just select a few groups of 4 kids to do this chariot race in front of everyone else. . 200 people). The other is at the other end with a bucket of water and boxes of Large Shredded Wheat. On "Go" the first two pairs race toward the basket. For example. so one of the people riding now pulls. One youth is sitting on the other end of the blanket. Added by Jason Huddleston Chariot Race If you have a large group (say. the teams race around a designated course (a large oval works well).

girl alternating with a girl at the end (all are in on it beforehand except for the last guy before the last girl). Place a napkin next to them. Take digital pics and show on screen afterward! See also Attack of the Fish (Click Here). Cheeto Face Arrange several pairs of students up front. if it doesn’t work it’s usually because the guy sees stuff on her hand or she leaves a big glob. faster and faster. but the last girl each time has lipstick on her fingers and is decorating the face of the guy next to her without him knowing it! He looks goofier each time (make sure it’s a secure guy who can handle it). Standing in line always facing the audience. Have one person in each pair sit in a chair and take off one shoe and sock. Have another leader start counting the Cheerios stuck to face. with around 10 . Spread Cheerios all over card table. The object of the game is to have the person with the bare foot try to feed cheetos to the person lying on the ground by picking them up with their toes and putting them in the other person's mouth. and Chee-toes (Click Here). The first team done wins a prize (whatever you . they quickly relay down the line “cheeky. without hands. Chee-toes Bring up three pairs of people. Whiteheads (Click Here). cheeky" they must close their eyes like they would if grandma was doing it. One volunteer covers their own face with butter and has ten seconds to stick Cheerios to face. and Cheeto Face (Click Here). face cleanser. soft butter or margarine. cheeky" (they say it as they squeeze the other person’s cheek between their forefinger and thumb).guy. hand towels. then quickly turn to the next person. The girl may need to practice. Tell them that when receiving the “cheeky. Added by Young Life Also see Boo! (Click Here) & Flower (Flour) Girl (Click Here).15 cheetos cheese snacks. Whiteheads (Click Here). One partner gets whipped cream spread (or sprayed) all over his or her face. Repeat with other three volunteers.Cheeky. Do it over and over. card table Directions: Choose one volunteer from each grade. Have a towel for him to clean up. Cheerio Face-Off Items Needed: Cheerios (or generic substitute). Cheeky Bring up 6-7 kids . Now have the other person in the team lay on the ground. The other partner stands back about 5 feet and throws Cheetos on the whipped creamed partner's face (they stick!) in a given amount of time. Whoever ends up with the most Cheetos on his or her face wins. Added by Julie Ohara See also Attack of the Fish (Click Here).

chocolate bars. and pairs of latex gloves. and 3 of each: volunteers. Individual sticks of wrapped gum are placed inside the shopping bags. criss-cross. Chocolate Drop Prepare beforehand by spreading out plastic on your stage area. Have contestants sit in a chair.want to give them. a pyramid. . Get several pairs of students to come up front. Points are awarded by the number of marshmallows eaten. and the one who covers the most chicken pox spots in 3 minutes is the winner. Have one partner lay down on the plastic and the other around the edge of the plastic. Have the "dropper" stand over the head of the partner with a small cup of chocolate syrup. and shopping bags in front of each person. unwrap it and chew it. Find a place where everyone can see someone laying down. dunks marshmallows into the chocolate syrup and with his or her arm straight out. Give each student a wad of band-aids. or anything they think of." standing straight up (no bending to get a better aim). huge leather yardwork gloves. 1. You can make teams of two so that one must pass the gloves to their partner after they’re done. The "dropper. The idea is to put on the gloves. sticks of chewing gum. Bubble Gum Sculpture (Click Here) and Bubble Gum in Flour (Click Here). The tower can be one on top of the other. blindfolds. pull a piece of gum out of the bag. Added by Brooke Also see Ibble Dibble (Click Here).) Tip: Have them put a rubber or latex glove on the bare foot (for sanitary purposes!) Added by Jason Fullmore Also see Cheeto Face (Click Here). Chicken Pox Epidemic Have the contestants "break-out" in chicken pox by covering their arms in washable red marker dots. 2. Chewing Gum Contest For this game you can use any number of upfront volunteers that you want. drops it into the mouth of the person on the floor. chairs. Added by Young Life Also see Blow Pop Challenge (Click Here). Explain that whoever unwraps the bar and builds a tower the fastest is the winner. and each volunteer is given a pair of work gloves. Added by Michael Boyd Chocolate Tower For this game you need a table. the wrapped chocolate bars in front of them.

If you combine these two. 4. If you have a smart-alec who begins to eat the chocolate. Choice Combos Introduce this gross game by saying you want 3 volunteers to test a new product: explain that Starbucks gives you lots of alternative drinks and Jamba Juice uses those cool huge blenders (if your area doesn’t have a Jamba Juice. The two items in each group should be related and. you can start! The winner is the one done first.) 5. Make the first bag for each kid be a choice of liquids.. Keep them covered with a sheet until it is time for the game. chocolate milk or strawberry milk.3. get set. get set. slide the chocolate pieces out of the way! Added by Danette Matty Also see Banana Surgery (Click Here). write a "choice". On the outside of each bag.” then interrupt by announcing that they must use latex gloves. Once again. for a total of 12 bags in all. “On your mark. Put it all in the blender and juice it up. uncover the bags and the blender. grape juice or orange juice. and again interrupt by announcing that they must be blindfolded as well! 5. you can refer to it or a similar store). 5. Have each kid hold their drink until all 3 have had their drinks. 1. the second student. After they have selected their "base". 4. After the intro.. wins. just pour out any extra. Give it to them in a clear glass so the disgusting color is obvious. since he or she is blindfolded. No need to wash the blender between drinks. and Bubble Gum Sculpture (Click Here). in and of themselves. Here are some ideas: a) ketchup or mustard b) maple syrup or blueberry syrup c) Thousand Island or Caesar salad dressing d) sour cream or cottage cheese e) jello or pudding f) hot sauce or A-1 sauce g) brown sugar or powdered sugar Added by Kristin Clark . For example. but I then said. The first kid to drink the whole glass (or last one not puking in some cases). “On your mark. offer the first student either coffee or tea. Let the kid decide which he wants. Then they chug them down. Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). (Tell the kids the labor cost is really low for this product because you didn't have to wash the blender after each customer.. and the third. Now. it will be a franchise called "Choices". Prepare a set of 4 bags for each kid.. I used stuff I had around the house or church kitchen for the 3 other choices. I did at one point ask the kid if he wanted cat food or dog food. 2. "just joking" and gave another choice. not disgusting. Say. 3.”. give them 3 more choices. Before the meeting prepare 12 bags and set up a blender.

. ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the (noun). and 2 past tense verbs. . Staff wear old clothes and get ready to be icky! Students get to dump 12 items of gross stuff on the staff.. not even a/an (noun). I sprang from my (noun) to see what was the matter. Ask your audience for words (parts of speech). too).. It was St. FYI: You will need – total nouns. . He spoke not a word.plural nouns.. The twelve days of Christmas gives a nice outline for the event: On the twelfth day of Christmas our students give to you (the interns).. Then up on the (noun) there arose such a clatter. Use a grease board to write words on. . all snug in their (plural noun). The (plural noun) were tucked. Lay tarp down (a large vinyl table cloth works. one at a time. Nicholas with his little (adjective) belly. OKC Funny idea from Tonya Berry: Have the group actually sing the song and dump each item every time a new item's added! See Human Christmas Tree (Click Here) & Ten Bags of Doom! (Click Here). And laying his (noun) aside of his nose And giving a nod.. That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of (plural noun)..Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here). up the (noun) he rose.. Have a sharp student come up and read the new “poem”.verbs. 12 raw eggs 11 cups of oatmeal 10 squirts of syrup 9 cups of popcorn 8 squirts of green ketchup 7 cups of applesauce 6 bags of cornmeal 5 packages of swiss miss 4 frozen mixed vegetables 3 cans of whipped cream 2 cups of canola oil 1 betty crocker cake mix A great gross event as long as you're not the dumpee.adjectives. while visions of (adjective) plums danced in their heads. but went straight to his work And filled all the (plural noun). then turned with a jerk. Micah McCarty NEWCHURCH. Christmas Poem Mad Lib Read portions of the poem. Christmas 12 Bags of Doom This is a messy "thank you" or Christmas gift to your staff (or interns). not a creature was stirring. “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” like a Mad Lib.

The one with the most clothespins at the end of the designated time is the winner. Also see Ankle Balloon Pop (Click Here). go to http://www. Have them leave the room to get a drink of water to clear their pipes. Say "Go!". and to all a good night!” For the full poem (if you want to get carried away with this). “(adjective) Christmas to all. you cannot hit. They all burp and you vote for the best one. kick. maim. Rules: You may only use one hand to grab. You can only grab for the circle. injure. You may not block with your hand. Also see Clothespin Bite Relay (Click Here) & Clothespin Mixer (Click Here).I heard him exclaim as he (past tense verb) out of sight. Use a tarp under the pools if indoors. Add small round hot dog slices. fill their glasses with soy sauce. Cold Toe Dogs Fill large bowls with freezing ice water. and green food coloring). Tape a piece of paper cut into a circle (about 4-6 inches in diameter) on their back. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Clothespins On Face Get four students up front with many clothespins. and each person will try to grab the other person's circle without getting theirs grabbed. the other hand must always remain at your side. you can only turn your body.net/christmas/twas-the-night. have the two winners face-off. If you do this with two sets of three. glass with Coke and have the three students chug it. push.night. Added by Mike Also see Milk Chug (Click Here). Circle Dodge Duel Have two volunteers face each other with one hand at their side. Have contestants pull clothespins out with their feet and pin them somewhere on themselves.) Fill up a 12 oz. When they leave the room to get a drink of water. (I told my students it makes a bigger burp. Call three . They have one minute to put clothespins all over their face. head-butt. Drop in a ton of clothespins.html Also see Christmas Carol Quiz (Click Here) Christmas Wish List (Click Here). water. Clothespin Slime Fill two kiddie pools with slime (mix flour. etc. bite. Coke Chug Select 3 students to be in a Coke drinking contest. scratch.

The first one to move all their cotton balls wins. etc. We have even replaced the hotdogs with sardines or spam.) Within one minute. such as a bag of corn chips or corn nuts. on one person’s forehead. Award an appropriate prize. Each person holds up zero to ten fingers behind their back. or as a group with everyone playing. (Gingersnaps are usually the best. with everyone watching. Nilla Wafers work in a pinch. Idea from Young Life Also see Cold Toe Dogs (Click Here). The second team member kneels down in front of the bowl. The same player also needs to remove the shoe and sock from one of their feet. Select 3 volunteers to "shuck" an ear of corn using only their bare feet. Put tarp down if indoors. Then bring the winners up front to play each other until you have a champion. the team members must stack their cookies. The sitting player removes the hotdog slices from the freezing water with their foot and then the kneeling member removes the hotdogs only using their mouth. Give each student a pile of cotton balls. too. Counting Game This can either be played up front. The first person to yell out the correct sum of all the fingers wins. Cookie Tower Get teams of 3 or 4 people up front. The team with the most cookies stacked wins. Added by Meri Clark Also see Frozen Marbles (Click Here). (Try this with Starbursts. one on top of the other. or has done the best job within a given time is the winner.teams of two up front. Each team member is armed with cookies. Have everyone in your group (or the people on stage) pair up and face each other. On the count of three.) by putting Vaseline on their noses and picking up the cotton balls with their noses. have them pull their hands from behind their backs. Cotton-ball Vaseline Race Bring 2 guys and 2 girls up (or one student from each grade). Do best two of three. No hands allowed. They must move the pile to another location of your choice (could be next to them on the table or across the room in a bowl. One player needs to sit in a chair with a bowl on the ground directly in front of them.) Added by Young Life Corn Shucking Race You need several ears of corn. Whoever finishes first. Optional gross factor: The kneeling team member has to eat the hotdogs. . They may not use their hands.

No blocking Q-tips by anyone during the battle. Whoever yells out the sum of the fingers wins the first round. The rider guides the horse by pulling on its ears.See also Counting Game Variation: The Math Game (Click Here). so the winning answer is 3+4 = 7 * 7=49 Added by Youth For Christ See Counting Game (Click Here).which is placed several feet away. the Championship Round has the two survivors (who you'll bring up front) square the total of the two sets of fingers. One team member from each side sits on their side of the room on a chair with a paper cup on their head. Round 3 is the difference between the two numbers. Also see Q-tip War (Click Here) and Q-tip & Food Coloring War (Click Here). Person B shows four. When the time runs out. If it is a hard floor have kneepads for guys. Cricket Spit Go to your local pet store and buy a bunch of live crickets before your event. multiply the fingers. CPW (Cotton Projectile War) Divide into two teams and give each member a straw and a pile of Q-tips. The object is to knock the opposite team's paper cup off the person's head by blowing the Q-tips through the straws. Person A shows three fingers. This is a timed event. For example. in the horse's mouth. Counting Game Variation: The Math Game Competitors hold just one hand behind their back. Cowboy King Get five or more guys to be blindfolded 'horses' and five girls to be riders. Supplies Needed: Two buckets . you can have the room divided into quarters. the person with the most crickets in the bucket is the winner. The only command they can yell is "FIRE. Each victim (I mean contestant) reaches in to the container of crickets and pulls out one at a time and pops the live cricket into their mouth. revealing the number of fingers at the signal. the horse spits the ice from its mouth and tries to hit an opponent." When this command is yelled." the rider puts a cup of ice (ammo). Play western music. Riders will try to guide their horse to another horse and rider to "blast them!" Here's how it works: After blindfolding the "horse. If you have a huge group. The object is to spit the cricket into their bucket. giving you the capacity for four teams instead of two. she is out. Also see Toilet Seat Toss (Click Here). We usually give the winner a prize and all contestants are given mouthwash. For the left-brained at heart. If a rider gets hit twice. Rotate through as many rounds as you want. The rider then reloads her horse with ice. For Round 2. Ask for volunteers before you reveal the game.

without touching it w/their hands. (Supply waltzing music. one girl) compete in the same game. The girls lay on the floor with a coke cup on their forehead. that they will revert back to the experience of their first kiss. Added by Young Life Cup Closer This is done with partners. The pair who is punished with the fewest number of pies gets a really great prize. pick married sponsors. Don’t leave the poor kid up there for too long though. Give his girlfriend a bow and arrow (with suction cups on arrows) and she stands about 20 feet away. Explain to the crowd that it was recently learned that when someone is placed in front of a crowd in complete silence. Bonus points if they waltz with the cup between their heads. Every time she misses. the boy gets a pie in the face. you can just have a few pairs of students (one boy. also. The awkwardness is super funny. From this position the couple must try to stand — then turn the cup over. with the boy now laying on the ground. Tell them only after they've come forward that they all need to breakdance for 30 seconds. whether they can or not.) Our variation: Use a volleyball or goofy looking stuffed toy instead of a cup. Bring the students one at a time back in. and is given 6 arrows. Note: Bow and arrow should be the toy store variety. Interesting to see the things people come up with! Added by Katie Ray . Idea from Young Life Cupid Make a heart-shaped target and fasten it to a guy’s back (be sure to choose a "solid" couple who sets a good example of dating in your group. Da Breakdance Ask for three volunteers.Live crickets in a container Prize for the winner Mouthwash Crowd Pleaser Send 3 very secure students out of the room. Idea from Young Life Variation: If you don't have any really good examples of couples in your group (of you just plain want to get away from the romance part of it). As a matter of fact the first things they will say are the things they said after their first kiss! Therefore. if she loves him. You can use toy pistols with suction-cup darts. if nothing else). and just have them stand in front of the audience. the crowd must be completely silent and stare at the person. The guys kneel beside the girls and put their forehead on the other end of the cup. The idea is that she must hit the heart on her boyfriend’s back.

If they fail they are out! Round 2: The second round is tougher. Cheer like mad and let them dance and scramble for a seat. when the music starts.See Dance or Dare (Click Here). chicken dance. Blindfold them and start the music. (Make up your own "meal"). hand jive. Dancing Musical Chairs Get 6 volunteers and have 5 chairs up front. but to save time and space. You can allow as many people as you'd like to be involved. Added by Young Life See Da Breakdance (Click Here). mosh. "but this being (NAME OF YOUTH GROUP). which is the toughest. If the choose Dare. dance.. Explain it to them beforehand and ask again. Round 3: Usually there are only 3 or 4 left at this point..opposite sex eyes). dance.). they are given a dance and a costume prop (for disco. we do Dancing Musical Chairs!" Tell them that they will have to dance. Tell them that they are going to play musical chairs. Ask them beforehand. Explain that there will be three rounds.. do a frog stance and ribbet in someone's . After a couple of rounds. which will determine who the winner is. Call contestants (outgoing kids) up front. Dance Or Dare Be like a cheesy game show host (with an assistant if you have one). [Have the following prepared ahead of time in a separate area of the room: a large tarp spread out with hand towels placed on top in a row (1 for each contestant). you should probably keep it under ten or so. Keep it up till that poor kid figures it out.$$$). Introduce each volunteer to the rest of the crowd and have them cheer for the contestants.. Bring out pre-frozen blocks of ice (you can make them yourself or buy them at the local grocery store) and place them under the towels (good size is 12x12x6). but don't tell them what it involves. The ones who complete go onto the final round. They are given the choice to Dance or Dare. etc. pull blindfolds off all kids but one. Idea from Young Life Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here) and Barnyard (Click Here). sing a nursery song opera style. The dares are similar (sing an Elvis song Elvis style. Round 1: The first round have everyone hold out both arms and stand on one foot for five minutes. they draw a card from a pre-typed pile of "dares". but they will lose out on some cool (valuable prizes. Have the remaining . "DEAL OR NO DEAL?" I had them eat mushed up spam with chocolate sauce. If they choose to dance. Explain to the volunteers that they can stop at anytime during the game. Encourage other kids to cheer them on. DEAL OR NO DEAL? If they succeed they go on to the next round. and anyone who passes the first two can go on to the third round. Deal or No Deal Ask for several volunteers to come up to the front to participate in a game called DEAL OR NO DEAL.

Then as you go to press this same dime on their forehead. Then place ten ones. They get ONE try each.contestants remove their shoes and socks and stand barefoot on the iceblock (be sure the towels are always under their feet. amusement park or GC to a music store). Dime on Your Forehead Take 3 kids out of the room and bring them in one at a time. (This is a great way to get visitor names and addresses. and eat it. press hard for 10 seconds and gently take off the coin so it feels to them like its still there. The twist is. so they don't get frostbite or frozen to the ice. Diving For The Prize! Bring 3 volunteers up front. its an olive! Added by Becky See Diving For Dollars (Click Here). Tell all that each bowl is filled with whipped cream and has chocolate hidden inside. The contestants' names are drawn from a hat. instead of it being a piece of chocolate. Add water until tub is full of both ice and water (a baptistry works). Place a dime on your forehead so it sticks and get the dime to fall off.. Demonstrate that there is a special skill of facial movements allowing someone to shake a dime off their forehead without jumping or shaking. two fives and one ten dollar bill in the water beneath the ice. At this point. Practice. His feet and toes were almost frozen. The volunteers have to find the chocolate without using their hands. they lose. and they get to keep whatever they can catch. (maybe a pass to a waterpark. Added by Young Life Diving For Dollars Fill a tub or large plastic tote with ice. it is who can stay on the longest. Variation: Use your hands instead! Added by Kevin Flores Also see Fear Factor. More (Click Here).) Draw out two or three names. I had three that stood on for more than 20 minutes! The winner lasted over 35 minutes.. Have them open their eyes and try to get off the coin that isn’t there. Try to bribe them off with a lesser valuable prize. Option: Use Jello for a second week teaser. Have a table set up in front with 3 large bowls filled with whipped cream. Have the student close their eyes. Added by Jeff Smith See Diving For The Prize! (Click Here). The first one to finish eating the chocolate wins. Each contestant gets 30 seconds to dunk their head (no hands) in the ice and water and fish out with their teeth any cash they can find. Of course if they fall off. . No pushing or touching among the contestants. but ok! Award the winner(s) the cool prize(s).

using the clothespin in his or her mouth. light one. Have the person stand with their toes to the dollar. Donut Line Thread several donuts onto a string. or divide your whole group into even teams and have each team select a volunteer preferably a small. The other 2 stand behind them with small poles about three feet long with string dangling at the end. "volunteer" up front and tell them that the dollar is theirs if they can simply jump over it the way you designate. Donut On A String This game is played with 4 people. make them use their mouths to move the dog biscuits. If a biscuit is dropped. Idea from Young Life Also see Donut on a String (Click Here) and Powdered Donut Lips (Click Here). etc. On the end of the string is a chocolate/white powdered donut. People holding either end of string bounce and swing it to make it difficult. 2 kids sit in chairs. The first person to transfer the dog biscuits out of the bowl to the other container. Also see Donut Line (Click Here) and Powdered Donut Lips (Click Here) Duct Tape Challenge You can either run this game as an UPFRONT GAME. The donut is to be held out in front of the kids sitting in the chairs. Put an empty bowl or brown paper bag beside it. Three students must try to eat them without their hands. The first one to eat the donut wins.I mean. Put bowls with 10 to 12 dog biscuits in each on the floor (or table) in front of them. tell them that they can't let go of their toes and they must jump over the dollar. The trick is that as they take a bite the donut will swing away from their face and come crashing back into it leaving a chocolate/white powder mark. They must bend over and grab their toes. (One year I had a kid do it by jumping backwards over it. Bring the sucker . the person who dropped it must pick it up with the clothespin. Give each player a pinch-type clothespin to put in their mouth so the clothespin can be opened and closed with their teeth.but that was one in a thousand). The object is to tape . Lay the dollar on the ground. cover the donuts with chocolate syrup. one at a time. is the winner. No matter how they bend. Give each team a roll of duct tape. No hands are allowed at any time. Added by Cheez Denard Variation: Before beginning the game. Now. they won't be able to do it. Dollar Jump Hold up a dollar and offer it to anyone who can perform a simple task.Dog Biscuit Drop Bring 3 students up front and have each get down on all fours (like a dog) facing audience (or sitting on knees on chairs behind a table if you have a large crowd). contort. Crazy Variation: Forget the clothespins. entertaining the audience.

Keep moist paper towels handy. Buy two packages of pantyhoses and cut them in half so you have four individual legs." "I can eat that cracker with sardines and jalapenos…. give them squirt guns to try to put out the others’ fire. know your water supply. “Burn Baby Burn” from the movie Saturday Night Fever. or maybe even theme song from the movie The Good. no straw. Eat That Food Have two students add one ingredient at a time to a cracker trying to outbid each other to eat the cracker. Added by Dylan McDaniel Also see Banana Barf (Click Here). First one to eat the bowl wins. . Sitting on their knees is best.just pure mess. to catch any melted wax that flies off the helmets if the students jerk their heads. the 70s song. You may even do two pairs and then a championship round with different foods. "Come on Baby Light my Fire" (Jose Feliciano). Have towels. Added by Young Life Also see Alka-Seltzer on the Head Duel (Click Here)on Upfront page & Squirt Game (Click Here). and The Ugly. Choose four kids and have them stand 10 feet away from each other. Also. using no more than the provided role of tape. Light the candles. Yell “Go!” No spoon.a team member up on to the wall. The one who stays up the longest is the winner. Eat Slime Through Pantyhose Prepare some oatmeal.” Place the pantyhose leg over their head and then put a bowl of oatmeal in front of them." A great "game show host" can really spice this up along with some fun sound effects from a CD. no lifting the pantyhose. and you will need two good lighters. warmed. . Have a bucket or a bag just in case there is a surprise ending. “Fire” (Ohio Players). a middle school kid was on the wall for 30 minutes!) Hint: Make sure you use the tape that doesn't leave sticky stuff on the wall or tear off paint (especially in rented or borrowed facilities!) Provide a soft landing for youth as they drop off the wall! Added by Michael Holt Dueling Candles Figure out a way to connect a candleholder (with 1-3 candles in it) onto some type of helmet. (At one event. not too hot. You may want to hand them bigger and bigger guns (up to a Super-Soaker) until someone wins. Have two semi-final rounds and a final round. Bring up 3 or 4 volunteers and inform them that they’ll be able to eat something in a moment . Music: Billy Joel’s "We Didn’t Start the Fire". Provide plenty of moist paper towels and a trash can. but first they have to put on their “eating apparel. Ask the crowd who’s hungry. "I can eat that cracker with sardines. The Bad. I'd suggest putting a tarp on the ground. They can pick up to 10 gross ingredients. .

but don’t show that on the screen. you can reveal the answers over the mic or on a separate “slide”. Egg Blow This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Make note of the price. how many bids. Safety Note: Use an egg substitute (like Eggbeater's) to avoid bacteria or chance of salmonella. Show a picture and ask the audience to guess how many bids they think the item received and how much it sold for.Added by Young Life Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here) and Choice Combos (Click Here). Added by Jennifer See also Egg Swing (Click Here). Have two students on opposite ends blow into the tubing until the egg blows onto someone's face. Have moist washcloths and towels handy. The member without the egg attached to his head is carried by the one with the egg (piggy back). but with Jell-O. Safer and not as nasty if you get a mouthful! Added by Theresa See also Egg Bop (Click Here). without letting their own egg get smashed. Pick two barefoot kids. The member with the egg runs around while his partner tries to smash other people's eggs with the newspaper. Put the inside of an egg inside a large surgical tubing. After they’ve guessed. Lay eggs on plastic and have them walk through the course (simple). Egg Obstacle Course Outdoor or Indoor . Have them walk through it backwards (still easy). Variation: Jello Blow Just like Egg Blow. Option: Set up a panel of contestants upfront and have them compete. He carries a rolled-up newspaper or magazine. allowing the audience to yell out their guesses as well. held against their head--tight enough so the egg stays up. Egg Bop Have at least four teams of two and have the stronger team member wear knee-high pantyhose on their head with an egg inside.funny during Easter season. The last time blindfold . Last team with unbroken egg wins. eBay Guess This is a take on something Jay Leno has done on the Tonight Show: Download pictures of unusual (but not inappropriate) items from eBay.

Plan Family Feud based on the answers. Round One: (4 raw. etc. Make them do it fast so they don't have time to feel with their feet. Play the first round for real (possibly girl versus girl. Two people alternate picking an egg and smashing it on the other person’s head. Have someone hold a big mirror so the audience can see the artwork or use a video camera linked to a big screen. Added by Young Life Also see Beautiful Boys (Click Here) and Beauty Both Ways (Click Here). Imagine the possibilities! Added by Jennifer Spaeth Also see Egg Bop (Click Here). Variation: Put your finger on the raw egg and before club explain the game to all 4 contestants (because you don’t know who will be in the finals). You may want to choose 4 people and have two rounds and a final round. Face Decorating Have guys lie on their backs or sit on a chair with their head leaning back on a table and let girls decorate their faces with icing. Final Round: have 6 eggs (5 hard-boiled and 1 raw) and hold them in a bowl above their heads to pick.them and while they are blindfolded. At the end pull off the blindfold . Let the crowd choose the best face. use an egg. You can also make .they will be pretty surprised to see no mess. asking for things like favorite teacher. when the final egg is up in the final round you are going crazy only to have the finalist smash it on your head! Make a kid a hero! Added by Young Life See Egg Bop (Click Here) and Egg Swing (Click Here). Added by Young Life See also Egg Bop (Click Here) and Egg Roulette (Click Here). Egg Swing See Flour Swing (Click Here). guy versus guy. candy sprinkles and candles. Egg Roulette (Yoke's on You!) Get 2 dozen eggs. Each time you are really in their faces to nail one another. and battle of sexes for the final round) and in final round they pick the hard-boiled eggs 5 in a row (because you told them not to pick the one with your finger on it till last). The audience can coach them. 8 hard-boiled). remove the eggs and replace them with peanuts. Family Feud Pass out questionnaires (and collect them) the week before. only instead of flour.

15. 7. Name a yellow fruit or vegetable _____________________________________________. Fashion Designer As an upfront game. 12. 4. 6. What rule do your parents have that you would change? ___________________________________." Young Life Family Feud Questionnaire 1. The #1 video game is ________________________________________________. Materials needed: . Your favorite flavor of ice cream is ________________________________________________.questions up. Your favorite brand of peanut butter is _________________________________________________. everyone can participate.Tissue Paper . and you will want cheesy music and an announcer to "tell them what they can win. The hottest name in car stereo/"tunes" is _______________________________________________. All of a sudden you are given $1000. 9. some tissue paper. 2. 11. what is the first thing that you would buy? _______________________________________________. For small groups. keep 'em appropriate) Divide up into as many groups as you want (at least 3) and give each group a model (preferably youth workers!). The fastest kind of car is _____________________________________________. . Idea from Young Life Also see Brother and Sister (Click Here). Your favorite fast-food place is ______________________________________________. Name an English-speaking country ____________________________________________________. Make sure the “host” is a fun.Tape . The first thing you do when you get up is ______________________________________________. pre-select two teams of 3 for this. high-energy person. 14. 5. Name the hottest. Name the place you would go on vacation. ______________________________________________. Then give each group a picture of a fashion model. 8. and tape and ten minutes to replicate the dress on the picture of the fashion model. 10. _____________________________________________. 13.Pictures of high fashion models (needless to say. 3. What is your favorite Olympic sport? _______________________________________________. Develop a final bonus round with prizes. Where do you go on a date? _________________________________________________. most with-it MTV video.

More (Click Here) and Radioactive Spew (Click Here). Have the teams vote on who looks the most like the model they were representing.e. 6 1/4'S. 10 stations of contest in increasing stages of scariness or grossness. The bottom is made so you can put your head through it. 3 0's. each contestant adds up the amount on his/her cards. Fear Factor Cuisine Fill a large bowl with your choice of sardines. run across the room or stage and drop it into the empty container. Have the players sit around a card table and play poker. The roaches make the crickets jump all over the place. More Outdoor or Indoor. Use time limit for elimination. and 2 (i. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Also see Radioactive Spew (Click Here). like 10. We recommend a certain amount.these amounts are the number of pigs’ feet they have . 1/4. You have a small table next to them (or a chair or simply the ground. if the box is low enough). The student has a designated amount of time to grab a sardine (or whatever you choose to use) in their mouth. pigs feet. We bring this game out for our big events or the beginning of the school year. or frog legs (purchased at most supermarkets). we dump 300 roaches and 300 crickets in the box with their head. Added by Pollyanna Soares Fear Factor Box Build a plexi glass box and frame it out . You can do this by showing what pictures they were trying to mimic on powerpoint. Suggestions: Free Fall: Contestant stands on raised platform and falls backwards into arms of catchers. Fear Factor.When they're through. Place another empty container at the other side of the stage or the other end of the room. (kinda gross) Pickled-Pigs-Feet poker: Make several of each of the following playing cards: 0. However. and movie theaters. 1. 3 1/2's.put legs on it (so it looks like a spider) with a clear lid. 3 1's. and 2 2's).) Set up approx. have the 'models' walk the runway for everyone to watch. and that is what you put the nuts and bolts on (the nuts and bolts are not in the box). Contestants put their head in and are told to put as many bolts and nuts together in 2 min. They must transfer as many food items as possible in the amount of time given but can only transfer one at a time. (eeeaasssy) Proof is in the pudding: Contestants dig sardines out of chocolate pudding with their toes. More Fear Factor! Have good prizes to motivate the contestants they'll need it! (We used gift cards from popular restaurants. 1/2. At the end of the play. Added by Sterling Lynn Also see Fear Factor. hang-out spots.

take the blindfolds off the girls and give them a football helmet for protection. No hitting above the shoulders. etc) Stinkbait. worms. This same prank can also be done throwing newspaper balls at guys as they furiously try to hit girls that can see them although they are blindfolded. You might try a squirt gun duel with girls un-blindfolded after it starts. timed. Have food and drinks. chicken livers. Make it a battle of the sexes and pull up two girls and two guys to have light saber (golf tube) battles (make sure the tube is not sharp on the end. Use time limits again. Those who finish theirs advance. Play Star Wars music in the background while they are swinging. Mud. pudding Blindfolds Vary methods of elimination. Blindfold the girls first. Added by Liz Harris Also see Fear Factor Box (Click Here) and Radioactive Spew (Click Here). vienna sausages. etc. and towels for those who get soaked. achievement. Put the guys back to back with 3-4 feet in between them and explain that each guy is fighting their girl.the little crustaceans swim!) Supplies to keep in mind: • • • • • • Anything crawly (bugs. explaining that they are blindfolded so that they can "feel the force".e. pad it with foam). sardines. then blindfold the guys.(haarrd) Bobbing for Crawdads: Fill a large tub or pail with water and put in crawdads (fresh [with rubber-banded pinchers!] or frozen). The girls end up hitting the guys without taking hits and the guys usually end up hitting each other. (pretty darn difficult. etc. Added by Young Life Flour Swing . raw hamburger. i.to eat. (Yoda is also funny if you can find a mask at a costume store). anchovies. if so. After the guys are blindfolded. engaged in battle. Be careful and safety-minded -– especially if you’re on a platform. Just when they’re about to begin blindfold them. Feel The Force You will need: golf tubes newspaper balls squirt guns Talk up this game with Star Wars music in the background and two people (preferably Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker characters) coming in the room with “light sabers” (golf tubes). A variation would be to put a few live minnows in with the crawdads to make it more interesting.

Need: Two pair of nylons and five pounds of flour Prepare: Pour half the flour down one leg of nylons and the other half down a leg in the other pair of nylons. Your student follows the light with their nose to the beat of music. Select three guys (good self esteem & good sports). If she nods "yes. Have 3 pretty girls come and stand at the front of the room. Flower (Flour) Girl You begin the game by announcing you're going to have a kissing contest (the looks you get from workers are the best). You tell the guys that they'll walk in one by one and ask each girl. They now have two nylon legs hanging from their head. Added by Kevin Maloney Also see Boo! (Click Here) and Cheeky. the . The winner is the player with the least amount of flour on their clothes. For a tiebreaker have a speed round to guess one last mask. he goes to the next girl. Players then swing their heads to make the flour come into contact with their opponent. Only. The players have to try to match the face with the mask. Foil Face Unscramble For this game all that you need are a couple of rolls of aluminum foil and a cool prize for the winner. If they wear glasses. Then send the guys outside the room and explain the REAL rules to the audience. This is a fast paced game and one minute is almost too long. Before service starts recruit 5-6 people and make molds of their face using aluminum foil – pick a mix of leaders and students. Play for 1-2 minutes. Have the volunteers who made the molds stand on stage or in front of the audience. Make it the youth pastor’s face! Follow The Moon Bring 3 people up. Mark an area on the floor for the match.) Or you can count points for each time a blow is struck to the torso. one at a time. ready to kiss her. Place the masks in random order in front of the volunteers. Cheeky (Click Here). Have towels handy for clean-up. The light starts out slow. "Are you my flower girl?" If she shakes her head "no". The audience will cheer for the best kisser. Put a flashlight behind a sheet held up by 4 people." he kisses her. I take no responsibility for the results of this game!!! :) Also see Egg Swing (Click Here). a hat. earrings or other peculiar identifiable items ask them to leave them on during the mold making process. Each volunteer places the waist portion of they nylons over their head." When the guy gets real close. The player with the most correct wins the prize. Pick 3-4 people to play the game. she blows a mouth full of flour into his face (put the flour in her mouth and wipe it all off her face so he has no idea). The players face off in the marked area for specific time period. The last girl in the group of three will be the one who nods her head "yes. one full of flour. Play: Select two volunteers. (It doesn't matter whether the flour is from their own nylon or their opponent's. but moves faster until they can’t keep up.

They are to turn their names in to you. They are not to tell which name they have. They may end up tackling one another to get to the finish. Added by Leah French Charades . the purpose is for the guys to get the 2 girls off the couch and vice versa. it makes it more challenging). Can use both feet. Be sure the 3rd student is a good sport and have a hand towel ready for them. making sure no one gets their own name. have whoever is in the uniform the fastest grab a football and run it to the finish line. this game could work as an Up Front Game (for a large group—the group watches while a few do the activity in front of the group. 2 girls and 2 guys start off by sitting on the couch. Idea from Young Life Foot Signing Contest Crowd Game: Have 5 students come to the front of the room and remove their shoes and socks.e John calls Amy's name. then exchange papers with names on it (that way the same name does not stay with the same person. The person to the left of the new empty seat calls a new name. Give every person playing a paper to write their name on. This is a really fun game but it can last a long time. etc. Marching band fight song music will add to atmosphere with kids cheering. they run out into the crowd and see who can get the most signatures on the bottom of their feet in the time limit. Added by Young Life Four on a Couch Depending on the size of your group. Take all pads out of pockets and include mouth guard. i. On the signal. When he/she gets there. Again. enough seats for everyone playing plus one extra seat. Signatures must be legible. Whoever is HOLDING THAT NAME (not the one whose name it is. No one person can sign more than three feet. entertaining the rest) or as a Mixer (for a small group—in a group of 8-12 kids you could involve almost everyone. Give each a felt-tipped or ball point pen. Create a circle with chairs and one couch. The purpose of the game is for the guys to get all 4 guys on the couch and the girls to get all 4 girls on the couch. drop the sheet and pie them! Can be done in pairs and make them cross. Added by Young Life Football Fashion Show Two small girls race to put on the biggest guys’ football uniforms. The person who called the name and the person who sat on the chair. while everyone else sits in the chairs. and Jeff is holding Amy's name) gets up and sits on the empty chair. (the same name cannot be repeated twice in a row). The person to the left of the empty seat calls out a name of someone in the circle. Mix the names up and redistribute them back to the youth.3rd student has light bring them down and then up to the upper edge of sheet. To add more action.

Now bring in the second person from that team. Have a youth worker with dry towels close by to dry each player's feet. all this is done in complete silence. Without saying a word. Here are some classic French charade situations to spur your creativity. Person #2 may or may not understand the charade. and then. and so on. Then. You must fly around the room gathering materials for your nest. crawl underneath. Then bring in one person from the team that was sent out. Added by Joy Tribbey . this is a game of telephone. so you begin to sneeze. Even the simplest charade can undergo a thorough metamorphosis after being passed down several times. but you keep on going waving and sneezing to the crowd. your high heel breaks and you finish the walk with one heel missing! Charade 3: You're are a pregnant bird about to give birth. tie the rope at a stake. Added by Young Life Frozen Marbles (or Jellybeans) For this game you'll need: 2-4 large buckets or plastic tubs filled with ice and water. Then finish the charade by hatching the egg and finding a worm to feed your new baby. but using only charades to communicate. If the last person cannot guess the charade. you lay your egg. Once you make your nest. Students have 15 (or 30) seconds to fish marbles out of ice water with their toes. 2-4 bags of marbles (depending on the # of buckets used). you are allergic to the roses. Have members of one team leave the room while the others think of a situation which can be acted out without words. Person #1 must act out the assigned plot for Person #2. you encounter many misfortunes. The last person must guess the original story line. Basically. Then comes you victory walk down the aisle. waving to the crowd. First. go to the front and wash the trunk inside and out and wash the elephant’s ears as well. but he or she must subsequently act out the same situation for a third member of the team. anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner. Explain the situation he or she will be acting out. Suddenly you hear your name! You now step forward to receive your crown and roses.Divide into teams of 5-7 people. on the way back up the aisle. Charade 2: You are a high school beauty pageant contestant. wash his belly and legs. wash under his tail (hold your nose). dip a rag in a pail and wash the side of the elephant jumping high to get all the way to the top. person #1 should perform it again and let the last person guess once more. Person#3 performs the charade for Person#4. Charade 1: The original pantomime that you do could include the following: pull the elephant into the room on a rope. Remember.

This will make one race course. Each team member will alternate blowing one fruit loop from one end to the other.) The object: When you say go. team members will become short of breath quickly (and possibly become lightheaded). The team that does this the fastest wins! Added by Sterling Lynn Fruit Loop Race Tie a 10 foot (or however long) piece of string to a chair or some firm anchor point. On "Go!". The first team to get all the Fruit Loops to the other end wins. Have teams of 2 or 5 and use as many courses as needed for the number of teams. . dropping the penny off of your forehead and into the funnel. Marbles In Jello (Click Here). Added by Andrew Allen Funnel Penny Gag Take a funnel and shove the small end down the front of your pants so the wide end is facing up. The next team member cannot start until the previous team member has his Fruit Loop to the other end. Fold them up nicely & place on wax paper inside your freezer for at least an hour. The losers have to eat the Fruit Loops which will have spit all over them. especially if there are only two of them or if the strings are really long. Frozen to a T Get as many T-shirts as you want to do (2-6). Soak them in water and wring them out until damp (if you leave them too wet students can't play the game). Have them eat them?! Also see Cold Toe Dogs (Click Here). Move all the Fruit Loops to one end. Beware. Game: Have 2 teams of 4 students volunteer. Tilt your head forward. Slide 10 Fruit Loops onto the string and tie the remaining loose end to another chair. Hint: short bursts of air usually move the Fruit Loops better than continual blowing. Pick a student who is the most eager to prove you wrong (make sure they're a good sport). Put your head back. just for fun game to liven up a banquet. Pull the string taut. Set it up for the kid and emphasize how much you must close your eyes for at least three seconds before dropping the penny in. race to see who gets the entire napkin in their mouth first. place a penny on your forehead and close your eyes. On the student's third try. Each person opens up a paper napkin and places a corner of it on his or her tongue. and Valentine Toe Freezer (Click Here). (Keep in cooler or wrapped in foil if you have to bring them from home. pour a huge glass of ice water down the funnel (make sure that the funnel has a big enough opening to allow good water flow)! Gag a Napkin A quick. Challenge the group that no one in the audience can do that three times in a row. the team has to open the shirt and one of the students has to put it on.Young Life variation: Students fish jelly beans out of ice water with their toes. Pull T-shirts out of the freezer.

Encourage the crowd to root for their favorite. Be ready for water through the nose. Becomes hysterical when they can’t even feel if they have the socks in their hand or not. show only the person doing the gargling the name of a familiar song. or girl vs. Added by Young Life Gladiator Feet Get two of your biggest jocks or two girls with perfect hair and makeup and have them come up to battle each other for this game. Give them a paper sack with heavy men’s gloves and a pair of socks in each. one at a time. When one player has successfully removed his opponent’s socks. Each player removes shoes before starting. They race to be the first to put on the gloves and then the socks. Throw about 50 gold fish into a kiddie or regular pool (If indoors. Idea from Young Life Gold Fish Snag This game can be played as an upfront game for big groups. Then. You can play four rounds of this and then a final. Or you can make it a championshipelimination kind of thing either along with other games on an event night or stretched out over a month or so. girl. It could be a nursery rhyme or any other familiar song. Hand them each a glass of water.K. put plastic down and have towels available). he/she is allowed to tickle their feet (only) for 15 seconds. Girls Arm Wrestling Have two girls come to the front and arm wrestle. or both players now put on another pair of socks. . but the player who won may put on top any remaining socks they have left.The Point: You can use this as an opener for a discussion on greed. The object is that both players have to try and get the others socks off. The rest of the students in the room should be listening close so they can guess the song. players have to put socks on their hands and try to remove their opponents socks by using their bare feet. guy. or an all-play for smaller groups. Optional: also add a helmet of some kind. You can use hockey gloves. Guy vs. Have the person take a drink of water and attempt to gargle the tune you have showed them. or lacrosse gloves. big winter gloves. This is one on one. The winner tickles the loser’s feet for 1 minute! Variation: Blindfolding both players Added by “Angel Saint” in the U. Gargle a Tune Bring 3 students up front. In the final. Glove & Sock Race Sit two or three guys in chairs blindfolded. Then repeat the game. Two out of three wins a prize. Choose another player to challenge the winner (who puts their socks back on).

real live goldfish! Tell them that they are about to walk through the Goldfish Gauntlet. adult leaders are placing the live goldfish back in the bowl and replacing them with LOTS of canned mandarin oranges. Have the first contestant step up to the start of the gauntlet. Because this is a timed event. Ask parents first! 2. yes. Have music playing on the sound system. the participant begins to walk the gauntlet. add some other bigger fish or try it in the dark! Use a tarp if indoors. On your command. The pre-made screens will prompt them with phrases and directions like. Further explain that the difficulty factor will go up because the adult leaders are going to blindfold the contestants. This game should not end until someone is crying! Just kidding!! . At the very same time. simulating jumping goldfish. As soon as you have the participants blindfolded. have adult leaders tossing/throwing mandarin oranges at the participants’ feet. SILENTLY direct the crowd’s attention to the power point screen(s). Explain that the adult leaders are going to place the goldfish on the tarp and they must walk through it without stepping on and killing any of the goldfish. 3. NOR KILL GOLDFISH. Have them come up front and show them the bag/bowl of goldfish. But most importantly. down front where everyone can see. have another adult leader begin to blindfold all three participants. The This upfront game works best if you choose 2-3 girls. SO AS TO NOT GIVE THE GAME AWAY. preferably middle school aged. have a plastic tarp spread out. Have an adult leader begin to take out goldfish and place them on the tarp. you need to share with them that for every goldfish they kill. Added by Eben in South Africa Goldfish Gauntlet. Have the crowd really hamming it up based on your slides. Have instructions pointing out the fact that you are playing a joke on the contestants. “Whole crowd GASP!” “Oh my gosh!!” “Eeeewwwww!” “Ooooohhhhh!! Ahhhhhhh!!” Etc. Note: IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THIS HAPPENS VERY CLOSE TOGETHER AND IN THIS ORDER. A Few Notes: 1. You may want to give the goldfish away at the end of the game. Fastest time wins! On the floor. Adult leaders REALLY make or break this game! You may even want to rehearse the timing and roles of this game to ensure that it comes off hilariously. AND you need their help. This is so much fun to watch. you are going to tack on 10 seconds to their time.Whoever catches the most fish with their bare hands wins! For added fun. While the crowd is being given instructions.

Goldfish Gulp This is a great upfront game. . Tape two lines on the floor about 15 feet apart. With movement from your body alone. It was close enough to make it. tape. Different areas were worth different points. Put one golf ball in the leg of the pantyhose and one golf ball on the ground. 3 REAL LIVE goldfish.. Remember that Gold Phwack is with marshmallows. Pass the pantyhose to the next person and they must go back. Added by Eric Blauer Grab Bag Scarf . Bring three students up front and show them the 5 glasses with water (3 with real goldfish and 2 with just water). the leg with the golf ball should be hanging down in front of you just barely touching the ground. While they are blindfolded switch the glasses to the 5 containing gummy fish and water. 10 glasses half full of water (3 containing real goldfish. I created an oversized golf green on an overhead. . but hard enough to make it a challenge. but I personally think relays just take too much time and leave kids standing there bored . This is a great activity to kill time at the beginning of an event . Items needed: 4 golf balls. .er students. Blindfold the students and instruct them to choose a glass to drink.it works best with a good amount of space. you use marshmallows. At the very least. It was fun and strange enough to keep their interest. 2 with just water and 5 containing gummy fish and water—these 5 are kept hidden from the chosen victims…. you are to hit the golf ball on the ground with the one hanging from your waist. Added by Rick Hilton Also see Golf Phwack II (Click Here). The object is to move the golf ball from one line to the next. so I usually do this as an up-front game for everyone to watch a couple of people do. Option: Award a prize for the best reaction. They took turns and the one with the highest score won. but with a few twists. Supplies needed: gummy fish. This is repeated until 5-10 people on each team have completed the task. the only difference is. We then had people come up on the stage and take a pitching wedge and aim at the back wall where we had the overhead pointed. . Have ready two pair of pantyhose and four golf balls. NOTE: This would be a great game in which to have a live video feed hooked up. you may want to record this one for laughs! Golf Ball and Nylon Relay This game can be a relay. 2 pairs of pantyhose Golf Phwack Outdoor or Indoor. Golf Phwack II Same as Golf Phwack (Click Here). The same as driving a regular golf ball. After wrapping the other leg of the pantyhose around your waist. See who can hit them the farthest distance.

Put together 2 bags of miscellaneous food items. Play a pre-recorded video of you and another staff member in your office. The object of the game is that the first team to eat the entire contents of the bag wins! Note: Some kids might vomit after a game like this so give them the bag. a dill pickle. have them drink the juice." "Then what are we going to use?" "HEY! I got an idea!" . Drop green food coloring in it and then dialogue about how to stir it. On the count of three. Each bag should have 12-15 items in it. Have a measuring cup and big glasses. second and third place so all contestants keep eating til done." Repeat the process for the second. wherever. after you explain the game to the audience. an onion slice. Great game for a guys against girls night. Grand Moo Master Pick 3 contestants out of the audience and send them to another room. saying that when the first two contestants come in everyone has to "moo" at them. count to three. You'll bring these contestants back in one at a time. having told the first that he is now the "loud mooer. everyone moos and the contestant selects someone. For a tie-breaker. having him join the audience. then call in the third.' where do you get green oatmeal?" You answer. because the contestant then joins the audience as you bring in the second. lots of food items. So. a clove of garlic. and the only people mooing in the audience will be the two previous contestants. Award a first. Added by Tim Mayfield Grape Juice Contest Put 3 pounds of grapes in each of two coolers with plastic underneath. a candy bar. Added by Young Life Green Oatmeal Get 3 or 4 brave volunteers with strong stomachs who race to eat a bowl of green oatmeal the fastest. Let two students crush the grapes with their bare feet for two minutes. Items needed: 2 bags. "Do you have a big spoon?" "No. as you bring up the first contestant. It doesn’t matter who they select. with a large (very large) pan or bowl of oatmeal. After explaining it again. When they finish have one of your staff ask. a can of sardines. Do you?" "No. See who makes the most juice. home. no one in the audience is to moo. but I play it as an up front game involving 6-8 people. When the final person comes in. Some items could be: package of unsweetened Kool Aid. "Hey ‘Jonathan. explain to him or her that someone in the audience has been selected to moo louder than anyone else and it is the contestant's job to pick them out. soda. Joke’s on them! This game works best with the smaller crowds.This can be a relay. This is best if recorded on camera and projected on the big screen. etc. "That's a good question. They must have the same amount of items in each bag. and show them.

holds them for a few seconds. don't use that oatmeal as the oatmeal they eat! The look on their faces and reaction from the audience is priceless. We made a ketchup smoothie ("berry milkshake"). Added by Young Life . The Point: There are many choices of how to live your life and what gods to follow. students find the gum and blow a bubble..) On about the 3rd person. We also taught that you don't have to taste everything under the sun to know when you have the real answer. Added by Young Life Gum & Flour This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. (It goes without saying these should be people secure about themselves. Bury the gum in the flour.Pam . This is a great opportunity to show close-ups of your feet when the socks come off. Once everyone has reached a decision. Without using their hands. then puts them down and guesses. (pre-dirty your feet with some grease . Then stick your feet in the oatmeal and start sloshing around in it to mix it up.. they must eat a handful/spoonful and see if they were right.between each toe). The students must choose only ONE to eat by smelling and looking ONLY. They cannot touch the stuff or talk about their choices. avocado pie ("key lime pie"). slip a pan of water under the person being lifted before they get down. As the camera tilts up to your faces.the kid who picked the brownies KNOWS he's right without tasting the other gross stuff. both can say. but only one is real: Jesus. whipped mayo with sprinkles ("vanilla pudding"). and our real dessert was brownies with Twix in them ("chunky brownies"). whipped mayo and strawberries ("strawberries and cream"). cookies with LOTS of salt and pepper with sour cream in the middle ("cookie sandwiches"). Need: Gum (3-4 pieces) flour 3-4 cake pans 3-4 kids. the weight guesser lifts each one of them. "That's how you make green oatmeal!" Note: For obvious health reasons. Added by Dustin Perkins Guess the Weight Have several people come up and sit cross legged. The key is to make each dessert LOOK appetizing.Each person in the video takes off his shoes and socks. Create six desserts: one real. five gross. Thanks to Rux down in Southern CA for this idea! Gross Domestic Product This takes quite a bit of setup and some baking skills.

and sit right next to her with their arm around her. chew it. Idea by Bo Lane Also see Gum & Flour (Click Here). Demonstrate for them that it all counts here — talk. then the oversized shirt and then tag you (or whoever’s leading the game time). pick a girl to sit on the end chair. replacing it with a pillow on the ground under the sheet. After they blow a bubble. Have them go face first into the chocolate pudding and pick the gummy worms out with their teeth and drop them on a plate. While they are out of the room. . reach into the bowl and grab a piece of gum. re-enact your scene by building a couch out of three folding chairs covered by a LARGE sheet or blanket (it must cover all the chairs well--all the way to the ground). when they ask if they’re real. then the oven mitts. Variation added by Angela Nuckles Also see Bobbing For Worms (Click Here) and Worm Fest (Click Here). Gum Tag Get 4 students to come to the front of the room. for each person. walk. walk over to the girl. put on the oversized shirt. On a table. Added by Susie Variation: Make huge bowls of chocolate pudding and put regular gummy worms and sour gummy worms in the bowls. they take off the mitts. both you and the girl release pressure on the sheet so they will fall right through. and then blow a bubble. Then pull up three guy studs to come give you their best line and move. After building the couch in front of them. Gummy Worms/Chocolate Pudding 3 or 4 students each have a pan with chocolate pudding or Reddi Whip and 15 gummy worms mixed in. briefly send them out of the room. they must unwrap the gum. pull out and hide the middle chair. To do this. The first tagger wins.Also see Gum Tag (Click Here). Each member is to run from a certain spot up to the table. (The kids think they are real worms. telling the crowd that you will need their help. When the guys deliver their line and begin to sit down. deliver their best line. takes more time). With the oven mitts on. Guy's Best Pick-up Line Tell a quick disaster date story about asking someone out. After explaining and demonstrating. First one to get all 15 or the person who gets the most in a designated amount of time is the winner. Tell the students that there are some “special worms” in the buckets and they will know when they get those special worms. Stand on one end of the sheet while the girl remains on the other end. distance from the girl — that when told to do so they will enter the room one at a time. 2 oven mitts and a jar full of hard chewing gum (the harder the better. don't answer them!) They get 1 point for every gummy worm they find and 5 points for every “special” (sour) worm they find. have an oversized shirt.

You need 5 of the same prizes to give away to the winning team. Girls Trivia Have 5 guys and 5 girls come up. "Go!". The teams line up facing the audience on both sides of you. so unless they bite at the exact same time the apple can't even be bitten in to. If the person gets the answer wrong. some to females. Added by Jennifer Fink An Added Twist by Adam Wormann: To modify the "Hanging Apple" game.. When someone on a team knows the answer they have to hit the floor face down. Pre-pick 3 willing contestants and bring them up front.” so you might want to have a few extra questions and a tiebreaker. or number of questions to suit your group. The person eating the apple is on their knees and blindfolded. Once you say. the other team gets a shot at it. Added by Young Life Guys vs. Write out a list of about 10 to 15 questions. switch the apple for a student who can take a joke with a raw onion. Added by Joshua Nelson Hanging Apples Teamwork counts on this game. and some a bit tough for both. You can change the points. Right before you begin. then it’s “dead. If they miss. we have someone hold the apple on a string for the person instead of from the ceiling. sometimes everyone will. Hang the same number of apples (or caramel apples) as teams that you have from the ceiling with a string. (Example: How high does a building have to be before it’s required to have a blinking red light for airplanes? Answer: 200 ft. Make sure that they are secure. Great reactions. players. The trick is that the apples swing around when you try to bite into them and the students can't use their hands. Choose 4 or 5 sets of two-person teams. The first team to 8 or 10 points wins. Where is mascara applied?) Some of the questions can be geared towards males. Also see Caramel Apples on a String (Click Here). The first team that finishes wins. (Make sure you follow "Jonathan's Seven Sins of Game Leading" tips here- . Sometimes one kid goes down. the two people will try to finish their apple before the other teams.Note: The person who takes them out should have three lines ready for the guys in case they can’t think of one. Make sure you build them up afterward! The Point: Great game to precede a talk on dating or sex. Happy Shake File this in the "fun with a blender" category! Go to McDonalds and pick up 3 Happy Meals (the manager may even donate them if he appreciates youth work).

Draw pictures. The leader then explains that he has found a rare creature (the hefalump) and that it is skilled in many areas. Award either dumb or good prizes (like a can of bean dip. The object of the game is to squeeze enough juice from the fruit into the cup to reach the line and for one team member to drink it. Each team is given a bag of fruit. Added by Chris Chamberlain Head Paint Bring three guys with really short hair up front. a clear drinking cup that has a line drawn across it to indicate a minimum amount of juice to be squeezed into the cup. The rest is a race to see who can drink their "happy shake" the fastest. and a chair. The gross out factor is that the only way that fruit can be squeezed is either in the armpit. an old soccer trophy. Others hold large pieces of cardboard for them to draw or write on. fries and drink) in front of them. Be sure and keep the level low enough and use tons of fruit because each piece yields very little juice. sitting.) Blend the Happy Meals together (burger. You might want one or two trash cans near the front for participants who don't like the shakes.making sure the entire crowd can see clearly. the drinker has to run up front and drink it. Have them dip their heads in tins filled with chocolate sauce. Then. The Have 3 people who know the object of the game hiding out of the room with a cup of water and a blanket. or lying down). Grapefruits are good because they have tons of juice. so are tomatoes because they are gross and have a ton of juice. Idea from Young Life Hefalump Game. Use your imagination. Tips: Cut the fruit in half before the teams get it because it juices easier. or a cd or devo from your local Christian bookstore). Lose. Hawaiian Punch Choose 3 two-person teams. or Draw. Variation: Use bare feet (standing.especially #2. the back of the knee or with the feet.being prepared and #7. Plastic cups are safest to use. or turn it into a game of Win. Write words. We used tape on the cup to indicate the level of juice. One person sits in the chair and does the squeezing (with the help of the drinker) while the other team member catches the juice. To build it up the leader starts to explain how people must be quiet and not stare or point as it may upset the . fill up equal CLEAR cups for each person. Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here) and Gross Domestic Product (Click Here). You can have the crowd guess what the pictures are. Once predetermined level is reached. vote on whoever drew the best picture.

Hose-Head Bring 2 people up front. Where do you like to do it? With whom? Why do you like it so much or what’s your favorite part? If you're uncomfortable with the 'kissing' theme. Have the second person act out he hobby for the third. Let them know that this is a simple contest of "the first one done with the HoHo's and milk WINS!" Yell "Go!" and let the games begin! Also see Baby Bottle Burp (Click Here).hefalump. As you introduce them all and say which position they are in. you can say 'frog-kissing' or 'cowtipping' or something goofy. such as acting out changing a diaper or washing an elephant. and that you'll interview them onstage so the audience can guess later. exaggerated actions of your hobby. When each student enters the room.) . Give them each one (or two) Ho-Ho's and a glass of milk. Ask for 3 volunteers to come forward. Bring in the next person and have the first act out the hobby for the second. While they are out of the room. They come back in and the leader says it can do math. After doing this a couple of times you say even though it has no eyes it can step over things without treading on them. Have them lie on the floor. then the hefalump using one of its legs taps out the answer. the hefalump pours the water all over him/her! Added by Laura Westby Hobby Hoax Send 3 students out of the room and tell them to think of their favorite hobby. Bring in the first person and act out detailed. Hobby Pantomime Take 3 people out of the room. At the end ask each person what they thought they were acting out. Then as the hefalump lifts his leg over the one who has been emphasized. The leader then goes and gets the people who have the blanket over their heads and the back person has the cup of water. Get a pair of women's size small thigh-high panty hose. (Or just cut the legs from a regular pair. Idea from Young Life Also see Hobby Pantomime (Click Here) and Toilet Bowl Rollercoaster (Click Here). emphasize one. Ho-Ho Slam Bring 4-6 students up front. so he starts asking questions like 2+2. ask him or her questions about their favorite hobby. Added by Young Life Also see Hobby Hoax (Click Here) and Gossip Tellers (Click Here). so let’s find out about their kissing. The hobby you pick can even be something that isn't realistic.g. e. This is basically a big game of telephone through pantomiming. explain to the crowd that we all know that everyone’s favorite hobby is kissing.

Also. As always. you have the two extra pins -. They can run around or whatever trying to keep it on their head. You will need 2 people to set the pins up again quickly and one to catch them so they don’t go through the pins and head first into the wall. see Cold Toe Dogs (Click Here). soft items). Added by Young Life For another hotdog game. Put girls on the sled with the helmet on and have them put their hands behind their back and let a guy (or vice versa the guy and girl thing) "bowl" them down into the set of 10 pins (they must be spread out well. they lose. Usually bowl 3 competitors and let them do a frame a piece. They bend over and start swinging their panty hose and ball. Then they try to use their swinging hose to catch the other swinging hose and pull it off the other person's head. you will need to practice to see how far). use caution and safety.paint them gold and make into trophies -. (You don't want them wrapping hose around necks. Put three blindfolded girls in the back of the room (or a good distance away if you're in a large room) and give each of them a dozen hot dogs each. For a sell before the “tournament” (to pump the group up). or an oversized skateboard. with bowling sounds for the background. Hot Dog Catch (aka Space Alien Dogs) Bring three guys up front and somehow attach 32 oz. Added by Young Life Also see Pumpkin Bowling (Click Here) and Vacuum Cleaner Bowling (Click Here). elbow pads. Human Bowling Go to local bowling alleys and ask for 12 old pins (Youth worker John Lord's alternate 'pins' are a stack of small plastic chairs or other large. etc.Put a tennis ball in the end of each one all the way at the toe end. shin guards. goggles. Most good sleds can really move up to 20-30 feet or so. The first one to pull it off their opponents head is the winner. There are great sound effect CDs out there. The girls throw the dogs to the guys who catch them in their cups without using their hands. Get a "creeper" (sled on wheels used to slide under a car to do maintenance). Make it a rule that if their hose hits the other person or wraps around the other person. have a "human cannonball" fly in on the sled and smack the pins (helmet. Another option is to do this with about 6-10 people. etc. you can give extra points if they bank the dog off the guy's face. If you're playing for points.). Have the contestants put the panty hose over their head and face (w/ ball dangling in front).and give one to keep and put the names of the winners on the other as your running trophy. heads. chest protector. cups around their necks. . Added by Chuck Linton Also see Flour Swing (Click Here). so have a good runway. and a motorcycle helmet.) You might want to offer eye protection as well.

etc. Human Ring Toss You have two teams of three. Human Scrabble For Dummies Two groups of students line up in the front of the room. . but it's all scrambled up. lights. They will make their brave member into a human ice cream sundae! They'll pour ice cream. For this game you need at least 6 students and 9 chairs. Divide it how you wish: the guys can be x's and the girls o's. Added by Young Life Also see Human Scrabble (Click Here) and Human Typewriters (Click Here). The first group to do so wins. and caramel on that person's head. if you have a small group. chocolate syrup. At signal. The third person is the "director"." and the others "decorators". whichever team's human sundae looks messier wins. divide into teams. etc. (any tree decorations will do). When finished turn off all the lights and plug in Christmas Trees. Both teams get 90 seconds. or all the freshman and sophomores (x) vs juniors and seniors (o). Human Sundae Choose four contestants to come to the front. One person is the "thrower" and stands on stage blindfolded. Added by Bob Also see Cake Head (Click Here). more left. Take pictures! Added by Blaine Tarnecki Also see Christmas Wish List (Click Here) and Christmas: Dueling Carolers (Click Here). Team with the most ‘ringers’ at the end gets a cool prize. whip cream. Give each team 5 minutes to decorate their "tree". each group must arrange themselves to properly spell the word. standing on a chair in the middle of the audience. Human Tic Tac Toe You can use this game as a small group activity or as an upfront game for a huge group.Human Christmas Tree You can play this as an up front game or. The second person is the "peg". All the letters in each group spell a word. (throw higher. Have as many teams of 4 as you want. etc. Designate one person "the Christmas tree. Set up 2 teams: one to be x's and the other o's. and retrieves the rings (hula-hoops) and gives directions to the thrower. The 4 people decide who's bravest amongst them. Can also be done with two teams upfront.). Make sure the ice cream is slightly melted. Each decorator has a bag full of ornaments. Each one gets a letter hung around his or her neck on a card.

Put the mayo in a Tupperware dish and freeze. cups. shirts. Ice Cream Feed Lay plastic on the floor for this gross up-front game and set up so every one can see. shoving. You can judge the winners by how much ice they got in the shirt in a given amount of time or by how long the guys could stand having the ice in their shirts. Human Sundae (Click Here). horizontal. or diagonal. Ice Chest Bring up 3 or 4 "tough" guys.). this isn’t a hockey game. since it may be hard for the audience to see what's going on. Then have a team mate (or team mates) run with cups of ice to fill up the shirts. You may have a few "Cat's Tails" or "Cat's Games" (depending on the region you live in)! Added by Marc Hartenberg. Tell them you're going to have a contest to see who is the "coolest!" Have them change into some x-large shirts that you have for them and have them tuck the shirts in. If you've got a camera and a VPU. scissors kicking. vertical. No pushing. and buckets or actual ice chests to hold the ice in. you can use a cordless relay system or a really long RCA cable to provide a live feed from above the chairs. You'll need a lot of ice. Have pairs lie down head to head and feed ice cream to the person behind them. and a really long RCA video cable. You may want to make sure you've got live video feed for this one. clotheslining. Added by Ian Longtin Also see Ice Cube Race (Click Here). This can be done with a video projector. Ontario Also see Human Scrabble (Click Here). Ice Grab It! (Click Here). and Ice Cream Mayo Surprise (Click Here). a video camera. This gets messy only on the fed person's face… and neck…and chest. scratching.When the leader yells. etc. Ice Cream Mayo Surprise Ahead of time buy cheap vanilla ice cream and a jar of cheap Mayonnaise. when frozen. decapitating. "TIC TAC GO!" students charge toward the chairs. just like the tic tac toe played on paper. looks exactly like vanilla ice cream.) . Added by Young Life See Ice Cream Stuff (Click Here). Have towels handy for them when the game is over. The first team to empty their bowls wins. Their goal is to make a line. (Mayonnaise.!" (NOTE: be careful. and Melt that Ice Cube (Click Here). That would help the audience cheer on their team. NOTE: Teams cannot make the straight line closest to them. biting.

Try a second time but don't let them sit too far up and hold them down. Set the contest up as just a typical ice cream eating contest. The objective of this game is to have teams write a very short skit about something silly. and then act it out LIVE in front of the rest of the group. at the same time. You want as much of their face as possible to get "creamed". Keep frozen until the last minute. Added by Bill Impromptu This game works great IF YOU BREAK THE TEAMS UP PROPERLY. to pin the blindfold to the floor. they must eat it off the floor. Added by Sara Sinnard Also see Ice Cream Mayo Surprise (Click Here) and Ice Cream Feed (Click Here). The best part is when that student looks at the other contestants who are eating without any problems. This time let go of the blindfold and the person will sit up directly into the whipped cream pie. Have the person try once and while they try. Place the blindfold over their eyes but not over their nose and face. The look on the person who eats the frozen mayo is priceless. Have them decide who sits and who wants to stand. Great for laughs. On the third attempt you tell them to try really hard. Blindfold the student standing and give the one who sits a trash can bag to cover his/her clothes. etc. Ice Cream Stuff Lay plastic under chairs for this gross up-front game. scoop out some ice cream into a couple bowls and scoop some mayo into one bowl. Gross Option: If any ice cream spills. Hilarious! Have towels & a small bucket ready. Get an even number of students and have them pair up. pretend to try and pin the blindfold to the floor.Before the contest. Choose someone athletic and perhaps cocky person and tell them that the object of the game is to try to do a sit up while wearing a blindfold while another person tries. Added by Randy Also see Ice Cream Feed (Click Here). Whoever eats it all first wins. When you say "Go!". . so he continues anyway. the blindfolded student must feed the sitting student. Hand the blindfolded student a big helping of ice cream in an plastic bowl with a spoon. I would reccomend a live video feed for the students sitting in the back of the room. hands behind their backs. fill a pie tin with whipped cream (the aerosol kind works well) and hide it somewhere close by. Impossible Sit-up. While this is going on have someone very quietly get the whipped cream pie out and place it directly in front of where the person's face will be when they sit up. The Before the game.

Have the volume on the I-Pod loud enough that your singer can't hear themself. Scenario #2: A group of archeologists have just discovered the biggest find in history (something goofy like “Homo Donald Trumpicus”). The group must explain why this find will change human history! Scenario #3: The group is a mob of angry town folk who have reached the limit of their patience with Santa's sleigh flying over their town every year. A team that consists of nothing but social hermits will probably not work very well. IV Bag Suck Get three large ziplock bags filled with Kool Aid (liquid) and surgical tubing coming out of the top. 4-man teams get two 6-foot pieces of wax paper. Here are a few examples: Scenario #1: A run-by stoning has just occurred. they get a better prize. IPod Sing-Along This is a poor man's Karaoke. The first one to drink their entire bag wins. everyone gets candy. We use the jogging track around our gym as our "track". put on the I-Pod and do his/her best to sing along. Then simply write up a few scenarios for them to develop and act out. They try to figure out a way of bringing him down…for good! Rules: Every team member must play/act/participate.V. have the "I. Indoor Bobsledding All you need is wax paper and a carpeted floor. Variation: See how long it takes for the crowd to figure out what the singer is singing and to sing along with them. You can also have multiple contestants compete for one prize. It is a blast Added by Corey Springer Also see Chariot Race (Click Here). bags" raised above the contestants' heads. If less than 20 seconds. each team gets a 4 foot piece of wax paper. if less than 10 seconds they get a best prize. As the detectives (or other “official” people) the group must explain why this man was stoned and then ran over by bears. Have a student come up front. Skits need to be kept to a very strict 2 minute maximum. We use 2-man and 4-man bob sled teams. For 2-man. Two people must remain on the sled at all times while the others push. Split up the students in such a way that each team gets a few of the outgoing kids in it. Compete head-to-head or individually for the best time. One person has to remain on the "sled" at all times the other person is the brakeman (pusher). For added effect. Have three people suck until the Kool-Aid is gone. If they can figure it out in less than 30 seconds.A huge key to this game is to split up your raging extroverts. Select a good song. Caution: Remember that many of the large ziplock bags are a full .

Each student gets a straw. then compare jars to see who has the most. 3 students. Added by Young Life . This way people are a bit more thorough. Also see Jello Scull (Click Here) and Jellow Slurp and Spit (Click Here). Added by Steve Hurst Also see Jello Slurp and Spit (Click Here). have a belly flop contest in a baby pool full of Jello. The object is to see which student can get the most Jello into their personal jar by slurping it out of the mother bowl and spitting it into their jar. You will need one straw per player and equal amounts of Jello (that has been set) in a bowl or cup for each player or team. Large straws are best. Added by Lisa from Australia Also check out Tim Tam Slurp (Click Here). First one done is the winner. Lay a tarp over a big old mattress under the baby pool. You don't want the game to backfire due to the students not being able to actually finish their I. Jello Belly Flop In the winter. If you do this game in teams use a bowl of Jello.gallon. Be aware of how much Kool-Aid you put into the bag. You can give them each a straw. and 3 small jars. Give them a certain amount of time. Also see Kool-Aid Taste Off (Click Here). Jello Scull Similar to Jello Slurp (Click Here). and set a a bowl of jello in front of each of them. Idea by Young Life Also see Jello Twister (Click Here). Whoever finishes and swallows all of his/her jello the quickest wins. or put their hands behind their back and have them bury their face in it.V. Players are judged on the cleanest bowl. Jello Slurp and Spit Have a huge bowl of Jello up front. also added by Lisa! Jello Shoot Two or more people each rip open a small box of jello powder mix and shoot it down their throats dry. but if you are playing individually just use plastic cups for time’s sake. Each player gets a bowl of Jello and a straw. the term "scull" is Australian lingo for drinking something as fast as you can. Jello Slurp Choose several contestants. The aim is to finish sucking the jello through the straw first.

Just be sure to watch audience responses and quit while they still want more (as apposed to boring them and running the game into the ground). Rules: • • Place buckets up-side down. Also see Joust: Sick & Twisted (Click Here). Added by Kevin Brown Also see M & M Scarf (Click Here). The helper blindfolds the first person and leads them into the room and up to the King. each with a joust stick or pillow. Ketchup Covered M & Ms Place a bowl of M&Ms in front of three contestants and explain that all they have to do is eat the most in 60secs (or first one done). Discourage "head shots" and other "cheap shots.Also see Jello Slurp (Click Here). and even eat a couple if you've got the stomach for it. When someone removes the blindfold. sticks with foam rubber ends) or two pillows and a soft area to play (grass area or padded floor). I could play this game for 20 to 30 minutes at times. Before you say. each player tries to knock the other player off his bucket. about 3 feet apart. Have him put the other ring on his regular ring finger. I used to bring out the buckets and sticks at my junior high events and all the kids would beg to be a participant." tell them you forgot one thing: the ketchup. When judge says "Go!". or for a much longer set with a bunch of competitors. The King is in the front of the room sitting on a chair. For this game you'll need 2 five gallon buckets and 2 jousting sticks (4 ft. Have him take one shoe off and put one of the rings on the second toe. King Bo-Bo For this up-front game. Have both moist and dry towels ready for clean up. and after the person kisses it the king lifts up his foot in front of the volunteer's face (not touching). 3 volunteers. "You are in the presence of King Bo-Bo. you need a "King". "Go." He holds out the ring on his hand. One person is the King and one is the helper. The king says. The contestants may not use their hands. In order to show your respect you must kiss his ring. Joust Outdoor or indoor. a blindfold. it appears as if they have just kissed the king's foot! The point: Things aren't always what they seem! . Pour some ketchup over the M&Ms. 2 players stand on buckets." Note from Jonathan: This game is great for either a quick 5 minute game between a few player. and two rings -preferably large ones like men's class rings or women's rings w/large sets.

It's hilarious because they do not anticipate it being so sour. Repeat until the glass is full. spin. At "Go!". Lemonade Machine Bring at least two volunteers up front. Kool-Aid Taste Off Ask three volunteers to sit in chairs facing the rest of the group. their friend proceeds to squeeze one lemon." they must first eat the lemon. Also see Lemonade Machine (Click Here).kids could become nauseated. On a signal they each open a different flavored packet (the small ones) of Kool-Aid. Added by Young Life Also see IV Bag Suck (Click Here). The "Lemonade Machine" stands up and jumps up and down three times and spits the contents of his or her mouth into a glass (make it a clear one for good visual). drink the water. The first to do this is declared the winner. have the ingredients for lemonade: a 1/4 of a lemon each. Students will tend to go through them rather quickly.. On a low table in front of each of the volunteers. The person who (in that manner) is the first to eat all of the Kool-Aid in the packet wins.Added by Tracy Sheppard Variation: Actually have them kiss the king's foot. "The Lemonade Machine". Note: Make sure you've got enough lemons. Added by Michael Boyd Also see Lemonade Eating Contest (Click Here) Licorice Race Choose 3 guy/girl couples (see variation below if you don't want to use couples). When you say "Go. 1 spoon of sugar and 1 cup of water into "Lemonade Machine's" mouth. Lemonade Eating Contest Get 4 volunteers up front and have them sit down on stools.. Warning: Use your own judgment . But be careful to choose students who can take a joke. Each "Lemonade Machine" sits in a chair with his or her head leaning backwards and with their mouth open. Have them each bring up a friend from the crowd to be their partner. Guy and girl at each end race to eat the licorice and Lifesaver first without using their hands. If it drops on the floor they must get it without using their hands. then the sugar. a teaspoon of sugar. They then lick just one finger and dip it into the packet.. facing the audience. be creative) and sit down to mix up the ingredients. Announce that this is a race to make lemonade. and they usually end up with it all over their lips. then they have to jump up (twist. Tie a Lifesaver in the middle of a long piece of licorice. Announce them as. . and a glass of water.

Have one of your funny leaders be a Dr. Love or "Antonio Amore" character. Good near dances, homecoming, or Valentine's Day. Any weird love song or song about kissing will do. Variation: Also could be done with kids up front and the Lifesaver at the end of on piece of licorice (with their partner holding it) and race to eat it first. Added by Young Life Lifesavers On the Face Choose 3 guy-girl teams. Each girl gets three rolls of lifesavers and 2 minutes to lick, stick, and arrange them on the guy’s face. Have the audience vote for the winning team. You may make a lifesaver hat out of a foam circle, spray-painted to add to the decor. You may also consider having 2 girls per guy decorate. Added by Young Life Also see Attack of the Fish (Click Here) and Cheeto Face (Click Here). Long John Stuff This game can be played as an all-play in small groups, or as an upfront game with larger groups. Long John Stuff requires several bags of deflated balloons, thermal underwear for each person you bring up front or for each team if you make it an all-play, and teams of 6. The number of teams depends on the number of students present. Once teams are formed, litter the floor with dozens (or hundreds) of deflated balloons. Then give each team a full pair of long-johns (or union suit). The team then decides who will wear them over their clothes. It works to their advantage to find the most wiry person for this part (although you'll need to be careful to not make weight an issue). Once the long-johns are on, the leader of the game does or says something to officially begin the game (a cap pistol, whistle, or yell, "Go!"). The object is for the team members not in long-johns to begin inflating balloons, and stuffing them into the long john pants and tops. Decide on a time limit that will officially end the inflating and stuffing portion of the game. Each team is then featured one-by-one as they are given a pin to begin popping each balloon--counting out loud as they do. The balloons are popped through the clothing. Ultimately, the team with the most number of popped balloons is the winner. Suggestion: Have a camera available for taking shots of the fully stuffed long-johns Also see T-Shirt Stuff (Click Here). M & M Scarf Six students on each team (2 teams) must divide out colors of a pound bag of M&M's and eat them in order of color. Example: First person opens the bag and sorts out

all the red colors then passes the bag to the next person while scarfing (eating) his color! The team with all the M& M's eaten first is the winner. Also see Jelly Bean Trade (Click Here) and Ketchup Covered M&Ms (Click Here). Mad Sentence Dash Use this up-front game before any holiday (so you have an automatic theme) to promote an upcoming event, or just for fun. Pre-select a theme to give students an idea of what sentence they’re about to come up with. Set up two dry erase boards up front. Get 4 students (2 teams of 2) to come to the front of the room. Give each of them a marker. Have each half of the room be on the team of either two people. Each side of the room can yell out suggestions for their “team”. On “Go!”, one of the students from each team starts a sentence (If your room is big, make them run from half way across the room up to the stage, then back again when they’re done.). The 2nd person continues with another word. It’s up to you whether the contest is a matter of time limit, number of words, sensibility, or creativity. vYou decide how the winning team wins. Buy a couple of those cheap paperback thesauruses or dictionaries to award as prizes. Also see Sentence Game (Click Here). Marble in Clear Tubing Wrap 15 feet of clear tubing around a small girl. Have 3 different pairs of guys get 3 marbles from one end and out the other by lifting and spinning the girl. The fastest time wins. If you have the bucks to buy 2 lengths of tube, you can have 2 groups at once racing. Idea from Young Life Marbles In Jello Put marbles in a roasting type pan (use a dark-colored Jello). Have paper towels handy and some plastic to protect the floor. Have 2 people for each pan of Jello. Using only 1 foot, they race to find the marbles. Added by Young Life Also see Frozen Marbles (Click Here). Marker Fencing Dress two contestants in white t-shirts and white sweats. Give students protective eyewear (It will add a lot if you can get some fencing headgear as well). Duct tape two big black markers to the end of two strong dowel rods (bought at any hardware store). Instruct them that the only place they can mark is above the belt and below the neck. Then let them duel. The person to make the most marks of at least one half inch long wins. You can order glow in the dark pens, follow the same directions, and then turn out the lights to determine your winner. Background music will be a must, and white gloves and socks can help highlight the uniforms! Fence away! Added by Young Life

Marshmallow Drop Need:

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1 bag large marshmallows chocolate syrup 2 bowls 2 chairs or step ladders

You will also need 3 students: one to hold the bowl, one to stand on the chair/ladder, one to lay down on floor. The object of the game is to see how many chocolate marshmallows can be dropped into the mouth of the person lying on the floor. The person on the chair/ladder dips a marshmallow into the chocolate and tries to drop it into the mouth of the person lying on the floor. Person on the chair can not bend over but must stay in upright position. The person on the floor should spit the marshmallow out of their mouth, to catch the next marshmallow. The winners are the group that catches the most marshmallows in a given amount of time. You set the time. Added by Stan Bell Variation: Use mustard instead of chocolate syrup. Taken from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Also see Banana Splits in the Mouth (Click Here). Marshmallow Home Run Derby Great game to break out at different times during baseball season (i.e. start of the season, playoffs, World Series, All-Star game, etc.). Pick 3 or 4 contestants and have them stand in front of the room or on stage. One at a time, give them a plastic wiffle bat, (the chunky bats are better). Each swing is either an out or a home run. Give them 10 outs and set up a designated home run fence. For more fun make it a human fence of students. You’ve heard of the ‘Green monster’ in Fenway Park? Well this is the ‘Teen Monster’. Have one of your leaders be the official pitcher and have them under-hand toss marshmallows to each batter, (use the bigger marshmallows). Player with most home runs wins. Added by Pastor Dan Also see Marshmallow Pitch (Click Here). Marshmallow Pitch For this game, have kids get in groups of three and give each trio a sack of miniature marshmallows. Each group should designates one neutral counter, one pitcher, and the other the catcher. On "go", the pitcher tosses a marshmallow into the catcher's mouth, and the catcher must eat the marshmallow. The pitcher and catcher should be about ten feet apart. The counter counts how many successful catches are made,

and the couple with the most at the end of a time limit or the first to reach twenty successful catches is the winner. Added by Young Life See also Shmallow Shooters (Click Here). Mattress Jump For this game you need an inflatable mattress that won't fold up on you (one of those big camping mattresses, not some little float around the pool mattress). If you have two, even better. See how long one student at a time can jump w/o losing balance. If you have two, you can have them toss something back and forth with the loser being the one who drops the item (egg, pillow, a goofy soft toy - you get the idea). Added by Matthew Gibbs Also see Mattress Pass (Click Here). Melt That Ice Cube Divide group into two or three teams. Give a large block of ice to each group. The team has to melt the ice any way they can (i.e. crushing, breaking, friction, body heat, etc.). If possible, weigh before and after to determine winner. Prepare for water. Added by Young Life Also see Ice Cube Race (Click Here), Ice Grab It! (Click Here), and Ice Chest (Click Here). Messy Plexi Prep: Buy or get a 4'x8' sheet of plexi glass donated. You will need: Oreos, Cheese in a can, Crackers Call up two teams of two. Tell the students that they need to draw someone using the Oreos, cheese in a can, and crackers. When they finish hold up the plexi glass to show the audience and let them vote by applause. Then tell them the game is just starting. The team that can eat their creation the fastest wins. It's great to see tounges, lips, hair, ears and whatever press up against the glass and the audience will roar with laughter. You will need to pressure wash the glass each time you use it. Added by Sterling Lynn Also see Messy Message (Click Here). Milk The Latex Glove 2-4 students race to see who’s the best at milking rubber gloves. Dangle the gloves from the undersides of saw horses, to give the effect of milking a cow. Make very small pin holes in the tips of the fingers of the gloves. Have a measuring cup to see who wins and a container for each to milk into. Play cow sound effects and country

music in the background. Added by Young Life Also see Milk Chug (Click Here). Mind Reader Fun game where you and another staff person or student leader pretend that one of you has the ability to read minds. Important: Pre-arrange with "It" (your assistant) a person that they will pick first. As everybody arrives, tell them that "It" is a mind reader. Send "It" out of the room and point to the person that you have pre-arranged. Have "It" come back in the room and ask him or her which person you just selected while "It" was out of the room. "It," of course, will know and the kids won't be that impressed. But "It" looks two spaces clockwise from the person you just pointed to and remembers that person. When "It" leaves the room again, shuffle everyone around (for their confusion) and then pick that person (that WAS two spaces clockwise from the previous person). "It" will come and pick this person to everyone's amazement. Continue playing this for a few rounds, quitting while they still want more. Added by Michael Knight Mock Spelling Bee This is designed to get you, the leader. It begins by having someone challenge you to a spelling bee. Four kids come up front to challenge you one at a time to a power spelling bee. The game goes as follows: one kid at a time steps up and is given an object (for example, an egg) and your leader asks them to spell egg. If they do it correctly, they get to put the object on you. If incorrectly, they do not (obviously by now you will have an egg on your head). Then it is your chance to spell and put something on them, only you are set up each time. For example, your leader may hold up a can of coke to which you excitedly blurt out "Coke…c-o-k-e…Coke" only to have your leader tell you that is not the word. Instead, they read the toughest ingredient on the can (phenylcarbonhydronate acid or whatever) you miss. The next kid steps up and spells another object (oatmeal, syrup, bananas all work). Each time you get drilled and each time you spell back you lose. Whoever is running the game may trick you in other ways, for example, silent "p's" or whatever. A good ender is for them to give you one that you can get right, you in disbelief stare and take a minute to try to guess the catch…then you slowly spell the easy word…on the second to last letter your leader looks at their watch, interrupts saying "whoop, your time has expired, but thanks for playing" and takes off. Your reactions, facial expressions, and acting ability will make or break this one! Added by Young Life Money Grab Great upfront/crowd game that gets everyone involved but without complete chaos! Buy play money or go to

http://www.hasbro.com/monopoly/pl/page.treasurechest/dn/default.cfm and print off monopoly money (free). Print off one page then you can use your church's printer for the rest. Give one bill to every person who comes that night, right when they come in. When you’re ready to play, call some people up to the front - suggestion: 3 people for every 100 kids. On, “Go!” your three volunteers run out in the crowd and grab as much money as possible - the crowd lifts up their monopoly money. Set a time limit. The one who runs back to you with the most money wins. Also see Dollar Surprise (Click Here), Mingle for Money (Click Here). Added by J. Smith, Pluse Youth Ministries Mullet Envy Crowd breaker. Have students get into groups of 5 to 10. Have them select one student who will wear a shower cap. Have the group place 2-sided tape all over the cap and then cut either brown or black yarn to be placed on the tape on the cap to look like a mullet. Then have the mullets come up to the stage to be judged on the best one. Have the mulletheads say, "Business in the front and a party in the back," into the mic in their best 80's metal voice. Also, while they are constructing the mullet play a couple of mullet songs (KJ-52 mullet song hidden track #9 and Phantom Mullet by Five Iron Frenzy). Party on dude! Added by Russ Smith Mummy Wrap This game can be played as either an up-front game or as an audience game. As an Audience game: Throw out 3 rolls of toilet paper to different sections of the crowd and have them do it right there. As an Up-Front: Pick three groups of three people each. Give each a roll or two of toilet paper. Make sure you give each team the same amount. Two people wrap up (like a mummy) the third person in the group. The object of the game is to: See who can wrap up their "mummy" first or who is most creative in their "mummifying". You may wish to add a few other objects into the game (Q-tips, t.p. rolls, etc.) to aid in the "artistic expression possibilities". A youth worker named Nick suggests providing sunglasses and hats, etc. You could have the crowd or the staff vote. You need 3 or 6 rolls of toilet paper. Also see Toilet Paper Bride (Click Here). Mystery Bag Upfront and messy, this game can last as long as you want, with as many people playing as you like.

You need one bag per contestant, in which ahead of time you’ll put both gross and tasty food items into. Suggestions for gross edibles: sardines, spam, peppers, dry decaffeinated coffee, etc. Suggestions for good edibles: marshmallows, peanuts, M&Ms, Skittles, chocolate Kisses. With all of the contents, cut them up into different sizes so students cannot easily figure out what it is. With you holding the bag so that the student can’t see its contents, volunteers grab a handful of whatever is in the bag, not looking, feeling the bag, or smelling it. They can’t look at what’s in their hand (use a blindfold if you don’t trust your kids!). Not a game for the weak! Added by Monty Lasseter Also see Grab Bag Scarf on Sick & Twisted page. Nacho Libre Thumb Wrestling Championship If you've seen the movie Nacho Libre, it's pretty clean and pretty funny - about like Napoleon Dynamite. It also has as the main character, a monk living in a monastery, who has always wanted to be a professional wrestler. This could go along with "Nacho Libre Night", complete with build-your-own-nachos. Have each contestant 'paint' their thumb like a wrestling character (with markers) and then take an old sheet and a box, and some large rubber bands and dowel rods and make a 'ring'. Cut two holes in the floor of the 'ring' so that the contestants can put their hand through it and commence thumb wrestling. This would even make a hilarious photo op or video op, especially if you had a bell to ring and an announcer, and an audience cheering and booing.... NOTE: If you have a big group and decide to play this game, you will need to have a live video feed hooked up so everyone can see. (See Jonathan's 7 Deadly Sins of Game Leading for more tips). Oreo Head Ask for 3 or 4 volunteers to come up front. On "go" the contestants take an Oreo, twist it open, moisten the creamier side with their tongue, and stick it to their forehead. Then, without using their hands, they try to contort their faces to maneuver the Oreo down their face and into their mouth. The first one to eat their Oreo wins. This is a hilarious game with many funny faces! I would also recommend a live feed video camera if you've got a larger group. Added by Young Life Also see Oreos on Plexiglass (Click Here). Oreo-Palooza This game works best if played as an up front game. Have several teams of two students each line up in front of a table facing the

be sure to keep the Oreos toward the center of the plexiglass. Choose 2-4 kids (as many as you have pieces of plexiglass for) and blindfold them.crowd. possibilities are limitless. The teammate who is blindfolded behind him must dunk the Oreos and feed them to his seated teammate. This goes on until all members of one team have had a turn. You will have as many lunch bags as you have students playing.. Oreos on Plexiglass Put Oreos open-faced on separate sheets of plexiglass. Packed Lunch Here is a great game that we did that was perfect for the students going back to school. It helps to have the plexiglass framed so that it does not wobble too much.. The first team to eat all thier bag lunches wins! Some bag lunch ideas that we used were: Sardines Pickled Onions Snickers Candy Bars Peanut Butter Milk (Fomula Kind) Hot Peppers --Of course. A few helpful notes: Have extra open-faced Oreos ready for when they knock them off. Choose a certain number of Oreos that must be eaten to win or select a time limit. The first team to finish wins. use discretion to keep the game going). Also. The teammate seated must eat the Oreos but cannot use his hands. Each team of two has one person seated at the table and one person blindfolded behind them. How to Play: Split your kids into two groups and have them form two single-file lines. If you have a large group of students. so that they don't lick the edges and risk cutting their tongues/mouths. Note to Youth Leader: Make sure to have a garbage can close to the tables because it will get nasty fast. Variation: Peanut butter on crackers works as well and may be a little stickier! Added by Young Life Also see Oreo Head (Click Here). It makes for a lot of fun when the Oreos are all over the players faces instead of in their mouths. The second student must wait until the first has eaten the contents entirely (or until they get sick. Each lunch bag will contain one piece of food in it. Before the game remind students about how their Mamas used to pack their lunchs for them and they would never know what they would get until they opened the bag at lunch time. you can make this an up-front game by selecting two teams of 3-5 students. On "go" the first student from each team grabs a lunch bag and eats its contents. Then tell them that you have packed some school lunches for them in honor of those days. Make sure your audience can see them! You will need plenty of Oreos and as many glasses of milk as you have teams. They must race to smash their face up against the glass and lick off the Oreos. so be creative! Just don't forget to have a couple good foods in there too! .

red for Valentine's. Winner gets a dumb prize. Patrick's Day. Bring a student upfront. Also. which is funny in its own right. orange for Halloween. Pantyhose Jello Slurp This gross game is played up front with 3-5 people while the crowd watches. The first person in the pair is to dunk their bare feet into the live worm pot and grab as many worms with their toes as possible. don't put too much into the bags. Pat's) and give bonus points for those that can slurp seasonal items through their pantyhose. Eat That Food (Click Here). and it smears the Jello up their faces! Added by Benny Also see Jello Slurp (Click Here) and Pantyhose Stuff (Click Here).). Added by Stephen Max Also see Bobbing for Worms (Click Here). Place them in pairs and have them seated. etc. Place a drop cloth or tarp down. This will avoid the audience and contestants from getting bored. Have them use your cell phone (you have to be able to hear the person on the other line) to make a live call to a friend of their . The first pair to complete the process is the winning pair. Have them kneel on the tarp. There is one live worm pot for each pair.Advice. The partner now must grab the worms with his toes and place the worms in the bucket. Phone a Friend For this game you need a cell phone (preferably w/a speakerphone) and a sound system. Lucky Charms for St. Added by Brandon Swonger Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here). Pass the Worms What you need: 3 pots of live fishing worms one bucket How to play: For this nasty game you need to recruit six volunteers and have them remove their shoes and socks. the crowd and contestants will have an added surprise when you pull the pantyhose off the contestants' heads. Each contestant places a knee high pantyhose over their head. They must then spin carefully around and hold the worms up for their partner to take them. and Lemonade Machine (Click Here). Give each one a bowl of especially runny Jello in the most seasonal color (green around St. Place something seasonal in the Jello (peeled grapes for eyeballs at Halloween.

start with small prizes like candy bars and work your way up to CDs. They will identify where they are and what's going on (“I'm part of this contest in my youth group right now . Variations: • • • Draw with toes or mouth Play-Doh Pictionary--sculpt objects for your team to guess. you can cut them . money. Break up into teams and play Pictionary.”) Now ask your student a series of questions about the person they are going to call. grade. Three people are chosen from the audience to stick their noses through the holes. . the size is up to you! Roll out plastic on the floor! Categorize your crowd by age. whatever you feel like. Cut out the space for their nose. We have done this in our harvest party and had takers of all ages. etc. The paper has to be big enough to hide their bodies. but if they miss they lose everything! Go 5 rounds. tickets to a concert. They can keep going up the prize ladder for better prizes. whatever! Added by Eric Brown Pick Your Friend’s Nose Use a huge piece of paper or a sheet and draw three people on it. Added by Young Life Pickle Spitting Contest Buy a large container of dill pickles. . The rest of the kids try to see if they can "pick" (identify) their friend's nose. Anything from distance. Added by Dean Bohl Pictionary Mania (How many ways can you play?) Play with teams. (skies the limit) and have fun with lots of recognition. having them draw with toes or mouth. You can go with whole pickles. Fruit Loop Pictionary--It's just like it sounds. . pencils. target. to draw.choice. and go to it. such as: • • • Will they answer before the third ring? Have they eaten dinner yet? Do they have shoes on? Or something embarrassing like: • Does their mom kiss them good night? Give a prize to your teen for every right answer they give. They have to guess what the person on the cell will say. goal posts. give each team a box or two of Fruit Loops cereal! It's fun to watch how creative teams will get using the different colors. But instead of using pens. . bullseye. gender. amusement park. (More may get eaten that played with!) .

sitting at a table with a pie and a fork. or Draw (Click Here). have them put their hands behind their back. Added by Young Life See also Pie Pan Bubble Blow (Click Here). un-blindfold the girl. Pie Pan Bubble Blow Bring three people up front to sit in chairs at a table. find the gum and be the first person to blow a bubble. Pillow Battle Just like it sounds. but the guy can’t. After the guy misses once. but can't use their hands Added by Stephanie See Pie Eating Contest (Click Here) and Gum in Flour (Click Here). Pie Eating Contest This game is played up front with 2-4 students (who won't mind getting messy) while the crowd watches. The first person done is the winner. "On your marks. Repeat and add whipped cream. Pie Roulette Six kids in a circle pass a pie around. the kid with the pie has the choice of pieing the person on their right or himself. Mean? You betcha! Added by Young Life . Use marshmallow fluff or whip cream for the pies. "Are you there?" The other answers. The last time. Then unblindfold her and do the same thing again. Say. The students race. although they may dodge the hit however else they want. The race is to see who can eat all the whip cream. Put three pie pans that are full of whip cream in front of them. they must ask the question. Lose. If the kid pies another kid he’s out. put the blindfold back on the girl." When it is all explained. Upbeat "pie-eating" music in background is a must! Idea from Young Life Also see Chocolate Tower (Click Here) and Pie Roulette (Click Here). If they all pie themselves add honey to the pie. Blindfold them both and tell them they must keep one foot still. or chocolate syrup. get set…" then stop and take away the forks. or whatever it takes. he stays in. but leave the guy blindfolded. First. and show the guy that she is still right there. "I am here. If he pies himself. Give them each a pillow and explain that they will each get three chances to hit each other.Added by Young Life/Fruit Loop Pictionary added by Marc Wilkinson Also see Win. They can stand or sit. At the bottom of each pie plate is a piece of bubble gum. Have a drop cloth and towels to clean up. When the music stops. so the girl can dodge the hits. or Spam. Have a girl take on a guy in a pillow battle.

Added by Young Life Also see Ping Pong Ball Party Blower (Click Here). Announce that you're playing "Pin The Tail On the Donkey" but you forgot the tails. only after a few seconds hold a jar of peanut butter in front of wherever the student puts his/her finger. Get the audience to egg each girl on. The only way they can move the ball is by bopping it with the party blower. Play as normal. Ping Pong Ball Party Blower This is a great game to do through the middle of the crowd while the crowd watches. Tie a tennis ball by about 2 feet of string to the middle of the stick. Explain that the object is to blow the ball to the other side while blindfolded. On "go". Pull up either 4 or six students. Bring several students up front and give them a party blower and a ping pong ball each. Have each guy kneel in front of a girl and try to talk her out of putting a pie in his face. each pair has to hold the plunger between. After they are blindfolded. Added by Young Life Ping Pong Ball Blow Use one or more pairs of one boy and one girl and place a cookie sheet with a pingpong ball on it between them. place the ball on a mound of flour on the cookie sheet. Plunger Head In most hardware stores you can buy the pink plunger part separate from the stick. Poor Man's Sumo Wrestling (aka Michelin Man Bumper Tube) . Have them get down on all fours and race their ping pong ball to a given destination and back. Put one plunger end at each end of the stick. Also see Pie Roulette (Click Here).Pin The Tail This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. with the ends on their foreheads and together they have to wrap the tennis ball around the stick without using their hands (other than to hold the plunger to their heads). Clue each girl ahead of time to let him go for a while. in order to make two or three pairs. Also see Ping Pong Ball Blow (Click Here). So get two plunger ends for every stick. so students will use their finger. Added by Robin Thornett & Johnna Maddox Also see Toilet Seat Toss (Click Here). The first team to wind the tennis ball all the way to the top wins. Plead For Mercy Bring 2 or 3 guy/girl teams up front (works great with dating couples).

mayo. Donut on a String (Click Here). Pudding Fling This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. but as soon as a person licks his/her lips. Make a "Bulls Eye" hole in a large (door size) piece of cardboard or plywood (think refrigerator box). punch. Memories. (Some examples are soda. 3 mayo’s. barbeque sauce. Also see Tubemania (Click Here). Each volunteer puts on a very large pair of overalls or pants (way too big for them). hand them each a Popsicle made of the same flavor (3 sodas. Cairns. Australia Powdered Donut Lips See who can eat the most powdered sugar donuts without licking their lips. each holding a tube like a belt or belly.This is basically Sumo Wrestling for poor people. There is no time limit. The remaining group members are given a quiz. etc. Draw or rope off a small circle that they try to bump each other out of. nothing happens. Duct tape the bottom of the pant legs to their ankles. Proceed to the next round using a different flavor. Porridge Pants This game can either be played as an up-front game or as an all-play game. Play as many rounds as you like. Provide sungglasses for the one who volunteers to stick their head in the "Bulls Eye" to protect their eyes. have the volunteers run around an obstacle course with their squelching porridge filled pants on. they’re eliminated. ketchup.) Pull three students up front and blindfold them. Added by Elise Hawke . Have a mixing bowl full of pudding for students to spoon from. Next. You may like to include things like “star jumps” to make it even more fun. They will fling a pudding-filled spoon at their target. Each incorrect answer results in the volunteers getting a bowl full of cold porridge (or oatmeal) poured down their pants. For each correct answer. Added by Jono Bleakley. (8 is the most we had one night!) Added by Angela Nuckles Also see Donut Line (Click Here). Popsicle Surprise Take plastic Popsicle trays you can put in a freezer and fill them with your own type of Popsicle flavors. Two players battle each other.) The first one to guess the correct flavor wins. and even chili. When all the quiz questions are finished or all the porridge is poured. Each team nominates one volunteer. Either bring 4 people up front or break your group up into even teams of 4-6.

use orange soda. forward or backward by pushing or releasing pressure to your hands. Girl “A” has two chances to sink a putt. allow one each. put it on the floor and then sit on it. Have two legit golf balls (or more in case one gets “lost” in the crowd). and each must take the dollar out of his wallet. If you want Halloween colors. Push Over Have two people come up and face each other about 2-3 feet apart. Depending on the size of your group. give each a dollar bill. either select a few "bowlers" or line up your whole group. Hand them a pumpkin and let er’ rip! Have a few staff people be pumpkin fetchers to keep the game moving along. Their feet should be even (side by side. line them up along the edge of the alley so they can see). With fewer bowlers. When they come up. they go for their wallets. This can be purchased at Walmart. Another way to do this is to ask for two people who want to win two dollars. Provide a prize for the best bowler (do a play-off if needed). Vacuum Cleaner Bowling (Click Here). Then set up empty (or full. touching each others palms (like they are playing "Patty-cake"). Grab 2 boys and 2 girls from the audience and have them come forward. See also Human Bowling (Click Here). which they must put in their wallets and place back in their back pockets. and tear the labels off. allow several tries.Pumpkin Bowling Set up a single "bowling alley" in your room. Added by Young Life Putt Putt Prank!! This game works well as an up front game. and a cola. Can't move your feet 2. Can't grab or close your hands Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Two guys who have wallets each face the other and see who can "draw" his wallet the fastest and stick it in his mouth (gunfighter style). Girl “A” competes against Girl “B”. (If you line up your group. Can't move your hands other than forward or back 3. Test out a few pumpkins and select a few good rollers. If she . and he loses. if you’re brave) two liter soda bottles for bowling pins. On the signal. The last guy to do so has to give the other guy his dollar. not in front of one another) and their hands are raised. gunfighter style. Have a practice putting green already spread out in front of the crowd (or in the middle of the room). and Pumpkin Puzzle (Click Here). The object is to make the other person fall. Rules: 1. With a large group. This can be as simple as using masking tape lines for gutters.

They may “pass” as many times as they want and come back to a question later. etc. if both miss. answers.How many appendages do you have? (4-arms/legs) 13. Whichever contestant can answer 10 of them in 90 seconds wins (candy. What shape is the earth? (Round/sphere) 9. However. Girl “B” is totally safe and gets to wreak havoc on Girl “A”. $1-5). Some of the questions have definite answers. pop. We suggest having easier questions for younger students on at least one list. Is a snake a reptile or amphibian? (Reptile) 5. having to wear those silly. If she misses on both shots. What did Jesus call His followers? (Disciples) 2. Below are 4 sets of questions. plaid golf pants from the 70’s. Have a couple of options available for the contestants to choose from when it comes to pranking.What is Garfield’s owner’s name? (John) 14. she is ALSO at risk of getting pranked. well. They can even get out of their seats and do goofy things as long as they don’t get in the person’s face or touch them. Simply repeat the process for the guys. The point: It’s hard to focus on what matters when we surround ourselves with distractions. How many ounces in a half gallon? (64) 2. they should simply cancel one another out. How many lives do cats have? (1) 3. Bring them up one at a time to ask 14 questions (see below).misses on both shots. pie in the face. she is at risk of being “pranked.What do you put on popcorn? 2nd contestant 1. How many stripes on the US flag? (13) 8. they can distract the contestant by yelling out random statements. though! The masses demand PRANK!!! The more prank the better. How many disciples did Jesus have? (12) .” Girl “B” then attempts her putts. What color are your eyes? 10. or noises. What is the name of this Youth group? 7. You may switch questions around or make up your own. Questions Under Fire! Loud. if Girl “A” misses both putts and Girl “B” makes at least one. some are random or silly.What color is good milk? (White) 12. How many ounces in a gallon? (128) 6. Ask the crowd what they think. We suggest: drink something gross. funny game w/a point! Choose 4 volunteers from 4 different grades. What letter comes after V? (W) 4. 1st contestant 1. fast. Where the audience comes in is as soon as you begin the questions.What is your neighbor’s address on the left? 11. You may think.

his wife) 9.24 + 19? (32) 4.How do you make a tuna sandwich?(Any combination: bread. Which candle burns longer – pink or blue? (Neither.What is 1800 in civilian time? (6:00 p. “Won’t you be my neighbor?” (Mr. What is your mom’s middle name? 5.Which way do hands turn on a clock? (Clockwise) 12. who were the Israelites escaping from? (Egyptian Army) 12.What is perfect vision? (20/20) 12. tuna. not junior varsity cheerleaders) 14. (2..How many wheels on a car? (4 . Say hello in Spanish. white. Eat a what a day to keep the doctor away? (Apple) 6.On what does a rolling chair move? (Wheels) 3rd contestant 1.) 13. (Hola) 2. 6.Count from 10 backwards. What is your or your friend’s cell phone number? 7. who got ticked? (Michael. .. 5. 3. 4. What does the acronym ASAP mean? (As soon as possible) 5. When King David danced in the buff. How many stars are on the US flag? (50) 10. What color is blue? (Blue) 9.Who is the lead (senior) pastor at this church? 14. 3. 7. 5.When Moses parted the Red Sea.What is the exact time? 11. relish) 11. What show says. Which is bigger – a deer tick or a wood tick? (Wood tick) 9. Say the alphabet backward.high performance) .also counts if they cover their eyes and spell it!) 8.3. & blue) What color is the stem of a red rose? (Green) How do you get skunk smell off? (Tomato Juice) How do you spell Mississippi without “i’s”? ("Mss ss pp" .Who is your favorite youth pastor (leader)? 11..Give me a prime number between 1 and 10. mayo.What US president died in June 2004? (Ronald Reagan) 13. Who sewed the first US flag? (Betsy Ross) 8. What is 37 . 2. How many books in the Bible? (66) What 3 colors are on the US flag? (Red. knife. 13. Rogers’ Neighborhood) Count to 10 in any foreign language.x. (Z. they both burn "shorter"like all candles do) 3. What size shoe do you wear? 10.What is a Hemi? (Engine .What is JVC? (a name brand of electronics or stereos. Rendezvous is French for what? (To meet) 7.y. 7) 4th contestant 1.or 5 if including the spare) 14.also counts if they turn around a recite the alphabet!) 10. What branch of military service mans submarines? (Navy) 8. How many megabytes does your computer have? 4. How many phalange’s do you have? (20-fingers/toes) 6.m.

. draw me a flying fish. Also." The object is to draw the best/most realistic picture (as judged by the audience) in 60 seconds." I'll have 3 slides with the cowboy presenting the different drawing challenges (one challenge per slide). The object is for them to get completely into the costume and back out of the costume while keeping the balloon in the air. explain the object of the game. some paper/poster board. Set the costume in front of each participant. What disease can you get from a deer tick? (Lime disease) 2. In the speech bubble I'll usually put something like this "Howdy Pardners. At the end of 60 . Each ridiculous looking costume consisted of a pair of pants. take the caps off their markers and draw whatever the cowboy tells them to. The Bad and The Ugly" works best). and a 70's outfit. I have some old western gun-slinging music to play during the game (the theme to "The Good. a pair of glasses. a monkey. 2 clipboards. When I say "Draw" they have to spin around to face each other. At the Beginning of the Game: I choose 4 volunteers from the crowd to come up front and I explain that the winner of the game will take home a prize. Quick Draw Challenge. "Go!" Each person blows up the balloon and starts bopping it into the air. What size shoe do you wear? Added by Amos Self Quick Change Prepare three or four costumes and grab the same number of volunteers. Before the Game: I do up a Powerpoint presentation depicting a cowboy (clipart or photo) with a speech bubble. I dare you to draw me a monkey!" or "Ok.basically anything). Supplies Needed: 2 markers. one of those old polyester Taco Bell uniforms (my friend's NOT mine!). a top. I then tell them that they're going to compete in the "Quick Draw Challenge.Alternate Questions: 1. and a hat. Lil' Doggies. The first two "contestants" are each given a clipboard with some paper and a marker. I split them into pairs and have the second pair sit off to the side. a self-portrait. to help with the theme. The This is a simple game that puts teen's drawing skills to the test in front of an audience. Then I think up several different things the students can draw (for example: a schoolbus. I used an old military uniform. powerpoint or overhead and a stereo with western music (stereo optional). I have them back to back and explain that it's like an Old West shootout. I start the western music and have them take 3 paces away from each other. hand them each a balloon. a stick-figure. The result is three people running and hopping all over the room. trying to get dressed while chasing a balloon! Also see Balloon & Elastic Tangle (Click Here) and Balloon Pass Smash (Click Here).. and yell.

It is a cross between Musical Chairs and Fear Factor. The chairs need to be in a straight line. a can of sardines. or canned octopus…anything gross. Make a big deal over how weird/gross it is. rim the glass with clam juice and garlic powder (I think we used fish oil in there somewhere too)! Added by Brett Also see Fear Factor Cuisine (Click Here). The winner moves on to the final round. clean one to use. Explain that when the music starts. When the music stops. and hands the gross food to the next participant. depending on what you have picked. After 2 or 3 rounds. As he/she is running. and keep playing. or take a bite of it. When the gross food gets to the last seated student. all facing the crowd. he/she must run around to the other end of the line of chairs. Make sure you have plenty of plastic spoons so everyone playing (that needs one) has a fresh. seriously increase the grossness of the foods you choose. I encourage the "contestants" to really get into it--to walk like cowboys and draw as if their life was on the line! The audience always has a blast--especially when they see some rather poor works of art. Things to Remember: • • • • Make sure you have a sound system that can be heard over the crowd. This will help everyone see if you have a really large group. though! You just make them swallow the gross food. The crowd loves it! . Bring up 8 chairs onto the stage and choose 8 students from the crowd. Finally. the winner of which gets the prize. Rations Roulette This upfront game is a little gross. I then repeat the game with the next two contestants--with a different drawing challenge! And then the two winners face off once again for a final Quick Draw challenge. You do not eliminate the players in this game. have 3 cans/jars being passed around. Radioactive Spew This "Fear Factor" type game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. increase the gross factor with even grosser foods AND more of them. Use Tonic Water (not 7-UP. (Tonic glows in a black light!) For added Fear Factor effect. you can also use two overhead projectors pointing on the wall. a great dynamic is to continually.seconds. This guards against pinching and collapsing during the game. instead of just 1 gross food container. the students must pass the gross food product down the line. NOTE: In addition to using paper/posterboard to draw on. Set up a drinking area with black lights ahead of time. the other 7 students have slid down 1 chair to fill in the empty seat. Hand one of the students a jar of some sort of gross baby food. whoever is holding the gross food has to eat it all. He/she then takes a seat on the empty chair. For instance. I hold up both drawings and get the audience to cheer for the best. It is best to NOT use metal folding chairs. Have students sit in the chairs facing the crowd.

Finally. if after the girl’s two tosses. They can use anything to get it down around their necks except their hands (can use wall. Rubber Band Head Put an extra large rubber band around the heads of several people (use common sense here. the 4 Coke cans equal 2 cupcakes (kinda fun). (Whichever drink you choose is fine. Added by Young Life Sales Job Take 3 people out of the room.ouch!). We only used 2 students to make sure the game did not last too long. Each student gets 2 tosses. the student is going to want to make sure the top can falls down. Eat! This game works great as an up front game. and then 1 lone.) The student’s objective of the game is to knock down all the cans by pitching a ball (golf ball works fine) at the pyramid. Feel free to change the soda equivalents. For instance. Crowd knows it’s toilet paper (or 3X underwear). she ONLY needs to eat the Mountain Dew’s “gross” food which is 1 jar of baby food. Aim. Place it so it squashes their nose and folds their ears over. different drink can for the top row. 3 Mountain Dews. For example. For instance. make it fit your group! And if eating this gross stuff is not enough. the 1 Pepsi can equals 2 sardines (youth workers’ revenge on teens). Fire him/her up for the hard sell. other people.Ready. Announce him like he is a 60-second info-mercial. maybe providing a sport coat and hat. OR GET A PIE IN THE FACE! Notes: You will need an adult leader to re-stack the pyramid between students. only 2-3 Cokes are standing. Obviously. Have an adult leader quickly build a pyramid of empty soda cans out in the middle of the floor/stage. The 2 cans of Doctor Pepper equal 1 “spam hot dog” (really bad). The 3 Mountain Dew cans equal 1 jar of some weird baby food (not so fun). Backstage. Using 4 different kinds of soda cans--4 of one kind on the bottom. Hilarious facial expressions as they work it down. First one through wins. 3 of a different kind on the second row.). The student had to eat the assigned food in 1 minute or less. 2 of yet another soft drink on the third row. we added a time element to it. IF there are cans left standing. Bring one kid in and tell him/her to try to really sell what’s in the bag without giving away what it is. Tell the crowd to ask questions to them to figure out what’s in the bag when they return. 2 Doctor Peppers and 1 Pepsi. so as to avoid eating the grossest food. be sure it’s snug but not tight enough to snap . PLUS 1 Mountain Dew can. . If this is not gross enough for you. The student ONLY needs to eat the “gross” food that is assigned to the top-most can left standing after their 2 tosses. you’ve told your “salesperson” that there is gum in the bag. we used 4 Cokes. JUST MAKE SURE EACH ROW IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER ROWS. Each “brand” of soda is given a “gross” food value that the student must eat. etc.

) Instruct the students not to use their arms but keep them behind their backs.just don't let them fallthey don't have their arms to stop their fall. (For this game you can wrap their arms to their body. They could get hurt if they fell since they don't have arms free to catch themselves. plastic wrap as you plan teams for Masking tape (for finishing line) Trash can Stop-watch (optional) Preparation: Beforehand. (Leaving their arms free is the safest way but some groups have wrapped arms too. Use this twist if you need to burn more time up. The first person to unwrap their partner and throw away all the plastic wrap wins! Notice how the clean-up is slyly integrated into the game…they don't pay you for your good looks alone! Twist #1: Instead of hopping. After they are wrapped up they hop to the starting line. Assign one player from each team to wrap and one to be wrapped. When they hear "Go!" the wrapper opens the box (an added challenge) and starts wrapping their teammate from the neck down (not too tight). . the other teammate wraps themselves up as they unwrap their teammate. Saran Wrap Race Supplies Needed: As many boxes of 100 ft. Also see Saran Wrap Body Pass (Click Here) and Saran Wrap Race (Click Here). turn around and hop back to the finish line. with the entire roll. and the game resumes as usual. SAFETY NOTE: You can tell them to wrap them just up to their shoulders.Added by Young Life Also see Best Pick-Up Line Challenge (Click Here). As soon as they get across the finish line their teammate runs from the starting line and unwraps them. Hilarious to watch. students must inch-worm their way across the finish line.) Twist #2: When the wrapped one gets across the finish line. You can wrap loosely all the way up to their shoulders but leave their arms free. These groups had extra staff assigned to watch and spot the wrapped students so they don't fall. They could get hurt if they fall since they don't have arms free to catch themselves. These groups had extra staff asigned to watch and spot the wrapped kid so they don't fall. use tape to designate start and finish lines. When you say "go. Leaving their arms free is the safest way but some groups have wrapped arms too." they must "inch" down to a designated point and have a banana fed to them by a friend (no hands of course). Carefully lie them down on the floor. including arms. Saran Inchworm Wrap up two or more people in Saran Wrap so they can't move their legs at all. Pick 4-10 students (depending on amount of space available) and put them in teams of two. Once they've been wrapped they must hop to the finish line.

Clearly explain that if they start shooting the crowd on purpose. With squirt guns. arms down at their side.Added by Michael Kirschner Also see Saran Wrap Body Pass (Click Here) and Saran Wrap Inchworm (Click Here). Added by Young Life Shaving Cream Hair-do This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Have several guys come up and have each of them select a "beautician" from the audience. Saran Wrap Sandwich Divide into teams of three. they must try to shoot the shaving cream off the nose of the person on their right. Give the beautician beauty supplies: shaving cream. Have towels handy and remember that things will get . weirdest sounding. most girly-man. Play funny game show music and award a new box of Saran Wrap for the winner to take home to their mother. Each team selects the lightest person to be the “sandwich. Have the beautician put the shaving cream in the guy's hair and try to beautify him as much as possible. Also see Beauty Both Ways (Click Here) and Spaghetti Hair-do (Click Here). The first person to unwrap themselves and run back to the original starting place wins. Saran Wrap Body Pass (Click Here). and shyest person to scream. Place them strategically around the room. set on the ground in a sitting position. and other items if you wish (sprinkles. You may want to give some hints to a few kids ahead of time in secret. SAFETY NOTE: Do not leave the wrapped person in a standing position at any time! If they lose their balance and fall they don't have free hands to brace themselves and could really get hurt. Added by Big Daddy Screaming Contest Hold a screaming contest with prizes for: the loudest. they will be eliminated. and cheered on as they try to escape. Also see Saran Inchworm (Click Here). etc. You can use "Wild West" songs for this one. such as: Abe Lincoln look Punk rocker spiked do Mickey Mouse ears Roman headgear Background hair-doing music is a must! Have the crowd applaud for the best job to determine the winner.). Shaving Cream Shootout Bring 2-6 volunteers up front and put a glob of shaving or whipped cream on their noses. longest.” He/she stands with feet together. chocolate syrup. The wrapped sandwich is carried to the end of the room. & Saran Wrap Race (Click Here). Give each team a roll of Saran Wrap to wrap their “sandwich” from feet to shoulders until the roll is gone.

let it travel the length of the tube . not the small ones you can buy at carnivals and festivals). 2. to exchange shoes in the fastest time possible and return to the other chair. Shmallow Shooters For this game you’ll need marshmallow blowguns made from 1-foot sections of 1inch diameter pvc pipe (buy big lengths of it at a hardware store. Good times! Beware of choking.) The object is. Spread the gunner from "Cream Nose" at least 10 feet. The first person to shoot off all the cream wins. They should inhale air before they put their mouth up to the gun.they'll stick to the pipe if they're soft) and blow. Put a dollop of shaving cream on the nose of each of 3 contestants and give their partner a squirt gun.wet. Idea from Young Life Shoelace Licorice Race Give 4 kids a piece of shoelace licorice with a marshmallow tied to one end of it. Two people get into the shoes — one in each pair — and walk toward each other. Before starting you may want to warn your students about choking hazards and that they need to be careful. Added by Owen Sallee Also see Marshmallow Splat Ball (Click Here).we had shots spanning upwards of 30 feet! Beware: after 2-3 shots they get pretty gross. The trick is to blow on the end the marshmallow is on . Civilized Shaving Cream Shoot-out: Pick six students. take out the strings. and plenty of s'more-sized marshmallows. and have them spaced so that the elastic becomes taut just as the two meet each other. We did a variety of target-related games and then a few moments of all-out marshmallow war. First one to clean their partner's nose is the winner. the better . Added by Young Life Also see Shaving Cream Hair-do (Click Here). 3. it cannot touch the floor. (Have someone sitting in the chairs to weight them down. On . Hands must only be used to hold each other up. Shoe Stretch Get two old pairs of men’s shoes. Once one foot is taken out of the shoe. punch holes in the back of each shoe and tie a four-foot piece of elastic to each. Load the marshmallow into the end of the pipe (the drier the marshmallow. Place shoes on opposite sides of the room and tie other ends of the elastic to the legs of a chair. with the shoes stretching the elastic. If a shoe snaps back to the chair then the person must hop back to get it. Rules: 1.

Added by Young Life Also see Improv (Click Here). your high heel breaks and you finish the walk with one heel missing! Charade 3: You are a pregnant mama bird about to give birth. Without saying a word. The first two to reach it go on to the finals. and then. but you keep on going waving and sneezing to the crowd. waving to the crowd. Added by Jesse Daniels Also see Donut on a String (Click Here). You must fly around the room gathering materials for your nest. Here are some classic French charade situations to spur your creativity. Then bring in one person from the team that was sent out of the room. You can also act out a hobby. Remember. Even the simplest charade can undergo a thorough metamorphosis after being passed down several times. you encounter many misfortunes. but he or she must subsequently act out the same situation for a third member of the team. The last person must guess the original story line. Have the members of one team leave the room while the others think of a situation which can be acted out without words (see below for ideas).a signal. Then finish the charade by hatching the egg and finding a worm to feed your new baby. Person #2 may or may not understand the charade. First. Suddenly you hear your name! You now step forward to receive your crown and roses. Explain the situation he or she will be acting out. Silent Crowd . each person puts the loose end of the licorice in his mouth and "eats" his way to the marshmallow. so you begin to sneeze. and so on. changing a diaper. Once you make your nest. go to the front and wash the trunk inside and out and wash the elephant’s ears as well. on the way back up the aisle. anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner. you are allergic to the roses. wash his belly and legs. person #1 should perform it again and let the last person guess once more. Charade 2: You are a high school beauty pageant contestant. Person #1 must act out the assigned plot for Person #2. crawl underneath. you lay your egg. Person #3 performs the charade for Person #4. If the lost person cannot guess the charade. Charade 1: The original pantomime that you do could include the following: pull the elephant into the room on a rope. wash under his tail (hold your nose). Then comes your victory walk down the aisle. or washing an elephant. Now bring in the second person from that team. Silent Charades Divide into teams of 5 to 7 people. all this is done in complete silence. Then. tie the rope at a stake. dip a rag in a pail and wash the side of the elephant jumping high to get all the way to the top.

Next have the next two go.Send 3 secure students out of the room. Say it’s a 5-bump course to be done for time. Added by Young Life See Sleeping Bag Straight Jacket on Upfront page. they will revert back to the experience of their first kiss. As a matter of fact the first things they will say are the things they said after their first kiss! Therefore. Usually the heaviest person wins so try and pick people that weigh about the same. The only rule is that they must keep their hands inside their pockets at all times or they will be disqualified. and mustard. Behind them is a chair. Place sleeping bag upside down and over their heads. Play fast music to build suspense. and finally have a championship round. in order to place the balloons for the students to pop. Added by Dan Manns See also Sleeping Bag Wrestling (Click Here). blue pudding. For the last balloon on the last student use a water balloon. When the crowd yells "Bump!" on cue from leader. Play fun music in the background. Winner gets a prize. Put sleeping bags over 2 of them as they stand on their knees facing each other." contestants try to get out of the bag. Play this version using pea soup. An enthusiastic "ski instructor" adds to the fun. Added by Young Life Sleeping Bag Straight Jacket Pick 2 volunteers. On "Go!. they must sit down on the chair and burst the balloon. Sleeping Bag Wrestling Have 4 people come up front. They have to wrestle each other to the floor. Idea from Young Life Skateboard and Plunger Race Racers sit on skateboards and use plungers as oars in a race. the crowd must be completely silent and stare at the person. Slime Twister This is a MESSY twist (pun intended) on the classic board game Twister. Added by Young Life Ski Lesson Have 3 kids with ski poles jump side to side over a pillow that is on the ground. Added by Elise Hawke . Don’t leave the poor kid up there for too long. The first one to wiggle completely out wins. and be sure to have a leader standing behind the chair. ketchup. Explain to the crowd that it was recently learned that when someone is placed in front of a crowd in complete silence.

If you want to stretch the game out. they need to be thrown . Give each contestant a King Size Snickers bar and a can or bottle of Mountain Dew. The contestants race to see who can finish their feast first. Allow them to reach into the shaved ice and make two snowballs each. out in the crowd. We strongly discourage the latter. to see how quickly a normal amount of soda can be consumed. At the end of the upfront jokes. THIS IS IMPORTANT: DO NOT ALLOW THE SHAVED ICE SNOWBALLS TO STAY IN THE “BALL” FORM TOO LONG BECAUSE THEY BECOME TOO HARD! As soon as the snowballs are formed and packed. Have a few students come up front (about 4 girls work really well for this). If you want the game to be very short. The key to the win is to give everyone else a candy bar that is nearly frozen.Also see Messy Message & Messy Mix. NOT a contest to see how much more liquid can be consumed. there was an adult leader dressed in the goofiest elf costume available. If you are extra sneaky. add yourself to the game and give a guarantee that you will win the competition. of course) about a runaway elf from the North Pole. All the while. Santa spots the elf and pronounces judgment: the elf must be snowballed! Bring out a big bowl of REALLY recently crushed ice (we have a snow cone machine which worked fine). Also see Cereal Mania on Upfront page. Added by Jeff Gunhus See Soda Slam on Sick & Twisted page. they're smaller than normal jelly beans (Good and Plenty's or Skittles work as well). or a living room. A riot to watch . Just pretend like it is hard to bite into. you may want to lay down a tarp in case of spills.and not much fun to count the candy in the bucket. as it can cause severe sickness when too much liquid is consumed! Choose a number of contestants based on the size of your group. Contestants shoot the Jelly Bellys candies (or Cheerios) from their NOSE into the bucket. Snow Ball Firing Squad We basically had a disgruntled. both on Sick & Twisted page. Yours will be nice and soft at room temperature. elf-hating Santa come out and tell a couple of elf jokes (all totally clean. Place a bucket a good 5 feet away from each contestant. have the contestants compete one at a time. 2 . If you are in a nice place. Snoot Shoot This game is played up front with 3 or 4 people while the crowd watches. and kill some time. have the contestants compete all at once. SnickerDew Race CAUTION: This is a timed challenge. Give them each a certain number of Jelly Bellies.6 works best.

Say. to see how quickly a normal amount of soda can be consumed. and optional protective gear. Snow Suit Put On Bring 3 people up front. set. Make sure to have chosen a “tough” adult leader to take on the firing squad. Option 2: Have each contestant turn their can upside down before opening. use diet pop because it isn't sticky. Added by Mark Janzen See Alka-Seltzer On The Head Duel on Upfront page. give them each a soda. another shooting and another swallowing and burping. Have them place their mouth . squirt guns. The goal is for each pair to have a squirt gun filled with a soda. Have them put all the gear on. NOT a contest to see how much more liquid can be consumed. then say. Bring up a few contestants. and tell them the first one to empty the can wins. You could put different liquids in the guns depending on how daring your students are.fairly quickly. as it can cause severe sickness when too much liquid is consumed! This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. You could do it as a relay with one person filling the gun.. Give prizes to the students who hit the elf. which are soda. We strongly discourage the latter. Ready. Position each of them in front of their own pile of snow gear. “Go!”. Option 1: Have them belch when they're done to complete the contest. Have three or four pairs competing against one another.wait!” Have them put on a ski mask and blind fold them. One person tries to unload the entire contents of their squirt gun into the open mouth of their partner standing 10 feet away. Have them take off their shoes. Option: Give gear to the one taking 'fire'…swimming goggles for their eyes and a rain poncho to cover their clothes. Soda Slam CAUTION: This is a timed challenge. Take a pen and poke a hole in the bottom sidewall of the can. Provide: a pair of gloves a one-piece snow suit (you can find them at Goodwill or Wal-mart) wool socks a pair of boots a coat a pair of snow pant bibs First one fully dressed wins! Added by Mic Soda Shoot-Out You need as many pairs as you have supplies for. If you are worried about a sticky situation..

All the soda will flow into their mouth in less than 10 seconds. ("Winning" music is a nice touch in the background when you announce the winner. Spam Roulette For this game you need a can of Spam. make them pass their can (with their sock on it) to the player beside them! Have paper towels and a paper (barf) bag handy. You may use a chef's uniforms and have background music (Italian.) Also see Bobbing for Spam on Sick & Twisted page.very hard to keep from spitting it out. Coke can in hand. if necessary. Give them each a can of Spam (ew!). Added by Lori Zenker See Snickerdew Race & Water Challenge. Have the group applaud to judge which one is the winner. Spam Scarf This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches.) Variation: Have contestants stand up front. Also see Bobbing for Spam on our Sick & Twisted page. "I need two artistic volunteers!" Give each a can of spam and have them make a creative carving. Get several volunteers up front who claim to be hungry. both on Upfront page." Then. the person must choose a person on his right or left.) Added by Young Life Also see Bobbing for Spam on our Sick & Twisted page. songs with “Respect” in them. (For small groups or upfront. think Olympics. When the music stops. they must take a bite of Spam. a spoon. etc. you can also use a Twister “spinner” with the colors representing individuals or teams. Give them scissors and a comb and let them create a hair-do. If they cannot answer. Speed Greeting . Have 3 guys give 3 girls (or vice versa) a "haircut" by dumping (cooled) spaghetti on their heads. "The Sure Thing" for a demonstration. A split second before you say "Go!" say. Added by Young Life Also see Shaving Cream Hair-do & Beauty Both Ways Spam Carving Announce.around the hole. etc. just as you're saying "go" again. Play fun music.) Bring 3-6 volunteers upfront. tilt the can upright and open the top at the same time. "Wait.). take off your sock and put it over the can and drink out of that. (See the Rob Reiner film. Spaghetti Hair-do This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. and fun facts about Spam (Phone # to call on the can. Award a prize to the first person to finish the whole thing. That person must answer a trivia question about Spam (check online).

Use these words: • • • • • • • • master roast smear togas snore ten proms get spam great son Spelling Bee This is designed to get you.for example. facial expressions. on the next an E and a T. On the first person put an A and an N (one letter on each foot). OM. etc. and SP. You can do this with two teams of five if you want and see who spells the word first. Have hand towel ready for your pie victim. by now you will have an egg on your head). “Only those who raise $50 can challenge me to the Power Spelling Bee!”). . Kids face sideways and turn to next kid passing a random greeting to the next person after they have received their greeting from the person on the other side of them. The third time have someone give the last girl a pie behind her back. She pies the guy in front of her when he wheels around to greet her! Play fast music. Four students come up front to challenge you one at a time to a power spelling bee. Your reactions.Seven students.g. the leader. Then it is your chance to spell and put something on them. you can read the letters. an egg. line up with sharp girl at the end. they do not (obviously. If incorrectly.. You can use it as an excuse to let the kids have a good laugh at your expense. stretch. guy then girl then guy. For example. You will call out different words for them to spell and they have to cross legs. You can tell them they’re being judged on how creative their communication is the faster the game goes. they read the toughest ingredient on the can (phenylcarbonhydronate acid or whatever) you miss. your leader may hold up a can of coke to which you excitedly blurt out "coke…c-o-k-e…coke" only to have your leader tell you that is not the word. they get to put the object on you. and acting ability will make or break this one! Begin by having someone challenge you to a spelling bee. then GR. or offer it as a prize for a fundraiser (e. instead. Take a marker and write a large letter on the bottom of each of their feet so if they sit facing you and hold their feet in the air. If they do it correctly. Idea based on a Young Life game Spell My Feet Take five people and have them take off their shoes and socks. only you are set up each time. and situate themselves in a position so that the bottom of their feet spell the word you called. The leader asks them to spell egg. One student at a time steps up and is given an object .

horseradish. some special preparation is needed well in advance. where the 1st person to down 3 Twinkies wins. make sure an adult hands the Twinkies to the contestants because they can't start on a new one until they've finished the one in their mouth. relish. (You will usually lose a few kids here. The kids are paired up to make a 3 legged warrior (they each have a leg duct taped to their partner). A good ender is for them to give you one that you can get right. Carefully spoon out the cream. Cut about a half-inch above the brown covering on the bottom of the Twinkie. cottage cheese.) Whoever drinks it the fastest wins the prize. silent "p’s" whatever. for example. not knowing that their 3rd Twinkie is rigged. By the time they get to the 3rd Twinkie. One person yields a cardboard shield and the other yields a stocking/sock filled with flour at the end of it (about 1/2 cup or so). you in disbelief stare and take a minute to try to guess the catch…then you slowly spell the easy word…on the second to last letter your leader looks at their watch. they're so focused on winning the contest that they could care less what's inside the last one. Vienna sausage. Added by Jenn Kernya Stinky Twinkies This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. .The next Student steps up and spells another object (oatmeal. etc. 8 on 8). your time has expired. Whoever is running the game may trick you in other ways. ketchup. cause EVERYDAY is a good opportunity to pummel someone with a sock filled with flour! The optimal size for this game is 4 teams of 2 against 4 teams of 2 (in other words. Facial expressions are priceless at the end of this game!!! Added by Benji Maurer Also see: Twinkie Launch & Twinkie Stuff. You'll need enough Twinkies for each volunteer to have three. But! No need to program a medieval night for this one. When the contest starts. Spam. onions. Give each a can of Coke and have them open it. Stocking Blocking Robots This is good “medieval times” game. Then use your imagination. bananas all work). Set up as a simple Twinkie eating contest. interrupts saying "whoop. but thanks for playing" and takes off. Then say that you forgot that they need to take off their sock and put it over the now open can. Idea from Young Life Stinky Coke Swig This game is played up front with 8-10 people while the crowd watches. mustard. Each time you get drilled and each time you spell back you lose. However. syrup. Tabasco. I've seen sardines. Save some of the cream that you took out so you can stick the bottom piece back on after you've rigged it.

Then the survivors of the initial rounds duke it out to determine the ultimate winner. or lacrosse gloves.both on Anywhere page. Added by Brad Williams Big Group Variation: Have two teams of 4 or 5 people. They then must fight the "Stocking Blocking Robot" That is a leader or older teen in a ridiculous cardboard armor outfit yielding two stockings who only has one or two vulnerable spots. but. The . "and. The winning team is the group with the last “story teller” standing. Straw Game Each contestant receives 2 straws and a cup of water. Story. It should be along with the story and the person dying will act it out in front of all. You can use work gloves. Also see Story Time & Story. However both straws are to be inserted in their mouth. last word spoken) then they die in the way the group decides. Then they race to see who can suck the water out the fastest. hockey gloves. Becomes hysterical when they can't even feel if they have the stockings in their hand or not. Die Pick 4 or 5 people to stand in front of the group. big winter gloves. or." "or. Added by Young Life Story. You will have a blast with this game. especially for rowdy teens. One leader is in charge of selecting who is going to talk and will keep changing/selecting a new story teller throughout the game. Just make sure you have enough room to play! Stocking Race Sit two or three guys in chairs blindfolded. It’s a great idea." or "but" and not using the last word spoken. One straw is to be put in the cup and the other is not. The bigger the acting and more dramatic the funnier the game is. The group decides the title of the story those 4 or 5 are going to tell. If the new speaker does use any of the "die" words (and.The object is to eliminate the opposing teams/players by striking either of the pair/team with your stocking while protecting your own pair with the shield. It begins with four pairs versus the other four pair. They race to be the first to put on the gloves and then the stockings. The group holds a tournament style battle session. Give them a paper sack with heavy men's gloves and a pair of stockings in each. When a new person is pointed at they must pick up the story without stalling or using the words. Idea from Young Life Also see Straw Race .

the other string hanging down is a foot or so out of reach. Idea from Young Life String Tie Mystery Hang two strings from the ceiling in such a way that they dangle approximately 1 ft. ordinary bathroom scale. Or. pressing as hard as possible to register the highest weight on the scale. you could have two people. Stud Walk Take 3 secure guys out of the room. while holding the dangling end of one string. Added by Young Life Submarine Ride . How is it done? It’s simple. Tie the pliers to the end of one of the strings and then swing the string back and forth. Each one is to sit down between two girls on a make shift couch (consisting of two chairs and a blanket) There is no chair in the middle where he is going to sit. and when the pliers swing close enough grab them. attempt to register their highest weight on the scale. Then hold the end of the other string. Have them all start at the same time and try to get their mouth from one end of the straw to the other without using hands. Each person holds the scale with two hands and squeezes it. dislocate body parts. only mouths and tongues. Idea from Young Life Also see String Toss Game on Games with a Point page. from the floor (both strings should be about the same length). one holding the scale and the other pushing. Challenge anyone in your group to tie the dangling ends of the strings together with no help from the audience. Have a pillow so he doesn't get hurt. Screen the volunteers before they go on stage and help them be great at what they do. burp the National Anthem). Added by Dave Marshall Stupid Human Tricks Announce these ahead of time. The only thing that can be used in this task is an ordinary pair of pliers. Idea from Young Life Also see Straw Game Strength Test All you need is a flat.Straw Race Have 3 or 4 kids put one end of an ordinary drinking straw in their mouths. Untie the pliers and tie the two strings together. One at a time tell them to walk in with music playing with their studliest strut while the crowd is clapping and cheering. Include all the weird things kids can do (roll tongue three times. As soon as he sits down have the girls stand up and he will fall right through the chairs. Video record optional. The strings should be far enough apart that.

"Dive! Dive!" (You pour water down sleeve and into the volunteer’s face. Make A put on a cheesy leisure suit jacket (maybe plaid pants and a white belt). While C is putting on the outfit.) Added by Young Life Sugar Salesman For this game you need two identical bowls with spoons . and three students. He/she tries to sell C on buying some of the delicious sugar by having him/her taste it. Water must be squirted into a volunteer's mouth using super soakers and squirt guns. the Sphere. the other studdent gets to blast .one filled with salt. The legs are the left and right rudders. Super Soaker vs. You can vary this game using different numbers of soakers and spitters. The arms are torpedoes one and two. the Sphere Get one of those little toddler games that looks like a ball with shapes cut into the side of it. Have the squirters stand about 12 feet away from spitter (this person gets really soaked . Added by Young Life Sunglass Spit-wad Put sunglasses on two people. Added by Pastor Dan See Super Soaker vs. Inform A (who already knows this) that he or she is to try to convince C to buy this bowl of sugar. Have one student sit opposite another. If they can't do it within time. switch the sugar bowl for the salt bowl. also on Upfront page. Then tell C that he/she can top that performance. Added by Young Life Super Soaker Saliva Challenge The object of the game is to be the first team to fill a small pitcher/cup up with water (too big of a container makes the game drag too long). the other with sugar. "Up periscope!" (Sleeve is lifted straight up). Tell the 6-8 kids to try to get spit wads on their glasses.A volunteer lies flat on his back on a table with a person at each arm and each leg. A jacket is put over the volunteer’s head with one sleeve directly over his nose.g. the other gets a Super Soaker. while taking a huge spoonful himself. C will not be too impressed with A's selling ability. e. One gets the ball. Send students A and B (both forewarned) and C (unsuspecting) out of the room.. 3 teams with 3 squirters & 1 spitter per team. Then let C know that he or she will have a turn as well trying to sell to B. The captain (you) yells "Left rudder!" (Person on left raises leg) "Right rudder!" (Raise right leg) "Torpedo one!" "Torpedo two!" (Raise arms). Have C try to sell some to B. The object is for the one with the ball to get all of the shapes into the ball before time us up.fun to watch). Student A comes in with a bowl of sugar expounding on how great it is. Give straws and paper to 6-8 other students. This is the periscope. then spit into the pitcher.

After 90 seconds see who's glove is blown the biggest. Have them blow with their noses. looking toward player A. all the way down to just above their mouth. inflating the gloves on their head. Taboo on Easel This is like the board game Taboo. Pair them up (player A and player B) and give each pair a four foot long piece of string and two marshmallows. Moving only his/her head. Bring that person up and seat them on a stool in front of everyone. The team can do the words in any order. paper airplane). Both players may move only their head. If they do try and distract the other team. Do not permit "east side" to distract or yell or shout out anything during 'west side's" turn.the kind that blow up. Same thing goes for "west side. Divide your audience into teams (if you have the typical audience with an isle down the middle. Assign a point value for each word (example: 10 points each). Have several contestants come up and pull the gloves over their own heads. Do several rounds for each team. one at a time. Give the team (which is one half of the audience) a certain time (90 seconds) to try to get the stool person to guess the words. they are given negative points (example: negative 10 points). Write four words behind them on the easel for all to see except the stool person (example: bulldog. Spain. Also see Marshmallow Drop on Upfront page and Marshmallow Pass. player A begins to swing the string back and forth like a pendulum while player B attempts to catch the swinging marshmallow in his mouth. The winner is the first pair in which player B catches the marshmallow." Teams elect someone to be the stool person. Surgical Glove Blow Up Get some surgical (rubber) gloves . Swinging Marshmallow Bring 2 or 3 pairs of students up front." Rules: . deduct points from them. At a signal the pairs tie one marshmallow on each end of the string. bringing up new stool people each time. no bending over. on Anywhere page. it's only fair! We have a couple adults with much bigger super soakers to help convince the youth that "it's only fair!" Added by Sterling Lynn See Super Soaker Saliva Challenge. Player B stands to the side of player A at an arm's length. If they break any of the rules or cheat. but on an Easel and a lot easier. After all. they not only don't get the points for that particular word. make one half "west side" and the other half "east side. Player A in each pair holds one marshmallow in his/her mouth while standing facing the front of the room. also on Upfront page.them with the Super Soaker. stapler. It gets better: tell them to switch. Play until blue in the face.

Explain that they are helping with the (Name of your group) Speed Reading Course and have only two seconds to read the short printed phrase under Bucket #1. Place three buckets upside down on top of the table. Pick a staff guy everyone likes to tell the students that if they bring a certain number of their friends to a certain event. Have a cream pie hidden and ready to "debut" at the end of the game. you can not say "dog" or "house") 2. position them with their faces close to the bucket’s edge. If he/she stops or repeats him/herself. No one should be able to tell that there is anyone under the table. When they are positioned and ready for the third bucket. . No hand motions 3. only four seconds for Bucket #2 and only six seconds for bucket #3.e. Ask 3 volunteers (preferably girls) to leave the room. they get to give him the "Ten Bags o' Doom!" The "Ten Bags" are 10 messy items they get to dump on his head. Added by Young Life Talking Head Does this game ever get old?? Not as long as 6th graders keep getting promoted to youth group! To set up. or place two card tables 10-12 inches apart and drape with sheets to the floor. Cut a hole in the sheet for a person’s head to come through. Repeat for the second bucket amid much praise and encouragement for the fine job they are doing. if "doghouse" is the word to guess. Have a guy who will act as the "talking head" position himself under the table with his head sticking up through the sheet and under a bucket. one of them over the hole. Repeat the process for the second victim. He/she must talk about it for 1-2 minutes (your call). When they are ready. use a table that extends in the center. making sure that the group has been cued not to give anything away. Cue your third volunteer to pie the guy in the face when the bucket is lifted! Idea from Young Life Ten Bags of Doom! Outdoor or Indoor. This works great as motivation/marketing for a certain event. Lower the bucket and have them tell the group what they read. No saying any part of the word on the list (i. Ten Bags of Doom doesn't take much set up time. he/she gets squirted. Choose a funny kids who can really talk. just a lot of clean up. lift it much higher and your talking head should scream to scare the volunteer. The first time.1. No "sounds like" or rhyming with other words Talk or Get Squirted Give an outgoing student a topic like belly button lint. your group will scream and react since they were not expecting to see a head under the bucket. lifting the bucket just long enough for them to see and read the phrase. and bring them back in one at a time.

“I don’t know if you have Tim Tams in America. you should. Lisa says. lemon cordial). Only do "Ten Bags" to a staff member who agrees to it. Bag of flour 4. Added by Lisa from Australia See Jello Scull. Have a hose or bathroom nearby! 4. Oatmeal 6.I don't have enough time to list the number of reasons why . Prepare for a mess on the ground! 5. . just trust me! 2. Any biscuit with a cream centre and covered in chocolate should work. If you don’t have them. Take a piece of rope about 32 inches long and cut it into four pieces…tie them . 3. Hershey's chocolate syrup 5. They are a chocolate biscuit with a cream centre.and everything else sticks to it! Here's a typical order of 10 items we would dump on the poor staff person: 1. Hostess Ding Dongs or similar goofilled cupcakes should work. Pancake mix 8. then covered in chocolate.Rule of Thumb: Start with something sticky . Jumbo bottle of syrup 3. Tire Tube Sumo Wrestling Similar to Michelan Man Bumper Tube (under TubeMania) – basically Sumo Wrestling for poor people: Get six large inner-tubes. Gallon milk 2. and has a good attitude (and understands the purpose of your group). and tape three together in a stack so a person can fit inside. Tim Tam Slurp Another game from our friends in Australia.” In America. Squeeze bottle of mustard Things to Remember: 1. . The aim of this game is to suck as much lemon cordial/flavor through the Tim Tam (or chocolate covered biscuit of your choice) as possible in the specified time. also added by Lisa to our Sick & Twisted page. Box of Fruity Pebbles 7. Only do "Ten Bags" to a Male staff member . Jar of spaghetti sauce 10. You also need lemon juice or something similar (if you’re in Australia. both on the Outdoor page and Christmas 12 Bags of Doom on the Sick & Twisted page. Jumbo jar of apple sauce 9. Have the staff person bring a towel and a change of clothes! *Also see Marshmallow Splat Ball & Slop-stacle Course.

Let them go for about a minute or so and then tell them what they were really doing! . put a third person on each team who has the job of eating the toast. Added by Young Life To Tell The Truth Like the old 70's TV game show. one at a time. The aim is for the first person to spread on the butter. 2. If you want to be really gross. My name is Billy and when I was 5. 3. 4. Meanwhile. you can use any spread. I was walking with my mom and a big guy ran by and grabbed my mom's purse!) If that is the story that sounds the best have all 4 contestants use their real name and say the same story. for those outside Australia who don’t have the wonder that is vegemite. and some vegemite. Then have the audience vote who this really happened to. Open up the audience to question individual contestants (like an Oprah show) and three of the contestants will have to lie through their teeth. the second person the vegemite (or other spread) . chalk. Pre-arrange four contestants for this game. tape. Have that sponsor tell them that they will go up in front of the crowd. Pretend Pretend Pretend Pretend they they they they are are are are on a major roller coaster riding a bull being tortured getting their shoulders rubbed and they like it a lot Whoever does the best job . The object is for them to act out a given scenario WITHOUT leaving the chair: 1.using only noses. and then tape two at the bottom of each stack of inner-tubes so they can be used as handles. Toast For this game you will need 2 or more teams competing against each other. I was walking with my mom and a big guy ran by and grabbed my mom's purse!) All contestants will tell the audience the exact same thing as if it is their story. Then have the real person step forward. Have them share a funny/interesting story that happened to them when they were young that they can say in one sentence. Borrow two football helmets. It looks very funny. the leader is in the other room telling the audience that the four people coming out are going to act out what they do when they are on the toilet. The first team to finish is the winner! Added by Lisa in Australia Toilet Bowl Rollercoaster Get four volunteers or pick four people and have a sponsor take them back to a secluded room. (e. Each team has 2 people and gets a piece of toast. My name is Teresa and when I was 5. whatever.wins.but only one of them is telling the truth. Have both contestants wear a helmet and step into their three tube protective uniform (holding the handles on the bottom tube).g. some butter (the little square slabs are best).g. Then create a ring on the floor with string. (e. The first person to go outside the ring with both feet or to fall down loses. They try to push each other out of the ring.into circles. Each one will sit in a chair.

Added by Dennis Humphrey Also see Toilet Paper Bowling and Hobby Hoax. Toilet Paper Blow Upfront: Pick a 4-person team from each class. Small group: Break group up into 4-person teams. See how long they can keep one square of toilet paper in the air by blowing it. Or you may have one person stand on a chair and drop the paper to a person standing on the floor who blows the paper up while the top person tries to catch it with a party blow out horn. Added by Young Life Also see Toilet Paper Bowling & Toilet Paper Bride, both on Upfront page and Toilet Paper Firing Squad on Sick & Twisted page. Toilet Paper Bowling Indoor game for 2 or more players. Object of The Game: Get your toilet paper to roll over the feather that is sticking out of the ground 12 feet away. (If indoors, simply tape the feather so that it will stand up on a small piece of thin cardboard.) The first player must toss the toilet paper while hanging on to the end. The toilet paper will roll and leave a long trail behind. If it hits the feather, then this player wins. If it doesn’t hit the feather, then the player must stand where the toilet paper stopped rolling. The next player will roll up the toilet paper and attempt to toss it as close as they can to the feather. If it hits the feather, then this player wins. If it doesn’t hit the feather, then the player must stand where the toilet paper stopped rolling. Your players keep taking turns until someone finally tosses the toilet paper close enough to hit the feather. Submitted by Kim Schott Also see Toilet Paper Blow, Toilet Paper Bride, both on Upfront page, and Toilet Paper Firing Squad on Sick & Twisted page. Toilet Paper Bride Bring 3 willing girls up front. Once there, split the rest of your group into teams. Give each team four rolls of toilet paper. The object of this game is to dress up these volunteers in a full wedding gown including veil, train, bouquet, etc., all using toilet paper. Then have them model their new wedding gowns around up front and give points or awards to the teams with the best outfit. (Also a classic bridal shower game.) Twist: For a funny twist, grab 3 of your biggest, toughest guys and do the same thing (use your own discretion on this one).

Added by Nate Loper Also see Toilet Paper Blow & Toilet Paper Bowling, both on Upfront page and Toilet Paper Over Under on Anywhere page. Toilet Paper Gift Wrap Upfront or Small Group. Provide a gift (gag, candy, or nice), toilet paper, tape, ribbons, and/or bows. Bring 3 people upfront or divide group into pairs. For any major holiday - Christmas, valentine's day, etc., instruct students that they are wrapping a gift. Give each person/team a roll of toilet paper, tape, ribbons and/or a bow. On your signal, each person/team competes to see who can wrap the fastest. A team is done when all their paper is gone or wrapped, including the ribbon/bow. Award points or prizes for the first team done and the most "skillful" wrapping job. Option: Use gift wrapping paper Added by PGC See Toilet Paper Bride & Toilet Paper Over Under, both on Anywhere page. Toothpaste Drop This gross game is played up front with several people while the crowd watches. Get tubes of toothpaste, little dixie cups, chairs and blindfolds. Form teams of two. One person stands on the chairs while the other one lays on the ground (or a table if you want the audience to see better) with their heads near the back legs of the chair. The person on the chair puts on a blindfold and the one on the ground puts the dixie cup in his or her mouth. Have the people in the chair start squeezing the toothpaste tube at their own chest level, dropping toothpaste into the dixie cup of the other person. It's a simple contest of who can get the most toothpaste into the cups. It gets messy so have a towel covering the person on the ground (or table) and a drop cloth underneath them. But everyone smells minty fresh! Also, have the person laying on the floor wear some kind of eye protection. The toothpaste really burns eyeballs. Added by Naomi Top Monkey A silly game - Simon Says meets Paper, Rock, Scissors. STEP #1: One person is the Top Monkey (they make a motion scratching both armpits like a monkey and encourage the crowd to do the same) and they stand in front of the crowd and explain that they are Top Monkey and that all the animals in the jungle want to be Top Monkey. But, sometimes Top Monkey imitates other animals like the snake (they make a snake motion with their arms and encourage everyone to do the same,) the raccoon (they cup both hands and look through them and encourage others to do the same,) or the bunny (they make two bunny ears with their hands on their head and encourage others to do the same.) STEP #2: The Top Monkey tells the crowd that the way they become Top Monkey is by beating Top Monkey at his imitations. Top Monkey then instructs and leads the

crowd to go into the Top Monkey position while they repeat "Top Monkey" over and over again, until Top Monkey yells, "Not a monkey!" Then everyone chooses an animal to be besides the top monkey signified by the symbol (snake, raccoon or bunny.) If they match the top monkey they get to remain in the game and remain standing. If not they sit down. Once this is explained with two or three trials, the game begins, but, everyone in the crowd turns around for the game so that nobody can cheat off the top monkey. After their animal is chosen, they turn around to find out if they advance to the next round. NOTE: Expect most people to beat the Top Monkey during the trials when they face the Top Monkey. That's good because it gets everybody's confidence up. STEP #3: Start and continue rounds until one member of the crowd remains. They become Top Monkey for the next game. BONUS STEP: Even though the last remaining member of the crowd is Top Monkey, they "back to back" challenge the old Top Monkey for the Alpha Monkey position until they beat him or her. Reward the Top Monkey with a banana or banana flavored Laffy Taffy. Idea by Jason Schmock Tortilla Pictionary Choose your teams and make sure they are visible to the audience. [This is a great time to hook up a live video feed to play on video projector(s).] The point of the game is for a student to bite a tortilla into the word assigned to them so their team gets the most points. Have cards made up before hand with the names of VERY simple objects on them. Shuffle and let one player from team A choose a card. This player will try to get his/her team to guess the word he/she chose by biting the tortilla into the shape of the object on his/her card. The player biting the tortilla CANNOT say anything! Give team A 90 seconds to guess the word. Team B then repeats these same steps to try to earn points. The kids have a blast with this one and it is a lot more challenging than you think so keep the objects VERY simple. You will need tortillas and the cards with the words/objects you have chosen.

T-shirt Stuff Like Long John Stuff, except with a T-shirt. Bring up 2 or 3 guys wearing t-shirts and have them each choose 2 or 3 friends to help them. Hand each group 10-20 balloons and instruct them to blow them up and stuff them in their designated team member's t-shirt. As each group stuffs balloons in their team member's shirt, he will begin to look like the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man. At a given point (when you see that their shirts are almost maxed out), count down from 10, stop the stuffing and have the "stuffers" go sit down. Have the audience vote by applauding who looks the most stuffed. If the game ended there, I would think it's lame. Here's where the fun begins. Now inform each fat boy that it's time to pop the balloons. Offer a prize to the person that

can pop all their balloons first, (there's a catch!) without taking them out and without using their hands. They have to throw themselves on the floor, body slamming their torso on the ground to pop all the balloons. This is hilarious to watch and the audience will love it. See Long John Stuff, also on Upfront page. Tug-O-Fish Just like tug-o-war, but a one-on-one competition with fish. Get a bunch of fish (at least 6 to 8 inches) from the local store and pair people up (everyone if your group is small, 5-10 pairs UP FRONT if you have a large group). At "Go!" everyone starts tugging. The first person to let go (whose hands slip off) is out or if the fish breaks, the person with the smallest half of the fish in their hands is out. Do this until there are only 2 people left. Then break out the largest fish you could find for a finale competition. Safety Note: Have hand sanitizer or a sink close by. Or, use latex gloves which can be purchased 100/box at beauty supply stores. Added by Tony Douglas Also see Mud-O-War on Sick & Twisted page. Twinkie Launch Borrow or purchase a clay pigeon thrower. Ours was not the kind you hold in your hand; it was the kind that mounts on a base and fires the clay pigeon with a giant spring and a catapult arm. Without telling them why, I told all participants of the overnighter to bring one wrapped Little Debbie or Hostess product. Later in the evening when the kids needed a snack, I had them all stand in a group at the other end of the gym (our church meets in a gymnasium) and I fired Litte Debbies through the air with the clay pigeon thrower. IT WAS AWESOME!! Eventually I was able to fire three or four at once at a distance of 50 feet and a height of about 13 feet. I also fired some bananas which went the entire length of the gym and splattered on the back wall (oops!-major clean up involved)! SAFETY WARNING: This type of clay pigeon thrower uses EXTREME spring tension. If a student were to play around with it they could literally lose a limb if the catapult arm hit them. COVER THE THROWER until you use it, then remove it from the field/auditorium as soon as you're was done so no one messes with it. POST ADULTS to watch it throughout the event, even when not playing the game. Added by Marc Kidwell Twinkie Stuff Two people, one at a time or simultaneously, eat as many twinkies as possible in two minutes or less. *Also see Stinky Twinkies Twirling Long Jump

Bring 3 volunteers to come forward and try this. Give each a stick about 24 inches long. Tell them to hold it straight out at arm’s length with both hands so that they can watch it while turning around 20 times. They then must drop their stick and jump over it. Whoever jumps the farthest is the winner. Of course, most kids get so dizzy they can’t even see the stick when they drop it, let alone jump over it. Funny to watch. Have the rest of the group count as the person turns around. Idea from Young Life Ugliest Thing in the World You need one large blanket and 3 informed guys. Announce that you have discovered the ugliest person in the world, and he is so ugly that it is hard to look at him, in fact it's downright unbearable. Only another real ugly person can stand the sight of him. At this point, bring in a guy underneath a huge blanket rigged in such a way that there is an opening around his face, but not exposed to the room. Ask a couple of guys to take a look at him and let us know what he looks like (of course these two guys have been clued in). Each takes a hesitant look at the ugly thing and each reacts very violently, screaming and running out of the room clutching at his eyes. Finally pick a cute (and secure) girl or secure female leader and ask her to take a look. She will probably be a little reluctant about taking a look at him. When she does, the guy underneath runs away screaming. Added by Young Life Un-Banana This gross game is played up front with two people while the crowd watches. Give each person a banana and a bottle of 7-Up. Tell them they must eat the banana first then drink the bottle of 7-Up as fast as possible. The first one finished wins. Sounds easy. But watch what happens when the 7-Up mixes with the half-chewed banana. Have paper towels and bags handy. Added by Young Life Unfair Newspaper Smash Get 2 or 3 couples. (If possible, get tall guys and short girls). Tie the guys' right wrists to the girls' left wrists. Blindfold the girls first, then guys. After the guys are blindfolded, remove the girls' blindfolds. Give each a rolled newspaper (make it a very light newspaper that doesn't hurt) and tell them on the signal to "smash" each other. The guys can't understand why they are getting smashed but have a hard time trying to find the target. Added by Young Life Vacuum Cleaner Bowling To understand this game you may need to know the history. The other night, my leadership team and I were setting up for our outreach event. One leader (who had just returned from the Florida Gatornationals Speedway) was vacuuming the floor when an idea hit him. He began to do vacuum cleaner drags. Then he "trained" the vacuum cleaner to come to him. (He did this by walking it across the room and

pointing it back to where he plugged it in and "called" it to him.) OK, so he wasn't working that hard. Well, anyway, then it struck him to set up targets and try to bowl them over with the vacuum cleaner. And then it was birthed: Vacuum Cleaner Bowling. It's pretty fun. We run competitions across the floor about 40 feet. Whoever knocks over the most pins in two runs wins a prize. Most bowling centers will loan you used pins for this, saving you the investment of buying the ten pins necessary. (And you might want to use old vacuum cleaners that are no longer needed.) See Human Bowling & Pumpkin Bowling, both on Big Room page. Velcro Head On 3 people put stockings over their heads and Velcro or carpet tape over that. Leave room for breathing. Put cotton balls on floor and have students roll around trying to get as many cotton balls stuck to their head as possible. Idea from Young Life Also see Tape Head on Audience page. Walkman Sing Poor man's Kareoki. Select a good song (if possible have lyrics typed out). Have a student come up, put on the walkman and do his/her best to sing along. Have the volume on the walkman loud so your singer can't hear him or herself for best results. Water Balloon Stuff Get two sets of thermal underwear and a bunch of water balloons. Get two volunteers and assign them a team of 2-4 people, whose job is to stuff water balloons in the long johns. When the designated time is up you count the balloons and the one with the most balloons wins. The winner and his stuffers get to throw all the balloons at the loser. Added by Michael Nephew Water Challenge CAUTION: This is a timed challenge, to see how quickly a small amount of water can be consumed, NOT a contest to see how much more water can be consumed. We strongly discourage the latter, as it can cause severe sickness when too much liquid is consumed! On "Go!" have two kids drink two glasses of water trying not to spill much. The first one to down all the water is the winner. The next week, have someone take on the champion of last week. If hyped properly you will have kids begging to be the challenger each night. I started out with 2 smaller girls and am working my way up to the bigger kids. Also something that could be added is a cheap plastic medal to be passed down to the winner each week. This game can go on for a whole semester! Added by Matt Vanden Heuvel

See Soda Slam on Sick & Twisted page. Wet Diaper Head This game is played up front with 4 volunteers while the crowd watches. Before your group or event, place 4 buckets full of water at one end of the room or stage and 4 empty buckets at the other end. Bring your 4 volunteers up front and give one large disposable diaper to each. Have each volunteer stand at the end of the room by his or her full bucket. At the signal, they must soak a diaper with water, then transport it on his or her head to the empty bucket at the other side of the room. Once they’ve reached the emptybucket, they must squeeze the water from the diaper into the bucket using only their heads. When the diaper is empty, measure how much water got into the originally empty bucket. Can be played as a relay. Added by Young Life Wheel O' Doom (aka Wheel of Misfortune) The Wheel O’ Doom is a wheel you can make out of a couple of 2x4s on a stand with a round piece of wood spinning on a loose bolt at the top of the 2x4's. Basically a home-made wheel of fortune with enough room on the circle to put about 8 “pie pieces” with different descriptions of activities written on them. Spin the wheel and a little pointer should point to a given pie piece when the wheel stops spinning. "It's time for the Wheel O’ Doom - Who wants to be the first to give it a try? Alright, step right up and what you land on is what you do!" Choices Were: Baby Bottle Suck Raw Egg Baby Food Coke Chug Spam for Snow Trip Hot Pepper Cracker Whistle Fast Food With Staff We’d bring a contestant up, spin the wheel, and they’d do that activity. Sometimes they got to choose someone to do it with them. Great fun and a great way to make students really earn prizes! Young Life Variation: Run this like a game show with a wheel that has things like "pie in the face" and some possible good things like "$25 Off Camp Registration." Contestants get whatever the wheel lands on. Play cheesy game show music. Have the prizes planned out. Have host wear plaid blazer, if possible. Wheelbarrow Eating Race Get 2 or 3 couples. Set out 3 lines of food items beginning with small stuff (M&M pile) and get larger (Jello or a plate with Spam). The girls wheelbarrow the guys down the row as the guys eat the items.

) The Grand Prize is $50 (You may decide upon less. such as one of the Gospels. One team member must smear peanut butter over their entire face. boh on Upfront page.) The prize ladder for correctly answered questions is as follows: Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 = = = = = = = = = $1 $2 $3 $4 $5 (first milestone) 10 12 14 16 (second milestone) . The team with the most marshmallows wins. Who Wants to Be a Bible Millionaire? This game is a near clone of the T. All contestants know 1 or 2 weeks in advance what portion of the Bible the questions will come from.. Added by Nate Pena See Attack of the Fish and Cheeto Face for variations of this game.. You. decide to teach them how to do it (“Name of Your Youth Ministry”) style. After a designated time limit (3-5 minutes is best). The throwers should stand 7-10 feet away and should not begin throwing until all teams are ready and the signal to start is given. have a girl wheelbarrow in a guy in total crash uniform gear and have him crash and burn into crowd. Added by Young Life Whiteheads This gross game is played up front with 2-4 teams of 3 people each while the crowd watches.V. Idea from Young Life Whipped Cream Pie Search Have a whipped cream pie in front of three students up front. show "Who Wants to be a Millionare?" with a few changes. being the helpful leader. The first ones to find all five using only their face will win. (We generally give 2 weeks' notice and often cover an entire book. teams must stop and have a leader count the number of marshmallows stuck to the peanut butter. For fun. You’ll need one large tub of creamy peanut butter and several bags of minimarshmallows. But only put 4 M&M's in each pie.Play music in the background and have towels to clean up with. You may elect to charge a small fee from contestants and observers. Tell them that there are 5 M&M's in each pie. but I've found the lure of $50 to be a big motivator. The other two team members will then throw mini-marshmallows at them.

(Yet the questions should't be so hard that they're nearly impossible to answer. Then the host draws one sheet at random. If you do use the lake. and a number of items which you will launch into a lake or pool. a digital camera. where a student has thirty seconds to look for an answer in the Bible. Added by Aaron Blanco Also see Who Wants to be a Chocolatier? on Upfront page. show them the picture of each item. Another option may be to ask the question and have students fold their sheets and hand them in. For this game you will need a video camera. Sheets of paper and pens may be handed to each potential contestant and then the Fastest Finger question is read audibly. Some students may not do Fastest Finger well. then video tape someone dropping it into the lake or pool. but with different size Chocolate for prizes. Who ever guesses the most right wins.) Lifelines are the same except for one. Choose 4 contestants. The first student to raise his/her sheet of paper (and who has the correct answers) gets to compete for the Grand Prize. Instead of the "Call a Friend" lifeline. Students know that one has a very limited chance of winning the Grand Prize without having carefully read the entire material at least once or twice. Will it Float? Inspired by David Letterman.Question Question Question Question Question Question #10= #11= #12= #13= #14= #15= 20 25 30 35 40 50 Obviously the easier questions come at the beginning and gradually become more difficult toward the end. Then show the footage of you throwing the item into the lake. "Fastest Finger" questions may be anything you want. if the item is not biodegradable then tie fishing line on it to retrieve it. Added by Nick Booth Also see Who Wants to be a Bible Millionaire? on Upfront page. Have the students guess whether or not the item will float. dimmed the lights and showed the questions on a large screen. To involve more people. Who wants to be a Chocolataire? Same as Who Wants to be a Millionaire. you may invite other students not answering questions to be "guest hosts" to read the questions to contestants. one at a time. We usually put all the questions on MS PowerPoint. Take a photo of the object. The . a watermelon for example. but should be easy enough for anyone to answer. we substituted a "Check the Bible" lifeline.

Once students are up front tell them that they’re going to have a chance to crack a raw egg over the head of any leader they choose (warn leaders before hand) with no repercussions… other than the fact that they also have a chance of being the one egged. this Upfront game can be used as a motivator for bringing the most friends. Have volunteers put one hand in a pot of live fishing worms in moist dirt. If you have a smaller group.. on . The MC of the game holds one of each egg in his hands (1 raw. Bring a handful of students (ones who are good sports) up front. The winner is the first to cross the finish line. Student Outdoor or indoor. Added by Aaron Merritt & Joshua Colburn Worm Fest This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. 1 hardboiled) and lets them pick. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Wrestling In Creamed Corn Just how it sounds! Get a kiddie pool. fill it with can after can after can of creamed corn. Added by Brooke Pulling *Also see Gummy Worms/Chocolate Pudding Worm Race Items needed: sleeping bags Bring 2-3 people up front – if you have a big group (over 75). The first one to eat 10 gummy worms without taking their other hand out of the real worm pot is the winner. Yoke’s On You. The: Leader vs. Make sure to do it over a garbage can or a large tarp. You will need 6 raw eggs and 6 hard boiled eggs (or as many as you have students). Each player must go headfirst into a sleeping bag and crawl like a worm to the other side of the room.. the better. while eating gummy worms from a bowl with the other hand. make sure to lay down a tarp to protect the carpet. Separate them and make sure you know which is which.more random the item. Also have towels ready to give to contestants. raising a certain amount for missions. Each student picks a leader to challenge. make space in the middle or one side of the room and have them come there. It is now legendary at our church! NOTE: If you do this game inside. or just for gross fun. Idea taken from Waylon Sears Worms & Pennies Contestants must place their hands in a bucket of live worms and find as many pennies (pre-placed) at the bottom as they can.and then have a wrestling match. if possible. use a video feed. The leader and student stand face to face and.

using all the people in the room. meat. Important Note: Do not play this game if you have a rough group of kids. Variation: Especially if you have a small group (under 30) use chairs as well as people to create the maze. Also a great game at a retreat or early in the year as students are trying to get to know their leaders. etc. For instance. The maze can be as creative and complicated as he/she wants as long as there are a beginning and an end. The groups can be of any size. Have fun and get cracking! SAFETY NOTE: As with any game involving raw eggs. The Point: You could use this game as a kickstarter with a discussion about friends leading you down the wrong path or finding God's will. The game lasts as long as the music does. smack the egg on its side on the forehead of the other person. Big Room Games Games for those of us with a big facility 12 Days of Christmas Note: It is great to have a live band for this game. as long as they are relatively the same size. bring in the second person who is now blindfolded and let them go. etc. but it is not completely necessary. A CD and CD player will work. See how long it takes them to make it to the end of the human maze. One is taken out of the room. A-maze-ing! Choose two competitors. give them both raw eggs. We told the audience to huddle together in 12 different groups. The other has 1-3 minutes (depending on the size of your group) to arrange a maze. without them knowing. 9 lords a leaping. a partridge in a pear tree. best. or fish. of course. They may hit or trip the blindfolded person as they are trying to find their way through the maze and it could quickly become violent (too much like the game of Gauntlet).the count of three. Each group is assigned one gift from the song. sent participants to wash their hands right away! Provide towels for yoked up hair. most original gesture for the “gift” that they are assigned. The group needs to come up with their own actions or routines. You may want to give a prize to the group that comes up with the funniest. As we played and sang the song “12 days of Christmas” the kids in each group had to act out what was sung in that verse as the leader pointed to them. American Eagle 1-2-3 . Repeat the process switching the two competitors. For a fun ending have two leaders or two married leaders go for it but. After the maze is arranged.

Each . each team's unpopped balloons count 100 points each. and another color for the other team. Each section also has a "gold depot" which is marked using hula-hoops or tape. which is marked off with either ducttape or surveyor's tape. Use one color of balloons for one team. *Be careful as some kids can get hurt if you don't keep the middle under control (i. divide the field into 4 sections. When the time ends. Each team has only one color balloon. and make it your own! Also see Busted (Click Here) and Balloon Master (Click Here). make sure participants lift each other from the waist instead of underarms to avoid inappropriate contact. Balloon Soccer Set up two teams giving each a bunch of balloons. The goalie for each team stands opposite his team in front of a large container or even a taped of section of the "field"." See also Blob Tag (Click Here) and Can-Can (Click Here). Each team must defend its treasure (a pile of balloons) while attempting to steal or destroy the other team's treasure. unpopped balloons count 200 points each. The object is for everyone to run from one side of the room to the other without being caught by those in the middle. Added by Michael May Amoeba Race Tie several crowds of people together with a rope around their perimeter and have them race each other's group as a large "Amoeba. Designate a time period (five to 10 minutes) to play the game.e. Balloon Defense Buy two different colored balloons. Each section has one prison area. 25 to 50 of each for two teams of play. and put them in your jail. The teams try to get their balloons to their goal and into the container/end zone while keeping the other team's balloons out by popping. Form two teams. Set-up/Boundaries: Using two ropes. Stolen. No hands are allowed of course. Depending on your team. this can be either played as a Capture the Flag style game. this is soccer! Also see Balloon Defense (Click Here) Barbarians (hyped-up Capture the Flag) Overview: Teams of 4 are competing against each other to get the other teams' gold and to capture other team's' players. The people in the middle have to lift whoever they can off the ground and say "American eagle 1-2-3!" before they SLOWLY LOWER them back to the ground. or red surveyor's tape. much like an end zone. Also. or just all out full contact. Choose colors according to the closest holiday or anything relevant (opposing school colors if you're in a small town). and have about 2 or 3 kids and leaders in the middle of the room. When the person is picked up they join the middle and it keeps going until there is 1 person left running. don't drop the kids on the ground). etc.Line everyone up on one side of the room. Have fun with this game.

you are also trying to get their "gold". Score Keeping: White Socks. which is white socks. but yellow now can). and 1 gray work sock. The team with the most accumulated total points at the end is the winner. . If your teammate gets caught trying to free you. yellow. Start of Game: When whistle blows. When this happens. without getting caught. and if you are caught inside an opposition section. red can no longer capture you. one for each section White. You can only take 1 gold piece at a time.5000 points each Gray Socks. What Happens When Caught: Having your flag removed by another team player inside their section gets you caught. then you run across to the "yellow section. When you capture another team member. but still get points by capturing prisoners and trying to grab other gold from enemy sections. Once you successfully get tagged out. usually when there is a lop-sided number of players in prison). you and your teammate get a free passage back to your section. teams begin the attack.000 points each Prisoners. Another team can only catch you if you are in their section. Mississauga Also see Capture the Flag with Spies (Click Here). and for each piece of "gold" left at the end of the game.10. In addition to capturing opposing team players. you must return gold to that team (no throwing gold into your own section). take their flag and report to the middle of the field to the scorekeeper. likewise. gold socks. they must join you in the jail area. without getting caught themselves. You can run out of gold during the course of the game.1000 each player Supplies Needed: Large. How the Game is Won: The game is won by accumulating points for every prisoner your teammates catch. open playing area 2 Ropes (100+ feet each is ideal) 4 different colored flags. you can only catch others in your own section (if you are "green" and you run into the "red" section. you report to their prison area and can only get out of prison if a teammate tags you out.3000 points each Gold Socks. which is a flag strip tucked into the front of each player's pants. Every team gets an equal amount of "gold" to start the game. then return flag to the person in your prison. NOTE (the game coordinator may call "jailbreak" and free everyone in jail in all the sections at any given time.team has their own color. gray socks Bean bag fill for each sock Scorers pad and pen Duct tape and/or hula-hoops Red surveyors or caution tape Added by Shawn McKnight.

Basketball Chinese Fire Drill Great to play on a full-size basketball court outside or in a church with a gym (multipurpose facility) which has two baskets." For Wolverine Sports. like a pull-up bar) and the kids must get the ball through the goal (over the tube and between the ropes). Each of the other teams is assigned a basket to defend. If the attacking team scores a basket they take the ball with them and attack the next basket located counterclockwise in the gym. I haven't used these companies before so purchase at your own risk. Submitted by Mike Also see Basketball Chinese Firedrill (Click Here). *If you don't have one. When the game starts. You also need a big cage ball (earth ball or Omnikin ball-72"). We play this game in our gym with up to 175 kids. Repeat this pattern until time expires.com Click Here. If you go to the category for Wolverine Sports and then type in cage balls under the search section you will be brought to the right page.com Click Here. You can get them from any carpet company or store. & Tubemania (Click Here). Added by Gary Slater Also see Basketball GIGANTE (Click Here). Basketball GIGANTE Get 2 carpet roll tubes (12 foot cardboard tubes). pick teams so there are initially two extra teams so that there are always two baskets being attacked. For Shape Up Shop. the team with the ball attacks one of the defended baskets. Be sure your good basketball players are spread among the teams. Once on this site go to the bottom of the screen and select "Kids and Games" and then choose "Giant Cage Balls. Each team has one . the defending team becomes the attacking team and moves to the next defended basket. here are some sites that sell them. The extra team gets a basketball. The team that just lost the ball stays at that basket and defends it from the next attack. Bible Trivia Twister Materials: Bible trivia questions 2-4 twister mats Bibles to look up tough questions Instructions: Divide the room into a boys' side and girls' side. following basic basketball rules. For extra mayhem. Earthball Blowout (Click Here). Divide the group into a number of teams that is one more than the number of baskets you have. If the defending team gains possession of the ball before the attacking team scores. This is simple: you hang the tubes horizontally from the gym ceiling with some rope (one rope on each end.

3' are better). . more teams) and announce that each team will be racing to squeeze into the shape of the item mentioned. lt foot green etc. A fun twist to the game is. Good Squeeze Shapes (Squeeze into the shape of . etc is called.). Divide the crowd in two. to make a those students stand out from the rest. Then have a youth leader call out the bible trivia questions. when done. tell the kids to pop the balloons and have either numbers or tokens in a few of the balloons.A. then the girls' team has to move positions (if right hand blue. and 3 (Click Here).S. yell out the shape and watch them scramble to group up.or two twister mats (depending on the group size). 2 (Click Here). all the girls move right hand blue). Your youth group leader The Point: Teamwork. Bring the kids with the numbers or tokens up front to use in an up-front game or to give a prize to. and vice versa. The non-twister mat teamates have to yell the answer before the other team answers.first team to 10 wins. Whichever side has the last person standing is the winner! Added by Jessica Starling Also check out Bible Books Puzzle 1 (Click Here). Have each side pick three players for each twister mat. play fun music in the background as people regroup. As soon as you pause the song. Make sure to get a glow-in-the-dark basketball and then hang red glow sticks on one . If the boys' team gets the right answer. Keep score.) California A dog A pair of sunglasses A baseball bat A shark A map of the U. Big Balloon Bop Go to your local art or party supply store and buy several of the biggest balloons they carry. Have numerous staff throw the balloons in the crowd and have the crowd try to hit the balloons to the other side of the crowd. Like Body Parts (Click Here). Big Squeeze. cooperation Black Light Basketball Get two black lights and set them up at mid-court. For example: if the leaders yell out the word "football" the teams must squeeze into the shape of a football as would be seen from above. Also see Balloon Squash (Click Here). (16" are cool. Get the players in position by spinning the twister board four times (rt foot red. Mark one team with electrical tape on their shoulders so they know who has what team. . The Easy game for a big group (minimum 20). Have everyone wear a white shirt that night. Quickly divide into 2-4 teams (more people.

Blanket Roll For a large group. Provide glow bracelets. Play volleyball with the people wearing the socks on their hands and the lights off in the gym. this can be played as an upfront game. One person lays down on one end and rolls tightly in the blanket.rim and green glow sticks on the other rim. Provide glow bracelets if you want. Instruct all participants to wear all black and bring an extra pair of white socks. as well as the Glow-in-the Dark versions of all these games (Click Here).). The person who rolls the farthest wins. If you have the budget. Another dodgeball game to check out is Dodge the Rolling Balls (Click Here). Blind Kickball This is one of those "trust" games that you can finish up with a short Bible study on faith. order lighted basketballs from www. Added by Adam Gross Also see Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here) and Black Light Basketball (Click Here). Added by Mike Valovcin Also see Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here) and Black Light Volleyball (Click Here). Black Light Volleyball Hang black lights in the gym. lengthwise. Added by Lisa Baer Also see Black Light Volleyball (Click Here) and Black Light Basketball (Click Here). Spray paint a volleyball with glow in the dark/black light sensitive paint. Black Light Dodgeball Hang black lights in the gym and use black light reflective tape on the court lines and the balls (spray paint can fade by the end of the game. Have the kids wear white shirts and socks so they have clear targets to hit with the balls. foul balls. as well as the glow-in-the-dark version of these games (Click Here). Only play the game on carpet! Give each 2-person team a blanket. The twist is that the students . etc. folded in thirds. Caution: the first time I tried this I used a normal basketball wrapped in reflective tape but the tape just reflected the black in the black light. The rules are the same as kickball (3 outs/inning. force outs. and also check out the Glow-in-the Dark versions of all these games (Click Here). Another person grabs the free end and pulls sharply to unroll the blanket.flybynightsports. The game is simple and would work with any group of 18+. then you can't see the balls). if possible. and with a smaller group everyone can play.com.

the seeing player kicks the ball. Beware of high-speed collisions. They CAN. Put them on opposite sides of this circle. helping each other along in our faith journeys. Both must always be touching it. If the rubber bands break the play is stopped and the other team gets a point or the serve. they move on to find another person and do the same thing. Also see Blind Tag (Click Here). but the blind player runs the bases. Designate one to be "it" and have the bystanders shout to their favorite which way to go to catch or avoid being caught by the other. The seeing player can run alongside and coach. (such as 2 tables pushed together or rope wrapped around 4 chairs). they take the balloon (which that student holds out in front) and tries to pop it. You can have up to twelve people on a team (if you use the wrist band connectors). In the field.play with a partner and one is blindfolded. Blind Man's Beach Ball Volleyball Run a volleyball tournament using a beach ball instead of volleyball and hang a tarp over the net. Added by Kevin Konkol Blind Pinball Blindfold several students. touch their own blind partner to guide them to throw the ball or lead them to tag the runner.) The Point: Trust. . Added by David A. The teams cannot see each other and don't always know when the ball is coming over. At bat. but not throw or tag a runner. To make it even more interesting we connected pairs of players with two rubber bands and wrist bands. As soon as it’s popped. Blindfold two people and dress them in helmet and pads for safety. Steen Also see Blindfolded Obstacle Course (Click Here). When they bump into one. the seeing player can catch or stop the ball. Players alternate being blindfolded each inning. These students (except the contestant) are given a blown-up balloon w/a point value written in permanent marker. The beach ball makes it more fun because you don't need as much skill to hit it over the net. Strategically place several other students around the room. Blind Tag Conjure up something with a circumference of about 20 feet. faith. On “Go!” contestants try to bump into the strategically placed students. This game is HILARIOUS to watch! (We had an audience at the public park where we were playing. but may not touch the runner. Play hyped music in the background. At the end of 1 minute the contestant gets points according to the point values on the balloons they popped. however. Simply connect a rubber band to a wrist band then connect the rubber bands together. You might want to move the serving line closer.

Blob Tag Outdoor or Indoor. The wall doesn’t have to be higher than one box. Also see Marshmallow Dodgeball (Click Here). This game is a normal game of tag with an added twist. Added by Scott Street Also see Blind Kickball (Click Here). Another variation is to have everyone silent and let the players listen for each other. Last one caught by the "Blob" is the winner! Also see Amoeba Race (Click Here). When time is up. Place them among the boxes and tell they have 2 minutes to form a wall around themselves using the boxes. The wall can’t have any openings larger than 3 inches. The blindfolded staff call out "Marco" in which every kid has to respond "Polo!" The blindfolded staff try to throw the ball at the kids. You need several (10-20) cardboard boxes (med-large). Blindfolded Obstacle Course Create an obstacle course (a playground works GREAT) and get your students or leaders to go in pairs. a bucket of water will be thrown on the group. When "it" tags someone. or group game. Box or Bucket Silly outdoor or indoor retreat." Then the two of them must run hand in hand and catch their next victim who will join them. camp. and water. buckets. blindfolds. One from each pair is blindfolded. Blindfold a group of 8-10 people. Assign a second staff member to each blindfolded staff to be a ball fetcher. for every gap in their wall wider than 3”. If they hit one the assistant staff removes them to a designated area and then fetches the ball. a good game for a leadership event. Blindfold Marco Polo Dogdeball Blindfold half of your staff and give them each a dodgeball. If a student is hit or touches a ball at all he or she is out. Any member of the group inadvertently left outside the wall will receive his/her own . the person becomes part of "it. but it must go completely around the group. Last kid remaining is the winner. The Point: Team building.One variation is to remove one of the two contestants and let everyone shout directions to the unsuspecting victim. and the other will lead him or her through the obstacle course by using only their voice. Have them stand in the middle of the play area. Added by Young Life Also see Blind Pinball (Click Here). Rules: If a student doesn't respond "Polo" he or she is automatically out.

trying to get someone else to bump into the can-can. The participants get into a circle around the trash can and hold hands. Also. adding another trash . highers. While lifting the opposite team member you must yell "British Bulldog!" If done successfully you both have "free walk" back to the lifter's original side. but could be played in a smaller facility with smaller groups. normal volleyball! Can-Can Usually played outdoors or in a big room. A team member runs to the opposite team's side and tries to lift an opposite team member into the air. . Divide into two teams and have them each get to one side of the room. If an elimination seems slow in coming. especially during rainy weather. Divide the group into two teams. While on the opposite teams side. All you need is a trash can. Also. The result looks like an amoeba trying to force one part of it's body to go somewhere it doesn't want to go! Here's how it's done: You don't want your circle to start bigger than about 25 people.bucket of water! The Point: Team building! British Bulldog Great game to release a lot of energy in the group. but not letting go . serve from the center of the group and don’t worry how many hits per side. and is an excellent way to tucker out ADHD jr. if players break their grip on one another. . The object of this game is for teams to try to convert members of the opposite team to their own team. you of course can be lifted as well and converted to that team(if not on a free walk back). By The Seat of Your Pants Volleyball Excellent indoor game for large groups in a large room. divided by a line down the middle. If a player touches the trash can in any way. Play pauses after an elimination. Because of limited mobility of each player a larger number of participants is suggested (20-25 per team). Set up a volleyball net (or a rope across the room if you don’t have a net) so the top of the net is approximately 5 feet above the floor (shorter than the norm). Winning team is the one that gets everyone. Play until one person remains. so if you have a large group. they are both out. have several circles going at once. plastic ones are better than metal ones. The taller the can. Use a beach ball. the better. . and it's always better to find a trash can that hasn't had anything put in it (a clean one). This game is tiring. . who just gained a new team member. they are out. giving a muchneeded time for players to re-firm their hand-holds. Note: Be careful that participants don't drop each other on the ground after lifting. pulling and tugging. Imagine everyone in a circle holding hands. Each player is instructed to sit down on his team’s side of the net so that his or her legs are crossed in front of them. How? Easy. Also. Other than that . have participants lift each other from the waist instead of underarms to avoid inappropriate contact.

Observe how the teams interact when they OFFER to be a flag guard. Now you may tag future cars. To make things more interesting. Chevy Cavalier. The dealer may yell "Car lot!". For example. but was a really "spy" for the black team (and vice versa). about 7. and a 82 VW diesel Jetta . Capture the Flag with Spies Outdoor or Big room. all the blacks go on one side. red on the other. 4 and max. When you are tagged. Object: Be the last car running... so everyone must run at the same time. The chairs must be evenly spread out and face . Red #7 started with the red team. Select teams with a stack of playing cards.) Each runner picks one of these 3 cars.can to the mix speeds up the game. We used the #7. Same as normal Capture the Flag. Each car by that name sprints across the room. Only one flag has to be taken across the center line to win the game. You need a wide hall or space and a row of seats down the middle. Added by James Conley If you don't have a gargbage can. Car Lot This game is played like "Sharks and Minnows. If he is caught. This game is a huge hit. Added by Matthew Seilback Also see Barbarians (Click Here). Pre-assign a "spy card". and become the new dealer. and include one of each color. make sure there are 10 black cards and 10 red. During game play the spy has ONE chance to grab the flag and run it over to the other side. you can use pretty much anything else that stands on its own and wouldn't damage a student who slams into/through it. we made the playing field smaller than what we're used to and placed two flags on each side (one was pre-set. if you have 20 players. The dealer yells out a car.usually the boring job.my personal favorite. Submitted by Jon Talley Catch Me If You Can! This game needs 2 teams – min. while not letting go of the others' hands. the other flag was placed by the team)." Choose a 'used car dealer' or two (put a pair of plaid pants on them for fun) and have them pick 3 different car names (ie: Honda Civic. he is no longer a spy and must return to his PROPER side once freed from jail. except each team has a spy for the other team. Pre-arrange the deck for the number of players. sit. and becomes that car. and you can usually get good video footage as students who are pulled into the can will tend to jump or try to dodge it.

At the signal. the 2 youth in front acting as horses and the blanket acting as a chariot. Two of the youth on each team are holding onto front corners of the blanket. Whichever team lasts the longest is the winner. belt. just select a few groups of 4 kids to do this chariot race in front of everyone else. use 3 teams of 5. 200 people). Each team lines up at the starting line.two sides of the hall alternating direction (the first faces the right. the team . The last person in line tucks one end of the scarf in his back pocket. For example. If the person jumps back across the line of chairs then that person must tap someone facing the other way. or waistband. soon to be hanging on for dear life. When the "head" gets the "tail". the youth rotate. each being a "dragon" trying to catch the others tail. so if they cross the line then the person that was chasing must then tap someone from their team who is facing the side of the hall the person who is running has fled too. 3 laps allows each person to ride once and pull twice. If you have a small group. if you only have 15 kids. the next faces left. so one of the people riding now pulls. The race consists of three laps. Added by Riverats Youth (Australia) Catch the Dragon's Tail Big room & Outdoor game. One youth is sitting on the other end of the blanket. Once the person has been caught then the next person jumps in and continues until all have been caught. The person on the sitting team (who doesn’t have a chair) has to try and catch that person. he dons the scarf and becomes the new tail. The other team will be on the side waiting. No winner or loser. However they are not allowed to cross the line of chairs. The person who is to be caught can go anywhere. Chariot Race If you have a large group (say. The first person in lines tries to grab the scarf. The game starts with the team on the side sending someone onto the floor. At the end of each lap. Variation: Form two or more teams. One team will sit on the chairs with one less chair than number of team members. good for picnics or big gatherings. and one of the pullers now rides. Each group gets a large blanket. the teams race around a designated course (a large oval works well). you might want to let everyone do it. If a rider is thrown from his chariot. The person second in line becomes the head. and so on). All the players line up and put their hands on the waist of the person in front of them. The amount of chairs used will be determined by the amount of players you have. Number of players: 10-30 kids Playing Site: Large open area Items needed: A large scarf or handkerchief Time: 15-45 minutes Object of the game: The first person in the line tries to catch the last person in line.

The pairs switch places and race back to the start of the line and tag the next pair on their team. just divide into equal sized teams. One student pulls the other student on a blanket. If a team is passed by a team behind them then they are out.all teams in the one direction. Can be played inside on carpet and outside on the grass. On "Go" the first two pairs race toward the basket. mix the food coloring with the Cool Whip making each container of Cool Whip a distinct color. use tarps. For part 1. Colored Cool Whip Rinse For this game you need one container of Cool Whip per team. Spread the teams around the room. The object of the game is to see which team can get to the opposite (diagonal) corner the fastest using the . keep it very cold . You may want to have old clothes handy for changing into before the game gets started. each group paints one member of the group in Cool Whip. If any member of the teams’ arms becomes unlinked. Added by Joshua Ellis Variation: Chariot Basketball Relay Line up all the students in 2 teams. The rider has one shot to make a basket. On each team pair students up to run the relay. imitations don't stick. that team is out. Offer a prize to the winning team. Teams must link arms. Arrange your playing area with a chair or marker at either end of your room or field. If you have a large group. This is a two-part game. The team or teams (depending on time) still in at the end of your allotted time are the winners! Added by Amanda from Australia Also see Chariot Race (Click Here) on Outdoor page. NOTE: The food color could ruin clothes. Part 2 is when the team rinses the Cool Whip off with the water gun. Criss Cross Divide into 4 teams. If you have a small group. Chariot Race: Australian Style Divide your group into teams of 3. The object of the game is to race around the markers in a circle .must stop until the rider is firmly reseated. Added by Jason Dougherty Also see Chariot Race: Australian Style (Click Here) and Indoor Bobsledding (Click Here). so they are not next to each other. different colors of food dye. Send each team into a corner. side by side. and a few Super Soakers. The team with the most baskets at the end of the time limit wins.) Also. You can judge who looks best if you want. (Use only real Cool Whip. If indoors. The best rinsed team wins. Not long before you want to run the game.the Cool Whip will begin to melt and not stick if it is out of the fridge too long. bring up several teams of people.

Once they get hit they are out. Dodge the Rolling Balls This game requires a bunch of dodge balls. After you have Group 1 go. have Group 2 take a turn. if the leader calls out "hopping. Cross. ultra. First team to 5 wins.if you don't use good safety precautions. each team in two groups for a relay. and so on. each team diagonal with it's partner team. which will try to dodge all the balls coming at them in every direction. Criss. Cross. Good Crossing Methods: Hopping Wheel barrel (one person holding a partner's legs while they walk on hands) Crab Walk Sprint Backwards Walk Skipping Crawling You get the idea!!! Also see Criss. split them into 5 groups of 10). The surrounding groups sit down while the group in the middle stands up. but it's really fun. this could result in injuries. The last person standing is the winner. The first team member of each group (4 in total) must step into the tubes. Of course their partner team and two opposing teams are running through the same intersection so look out! First team to switch all players across the diagonal one at a time is the winner. Give each group 2 or 3 tubes (depending on size). Now the surrounding groups will roll all the dodgeballs towards the group in the middle. Keep score of which team wins each crossing. pick them up (so they look like a Michelin Man) and run diagonal to their partner team." the teams must hop to the opposite corner). Added by Guy Mono . Also see Criss Cross (Click Here) and Tubemania (Click Here). This will create quite a "bottleneck" or "traffic jam" in the middle each time. and send one of the groups in the middle. split your large group into small groups (if you have around 50. Next make one big circle or square with all the people. Crash (Click Here) and TubeMania (Click Here). mega winner. First. Crash Safety Note: Be very careful . At the very end have all the winners come up to determine the super. Divide your crowd into two teams.designated method that the leader calls out (eg. Line the teams up in four corners of the playing field.

A new team then goes into the middle. Also. Once hit. the last person returns to the outside circle and players continue to hit the new person at the end of the dragon until there is only one person left and they too are hit. Duck. When the doctor is hit. Goose except with a cup of water that the person drips. Duck. use a bunch of balls that are soft and throw them at each other. trying to hit the last person below the waist. Hint: the players shouldn't just pop up when touched. Just like regular Dodge-ball. Dodgeball Doctor (formerly Doctor Doctor) Divide into two teams. The people who make up the circle throw the ball at the "dragon". The first team goes into the center of the circle and forms a line by attaching their hands to the waist of the person in front of them. Time each team to see which one can last the longest.this will give away the doctor. Just like Duck. When someone is hit. Pick four to five people for each team. drips then drops on the person they want to chase them around the circle! Added by Amy Hackman Also see Duck. or two for larger groups (their identity being secret). the team's only hope is their skill. Goose With a Twist (Click Here). The object: Eliminating the opposing team. we recommend a decoy touching kids as well. just one of the players to the other team. Duck. Added by Jon Talley Also see: Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here) Earthball Blowout (Click Here) Long Base (Click Here) Opposite Arm Dodgeball (Click Here) Sink The Bismark (Click Here) Wet Toilet Paper Dodgeball (Click Here) Dodgeball Dragon Have the entire group make a circle. including their doctor. each choosing a "doctor". they must sit.Also see Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here) and Eternal Dodgeball (Click Here). drips. may touch the injured and bring them back into play. . Also see: Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here) Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here) Earthball Blowout (Click Here) Long Base (Click Here) Opposite Arm Dodgeball (Click Here) Sink The Bismark (Click Here) Wet Toilet Paper Dodgeball (Click Here) Duck. Here's where the doctor. Drip Outdoor or Indoor game.

but good for the hair! NOTE: Either forewarn your students to wear grubby clothes. Duct Tape Challenge You can either run this game as an UPFRONT GAME. Here are a couple of web sites which sell them as well .com Click Here. The object is to tape a team member up on to the wall. look for the 72" cage ball.com Click Here. (At one event. Drip (Click Here). a middle school kid was on the wall for 30 minutes!) Hint: Make sure you use the tape that doesn't leave sticky stuff on the wall or tear off paint (especially in rented or borrowed facilities!) Provide a soft landing for youth as they drop off the wall! Added by Michael Holt Earthball Blowout Here are several games you can play with an earthball (also called cage balls) or you could have an "Earthball Theme Night" and play them all. instead of just touching someone's head and saying "goose. using no more than the provided role of tape. Sometimes covers are sold separately (I've never purchased from these places. Duck. The one who stays up the longest is the winner. provide wet washcloths and/or towels. Gross. with the cover. Goose With a Twist Outdoor or Indoor game. Once on this site go to the bottom of the screen and select "Kids and Games" and then choose "Giant Cage Balls. purchase at your own risk). entertaining the audience.Duck. light one. Earth Crab Soccer: Same as above only in crab position and with a staff person on each sideline. Students try to push/hit earth ball to back board or rim. Give each team a roll of duct tape. Added by Kyle Connell Also see Duck. or divide your whole group into even teams and have each team select a volunteer preferably a small. Only. Where to find an earthball: Once upon a time they could be ordered from a place called GO FOR SPORTS at (800) 533-0446. Ask for a 72" cage ball. Send kids to "penalty bleachers" for 60 seconds if they grab the earth ball or kick. Duck. Play this childhood favorite just like Duck-DuckGoose. Send kids to "penalty bleachers" for 60 seconds if they stand up or sit up at all! Steal the Earth: Line up each team on sidelines and number them. Earth B-ball: Staff hold earth ball in air until start. There are 2 Staff referees." Wolverine Sports. Call numbers and they try to . or have garbage bags with holes to pull over their heads.again. Shape Up Shop. knocking the ball back into play." you’ll crack an egg on their head.

Egg Tic Tac Toe Grab 9 staff or students prepared to get messy. that person becomes it and tries to tag them back (think duck. they miss their opportunity to claim a square. duck goose). They can go inside or outside of the circle but it's a good idea to try to keep them close to the circle." I normally state that to sit down the ball must hit you in the air and headshots do not count. the thrower must sit down and the person who caught the ball is now "it. The person being chased tries to hook arms with one of the people who is paired up. Idea by Brian Mitchell Elimination This is either played outdoors in a field or in a gym. if you have someone who is having a hard time catching people. Have the people get into a tic-tactoe formation with plastic bags covering them as much as possible. “It” chases the other person around the room. anyone may grab it and become "it. Staff person must hold earth ball in air after number is called until students reach it. If the person who is it tags the person they are chasing. (Use a tarp if indoors.balconies. This game has no winner but it's a blast and can be played on any time limit you want. . Elbow Tag Everyone pairs up in a circle. "It" then chases the rest of the group throwing the ball at them. Pick 2 people to start the game .control people actually sitting out! Also see Death Ball (Click Here) Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here)." If the ball is caught. One person is designated as "it" and is given a dodgeball. Once the ball is thrown.push/hit ball to designated open wall. discreetly have a leader get tagged on purpose. * First team to get 3 in a row. Dodgeball: One staff person patrol the side lines . If they hook arms before they’re tagged. Also. wins!! Added by Brian Esola Also see Egg Obstacle Course (Click Here) on Sick & Twisted page. and Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here).one of them will be "it". If the student misses. then the person holding the opposite arm of the person who was being chased now becomes the one to be chased. etc. * Find a place where you can elevate the students way above the 9 volunteers (rooftops[careful].) * Have the teams take turns trying to hit one of the 9 with an egg and mark that square accordingly.) * Break students into 2 teams (one team Xs and one team Os). If someone is hit they must sit down where they are hit.

Added by Ken Ferguson Also see Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball (Click Here) Flashlight Grog Take apart a flashlight into four separate pieces (base. Have staff people patrolling the area fetching balls and bringing them back to "It". you're back in. Estrogen Hoop (Basketball) Great. you can have more than two teams. NOTE: If you play this game outdoors. make clear boundaries so the game does not spread out too much. If someone gets hit with the ball. if your throw is caught. You need a few soft (nerf) balls and as many flashlights as you have people. if possible. Typical rules apply . bulb/lens. Flashlight Dodgeball Works best in a large gym. BUT NO FLASHLIGHT! "It" has to stay in the center circle and throws the balls at everyone else moving around. The catch: if you have the ball. Play normal basketball but with the following rules: 1.but lights ALWAYS have to stay on. The object of the game is to not get hit with the ball. touches the ball or kicks the ball when they are not "it". you're out.every person for themselves. you can't move (this eliminates the need for boundaries) Added by Andy Unterholzner Also see Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here). With all the lights turned out. & 2 batteries). Choose 2 people to be the "grogs" and give them the pieces of the . If you have a huge group. and play tournament/elimination style. the game does not end until 1 person ends up hitting every person (or until you call an end to the game due to time). The last one standing is the winner.get hit. Students can use their flashlight to spot the person that is "it" or point out someone else that is hiding. Therefore. No limit to how many people on the court Eternal Dodgeball Dodgeball without boundaries. you're out.The twist is that someone who is sitting down can stand up and be back in the game if the person who hit them has to sit down. literally . give everyone a flashlight. and Dodge the Rolling Balls (Click Here). The person that is "it" gets the dodgeballs. Only girls can shoot or score 2. All you need is a basketball court and a ball. Here's the difference: when the person who gets you out gets out. Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here). The flashlights must stay on at all times. simple time-filler involving everyone. Have everyone (up to 50 people) on the basketball court at once. they become tagged and have to sit down.

First team to 5 goals wins or set a time limit. Choose an assistant. either place goals at opposite ends or tape off an area of the wall to represent goals. Have them hide the flashlight pieces around the facility. Added by Scott Williams Frugbee This game uses the rubber flexible Frisbees that you can get at Wal-Mart for $2. The rest of the group will try to find the flashlight pieces while trying to avoid being tagged by the grogs. Make sure the students do not get out of control and run into each other full speed in the dark hallways. Then explain that the entire group must choose to stand in one of the four corners of the room which are numbered from 1 to 4. Four Corners This game can be played in any size room. to come up front. Safety: 1. if they do not. Make sure you have enough chaperones to ensure no "making out" is going on. .00 each. I usually set a time limit of 15 minutes and allow them to use cell phones as mini lights. Fly Swatter Hockey Go to a local dollar store and find two different colored fly swatters. baptistry. pastor's office. You know. 3. In a large room.. Keep calling out corners and having them switch around until there is only one or a few people who are the winners. janitor closets. Turn off all the lights. (I use the inside of my fellowship hall). Once those people have a seat people in the remaining 3 corners are given time to switch corners to any of the 4 corners. The grogs will then try to tag people. the "grogs" win. Use ping pong balls for the puck and only let students hit the ball with their swatter. Once tagged the person is frozen until a teammate tags them to unfreeze them. Buy as many as you need to make two teams in your group. Then another number is yelled out and those students sit down. preferably a leader. Make sure you set "out of bounds" like bathrooms. The assistant will turn his or her back from the group or put on a blind fold.. balcony. The assistant will then yell out a number from 1 to 4 and everyone in that corner must have a seat. but in plain sight.flashlight. 2. It gets the whole group moving and having fun and takes no preparation to play. the places you could get fired for having kids goofing off in! Putting up signs and locking these doors help a lot. If the team finds all the flashlight pieces in that time they win. Have a face off between 2 opposing students after each goal. It is played on a court..

You can add penalty shots. hexagon. It gets interesting when you throw in additional Frisbees.You need to create soccer-like goals. You get one point for each cup knocked over. cube. No grabbing directly from hands is allowed. Glow-in-the-Dark Basketball. The Point: Teamwork. two goals marked out. they must arrange themselves into it as quickly as possible. trapezoid. Start the game by yelling "go" and throwing in one Frisbee. Goalies can use their hands at any time. When a player gets a Frisbee they are ONLY allowed to take three steps and then must throw or toss the Frisbee to another player on their team. On "go" they have to use their hand as a hockey stick and get the ball between their legs to their team. (Hand to hand passes usually rip the Frisbees and turns the game into a wrestling match) Each team tries to move the Frisbees closer to their opponent’s goal and knock over the two cups. penalty box or whatever you want. Explain that this is a geometry test. and a ball. They tend to become statistics in this game! Gator Ball This is a game that is a combination of hockey. Play hyped music in the background. square. and .Volleyball Played like Black Light Basketball (Click Here). You will need two teams. At any point in the game. The basics of the game: You start the game out with the ball in the middle and one person from each team at the ball or "puck" in center. do a 'jump ball' or simply stop play and re throw it in. Stop play after each goal and throw Frisbees in to start play again. (You can also have the goalies throw other Frisbees into the game). Place two chairs inside the goal so that the chairbacks face each other. You can use masking tape at both ends of the court to do so. triangle. pentagon. NOTE: You will want to purchase several of the rubber Frisbees for this game. whenever the ball is on the ground it plays as soccer and whenever it is in air you can catch it and play it like football. When you yell out a shape. All teams begin in a circle. cone. Each team will need a goalie. Inside of the goal there should be a masking tape barrier in front of the chairs to prevent the goalie from hovering around the cups making the game unplayable. Allow the teams some time to develop their own strategy as to how they will move the Frisbee down the court. octagon. focus Variation: “Marching Band Practice” – form into letters you call out.Dodgeball. when it happens. Play: Divide into teams. Place a Styrofoam cup on each chair. goals. Added by Kristen Geometry Test Divide into as many teams of 5-10 as you want. rectangle. soccer and football. Suggestions: straight line. Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here).

and get back to where the person they swatted was standing. Added by Jeff Proctor Hug Fest . if you have the ball. provide glow bracelets for everyone and order lighted basketballs from www. then the other person is now "it" with the noodle. If the student is able to swat the person. Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here).com. only you don't hang black lights. Grab and Swat This is our youth group's agressive version of duck duck goose. Rules: Get hit. you're out. you use glow-in-the-dark balls (though for Dodgeball you can use regular balls). Added by Jason "Human Gameboy" Goss See also Glow-in-the-Dark Team Dodgeball (Click Here). How to play: Have everyone stand in a circle but have them face towards the outside of the circle. get the noodle back in the bucket. and Black Light Volleyball (Click Here). until someone who swats a player gets swatted back. before they make it back to the spot. Parts needed: 1 foam noodle cut in half (you'll use both halves). Setup: Give each student two glow bracelets that are the same color. For an additional team. as well as Black Light Basketball (Click Here). before they can grab the noodle out of the trash can and swat them back.Black Light Volleyball (Click Here). Choose two youth to stand inside the circle. put the noodle in the trash can. Every team for themselves. you're out. The object of the game is for the student to swat someone and run back to the trash can. Teams: Each team is based on the color of their bracelets. Added by Jason "Human Gameboy" Goss See Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball (Click Here). If they are able to hit the student back. Instead. where the bucket is located. one team can have mixed colored bracelets. Glow-in-the-dark Team Dodgeball Can use regular dodgeballs. and make it back to that person's place without getting swatted back. Give them each a noodle. and the noodles don't hurt the students. if your throw is caught. then the one who got swatted back is now in the mush pot. Play: Then play dodgeball without boundaries and lights off. If you have the budget. one for each wrist. 1 5 gallon pickle buckett or trash can. you can't move. which is actually outside the circle. This game is great because it really wears out the students.flybynightsports.

Can also be played with groups against each other and a stop watch.) 3. Get someone to 'unlock' one of their hands from the circle. Split your group into two teams who must lie down on either side of the barrier (one team per side).Day or Night Divide game area into two halves with folding tables or screens about waist height. The aim of this game is to get the hula-hoop around the circle and back to where it started without the group letting go of each other's hands. If you've got a larger group. Like musical chairs.) play battleships. call out a number. chairs etc. Cover any gaps so that you cannot see from one side of the barrier to the other. . but to keep the game moving at a good clip. with the students being the ships. No one may lie under anything (e. or those who get out may get bored standing around waiting for the game to get done. bean bag. Repeat until you only have two people left and declare them the winners. here's David Hopper's version of Human Battleships at Night: Play this game under the same rules as regular Human Battleships (see rules below). They are out of the game. About every ten seconds or so. Once they have laid down they cannot move or they're out. Each team takes turns launching a missile -throwing the ball or pillow -. Added by Murray Wilkinson If you want to live on the edge. desks. etc. 2. put a hula-hoop onto his/her hand. go for the sudden death. play upbeat music between calling out numbers. Use either sudden death for ships to be sunk.over the barrier. small pillow. lots of fun! Added by Jeff Montgomery Human Battleships -.Instruct your whole group to walk randomly around the room.g. This sometimes leaves some people unable to form a group because they don’t have enough people. tables. Have referees on the sides to not only say who got hit. then reconnect with the circle. Using a soft ball for a "missile" (nerf. Hula Hoop Pass Get all your participants in a circle holding each other's hands. Everyone in the game must immediately form a group hug made up of the number of people that you called. Added by Young Life Also see Body Parts (Click Here). trying to guess where the other team members are lying. or vary the game by saying "3 hits to be sunk" or something similar. Rules: 1.

They link arms by linking elbows with the person next to them. but they can slide back and forth.except at night outside and with water balloons. the picture they have is the person that they need to hunt and “lock up” (you can have an area to take “tagged people” or you can just have them sit down where they were tagged). or if you play outside you can use paint (if acceptable) or tape or flour. We use 2-man and 4-man bob sled teams. At that point. Human Foosball Outdoor or Indoor. you need to remove pretty much everything from the room. Added by Eric and Cindy Scott Hunters Designate a “lock-up” area of the room. Variation: Use more than one ball at a time. Give them a Nerf sling shot or Nerf gun (you can use flags. When you play inside you can mark the boundaries with masking tape. Divide into two teams. Also. you get that person’s picture and keep playing until you shoot everyone or someone shoots and locks you up.when popped you’re out).like capture the flag. supplying his/her team with a steady stream of water balloons. Each entire team faces one direction and has to stay that way. When you're ready to begin. if you shoot the person you were assigned to. only have one person on each team be an ammo guy. One person has to . Added by Matt Warner Also see Gargoyles (Click Here) and Mafia (Click Here). The idea is that every person has someone to hunt while they also are being hunted. If you play in a field have lots of folks around to toss the ball back into play. Stress safety and not getting out of control. Also check out Fountains of Fun (Click Here). If you play in a building.we use a stuffed soccer ball.socks filled with flour. have a captain decide who goes in which rows and how many in each row. Split the kids into two teams. For 2-man. it can get a little fierce with the kicking. sock tags. Play just like the table game only with real people linked in rows. Indoor Bobsledding All you need is wax paper and a carpeted floor. left and right. If you play outside. or you could use a nerf ball. give every student a picture of someone else. each team gets a 4 foot piece of wax paper. it is best if you play between two buildings so that the ball stays in the game. Take a Polaroid (instant) snapshot of each student as soon as they walk through the doors. Make sure everyone is wearing shoes. In addition. The whole row has to stay within their boundaries like in the game. USE A BALL that is SOFT -. or a balloon tied to the ankle.

funniest. PVC tubing. One year we borrowed a dryer hose and used it as a means to get the ball down the stairs. For this game you need to make a mini golf course inside your church. Give them a time limit and then proceed to have them golf their own course! Have prizes ready for highest scores and best holes. Both require mounds of junk to make obstacles out of. Slurpee dome lids . boxes. You can bank on at least 2 1/2 hours between set up and tear down. Rolled up carpets. Added by Kelly Johnson Inner Tube Stuff Get several large truck tire inner tubes. artistic sculpture out of the junk. It is a blast Added by Corey Springer Also see Chariot Race (Click Here). Or you can design and make the holes yourself. empty toilet paper tubes. 4-man teams get two 6-foot pieces of wax paper. you can use it (or duct tape it.you name it. divide into teams. The winning team gets a prize. broken appliances. Be creative and design your own score sheets. Have your staff and parents collect a bunch of their old junk (empty cans.) Added by Young Life Invention Convention All you need is a bunch of junk! Get a special trash bag and label "For Game". then use it). They have five minutes to create the weirdest. We use the jogging track around our gym as our "track". just with a hula hoop. etc. etc. enlisting your students and leaders to help out. Indoor Mini-Wiffle Golf This game requires lots of prep work.). Get some putters (and have the youth bring theirs for extras). Each team is responsible for making 3-4 holes for their zone using the junk that you've already pulled out for them to use. Give each a little bit of trash and one roll of duct tape and some paint. When you are going to play. Divide into teams and see who can stand the most people within the edges of their tire tube.remain on the "sled" at all times the other person is the brakeman (pusher). Break up your church into about 4-5 zones and assign a team to each zone. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. Be sure you use wiffle balls. You need to have enough kids and leaders for each zone. or be creative and hit your local thrift or hardware store. any pack-rat's garage is a huge asset. floor hockey sticks work just as well. Compete head-to-head or individually for the best time. . Two people must remain on the sled at all times while the others push. about 5-6 per zone. big snow shovels. because who really wants to repair the damage that a real golf ball will do? You can get holes to putt into from a golf shop. Also get duct tape and gather junk from the church basement or closet where old useless stuff is tossed. Variation: Hula Hoop Stuff (same thing.

If a student is hit. Mute Organization (Click Here). and Numbers Race (Click Here). etc. Here's where it gets tricky: Leaders can ONLY run in the gym. Added by Pastor Tim Ritchey Also see Jail Break 2 (Click Here) and TV Tag (Click Here). Jail Break 2 (Gym Tag 2) Teams divide in half. But the instant students are free the leaders tag them again. However. Players who grab a pylon without being touched receive a free walk back to their own side. In your gym (or main meeting room) the leaders can catch students by tagging them. Have students stand in order between two lines that are 18 inches apart. located behind the pins inside the other team's side of the gym. None of the prisoners nor the free receive a free walk back. The teams are Leaders against students. and so on and so forth with the other numbers. They have to walk AND they can only turn if they touch a wall or come to the edge of a designated boundry/perimeter. #2 with #19. but not both. the leaders have the option of either tagging or throwing something like a nerf ball or dodgeball. without moving outside of lines. AND outside the room. A judge stands along the line on one wall. Outside the gym. They are free to run as fast as they want anywhere they want in the gym. #1 changes with #20. The leaders try to catch the students and put them in 'prison'. trying to protect a designated jail in the gym. but once the ball is retrieved. however. Players may also attempt to free those imprisoned by tagging the prisoners. Players may either free a prisoner OR grab a pin. must follow the walking-in-a-straight-line rules. Of course. Students go to prison if they are hit with a nerf ball or if they have been tagged. Leaders have to strategize and maybe use three leaders to trap one student. Students can get free only when another student touches the prison. a leader is allowed to run and fetch a ball he/she has thrown. It may look a little funny. Outside the leaders are very robot-like. On the signal. but it's worth something to Him and He can still use you! Added by Alexis Yeager Inversion Divide into teams of 15 or 20. Jail Break (Gym Tag) This game is played in your large room or gym. Each team is assigned a side. Be sure that #2 and #19 don't move until #1 and #20 have made it to their new places. he must go to jail. . Any player touched while a part of their body is over the line is out. Added by Young Life Also see Communication Challenge (Click Here). The object is to steal all the other team’s pins before they steal yours. 3 feet out from each of the walls that are parallel to the line dividing the gym in half.The Point: God can make something out of the junk in your life. A line divides the gymnasium in half. if tagged they go to jail. 3 pylons or plastic pins are placed in a row. Players may cross the line into the other team's zone.

This keeps going until the leader drops the keys on the floor then everyone standing runs and sits in a chair. The person left standing is the new leader. Added by Young Life Line Tag This works great in a gym with lots of lines or an AWANA circle. At the signal. Idea by Young Life Also see Jello Twister (Click Here). The person who has gotten out of their chair then grabs someone else's hand who grabs another person's hand. Rules: -No one may step off the line. When the goat is ready to start. the right. The crowd (one group) is instructed to stand on the sidelines and shout instructions to the goat. unless you are 'it'. instructed before the goat arrived. . Choose a "goat" from the group (or one from each team) and have it removed while the groups are given instructions. while the circle group (the other group) is told to form a circle holding hands. Playing upbeat music really adds to the fun of this game! Also see Clumps (Click Here) and Your Number is Up (Click Here). "Go to the right. This person gets up and follows the leader who weaves in and out of the chairs in the room. the circle team. The goat is to be put in the center of the circle blindfolded. King of Goats Outdoor or Indoor. The goat is to listen to the sideline crowd for instructions where to go to catch the circle. where the game is leaders vs. Sit down! -You may not go around anyone. such as. -When you are tagged. the crowd starts shouting instructions to the goat. now go back. As soon as the start signal is given. the goat is to start chasing the circle and the circle is to move as a whole to avoid being caught. leaving the goat in a an empty field. have a belly flop contest in a baby pool full of Jello." The minute the game starts. With his other hand he grabs someone's hand. The chairs are scattered all over the room. you are "dazed and confused". Lay a tarp over a big old mattress under the baby pool. The person standing has a set of keys in his hand. immediately disbands and joins the crowd. students! Jello Belly Flop In the winter. Let the goat run for a short time or until the goat guesses what is going on. straight ahead. Keys Everybody but one person sits in a chair. including the dazed and confused.Added by Wynn Fenwick Also see the first version of Jail Break (Click Here). the circle group is instructed in his presence to move silently and to make no sound.

" Two or three students bat at a time by bouncing a dodgeball and hitting it with with their hand(s)/arm(s). and stuffing them into the long john pants and tops. the students attempt to run to the far wall of the gym without being hit. After hitting the ball. The balloons are popped through the clothing. The team then decides who will wear them over their clothes. Added by Dean Butters. You can also use the same concept for line basketball and line soccer. If a student makes it to the far wall. Then give each team a full pair of long-johns (or union suit). It works to their advantage to find the most wiry person for this part (although you'll need to be careful to not make weight an issue). "Go!"). Long John Stuff This game can be played as an all-play in small groups. They can try to run home at any time except when the new batters are holding the balls. Students in the field may get a batter out by throwing and hitting them with any of the balls that were hit. Ultimately. the student must make it back from the far wall to the original line he batted from(home). The number of teams depends on the number of students present. and teams of 6. Once the long-johns are on. and there is no limit to the number of students that can stay safe. Rolling Meadows. you must step on the intersection of the line. 'It' tends to get tired quick. so when this happens. or as an upfront game with larger groups. tell 'it' to choose a "lovely assistant" to trap people easier. IL Also see Blindfolded Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here) and Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here). Suggestion: Have a camera available for taking shots of the fully stuffed long-johns . not runs.-You may not cut corners. the leader of the game does or says something to officially begin the game (a cap pistol. Added by Jon Talley Long Base (A Dodgeball/Kickball Medley) Divide into 2 teams. he must keep a hand on it to remain safe. Each team is then featured one-by-one as they are given a pin to begin popping each balloon--counting out loud as they do. hence. Make sure the lovely assistant walks. Students may remain safe at the far wall as long as they want. or yell. depending on your facility. To score a run. Decide on a time limit that will officially end the inflating and stuffing portion of the game. whistle. the team with the most number of popped balloons is the winner. The object is for the team members not in long-johns to begin inflating balloons. litter the floor with dozens (or hundreds) of deflated balloons. thermal underwear for each person you bring up front or for each team if you make it an all-play. Once teams are formed. Long John Stuff requires several bags of deflated balloons. one in the 'field' and one "at bat.

Variation: Have part of each team be cupheads.Also see T-Shirt Stuff (Click Here). and re-dip. After a certain time limit. Caution: If you are in a carpeted room. Then tell them to dip and on your signal begin throwing them at the other teams. evenly spaced apart. Marshmallow Dodgeball Buy a couple bags of large marshmallows. These players sit against the wall on their side of the room. clean up the marshmallows right after the game so they will not leave a big stain (thereby ensuring an ongoing friendship with the church janitor). Give each team captain (adult) a different color dipping sauce (we used Mustard. have someone guard the cupheads so the cup won't get hit. and masking tape. Marshmallow Splat Ball Outdoor or Indoor. When the fun was done we had a contest to see which team could pick up the most marshmallows. Have students wear grubby clothes that can be thrown away. but once the slime pellets start to fly no one cares. Red. and send each team to a corner of the playing field as a designated area to load up. & Green Catsup. When they run out of marshmallows they can either pick one up from the ground. Rules: The cupheads must sit on their rears at all times. Clean-up: After the game. Then map out the boundaries. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. The team with the most hits wins. This will create a beautiful crossfire of marshmallows. plastic cups. players will have marshmallow powder on them which either makes a great crowd pleaser or a mess. Fill each plate with the splat substance. Give a point to each side that does just that. Divide the room with masking tape to mark where players cannot step across. The prize was dumping a bottle of maple syrup over a leader's head (stolen from the . but you can use your imagination). Divide students into two teams and have one team go to each side of the room. while the rest of the members are throwing the marshmallows. Added by Jared Watson Also see Blindfolded Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here) and Shmallow Shooters (Click Here). attempting to knock the cups off. If you have enough students. Put a plastic cup on the head of every player on one of the teams (so that everyone on one side of the room has a cup on his or her head). Divide into 4 or more teams and arm each person with a small Styrofoam plate and 4 marshmallows. have the teams switch. or run back to the supply station until the ammo runs out. Optional: Soak the marshmallows in water so they will stick to the player when hit. so you might have wet paper towels close by. The game starts by having the players on the other side of the room chuck the marshmallows at the cupheads. and Chocolate Syrup.

creating a sort of "bridge. facing off. if not all. go to the next adult leader’s picture. every student should charge after the adult leader pictured on the screen. One team puts the crowns on normal and the other team puts them on inside out (the crowns must be above the ears). Mugger Hugger Note: This game requires at least one video projector screen viewable by the entire crowd. What this means is. Added by Stephen Dervan Noodle Knights (aka Braveheart) Divide into 2 teams and give each player a 3 foot piece of foam noodle and a Burger King crown. The two teams line up about 15 or more feet away from each other. . Tug-of-War in mud or through a Jello kiddy pool . . Mud-O-War This gross game is played up front or in the middle of your room with 5-10 people on each team while the crowd watches. This is a hands-on get-to-know-you mixer. the students are to “mugger hug” the adult leader. On a signal they charge and fight for a designated short period of time. the crowd.'Ten Bags of Doom'). and surrounded by most. We serve a fun God! Added by Jon Nowlin Also see Ten Bags of Doom! (Click Here)." The 7th person (needs to be the smallest person in the group) will then lay across the groups’ arms and will be handed a big plastic or squeezable container of mustard. A person is out when their crown is knocked off their . the two lines facing each other. but his/her capture is completely inevitable. The game leader may want to caution the crowd if you have a particularly older adult leader (no broken hips at youth tonight!) This shows the students that the adults can have fun. It also gets the adult leaders in VERY close proximity to the students! Mustard Tanks Each team needs 7 people. The students will lock arms with the person in front of them. They will then move around like tanks and shoot other tanks. Explain that each adult leader’s face will flash on the screen with their name under/above/beside it. Whenever the screen/slideshow changes. It is perfect for your first night back from summer or Christmas break when you may have new adult leaders and/or new students. you name it! Added by Naomi Also see Tug-O-Fish (Click Here). The process repeats itself for every adult leader in the house. When the adult leader has been chased down from running around the room. Six of the team members will form two lines of three. The adult leader should try to avoid the crowd.

for each team formed you will need: 1. A great intro to this game is the jousting clip from the movie Braveheart. and lay it down. and 8 .pair sweat pants size 2x-3x 3 blind folds 1 laundry basket Objects to be put into basket Form teams of 4 players each: • • • • 1-person 1-person 1-person 1-person is is is is the "eyes & mouth" the "brain" "1/2 the body" other "1/2 of body" .head. or head butts!).237. Oil Ball Get a big plastic tarp. Continue until you have a winner.perhaps a line under the numbers. The students holding those numbers – 1. The first team to be in place. tackling. Added by Steve Schlange Numbers Race Form teams of 10 players (ideally). feet. Added by Amanda from Australia Also see Communication Challenge (Click Here) and Inversion (Click Here). One Body Depending on # of players. The first one done wins! This game does have a cost. Pour and smear about 5 to 6 bottles of baby oil all over the tarp. about 20' x 25'. For example. but everyone who plays is covered when done and you'll see some great wipe-outs! Take pictures! Just make sure your church has insurance *wink* Added by Paul Butler Also see Jello Twister (Click Here).run out in front and display the numbers to the leader calling them out in the correct order. Each person on the team gets a number on a 3x5 card or slip of paper from 0 to 9.582 and so on. in the right order gets a point for their team. The crowns can only be knocked off by the noodles (no hands. Don't forget to distinguish between 6 and 9 . 0.t-shirt (or sweat shirt)size 2x-3x 1. The leader then calls out a random number. in different coloured paper for each team and laminate them... Try 1. After the time is up everyone who is out steps out of the playing area and you line up again for another skirmish. Make the outline of an oval track with about 6 cans of shaving cream. we'll use the number “108”. For re-use make up A5 cards. Now the goal is to "wheelbarrow" (this is when one kid stands while holding another kid's feet in the air) with the kid on the ground pushing a tennis ball with his/her head around the track twice.

This way does not require identical objects for each team. Added by Vonnie Waldrop Opposite Arm Dodgeball This game is played just like it sounds. Set up any dodgeball game that your kids like. However.Leader yells "Done!" Each team sits and the team with the most objects in their basket wins. make them throw with their opposite arm. "Eyes & mouth" yells "DONE!" First team to sit wins! Rules: • • • • No peeking! "Eyes & mouth" must only "whisper" to the "Brain. Team sits down. The "Brain" stands behind the "Body" and is blindfolded (may hold on to back of sweat shirt. Have the same kind of object for each team to pick up. ..Get prepared for game: • • • "Body" gets into the sweat pants and shirt together (then blindfold them)." How to play: • • • • • The "Eyes and mouth" whispers to the "brain" what to tell the "Body" to do. When all objects are found and in their basket. It helps keep your jocks from dominating the game and also encourages the kids who are afraid of getting hit. The Point/Discussion Idea: Ask what they learned about the Church being "One Body" through this game. Variation: When all objects are found and in team baskets. Object ideas: • • • Gallon size food cans Twisted pipe cleaners "on" each basket Large ball This game works best if the objects cannot be picked up with one hand.." "Brain is the only one who can "talk." Body may not use their arm or hand that is inside of the sweat shirt. The body tries to get the pre-designated objects into their own basket.) The "eyes & mouth" stands next to the "Brain.

Earthball Blowout (Click Here).I normally play and act really dumb trying to throw with my wrong arm. Protect the President For this game you need a volleyball-sized Nerf ball. One person in the middle is the President. Variations: Of course this opens up the possibility of playing Penguin Baseball. If the ball touches the President at any time. Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here). The ball may NEVER touch the President. Have your students stand in a wide circle with two people in the middle. the person who threw the ball (or the last person to touch it) then becomes the Bodyguard. Choose a time limit between 1 and 3 minutes. The game becomes hilarious when players must hike. Quick Clean Up: The team that cleans up their side the fastest wins the onslaught. Paper Plane Onslaught For this game you need: cheap sunglasses for eye protection two different colors of 8˝ x 11 paper. throw. Each person then ties the rag securely around his knees to make running impossible. etc. Use staff as the net (all lined up across the court with hands in the air) and play normal volleyball with a beachball. and throw it at the President. and the President goes back into the circle. Added by Ian Newton Also see Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here). run. the Bodyguard becomes the President. Penguin Soccer. Divide the room with tape or another similar divider. the other is the Bodyguard. as many sheets as you have students (plus extra. . in other words). and Longbase (Click Here). Allow as many hits per side as needed and allow as many players as needed (your whole group. The bodyguard may do anything to block the ball with his body: jump. and kick with their knees tied together. Big Room. or Pool. Penguin volleyball. just in case). Added by Sterling Lynn Penguin Football Give each person a rag about four inches wide and two feet long (sheets torn into strips work well). and countless other games. squat. The team that has thrown the most planes to the other side wins. Kids laugh at me and we have a great time. Poor Man's Beachball Volleyball Outdoor. Now divide into teams and play football using a Nerf football. The idea is to see how many paper airplanes one team can throw to the other side before the time is up. players can move only by shuffling their feet. Give half the group one stack of color paper and the other half the other color. dive. The people in the circle have the Nerf ball.

Once a guy is pulled to where he isn't touching any other guys. but it's exciting. Added by Young Life See also Musical Chair Squat (Click Here). the girls try to pull them apart. For the obvious reasons. the new President is vulnerable because the transition is instantaneous. he's out and needs to go sit down. they will develop strategies and tactics. Hart Pull Across the Line Outdoor or Indoor. The idea is sort of a random "musical chairs. They'll eventually tire and the President will get hit. Added by J. Pumpkin Bowling Set up a single "bowling alley" in your room. Pull-up Everyone gets a chair and forms a circle. Every time a minute goes by. Variation: Have someone sit down if they are pulled across. This sometimes makes presidential turnover pretty quick. the guys get 2 points. One strategy for the "shooters" is to pass the ball around the circle and keep it moving to wear the people in the middle down. This can be as simple as using masking . The team with the least left standing each time wins. by taking their hands and pulling them out of their chair. Be ready to sweat if you play. Last two guys together are the winners.What makes this exciting is that from the moment the President is hit. This continues for one minute. pull her out of her chair and then take her place. Same objective as British Bulldog (Click Here). and takes his seat. She then runs to the other side of the circle. the whistle blows. grab each other. and everybody stops where they are. we don't suggest reversing the gender roles on this game. but you can't cross the center line and you convert people to your side by reaching over the line and pulling them to your side. and will thoroughly enjoy themselves. Pull Apart This is where all the guys link up (get in a big pile and hug. The students left standing are counted. and so on. If there are 2 more girls than guys. especially if the people in the middle are good. At a whistle all students in the center of the circle run to the people sitting in the chairs and "pull-up" a person of the opposite sex. pulls a guy out of his chair. The new bodyguard must be fast at getting into the circle to defend him or her. the whistle blows and those standing are counted. (They are in the middle." boys against the girls. whatever necessary to try to stay linked together) and when you say "Go!". As the kids get more experience at the game. and the game goes on. This game is EXHAUSTING. everyone sitting in their chair and facing the center of the circle except for 5 guys and 5 girls who start the game. The girl can offer no resistance. For example a guy would go up to a girl. standing).

" if you've ever been there. everything is fair no limit to how many people on bases. You can get someone out by touching ANY base at any time. then 2nd. Rio Linda Wiffle Ball Same as Rio Linda Kickball (Click Here) (on this game list) but with a wiffle ball and bat. With fewer bowlers. allow one each. if you’re brave) two liter soda bottles for bowling pins. Test out a few pumpkins and select a few good rollers. allow several tries. Depending on the size of your group. just keep going until all players have been up once. If a runner is tagged they are out. two in the middle. Pyramid Race Divide group into teams of six. 3. and a cola. turn around and walk back. Endless # of outs. one on top) and walk across a certain point (only needs to be 10 or 15 feet away). Have them build a pyramid (three people on bottom. 4. 5. If you want Halloween colors. The other team places a 1. With a large group. (If you line up your group. Then set up empty (or full. If they drop the bat they are out! Rip-off! (or Duct Tape Tag. All players on a team get one time up and they get one pitch from their own pitcher. No foul balls.5 foot long strip of . either select a few "bowlers" or line up your whole group. Run to 3rd first. use orange soda. and Pumpkin Puzzle (Click Here). One Added Rule: Runners must carry the bat with them to 3rd (the first) base. all while in the pyramid. Provide a prize for the best bowler (do a play-off if needed). See also Human Bowling (Click Here). you know exactly what I mean!) Rules: 1. aka Scalp) Divide into two teams. One team places a 1. and tear the labels off. First team done wins! Rio Linda Kickball A lot like normal Kickball with a bunch of backwards twists (hence the name "Rio Linda. Any runners between any bases are also out. no forced outs.5 foot long strip of duct tape horizontally on each of their backs. All the bases are backwards. and then 1st.tape lines for gutters. line them up along the edge of the alley so they can see). See Rio Linda Wiffle Ball (Click Here). 6. 2. Vacuum Cleaner Bowling (Click Here). Hand them a pumpkin and let er’ rip! Have a few staff people be pumpkin fetchers to keep the game moving along. 7. If a ball is caught the runner is out.

you need a place to start from (a wall. The game is an elimination game. River Crossing The goal of this game is to help teach your students or leaders to work together by having them work as a team to cross a "river. One person acts as the Caller. or anything else they can stand on. You can use assorted pieces of wood." that is. blankets. using your gym or other space." and then a destination. The Point: Team building. that person hides with them. Once their tape is removed they are out of the game. Yellow vs. run between the two lines of girls who try to pop the balloons by hitting them with the newspapers. Added by Jon Henry Also see Elbow Tag (Click Here). After a command is called. To make the game go longer and add an extra element of competition. a good game for a leadership event. lines in the gym. The rules are: everyone has to get across and no one can touch the floor or they all have to start over. Black) Have teams separate in a large playing area. Sardines This game is kind of a reverse "Hide and Go Seek. he or she hides with the person. i. Break them up into teams and have them race to the other side of the river." Turn out all the lights. you can have every guy who has a balloon not yet popped keep running through until there is only one guy left. As soon as one person finds the person hiding.duct tape vertically on their back. (You can use different colored tape if you want and name the teams by the colors.e. Added by Scott Street Run the Gauntlet Girls are given rolled up newspapers. facing each other with approximately three to four feet between them. Added by Adalis and Jonathan McKee Ships and Sailors This game involves the entire crowd. preferably at night. The object is to "rip off" the tape from their backs. the "river. As soon as someone else finds them. Everyone else is “it” and looks for this person. Have one person go hide. But if you decide to go with this. etc). The boys tie balloons to their bottoms (by their pant belt loops) and must "run the gauntlet. and they are lined up in two single file lines. be sure that you keep an eye on any guys who may be getting hurt by the continued strikes. The two lines are parallel. You end up with a bunch of people packed like “sardines” in one hiding spot with one poor person trying to find everyone. The object is to see which boy(s) can avoid having their balloon popped. so the last person (or few students if you have a large . everyone in the audience must get in the position with as many people as they need that follows that command. Now there are two hiding. who calls out certain commands." First.

we had shots spanning upwards of 30 feet! Beware: after 2-3 shots they get pretty gross.let it travel the length of the tube . one person down on hands and knees and the other person puts their foot on that person's back *Attention: everyone stands at attention. not the small ones you can buy at carnivals and festivals). Load the marshmallow into the end of the pipe (the drier the marshmallow. have 2 people untie and then retie the laces of the group with one person using his left hand and the other person using his right hand. Also see Shoe Pile (Click Here) and Shoe Stretch (Click Here). massive knot. Award two different winners: laces and no laces. The commands: *3 Men in a boat: three people get together in a line sitting on the ground acting like they are rowing a boat *Man overboard: two people get together. the better . While they're involved in other activities. and tied again.they'll stick to the pipe if they're soft) and blow. saluting *Time for dinner: 4 people sit in circle acting like they are eating *Hit the deck: lay down on your stomach as fast as you can *Portside: everyone runs to the left of the room (their left) *Starboard: everyone runs to the right side of the room Added by Amy Stafford Shmallow Shooters For this game you’ll need marshmallow blowguns made from 1-foot sections of 1inch diameter pvc pipe (buy big lengths of it at a hardware store. They should inhale air before they put their mouth up to the gun. The trick is to blow on the end the marshmallow is on . Shoe Tie While students are entering. Race against two groups. Put a time limit on it. back on their feet. Good times! Beware of choking. Added by Owen Sallee Also see Marshmallow Splat Ball (Click Here). The object of the game is to see who can be first to get their shoes untied.group) to get into position or anyone doing the wrong move is out. Before starting you may want to warn your students about choking hazards and that they need to be careful. Then bring out the pile in front of everyone. We did a variety of target-related games and then a few moments of all-out marshmallow war. have a leader or two sneak back and tie all the shoes together in one big. Taking turns. and plenty of s'more-sized marshmallows. Added by Bryan Murawski Young Life Variation: Divide all the people into groups of 3. ask them to take off their shoes and put them in a back room out of sight. .

guys) stand in a line. Have everyone sit in a circle. he must pass it to a trustworthy person who is sitting on the ground (by rolling it -. Play fun music in the background. Then select a person to go into the middle.remember if caught in the air you're out). A group of students. Be sure the audience knows which direction to be shuffling. When the leader says "Go" students run to the nearest ball and start trying to hit anyone around them. If he sits.Shuffle Your Buns This game requires at least a good handful of people and a chair for everyone. The person will end up running around the circle trying to get to the rapidly moving empty seat. If you catch a thrown ball. If you get hit and the ball hits the ground. In order for a person to move with the ball. then the person on his or her left is the person who has to go in the middle. Added by Young Life Skin the Snake Have two teams of students (girls vs. Everyone slides their tush (shuffles their buns) over to block the person from sitting in the empty seat. I use about 5 or 6. . You can pick the number of balls. When you say "go. The last person standing wins the prize. A big room or long hall is best as this takes quite a length of space. Rules: • • • • If you are holding a ball you can't run and if you get hit you must sit down. submitted by Charlie Mooney Also check out these extreme games: Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here) Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here) Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here) Earthball Blowout (Click Here) Skateboard and Plunger Race Racers sit on skateboards and use plungers as oars in a race. you are out and you must sit down. But be careful. it's every man for himself dodge-ball. 10-30. the thrower is out. they could hit you with the ball or give it to another standing thrower. Sink the Bismark Basically. is asked to stand in a large open circle and game balls are placed sporadically (if that's a word) throughout the circle." they are to try to go back to their seat. • Idea by Will Hagle.

The other team hides their sock on the other side.. The object of the game is to have the least toilet paper on your side at the end of the game. half to the other. both on Upfront page. One team hides their sock on one side of the house or building. split your group down the middle. so everyone is crawling around on the arena trying to pull everyone else's socks off while trying to defend their own socks. the bigger the area should be. each has a sock. Sock Wars Use tape on the floor to design an "arena" and have all contestants take off shoes but leave socks on. Make a judgment call when you yell. it's time to stand back up as they Skin the Snake.Have each kid reach under her/his legs with her/his right hand and hold the left hand of the person behind him. Now. The object of this game is to keep your socks on as long as possible! There is no standing. Added by Thomas Miller/Zou Also see Toilet Paper Blow & Toilet Paper Bowling. The first team to find the sock wins. Coming up is harder than laying down so go slow! Don't forget to keep holding hands! Whoever succeeds first wins. A leader may have to help them stand. Count down and let them fly. Added by Macy Option: Have losers kiss the socked feet of the winners sitting in a row! *Also see Sock Wars and Sock & Bop. Move slowly and be careful not to step on each other's bodies! When everyone has laid down.half go to one side. Sock Hunt Two teams. Teams then trade sides and try to find the other team's sock.. The person at the back of the line lies down consecutively as each one walks backward. You can have as many people participate. "Time!" Game Two: First team to have their side entirely cleaned up wins the second part of the game. the more kids. Added by Stephanie Also see Sock Mania on the Upfront games page. Have leaders hand out the "snowballs" (rolls of tp). . Give teams 30-60 seconds to play. Added by Betty Jean Anderson Snowball Fight For this game you need toilet paper and garbage bags.

All members of the group must contribute. Have 3-4 long socks with tennis balls in the end. but not more than 15. Then the other team has 5 seconds to sing a line from yet another song. Can do guys against girls.at Christmas choose Christmas songs. It's up to you whether they go out and get these sounds from the actual sources (like a scavenger hunt). sit losing teams out until one team finally prevails. 2-4 people standing in the middle. with a younger group you don't even need a theme. sing a song that doesn't fit that category or just not sing within 5 seconds is the loser. Good game for those nights when high activity level is the best option. If more than two teams play. Teams may discuss and plan out which song to sing while the other teams are singing. any song can be open game . Pick a song theme . Award prizes (bag of candy or litre of pop) for most sounds recorded and to the group that adds the most creative sound selection not on the list. Those sitting in the circle toss the sockballs to each other (usually very hard throws) and try to keep those in the middle from catching them (more fun if you can bounce it off someone in the middle). Instructions: Your group has 15 minutes to record the sounds listed below. The sounds must last at least 10 sec. or a combination of both. One team starts and sings a line of one song. The object of this game is to keep coming up with songs longer than the other team or teams. Sound Effects Supplies Needed: blank tape and tape recorder. The people in the middle can also tag any thrower who is holding the sockball and they have to switch (this keeps the pace up). Added by Collin Buckley Also see Sock Wars and Sock & Bop. Song Endurance This game is very simple and can be played with two or more teams. The first team to repeat a song.Sockball Hot Potatoes meets Tag meets WWF. • • • • • Herd of cows Cat in a dog kennel TV Show theme Lovesick Coyotes on a moonlit nigh A worship song . If they catch it then the thrower goes in and the person in the middle sits down (even if it falls to the ground and is picked up). teams go into different rooms and "create" the sounds. Set up a circle of chairs of no less than 15 people. Then the other team has 5 seconds to start singing a line of another song.and let the singing begin. Also see Song Making on Anywhere page.

Also have lots of plastic trash bags to cover the floor. & Sit Down If. 2 seats) for . Have each team elect ONE team leaders who will wear a hat with tape all over it on their head.one set (2 plungers. tell them the trick is that they will be laying down on their backs head to head. And this is a race to feed each other like this and eat their ice cream before any other twosome. The first team to bring up that item wins that round. The Gross Point: Working together to accomplish a goal. Move Right If.. The upfront person divides teams (in audiences of rallies or other large gatherings you can make each section of chairs a group). They can get as much ice cream as they want but they have to share it and eat everything they make. • • • • • • • • • shoelace student body card nail file chewed gum sock with a hole in it movie stub ticket Driver's Liscense quarter older than 1980 hair brush Also see I Need a Shoelace. aka Horseshoes with a Twist Materials needed: 2 plungers & 2 toilet seats . Added by Chris Lyon Also see Banana Night on our Events page. Toilet Seat Toss. Teams must stick the items called for to the hat to remain there until the end of the game. Examples: I need a.• • Room Full of Babies Traffic Sundae Feed Get enough for your group to make sundaes and any toppings that sound good. can be played with small or huge groups. Once everything is made. Tape Head "I Need a Shoelace" with a twist. all on Audience page and Velcro Head on Upfront page.. The upfront person then yells out a demand for a somewhat common item that people might have on them. Tell the kids to get into groups of two to share a sundae.

Two kids are chosen as the "launchers" while the rest of the group (anywhere from 15 to 50 kids works fine) lines up outside one of the short sides of the rectangle. I have used this at a western themed event. Torpedo This game is a gym version of the pool game "Sharks & Minnows. A leader or youth is the caller. while staying behind their own lines. since they can't cross the line. Any runner who gets hit must sit down exactly where they are. where they are safe. While they are running. For large groups. Play instrumental western music in the background. The launchers stand on either of the long sides of the rectangle. Stick the plungers on the ground 20 feet apart (a flat smooth surface is usually best like a gym floor) the handles will stick up in the air. with your own player as the basketholder (assists at getting the ball in). its a fun place to be). Each time the kids torpedo across the room. They are now land mines. and finally. Instead of using actual metal horse shoes and metal stakes. The caller shouts "TORPEDO!" and the kids start to run as fast as they can to get past the line on the other side. Then toss the toilet seats and try to ring them around the plunger opposite your team. there are more and more land mines to hit them. Have a few extra seats around in case they break (the padded ones I found are more durable). This game is basically basketball. Anyone caught inside the tape must sit there indefinately (at your discretion).every 2 teams. Use a trashcan about the same size as your ball. so more are involved. Have each team choose a trash can holder (rotate regularly. the launchers try to hit as many people as possible with their dodgeballs. Added by Mark Janzen To continue the Western theme. so we tell players the ball must touch a certain # of girls on their team before they can shoot. The youth on the floor can try to touch the runners. Anyone touched must sit down too. Added by Becky Heffner Trashball Divide into two teams. Eventually you get down to two lonely runners. add an extra ball or two. Now it gets interesting. use two plungers as the stakes and two toilet seats as the shoes. Second hand is fine as long as they are clean. with the help of the can holder.just move the trash can). one winner. They usually can only get one good throw in. Players can only take 3 steps when they have the ball. Have each one stand up on a chair (they can't move from the chair or grab a ball. This is a fun game because." Using a basketball court or marking your own. see Cowboy King on Upfront page. almost anyone can make a full court shot. armed with dodgeballs or something similar. Make a boundry of about 10 feet around each holder with tape. you need a large rectangle. Submitted by Jon Talley .

Divide your crowd into two teams. CRASH Good name for this game. The object of the game is to get as many inner tubes as possible across your team's line.TubeMania Outdoor & Big room. pick them up (so they look like a Michelin Man) and run diagonal to their partner team. Each tube successfully pulled across a team's line is a score (one point) for that team. Tie 4 ropes (ropes should be 8 to 10 feet in length) to this middle tube (you have to have your tubes tied for this game!!!) Tie the other ends of the ropes to the other 4 tubes . The team that gets this ball across their own line gets three additional points. CROSS. Number the players on each team from one to however many players are on each team. Call out several numbers. One of them serves as the middle ring. each team diagonal with it's partner team. Line the teams up in four corners of the playing field. JUMP THROUGH This is a simple relay where you give each team one tube and they race to see who can get their entire team through their tube first. There may be several players tugging on the same tube. each one lining up on their side of the square.if you don't use good safety precautions this could result in injuries. Be very careful. Divide the group into four equal teams. each holding a tube like a belt or belly. Next you will need 4 cones and 4 tennis balls. TUBAL TUG Get 5 innertubes (small to medium sized ones work best). Once the kids get the hang of it. Team members along the team line act as goalies. CRISS. Of course their partner team and two apposing teams are running through the same intersection so look out! First team to switch all players across the diagonal one at a time is the winner.one rope to each tube. MICHELIN MAN BUMPER TUBE This is basically Sumo Wrestling for poor people.This is a physically exhausting game that can be lots of fun. Mark a large square in the field and place a stack of seven to ten inner tubes in the center of the square. putting . Each team gets a point deducted from their score if the ball is kicked over their line. but might be best if played boys against boys and/or girls against girls. each team in two groups for a relay. Draw or rope off a small circle that they try to bump each other out of. add a soccer ball to the game. To further complicate the game. The players with those numbers run to the center and start dragging the inner tubes to their lines. Once the ball touches the ground in their territory the point is scored against them. The first team members must step into the tubes. Lay out the inner tube contraption. Give each group 2 or 3 tubes (depending on size). add a cage ball. Two players battle each other. or earth ball (four to eight feet in diameter). Have a TUBEMANIA night playing the following tube games! TUBAL BACON (steal the bacon with innertubes): .

saving you the investment of buying the ten pins necessary. simple you hang the tubes from the gym ceiling with some rope and the kids must get the ball through the goal (over the tube and between the ropes). Then place the cones with the tennis balls on top about 10 feet out from the inner tubes. Vacuum Cleaner Bowling To understand this game you may need to know the history. it's not always the biggest/strongest that wins. Wheelbarrow Eating Race Get 2 or 3 couples. & Jail Break 2 on Big Room page. then it struck him to set up targets and try to bowl them over with the vacuum cleaner. anyway. It's pretty fun. BASKETBALL GIGANTE (Giant" in Spanish) Get 2 carpet role tubes (12 foot card board tubes) you can get them from any carpet co. The other night. both on Big Room page. Kids then get in the inner tubes and on "Go" they attempt to become the 1st person to get the tennis ball off their respective cones (thus a four way tug-o-war). He began to do vacuum cleaner drags. BASKETBALL GIGANTE submitted by Mike TV Tag Like regular tag. 3.the center ring at the center (duh. You also need a big cage ball (earth ball). One leader (who had just returned from the Florida Gatornationals Speedway) was vacuuming the floor when an idea hit him.) and the other 4 stretched out to the noon. from different directions. Most bowling centers will loan you used pins for this. only when the person who's "it" is about to tag you. so he wasn't working that hard.) See Human Bowling & Pumpkin Bowling. Set out 3 lines of food items beginning with small stuff (M&M . And then it was birthed: Vacuum Cleaner Bowling. Well. Whoever knocks over the most pins in two runs wins a prize. Caution: Don't do this game on cement/asphalt because someone always slips or falls down and then gets drug across the ground by the other players. Then he "trained" the vacuum cleaner to come to him. (He did this by walking it across the room and pointing it back to where he plugged it in and "called" it to him. Since they are essentially pulling against 3 other people. If every player but one is ducking that player has to run and tag another so that the game keeps going.. Added by Colombiangrl Also see Blob Tag on Outdoor page and Jail Break (Gym Tag).. my leadership team and I were setting up for our outreach event. (And you might want to use old vacuum cleaners that are no longer needed. duck and say the name of a TV show before being tagged. We play this game in our gym with up to 175 kids. You can’t get up until another player tags you.) OK. We run competitions across the floor about 40 feet. 6 and 9 o'clock positions.

I'll tell you: Come in real close so I can whisper it in your ear . most original gesture for the “gift” that they are assigned. They are to try to win as many as possible from their peers by challenging them one on one doing one of three things: Thumb wrestling Rock. no two out of three Challenger has to have a coin and is "heads" on the coin toss. . You may want to give a prize to the group that comes up with the funniest. Do I need to explain this game? You might ask me why I put it on the list even. The girls wheelbarrow the guys down the row as the guys eat the items. . The groups can be of any size. You. it's similar but uses a bunch of pennies. 12 Days of Christmas Note: It is great to have a live band for this game. etc. For instance. a partridge in a pear tree. *If you are unable or don't want to make play money. as long as they are relatively the same size. Also see Top Dollar (Click Here). Give each person 10 of the bills. As we played and sang the song “12 days of Christmas” the kids in each group had to act out what was sung in that verse as the leader pointed to them. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!!! Anywhere Games Games that don't require a big room $1000 Bill Exchange For this game you need to make your own money on your computer (be sure it's clearly phony or it might be a federal offense). etc. We told the audience to huddle together in 12 different groups. of course.pile) and get larger (Jello or a plate with Spam). For fun. being the helpful leader. see Penny Challenge (Click Here). Idea from Young Life Wiffle Ball Outdoor & Big room. 9 lords a leaping. Play music in the background and have towels to clean up with. decide to teach them how to do it (“Name of Your Youth Ministry”) style. but it is not completely necessary. scissors Flipping a coin Rules: You must accept any challenge Sudden death. Each group is assigned one gift from the song. A CD and CD player will work. The group needs to come up with their own actions or routines. A What? . paper. best. have a girl wheelbarrow in a guy in total crash uniform gear and have him crash and burn into crowd. The game lasts as long as the music does.

bracelet. shoelace. Each team stores their letters until the end. After the last balloon is popped each team gets 7 minutes to form their words.. Get a pack of 100 water balloons (or as many as needed. Most points wins! Alphabet Getting to Know You As people enter the room. Have each team compete relay style to get balloons. "a e i o u" 5 times. and five lower case p's -five lower case w's and 4 *'s. Scoring: words containing 2. To start the game.” They then turn to the person on their right and say. or completely messing up. tell everyone to take out a SMALL item (such as a hat. First print off about 90 letters "r s t l n" 5 times . If someone messes up they are removed and the circle gets smaller...4 or 5 letters are worth the number of letters they are composed of. Each team needs a roll of tape and some paper. Good for groups of twenty or less. cat=3 good=4. "Oh. Several people can be removed in one round. a hat!" And continually pass the items until everyone is laughing their heads off. "A(n)(item)". Keep playing until the circle works down to a small number. They are trying to assemble the most words Scrabble style. “This is a(n). "A what?". It should take anywhere from 5-7 seconds to finish a sentence.Funny game that can be played with 5-50. turn again to the person on their right and say. and the person to your right has a hat. Added by Kristen Wooster ABC Pop This game is similar to a fast paced Scrabble using a balloon popping relay. It’s better to stop a game and have them want more than to keep playing a game after it expired long ago. Try to have the whole group say. And don’t forget a good principle with any game… stop the game before it drags on too long. just continue until someone does. give everyone a pre-typed sheet of paper with each letter of the alphabet (x-optional) on the vertical left side. (ex._(item)_______. (The *'s can be used as any letter.. a(n)(item). and then say.” Example: So lets say your item is a pencil. the whole alphabet once.. Form teams of 5 or less.) Insert a letter into each balloon and blow each one up. They should look to the person on their left and all say to that person.) Words with six or more letters are worth 10 points. then turn back to the person on the left and say. Each team sends one player who gets one balloon. Example: A____________ B____________ .. This is what you would say: "This is a pencil…a what? A pencil…a what? A pencil…oh. If no one messes up. The game starts with everyone sitting in a circle. "A what". p's & w's can be flipped for d's and m's respectively).try not to have anybody pull out a wallet).3. If no one is messing up… speed up the game. That player brings the balloon back to the next player in line who has to pop the balloon using only their bottoms then the person who popped the balloon runs and repeats the cycle. "A what?" at the same time.

Added by Young Life Alphabet Soup Split your group into several teams. The group tries to come up with one possession which begins with each letter of the alphabet. and creativity. cooperation. Added by Frank Salvatore Alphabits Depending on the size of your group this can be an all play or an upfront game.C____________ D____________ Everyone attempts to find out something about others that starts with one of the letters..words of three letters . Evan’s dad is a dentist. Everyone on the team searches through their own pockets. the dynamics of this game lend themselves to be an all play. The winning team is the one to have objects representing the most letters.leaders' names get high points as well They are given a time frame to do this (maybe 5 minutes or so). Give each team a platter and a few cans of alphabet soup. Nissa’s favorite candy is Snickers. Have several (small group.) . Set a 5-7 minute time limit and see who has the most. Also see Alphabet Getting to Know You (Click Here).. The Point: Getting to Know You Also see Alphabet Pockets (Click Here). Each team must sift through the goo to spell words or make numbers. or for a less messy option.the biggest word gets a lot of points . have all) people share interesting discoveries about each other. Put the person’s name and info on a line. make it a short up front game. Cannot use the same person for more than four times. You can give points a number of ways: . purses. Alana plays basketball. No curse words or body parts. a box of Alphabits cereal. wallets.Churches can give students high points for spelling spiritual words . The Point: Teamwork. (If you have a big group. etc. Examples: Jamal broke his arm in 6th grade. Alphabet Pockets Divide into teams of 4 or 5.words with five or more letters .if your group is on the smaller side.words of four letters .

Have people pair off. man beats the ape. Atlas Small group or travel game. The ape beats the lady (because King Kong took the lady). Eliminate the losers and pair the winners until you get a champion. Then announce that they are to try to stomp out other people's balloons while keeping their own safe. river. bison. When the signal is given. There is a 10 second limit and no place can be repeated. The kids have to come up with a word that matches the topic and starts with the chosen letter. each person strikes a pose like an ape. clothes.e. The next person must say another place that starts with the last letter of the place previously said. Example-letter B and the topic is animals. Ape. Be sure to demonstrate what each looks like ahead of time. Ankle Balloon Pop Give everyone a balloon and a piece of string or yarn. cars. Attack of the Fish Upfront or Small Group. the first person says the name of any city. and you don't want anyone to have a four-foot string either. etc. ocean. Man. Last person with a blown up balloon wins. If someone gives up or takes too long they are now part of the judging team to make sure that words are not reused. animals. or mountain that could be found in an atlas. etc. man. It’s amazing how many things the kids can come up with and how good they are at catching the repeated words. or lady. Idea from Youth For Christ Also see Egg. Either in seat order or in a circle. baboon. Examples: Denver Rhode Island Denmark Kenya Also see Travel Alphabet Game (Click Here). Continue the game until you run out of words for the chosen letter. . Have them blow up the balloon and tie it to their ankle. You don't want the balloon so tight against someone's ankle that it doesn't touch ground. Gorilla (Click Here). the lady gets the man. continue to let everyone play. Note: Be sure to have some guideline regarding the length of the string that the balloon is attached to. Gun. Chicken. bat. i. Lady This is a variation of Rock-Paper-Scissors.Pick a letter of the alphabet and a topic. Dinosaur (Click Here) and Ninja.

Best "attacked" face wins. Added by Brian Phillips Back Artist . see Whiteheads (Click Here) and Cheeto Face (Click Here). and very tasty. Supplies Needed: Pre-drawn pictures for the first person on each team. For ambience. using their fingers. We use this game for special occasions. or play this game just like hot potato. Baby Food: Hot Potato with a Twist You could play this game with your audience. Set the timer and have the teams decorate the volunteers' faces as best they can. When the music starts.aka Touch Telephone This game is based on the old "telephone game" but involves touch rather than hearing. very simple. sweet potato. When the music stops. The twist is you use jars of baby food.Supplies: Two cups of Goldfish crackers and two big scoops of creamy peanut butter. The second person then draws what they felt onto the back of the person in front of them. green beans. play the Jaws theme or music while the game is played. and use flavors such as turkey and gravy. highers created looks like Goldfish glasses. Our record is ten! The students will be amazed at how it . whoever is left holding the jar has to take a spoonful. Divide the group into teams of about six each. such as Thanksgiving. The person who is shown the drawing then tries to draw an exact copy of it. with everyone sitting in a circle. Added by Jason Schmock For variations of this game. Ask for two volunteers who are not allergic to peanuts. *You may want to keep a garbage can nearby. Split up teams around them (Use 3 people for each volunteer if the game is up front. No talking is allowed. one behind the other. on the back of the person in front of them. This continues until it gets to the person at the front of the line. a cat. you begin passing the jar of baby food around the audience or circle. The drawing can only be done once. Our jr. earrings. The last person is shown a simple handdrawn picture of an object such as a house. or a Christmas tree. etc. that person then must draw what he or she felt. and a goatee. just in case someone needs to throw up. The team whose picture most resembles the original wins that round. Added by Young Life Back to Back This is the game where you start out with two people sitting back to back and they have to stand straight up without using their hands. Each team sits in a line. oversized eyebrows. Add one person every time they stand up successfully. and use everyone if it's being played in a small group). etc. on a piece of paper. Very fun.

just hold it in their mouth. People in the chairs try to make a banana split in the other persons mouth by dropping ice-cream. because when you take the pantyhose off the students' heads. not hat elastic). Have pre-made cards for more than enough kids. banana. (Use elastic that you might use in pants. nuts. the banana still stuck in the hose is smeared across their face! Added by Elisabeth See Banana Stuff (Click Here). pulling their arms through and passing it down their legs and lastly taking it off from around their feet. syrup. Banana Splits in the Mouth Recruit four hungry volunteers. but not so big that it’s too easy. a cherry into the person's mouth. The first team finished wins. have four animals). With larger crowds. Hand out cards randomly to the kids and tell them to not . Then put a pair of panty-hose over each volunteer's head. whipping cream and finally. If you predict 35 kids that night make forty cards. Have them squish the banana through the tiny holes in the hose into a trash or grocery bag. It would be nearly impossible to accomplish this by oneself. Added by Amanda in Australia Banana Barf Have two or three volunteers put a whole banana in their mouth. instructing them not to eat it. The youth then hands the balloon and elastic to the next player. Variations: Blindfold the people in the chairs.works! The Point: This is a great game for showing students what teamwork can do. Prepare a balloon and a ring of elastic for each team. Each group of ten cards will have a particular animal written on it (so you will have 10 chicken cards. Each teen must then keep the balloon off the ground while putting the elastic over their head. Alternate people in chairs with people on the floor. You can also put the elastic over the feet first and play in reverse. so everyone can see. Added by Tammy Straub Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here) and Marshmallow Drop (Click Here). 10 donkey cards and 10 pig cards). 10 cow cards. Two people stand up in chairs while two others lie on the floor at their feet. This game is hilarious. Payback time. you may want to have a live video feed. Added by Greg Cates Balloon & Elastic Tangle Form teams of an even number. The balloon must not touch the ground and if it does they must start again. Barnyard This is a good game to divide into teams for the day/evening. Come up with as many animals as you want teams that night(If you want four teams. The elastic needs to form a circle big enough to go over a student’s body. four groups of ten.

Crimson stockings__________________(Red Sox) 5. provide one sheet per person. of course you'll copy this list off without the answers. Crimson. After all of the animals have found each other. Spanish for fathers ________________ (Padres) 27. Elite southern cops.). Navy. Hard to hit _______________ (Dodgers) 15. (Answers in parentheses. 1. For a big group.tell anyone their animal. When you give the signal. If you won State then you might go here ________________ (Nationals) 17. Baby bears _______________ (Cubs) 21. Clumps (Click Here). Non-colored coverings for your feet __________________ (White Sox) 16. David rocks their world __________________ (Giants) 13. etc. Kings and queens are these_________________(Royals) 2. For small group. burgundy. ____________ (Reds) 10. They’re not cowards ________________(Braves) 3. Give prizes to each team member (a candy bar. Men of the sea _______________ (Mariners) 22. Red birds __________________ (Cardinals) 9. Black and orange birds ______________ (Orioles) 24. They make beer _______________ (Brewers) 18. Walker is one ________________ (Rangers) 14. Satan’s sun beams __________________ (Devil Rays) 7. have them make the sound of their animal as loud as possible until they find their entire group. Name the Major League Baseball Team that is described by the word puzzle. Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook _______________ (Pirates) 19.) The first team to bring their completed list to you wins (or as many as they can come up with). Striped jungle cats _______________________ (Tigers) 12. etc. Baseball Team Quiz (MLB) Like Football Team Quiz (Click Here). Nemo’s dad ____________________ (Marlins) 8. break up into groups of 4 requiring at least one person on each team to be a little baseball savvy. scarlet. Heavenly beings _______________ (Angels) . A mountain chain _______________ (Rockies) 20. The Jetson’s dog. Short for Metros _________________(Mets) 4. First group to totally find each other wins. This is also a great way to split your group up into teams for more games! Put a twist on the game by putting in only ONE card that says "donkey" and giving it to a very secure student (but don't tell him/her they're the only donkey). royal or baby + 10th letter of alphabet ____________ (Blue Jays) 26. mug. Cheese steak sandwiches ____________________ (Phillies) 11. Native Americans ___________________ (Indians) 25. Pass out one copy of the following list of clues of pro-teams to each team. Physical activities __________________ (Athletics) 6. & Your Number Is Up (Click Here). there will still be one poor kid out there Hee-Hawing his head off to no avail! Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here). NASA’s fave team ____________ (Astros) 23.

This makes it a real job to find them. Relax! There really are twenty names of Bible books in this story. They look the same _________________ (Twins) Added by Jason Schmock Battle of The Nuts Messy but simple game for groups under 50. Get a few bags of peanuts in the shell. especially since the names are not capitalized and often leap the spaces between the words. sit on a banana. He challenged me to find them. but it'll provide a most fascinating few minutes for you. Give every student one peanut. there's a penalty. Fun to watch. Still this thing's a lulu. those work best. attach a rubber ball with a rubber band attached to it at the base of the net (remember those old ball and paddle games. Two points each basket! Person or team with most points wins! Added by Melanie Velaski Bible Books Puzzle 1 (20 Hidden Books) (Note there is one abbreviation in this) Someone showed me this story and remarked that there are 20 books of the Bible hidden here. Added by Jay Kim Also see Counting Game (Click Here). you'll soon figure that it would take most federal judges and preachers numbers of hours to find them all. and all that stuff are her thing. deadly snakes ____________ (Diamond Backs) 30. With net straight out in front. she brews a cup of tea to help her concentrate better. I will admit that it usually takes a minister to find one of them and that it is not uncommon for there to be loud lamentations when it is pointed out. this gal's a real pro! Verbs. Contestant must swing ball and ring net without using their hands. others are hit by them like they were some kind of revelation or something. just remove string and ball and use with fish net). The student with their peanut still intact in their shell is the winner. Yes. Using a small fish net (used for a home aquarium) bend the handle so that it fits securely in the front of your pants. kept me looking so hard for the longest time. nouns. When there are only two kids left standing.28. Bellybutton Basketball Either get two volunteers from the audience or use teams. there are some really easy ones to spot. See how well you can compete. Some of you will get bogged down with facts. hum the battle hymn of the republic. cause truthfully. or hose a dog (a mean one). Get to it! ANSWERS: ACTS . The North in the Civil War _____________ (Yankees) 29. Sure enough they're all here. have them come up and battle to the finish! Play energetic music in the background. You may get in a jam. If you fail to find them. A girl’s best friend on your non-front. You'll have to fly a kite. Have them go around and challenge each other to a BATTLE of the NUTS by simply pressing their peanuts up against each other until one of them breaks the shell. but then. One lady says that when she is confronted with puzzles like this. but don't get the big head.

especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have. Elaine Victs mentioned it in her column once. Also see Bible Books Puzzle 2 with 25 hidden books (Click Here) & Bible Books Puzzle 3 with 30 hidden books (Click Here). Some people will soon find themselves in a jam. The truth is. below? This is a most remarkable puzzle. And punctuation or spaces in the middle are normal.. that's a fact. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. Roy Clark studied it while playing his banjo. ANSWERS: ACTS AMOS ESTHER GENESIS HEBREWS HOSEA JAMES JOB JOEL JOHN .GALATIONS HEBREWS HOSEA JAMES JOB JUDGES KINGS LAMENTATIONS LUKE MARK NAHUM NUMBERS PETER PROVERBS REVELATION RUTH TITUS Added by Jeff E. Remember. One man from Illinois worked in it while fishing from his john boat. One woman judges the job to be so involving that she brews a cup of tea to calm her nerves. .AMOS ESTHER Gal. Bible Books Puzzle 2 (25 Hidden Books) Can you find twenty-five (25) books of the Bible in the paragraph. keeping himself occupied for hours.. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. there are 25 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph. Someone found it in the seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. A chipper attitude will help you compete. Books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. from answers we get. we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. One revelation may help.

One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his johnboat. Elaine Taylor. from answers we get. however. a columnist friend. The local paper. The Chronicle. which featured this puzzle. that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. Some people. on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. "The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.JUDGES KINGS LAMENTATIONS LUKE MALACHI MARK MATTHEW NUMBERS PETER REVELATION ROMANS RUTH SAMUEL TIMOTHY TITUS Added by Jeff E. will soon find themselves in a jam. keeping him occupied for hours. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving." Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. there is no need for a mad exodus. Remember. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. keep in mind. God Bless. Also see Also see Bible Books Puzzle 1 with 20 hidden books (Click Here) and Bible Books Puzzle 3 with 30 hidden books (Click Here). As Daniel Humana humbly puts it. Truthfully. Bible Books Puzzle 3 (30 Hidden Books) Can you find thirty (30) books of the Bible hidden in the paragraph below? This is a most remarkable puzzle. there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket. especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. During a recent fund raising event. surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. ANSWERS: ACTS AMOS CHRONICLES DANIEL . That's a fact. was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. He enjoyed it so much. the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. Also. he passed it on to some friends.

It must be big enough to get three team members inside. big bootie” (or. Give each team enough newspaper and tape to build a newspaper shelter of some kind. "2 to the (any number)!" Make sure that you clap only once as you say "2 to the--!" Then slap your leg once as you say a number. chant and clap. Number everyone off (they have to remember their number). But once the kids get it they can go really fast. big bootie. "Big Bum. Sit in a circle and designate someone to be the "Bootie" (or "Bum" for our cool British friends). Whoever claps or slaps their leg more than once as they call out a number is out! Like Zip Zap. "Aahhh.. have a giant paper fight. Idea from Young Life Big Bootie You can use any size group with this game. ohhh yehhh. At the beginning. the game may be confusing at first. "Bootie to the two!" No. The designated "Bootie" says. Now to the game. The Big Bad Wolf (youth leader) then attempts to blow the shelter down. Award prize to the best job.. big bum.ESTHER EXODUS GENESIS HEBREWS HOSEA JAMES JOB JOEL JOHN JUDGES KINGS LAMENTATIONS LUKE MALACHI MARK MATTHEW NAHUM NUMBERS PETER PHILEMON REVELATION ROMANS RUTH SAMUEL TIMOTHY TITUS Added by Jeff E. In unison everyone must clap their hands once then slap their legs. Also see Bible Books Puzzle 1 with 20 hidden books (Click Here) and Bible Books Puzzle 2 with 25 hidden books (Click Here). Do this during the whole game."). big bootie. Afterward. big bootie. . big bootie. Big Bad Wolf Divide students into teams of 4-6. 2 has to respond and say.

The first team finished to the best of their ability wins! Or. Everyone in the group is given a sheet of paper and a pen. Big Group Twister This game can be played with groups ranging in size from 20 to 100. placing the plates in the same order as found on the regular Twister playing area -. the guys crawl to the center and attempt to find their Cinderella's shoes. Idea from Young Life Also see Blind Shoe Grab (Click Here). Then the girls blindfold the guys. The last player standing wins!! Blind Draw Great game for a small group. Shoe Stretch (Click Here). yellow. The leader calls for the shoes and they are thrown into the middle of the circle.). The pictures are judged and winner gets a prize. and then green. The Prince Charmings (boys) each pick a girl and kneel in front of her. six plates of each color makes one regular sized Twister playing area (you'll need one playing area for every 10 youth in your group). yellow. Have an apron (or garbage bag with a hole cut out for the head) and one chair for each team. mousse. you may award prizes for the messiest eaters. But the lights are all turned out during the time of drawing. OK Also see Zip Zap (Click Here) and Zip Zap Bop (Click Here). He removes her shoes and holds them in his hand. and Shoe Tie (Click Here). Go out and buy colored paper plates (red. They will feed their partner (ice cream. . cleanest eaters. All of the Cinderellas (girls) in the group select a chair. Place a bowl in one hand of the blindfolded teen and a spoon in the other. After finding the shoes the princes each crawl back to their Cinderella and put her shoes on correctly. and green). The person standing behind the chair puts on a blindfold. Blind Shoe Grab Arrange chairs in a circle. blue. The person standing threads their arms under the seated person’s armpits.Added by Fire Team Youth FBC Langley. They are given 3 minutes or more to draw what they want. On the signal. You play according to the regular Twister rules and use the spinner that comes with the board game (or you can make one yourself). Also see Shoe Pile (Click Here). Added by Amanda in Australia Also see Banana Splits in the Mouth (Click Here). Blind Feeders Call up between 4 and 10 volunteers (depending on the size of your group) to make two-person teams. Tips: We found that you need to place the plates a little further apart for high school students so that it's more of a challenge. Use duct tape to tape the paper plates to the ground.red. or the one that got the most into their partner’s mouth. Jello. etc. etc. Each girl can only shout out instructions to her prince. blue. Play the game exactly like the rules of the original game. The person sitting puts on an apron and places hands on hips.

Added by Young Life Also see Blindfolded Banana Feed (Click Here). they can have one of your Blow Pop necklaces.students have to LIKE what you use) for three times the amount of students and staff you have. Blow Pop Necklace Buy enough Blow Pops (Blow Pops. Blindfolded Sit-Up Pretend to try and convince 3 people that they can’t do a blindfolded sit-up. give away a prize (besides Blow Pops) for the person with . The first 2 are in on it. One at a time. Point out the confusion that may have occurred with all the pairs going at once. that is). Have everyone form a giant circle. they usually blow it by saying. "I get one of your necklaces!" At the end of this time." You now have enough "Blow Pop" Necklaces for each student and staff to have three. This can be quite funny because when someone catches someone else. Or. who may not touch them. following the verbal direction of their partner. "I caught you!" or. The Point: Kickstarter for discussion on money. not cheap suckers . five of them with their eyes closed. “blinded by money”. Take string or yarn. or hearing God’s voice. you can challenge them to do 10 sit-ups in 10 seconds. Also see Penny on the Chin Mixer (Click Here). they strain but don’t do a sit-up. priorities. crowding around the container. The object is for each person to drop (dump) their pennies in the container. greed. The third sits up into a cream pie (his face. Place a big garbage can or cardboard box in the center. cut it at arms' width and tie them to the individual "Blow Pops. friends. place three Blow Pop necklaces on their necks. Blinded By Money Divide your group into pairs. Blindfold 3 volunteers and have them race to see who can finish the quickest. Inform them that they can not use the word "I" until a designated time (when you usually bring things together and start). Challenge: Put all the pieces in one big pile. trying to hear their partner’s directions. If you use the word "I" and someone catches you.Blind Toy Master Get 3 toddler toys that have all different shapes which have to fit through the right holes in order to get inside. One person tilts head back and places pennies over each closed eye (Contact lens wearers be careful). Issue each pair two pennies. As students and staff arrive. Added by Young Life Also see Blinded by Money (Click Here).

* Other players may not block someone's tube with their hand. Set-Up: * Split into two equal teams and have them sit with their legs crossed facing each other. Wrap a few pieces of duct tape around the dart on both ends to keep it together. Rule-breaking: * Players will inevitably make illegal moves like moving their bum off the grounds to block a dart or block someone’s blowgun too close. some players may choose to defend their basket and others may try to score. * It is recommended that one or two leaders act as referees. The arms act much like crutches to move you around. Blowdart Basketball We designed this game for our youth group because it works especially well as an active game that you can play in spaces with obstructions like poles in the way that prevent the space from being used for true gymnasium games. but you must keep your legs crossed and together as your moving around the playing field. but must be blown out of the blowgun only. Scoring and Winning: * Scoring involves getting a dart into the other team's trash basket. Shooting: * The blowdarts must be blown from your blowgun. Feel free to add or subtract from this idea. * Set up a trash can or bucket on both sides of the "playing field." We used tightly rolled and taped fabric which has the perfect weight and hardness. pull the offending players out of the game for a minute or so. Moving: Moving may only be done by using your hands to pull you around in the sitting position. * When a dart goes into a team's basket. * Like basketball and soccer. We made a rule that hands must stay 3 feet away from player's tubes that are shooting. The dart may not be thrown in. someone from that team takes the dart out . Game Play: * Each team tries to score by blowing darts into the opposing side's trash cans." * Each player will need an empty toilet paper roll which will be their blowgun. They are simple and cheap to make. and like hockey. Players should keep their legs crossed and locked at all times and push on the ground with their hands to wiggle and whop forward. * Players who have a dart may not move from their position until they blow the dart away. Suggestion: make 3 darts per student you anticipate to be in the game. You can also use "Ring Pops" instead. but they may never leave the sitting position and their bums may never leave the ground while blocking with hands. Defending: * Players may block darts with their bodies and hands. * You will also need to create several "blowdarts. (With a 4 inch x 12 inch piece of fabric you can roll it up into a nice 4 inch long dart).the most necklaces.

"Foot to ear!" "Nose to the inside of the elbow!" "Top of the head to the back of the knee!").such as Wrigly's. because you'll want to buy enough! Submitted by Rebecca Sapp aka Zgrrl Also see Blow Pop Challenge (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). The winning team is the one with the most points. etc. Students pair up with one standing in a circle and the other standing next to their partner outside of the circle. just think before you yell. the volunteers need to be working on their sculpture. have the inner circle walk clockwise and the outer circle walk counter-clockwise. As the group is chewing. Divide your group into groups of 4 or 5. * Play as long as you like. . don't yell "chest to head!"). and then give it to the volunteers in their group. upbeat song. Give them a plate or flat dish (we used cookie sheets). and start chewing the next piece. See also The Big Squeeze (Click Here) and Hug Fest (Click Here). and give them creative ideas of what to make. It's kind of like Musical Chairs. When the music starts.. Set a time limit. Fun & funny game . everyone can play. since they were so brave! Note: Instead of regular stick gum. When the gum chewers are through.such as pizza. Have any "extra" be a judge. Have someone judge the sculptures. only more fun to MC. implement any other movement scheme that seems suitable. Variations: * Use two colors for the darts so that each team can only score by getting their team's color in the opposing team's basket. who stands on a chair for a better view. but it has to be something difficult. and tell them to chew as quickly as possible. Bubble Gum Sculpture Materials: bubble gum and a towel or two This can be played as an up-front game or. Body Parts For this game you only need a boom box (sound system) and a fun. {It's much easier to work with!} Keep it cheap. We gave a prize (a Christian CD) to each of our winning volunteers. with smaller groups. Partners scramble to get to each other and put those designated body parts together.g. Give the rest of the groups the bubble gum. Build a Word .and blows it back into play.g. Have them chew it only until it is soft. I would suggest using larger gum drops.such as Bazooka. When the music stops the leader yells out two body parts (e. . say 10 minutes. have them step back and watch. turtle. It works best with an even # of people. (e. * For huge open spaces. Ask for two very brave volunteers out of each group (don't tell them what they're volunteering for).

This prevents people from blocking and makes them look pretty funny. Break up your audience or group into two teams.) The object of the game is to pull all the other players tails off. If possible. 2-3 ft. Cat Tails You will need some strips of cloth (approx. Each team comes up with a funny caption for each picture. Make it interesting by the words you choose. Have everyone tuck the strips into the back of their pants or shorts so that approx. the other team gets to guess. (Make sure they do not say a word to give away clues. have a dictionary on hand. cord. if the first person starts with an "A" and the second person is thinking of a long word like "Attribute. Have either judges or the audience as judges determine whose was the most creative/funniest.. Butt Charades Cut up slips of paper with words on them and put them into a bag." they'd be out by adding a "T" since that actually makes a complete word. of fabric.except when grabbing a tail. try to keep it clean. The object is to spell a word of three or more letters. Also see Mad Sentence Dash (Click Here) and Sentence Game (Click Here). After a designated time. have a representative from each team come up. In fact. the person who begins with "A" may be out. The person who adds a letter that completes a whole word is out.. (Note: this works great with young children as well. The last one standing with their tail is the winner.Small group or travel game. cloth. For example. Often the second or third person will be out because they are thinking of a longer word than what they have actually added. Each person adds a letter. The game is simple. Get a volunteer from each team to spell the word he/she took out of the bag by moving their hips (spelling the words with thier butts!). Break up into teams of 3-6. hold up or project the pics and have the reps read the captions. Be very careful to notice any words. 2 feet of excess strip is left hanging. If you are not quite as strict as that. One by one. you may want to say that the first two people cannot be out. Have everyone run with their hands on their head . Give each group 5-10 random silly or unusual pictures (photos or from magazines) or project the pictures up on the screen. depending on how strict you are. plastic. Idea by Chris Dunn Cereal Box Puzzle Cut off the front panel of several cereal boxes — one for each group you've . We don't want any dirty butts! Captions Small group game. just to open up the option of having a word begin with an "A" or any other two letter word.) for everyone who plays. etc.) If their team (or their side of the audience) does not figure out the word after two spellings.

Happiness to the planet 9. Chocolate Hopping Race In this game there are two teams with an equal number of players. 2.” Place a bowl of candy bars in a bowl about 30 feet away. Each “pair” must hold hands and hop all the way to the bowl where they tear the wrappers off the chocolates and feed each other the candy. where another pair will start hopping. 4. Chilled the crystallized H20 male 24. Idea from Young Life Also see Cereal Box Pick Up (Click Here) and Cereal Mania (Click Here). It showed up on a cloudless 12 at night 7. Away in a Manger Deck the Halls Go Tell It on the Mountain God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman . Hey! The #1 angelic beings belt it out. Not down on the roof of the home 17. Mix together all the pieces and give one to each person and have them compete to find their cereal. Small percussionist lad 21. 12-25 shrubbery song 10. Line up both teams making sure that each person on the team has a partner on the same team. Whichever team’s “pairs” finish first wins. Shaking Chimes 8. Not here in an animal’s dish 2. 1. of 12-25 16. Move and speak towards the elevated plains 4. 6. Spill the 411 on the baby 20. Christmas Carol Quiz (New Skool) Figure out the Christmas Carol title from the clue. In other words. 3.one for each person in the group. Yahweh sleep you happy dudes 5. Song about a hoofed animal with a crimson schnozola 23. Traversing in a 4th season amazing country ANSWERS to Christmas Carol Quiz 1. Tim Allen’s movie character will appear in a hood 22. The premier not 12th letter of the alphabet 15. Small city of Christ’s birth song (O’ Little Town of Bethlehem) 13. Get here if you’re reliable 11.formed. Us Trio that’s royalty from China (exist) 18. Smack the Passageways 3. Don’t stop the winter precipitation 25. Then cut up each panel into puzzle shapes. Then they hold hands and hop back to the starting point. Like a strainer + time when the sun is down 12. each team is comprised of multiple “pairs. XII 24hrs. Us dream not us a happy December 25th 19. Quiet non-day 14.

Monarchial Triad 11. duh!) . Walking in a Winter Wonderland Written by Jason Schmock Also see CHristmas Carol Quiz (Old Skool)(Click Here) and Christmas Wish List (Click Here). The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals Answers: (Don’t include these on the quiz . We Wish You a Merry Christmas 19. Righteous Darkness 5. The 12 Days of Christmas 16. Castaneous-colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration 3. Name That Christmas Carol! 1. Jingle Bells 8. Arrival Time2400 hrs . Bantam Male Percussionist 10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 7. Frosty the Snowman 24. Up on the Housetop 17. Delight for this Planet 19. Red Man En Route to Borough 14. O’ Christmas Tree 10. Array the Corridor 9. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 23. Let it Snow 25. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings 20. Joy to the World 9. Little Drummer Boy 21. O’ Little Town of Bethlehem 13. We 3 Kings of Orient (Are) 18.5. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Probiscis 17. Bleached Yule 2. O’ Come all Ye Faithful 11. Frozen Precipitation Commence 15. Christmas Carol Quiz (Old Skool) Here’s a quiz you can give out at Christmas time to kill time.WeatherCloudless 6. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors 4. . The First Noel 15. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers 13. Far Off in a Feeder 8. Nocturnal Noiselessness 12. Silent Night 14. What Child is This? 20. Loyal Followers Advance 7. . O’ Holy Night 12. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant 18. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle 16. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 22.

After time is called. the Red-nosed Reindeer 17. Clap This game is a variation of the old faithful "Hot/Cold" game. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 20. When "it" is given the signal to come back in the room he/she has to guess what he/she is supposed to do by walking around. O Come. Christmas: Dueling Carolers Divide into 2-4 groups. (A Jumping Jack. . What Child is This? 18. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 14. Rudolph. The Twelve Days of Christmas For a more youthy version of this game. each group takes turns singing part of a Christmas carol on their list. Away in a Manger 8. Joy to the World 19. Keep it fast paced. Added by John Cook Also see Human Christmas Tree (Click Here). Take about 1 minute and pick an action as a group for "it" to do when he/she returns. Pick Their Own Nose. God Rest Ye. Tell It on the Mountain 16. The group will clap louder and faster the closer "it" gets to completing the task. If no other group has the carol on their list. they get 100 points.1. but there will be a considerable amount of laughter. White Christmas 2. touching things in the room or performing random actions. and you will be shocked at the detailed and complicated things you can get a person to do simply by clapping. Let it Snow 15. etc). All Ye Faithful 7. O Holy Night 5. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth 4. Give each group 5 minutes to come up with as many Christmas carols as they can. One person is chosen to be "it" and asked to leave the room so they can't hear or see what is going on in the room. Group with the most points at the end wins. Go. We Three Kings 11. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 6. Merry Gentlemen 13. If any other group has the same carol on their list. Silent Night 12. see Christmas Carol Quiz NEW SKOOL (Click Here) Also see Christmas Poem Mad Lib on Audience page. Little Drummer Boy 10. Deck the Hall 9. no points are given. Remember there is no talking or other clues. Groups should mark off carols already sung. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire 3.

Write words or phrases that can bring you closer to God on half of the balloons with a black sharpie marker. Explain that when the music begins. give your two teams a couple more minutes to play. legs. one or two people should have about 100 pins on them . (You may want to put girls on one side of room and guys on another. If bad. Leaders keep throwing the good and bad balloons equally on each side of the net/line. The team with the most good after subtracting how many bad they have on the floor wins. Good things on the floor don't count. but we had kids stuffing the good things up their shirts. must give up one of their pegs to the person who caught them. Explain that when the lights come on. the object of the game is to get all clothes pins off themselves and on to someone else. feet. Divide youth into two teams. Note: Players must be holding on to the good things to count. Have the first person in line attach the clothespins to their shirt. Turn off lights and turn on strobes and music. really funny. or body part. During your event there is only one rule and its called the "Cross Over Rule. with their teeth! Also see Clothespin Mixer (Click Here). they want to hold on to them. things that pull you away from God. . Talk about the differences and how easy or difficult it is to hold on (or maintain) either. Put one team on each side. run around a certain designated point and return to have the clothespins removed by the next person in line .pull them up and parade the winner. hands. They have a lot of fun catching each other! Clothespin Bite Relay This is set up like any relay with multiple teams. Youth must pick up and read the balloons to determine if good or bad. (Don't give them this hint. clothes. Clothespin Mixer Pass out about 4-5 clothespins per kid in the room and instruct them to pin them on their own sleeves. After all balloons are tossed out of bags by leaders. so . Keep balloons separate in large garbage bags. or anything else. At the end you won't want them playing with the pins all night during the talk.Closer To God With Balloons Blow up about 50 medium sized round balloons in various colors. The Point: Use with a discussion about things that can bring you closer to God vs. guys can get a little frisky sticking clothespins on girls). they want to throw them on the other side. Write words or phrases that can draw you away from God on the other half. . Divide room with tape. If good. At the end of your event the person with the most pegs wins.) Added by Julie Curtis Clothespeg Cross At the beginning of your event pass around 3-5 clothespegs for each person that arrives." This rule basically states that anyone who is caught crossing their arms. each team with 5 clothespins.

they must start over again at one. Simply yell. all your pins are gathered up at the front. leader directs them to mingle again. "Form a group of 7!" If you end up with a remainder. Variation: Once in their groups. shin guards. . month of birth. Mute Organization). favorite color. Tell everybody to grab all their clothes pins and bring in your human target and play music as they throw or pin their clothes pins at him. number of people in your immediate family. Questions: • What is your favorite cartoon (or cartoon character)? • Who do you most admire? • What animal is most like your personality? • What would you do with $100. # siblings. Added by Youth For Christ Also see Inversion (Click Here) & Mute Organization (Click Here)." If you're looking for a certain number of people per team. and put a bulls-eye on their chest. Communication Challenge Give everyone a number. Easy game used to divide your group into teams.you can make this a competition game with two or three circles participating at once. hair color. scarf. # cavities. the game leader reads a question from the list below (or write your own) and everyone in the group answers. with each person in the group saying at least one number. They have to arrange themselves in numerical order by communicating with each other without speaking or holding up fingers. etc. They make up their own sub-language or sign-language and it often is pretty amusing. Clumps and Clumps with a Twist Any size room. (If you have more than ten.). If two people say the same number at the same time. grade. thick pants. then have staff go around and divide the leftovers on teams. For Round Two. but it is exteremly hard in . Count It Out Gather youth into a tight circle of 5-10. everyone must look down at the ground and may not raise their head to make eye contact with others in their group.dress a tough kid or leader up front in protective gear (motorcycle helmet with face shield. The students are not allowed to count around the circle consecutively. chest protector or thick jacket. school you attend. When the majority in the crowd have answered. .000? • What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? Also see Keys (Click Here) & Your Number is Up (Click Here). have people arrange themselves in order of birth or in calendar months (like the game. shirt color. Clumps: height. (see suggestions below). and when you stop the music. turtleneck. middle initial. "Form a group according to . Kids can't believe they are doing this. just say. The goal of this team building and communication game is to count the numbers 1 to 15 in order. This may sound very easy. Added by Young Life See also Clothespin Bite Relay (Click Here). gloves.) While in the circle.

or as a group with everyone playing. For the left-brained at heart. Then bring the winners up front to play each other until you have a champion.” “Mo.” or “Larry”. Each person holds up zero to ten fingers behind their back. Cricket Spit Go to your local pet store and buy a bunch of live crickets before your event. Counting Game Variation: The Math Game Competitors hold just one hand behind their back. See also Counting Game Variation: The Math Game (Click Here). Each victim (I mean contestant) reaches in to the container of crickets and pulls out one at a time and pops the live cricket into their mouth. Rotate through as many rounds as you want. The object is to spit the cricket into their bucket. For example. On the count of three. For Round 2. The person pointed to must respond with a name before the person in the middle can count out loud to ten. revealing the number of fingers at the signal.which is placed several feet away. so the winning answer is 3+4 = 7 * 7=49 Added by Youth For Christ See Counting Game (Click Here). One person is in the middle and points to someone in the circle and says either “Curly. Round 3 is the difference between the two numbers. and Larry Groups of 20-30 sit or stand in a circle. Do best two of three. Whoever yells out the sum of the fingers wins the first round. The first person to yell out the correct sum of all the fingers wins.reality because you have taken away their ability to see non-verbal cues as to who is going to say the next number. the person with the most crickets in the bucket is the winner. It is a great game for student leadership. This is a timed event. with everyone watching. Have everyone in your group (or the people on stage) pair up and face each other. Moe. When the time runs out. Person A shows three fingers. The name the person shouts depends on the name the person in the middle . multiply the fingers. Added by Michelle Fessel Variation: Also try having the team go through the alphabet! Counting Game This can either be played up front. Person B shows four. We usually give the winner a prize and all contestants are given mouthwash. Supplies Needed: Two buckets Live crickets in a container Prize for the winner Mouthwash Curly. Ask for volunteers before you reveal the game. have them pull their hands from behind their backs. the Championship Round has the two survivors (who you'll bring up front) square the total of the two sets of fingers.

Whoever is left standing is then the "asker. If they succeed. "But I don't like people who have blue eyes. Everyone starts out as an egg. You find another egg and play Rock-Scissors-Paper. One or two people have a dollar. “Larry”: say the name of the person on your left. Everyone goes around shaking hands." he must add a qualifying statement such as. Once a dinosaur you must find another dinosaur to play against. After a while. "No. After five minutes. The loser returns to being an egg. Dinosaur The goal of this game is to work your way up by beating other players at RockScissors-Paper to the “position” of king or queen. you may want to add a second person to the middle... "Yes. If he says. and the extra person stands in the middle. The winner "grows" into a chicken who finds another chicken to play against. Chicken. person with dollar keeps it. rotate half of each group to another group. Have everyone sit in a circle. if you get the dollar. Keep going. Added by Young Life Also see Hi. pass off to tenth person. or combine two groups and put a second person in the middle. Do You Love Your Neighbor? You need chairs for this game. Also see Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp'em) (Click Here). Each students with a dollar passes his/her dollar off to the tenth person he/she shakes hands with. Egg. If you lose you step down to a chicken. which of course means playing against another prince or princess. My Name Is (Click Here) and Mingle for Money (Click Here). “Moe”: say your own name. When music stops. If you win you become a King or ." Anyone who matches the description must get up and find a different seat.says: “Curly”: say the name of the person on your right. The person standing approaches someone who is seated and asks him. the person in the middle stays and repeats the process with someone else in the circle." then the people seated directly next to him have to switch seats as quickly as possible so that the standing person doesn't get one. The Point: Remembering names of people in your group. If he says. Dollar Surprise Mingling game." Added by Sheri Blaise Also see Honey. If they fail. "Do you love your neighbor?" The seated person can answer two ways. There should be one less seat than there are people. The next step is becoming a prince or princess. if You Love me You'll Smile (Click Here). Whoever wins "grows" into a dinosaur. they change places with the person in the middle.

The Point: Team building. need . When they're through. Divide into teams (could be upper vs. The teams must sing a song in unison (together) using that word. Yell out a word that is commonly found in songs (love.Tape . Gorilla (Click Here).Pictures of high fashion models (needless to say. Pass out . Lady (Click Here) and Ninja. break up into groups of 4 requiring at least one person on each team to be a football fan. Tell the person that they need to fall with their body as straight as possible. some tissue paper. you can have more than two teams. road. The game is played until there is one egg. Man.). lower classmen. to avoid elbowing someone in the head. . The first team to do it wins a point. For larger groups. ). everyone can participate. keep 'em appropriate) Divide up into as many groups as you want (at least 3) and give each group a model (preferably youth workers!). For small groups. You can do this by showing what pictures they were trying to mimic on powerpoint. Added by Pollyanna Soares Football Team Quiz (NFL) This game is great for either a big or a small group. pre-select two teams of 3 for this. For a big group. Added by Scott Street Fashion Designer As an upfront game.Tissue Paper .Queen and stand off to the side. guys. The fun in all this?: Eggs waddle on the ground in a little ball. chicken. and with both hands across their chest. . Gun. Princes/princesses "prance" around holding an imaginary scepter while kings and queens stand off to the side victoriously. Encore This is a simple game that tests kids' ability to think fast. girls vs. Have the teams vote on who looks the most like the model they were representing. All other players will be kings or queens. Materials needed: . baby. a good game for a leadership event. and tape and ten minutes to replicate the dress on the picture of the fashion model. dinosaur and prince. etc. Get a person to stand backward on a chair while the rest of the group prepares to catch him or her. Added by Brad Williams Also see Ape. chickens walk and squat while flapping their wings and "clicking". Then give each group a picture of a fashion model. have the 'models' walk the runway for everyone to watch. Fall Of Faith A youth ministry classic. girl. Play as long as they like it. If you lose you return to a dinosaur. river. dinosaurs "roar" standing up.

. (Saints) 14. Have members of one team leave the room while the others think of a situation which can be acted out without words.. but are mammals (Dolphins) 24. Hostile invaders (Raiders) 20. Native American Leaders (Chiefs) 17. Rodeo animals (Broncos) 16. Not sinners but. For small group. One-time British enemies (Patriots) 25. Young and fast horses (Colts) 28. koala.. Then bring in one person from the team that was sent out. Look like fish. Large birds of the crow family (Ravens) 32.) The first team to bring their completed list to you wins (or as many as they can come up with).. Kodiak. Native American epidermis (Redskins) 3. What you pay (Bills) 5. American gauchos (Cowboys) 26. (Answers in parentheses. etc. Norse warriors (Vikings) 12. Give prizes to each team member (a candy bar. David could stone them (Giants) 9. mug. 747. figure out the names of the NFL teams. of course you'll copy this list off without the answers. They don't dodge or male goats (Rams) 6. Called bald (Eagles) 18. Black birds of prey (Falcons) 11. King of beasts (Lions) 23.. Credit card users (Chargers) 21. Sun-tanned bodies (Browns) 4. Ocean going birds (Seahawks) 19. Red birds (Cardinals) 15. What are these pro football teams??? FOOTBALL (NFL) TEAM QUIZ Based on the clues.). Concorde. (Jets) 7. provide one sheet per person. 1. A dollar for corn (Buccaneers) 2. 7 Squared (49ers) 8.. Heavy breathers (play on phonics) (Panthers) 31. Certain type of tiger (Bengals) 27. polar. People from the Lone Star State (Texans) 29. F15. Spotted cats or expensive cars (Jaguars) 30.. Boxers (Packers) 22. (Bears) 13. French Charades Divide into teams of 5-7 people. B1B. Remember them (Titans) Updated (Sep 2004) by Jason Schmock Also see Baseball Team Quiz (MLB) (Click Here).one copy of the following list of clues of pro-teams to each team. black. Iron workers (Steelers) 10. Explain the situation he or she will be acting out.

Number people off. Person#3 performs the charade for Person#4. "one. four. but he or she must subsequently act out the same situation for a third member of the team. Then. the more groups you may want. The more people you have. kiwi. Charade 1: The original pantomime that you do could include the following: pull the elephant into the room on a rope. you are allergic to the roses. all this is done in complete silence. Once you make your nest. five" say "apple. Basically. but instead of saying. Charade 2: You are a high school beauty pageant contestant. two. you encounter many misfortunes. orange. Even the simplest charade can undergo a thorough metamorphosis after being passed down several times. on the way back up the aisle. Person #2 may or may not understand the charade. so that one student is left standing up. Here are some classic French charade situations to spur your creativity. wash his belly and legs. but using only charades to communicate. Remember. The last person is "It" and stands in the center of the circle. your high heel breaks and you finish the walk with one heel missing! Charade 3: You're are a pregnant bird about to give birth. Then finish the charade by hatching the egg and finding a worm to feed your new baby. but you keep on going waving and sneezing to the crowd. three. If the last person cannot guess the charade. and so on. dip a rag in a pail and wash the side of the elephant jumping high to get all the way to the top." Everyone must change seats. Everyone with that name must exchange seats with someone else with that name. so you begin to sneeze. Added by Young Life Fruit Basket Upset Have group sit in a circle.use chairs or mark places with tape. wash under his tail (hold your nose). Person #1 must act out the assigned plot for Person #2. Then comes you victory walk down the aisle. this is a game of telephone. "It" yells out a fruit name. Rather than yelling a fruit name. You should have one less chair than you do people.Now bring in the second person from that team. waving to the crowd. go to the front and wash the trunk inside and out and wash the elephant’s ears as well. First. peach" or whatever fruit you like. you lay your egg. "It" may yell "Fruit Basket Upset. Without saying a word. Suddenly you hear your name! You now step forward to receive your crown and roses. anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner. Whoever is left without a chair is "It". crawl underneath. banana. Make sure each seat is clearly marked . tie the rope at a stake. The last person must guess the original story line. . "It" tries to take one of the empty chairs before they are all taken. You must fly around the room gathering materials for your nest. person #1 should perform it again and let the last person guess once more. and then.

Bubble Gum Sculpture (Click Here). (Leader's are excluded. 6. After the judges are done asking questions. something have done.Variation: "It" may yell more than one fruit at a time. panel vote (holding up fingers or cards to indicate "Team 1" or "2"). Be ready for water through the nose. It's up to you if you want to judge strictly by opinion. Share an embarrassing moment? . Sample questions: 1. If you could go anywhere on a vacation for a week. the panel of judges (leaders) will ask some questions to each group. Getting To Know It Split the group into girls and guys. Each team makes a sculpture out of the fruit given to it. The rest of the students in the room should be listening close so they can guess the song. show only the person doing the gargling the name of a familiar song. Hand them each a glass of water. and Chocolate Tower (Click Here). Garbage War Divide the room into four sections by putting tape on the floor.) Put teams on opposite sides of the room. It could be a nursery rhyme or any other familiar song. (It may be something they like. Dedicate one person from each group to be "it". If the group can answer them. What is your favorite pizza? 2. Give each group 5 minutes to find out as much about "it" as they can. Share a moment in your life when you were really mad. Encourage each group to not make all the information physical. they will decide on who had better information about the person.) Once each group has had a chance to speak. Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). After 5 minutes. or award points with the higher points winning. 7. that is good and looked highly upon. as you will be the panel of judges. Have hand towels and paper towels handy for clean up. such as hair color or eye color.000 dollars cash? 5. The object is to get all of the stuff out of your section and into the other team’s section. have each person go around and say something about "it". etc. This gets more people up and moving. Also see Banana Surgery (Click Here). bad influences) out of our lives. Added by Young Life Gargle a Tune Bring 3 students up front. Share a moment in your life when you remember being the most happy. What would you do with $1. Fruit Sculpture Break up into teams. The Point: This might be a goofy opener for a talk on how to get "garbage" (sin. Then. Have a ton of newspaper and toilet paper and other "dry garbage". Award prizes for most creative and most stable. one at a time. Have the person take a drink of water and attempt to gargle the tune you have showed them. What is your favorite kind of weather and why? 3. where would you go? 4. something they don't like.

Collect all the cards and keep separate stacks for each team. or animal names like. The object is for students to name the person on the card that the leader draws (from the other team’s stack of cards) in as few clues as possible. my middle name is Hortense. Added by Young Life . "Ape".e. The team that wins the bidding has five seconds to guess after the reading of the appropriate number of clues. The Point: Great game for getting to know students after a summer break. I.Added by Nicole The Point: Getting To Know You. I hate pizza. Examples: I have a pet snake. The game is now ready to play. I was born in Mexico City. Assign two people to hold the blanket up between the two chairs. "Kitten". You can have people make up their own or choose from categories like body parts. The two people sitting on the chairs will immediately say the name of the one opposite them. or cars. Begin by opening up the bidding between the teams. if you want. This could be played w/o chairs. so the people sitting in them can't see each other.) Divide the kids into two teams. Put two chairs (one for each team) about 2 meters apart facing each other. divide into 4 teams and have a play-off with the 2 winning teams and 2 losing teams.. For larger groups. "Moose". Getting to Know You (You need a wide blanket or canvas to play this game. Give each person a blank 3x5 card (or piece of paper) and have them write 5 little known facts about themselves and sign their name. you get the idea. "We can name that person in four clues!" etc. the carpet in my bedroom is green. Each team will assign somebody per turn to sit on each chair. Our variation: If you have a smaller group of "regulars" have people come up with nicknames that everyone else has to remember. "Twinkle Toes". The Point: Great for getting a new group of students to know each other's names. or if you just started leading a group. "Pretty Eyes". and Identity Circle (Click Here). The first between the two who names the person opposite him/her scores a point. Communication Also see Getting To Know You Better (Click Here). an influx of new students. At the count of three the 2 people holding the blanket will release it causing it to fall down and reveal who is sitting on the chairs. Submitted by Youth for Christ Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here). Getting To Know You Better Divide into 2 even teams. for example: "We can name that person in five clues!" or. Getting To Know You Better (Click Here). etc.

Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here). Give Yourself A Hand! Items Needed: Paper Markers or Ink pens Safety Pins You can either pre-make paper hands or have each participant trace their own hand on paper and pin it on their back. Then the whole group walks around and writes a one word POSITIVE description of the person whose back they are writing on. (ex. Nic e, Pretty, Fun, Exciting, Loving, Kindhearted, etc.) Allow enough time, depending on group size, for everyone to circulate. Then have students come up front and read what everyone said about them. The Point: Motivator for positive self esteem. Added by Sylvia Tucker Gold Fish Snag This game can be played as an upfront game for big groups, or an all-play for smaller groups. Throw about 50 gold fish into a kiddie or regular pool (If indoors, put plastic down and have towels available). Whoever catches the most fish with their bare hands wins! For added fun, add some other bigger fish or try it in the dark! Use a tarp if indoors. Added by Eben in South Africa Gossip Tellers (aka Telephone) This game works best in small groups (less than 30). Have everyone get in a circle or line. One person starts by whispering something in their neighbor's ear. Keep it going until everyone has heard the initial statement or information. The last person will share with the group what they've been told; usually, it isn't what the first person said. The point: How easily gossip goes around! Added by Tabby Grab It! Divide into two teams. Put them into two lines parallel and next to one another (about 3 feet apart) sitting down and holding hands. At the back of the line put a bucket of water with a bar of soap in it between the two lines. If this is on carpet, put a layer of towels down - the water tends to splash, then drip. Stand at the head of the lines with a quarter in your hand. Instruct them that you are going to flip the quarter so only the first person in line can see the results. They are not to yell out how the quarter landed or even look back at their team. If the quarter lands on heads the persons in front are to squeeze their hands. The rest of

the line is to squeeze their hands if their other hand is squeezed so that they can communicate to the last person in the line that the quarter is indeed heads not tails. If the last person in line has their hand squeezed then they are to try to grab the soap out of the bucket before the last person on the other team does. The person successful in retrieving the soap gets to go to the front of the line. The problem arrives however when the message is wrongly communicated to the person in back and they grab the soap only to find out that the quarter was actually tails. At that point the person in front must go to the back of the line. The first team to get their entire team forward in line (back person to front- not front to back), wins. Optional "Grab" items: squeaky toy, balled up socks, Nerf toy Also see Electric Orange Game (Click Here) and Ice Grab It (Click Here). Grocery Bag Take Off Get the group seated in chairs in a circle and give each a grocery bag. Say that you are going to have an endurance test to see who can last the longest. Each person is told to place the bag over his or her head to minimize embarrassment. Then tell them to take off something that they didn’t wear to bed the night before. Some will catch on immediately, others will take off an article of clothing or piece of jewelry, etc., but don't allow them to give the trick away. Then they are instructed to take off something else that they didn’t wear to bed the previous evening. Before the slow one takes off too much, yell at them, "Take off the bag, Professor! Or did you wear it to bed last night?!" Added by Young Life Grocery Bag Yoga Take a paper grocery bag and set it in the middle of the floor with the kids all around it in a circle. The object is for each youth to try and pick it up by their teeth while standing on one leg and NOT touching the floor with your hands. (If you touch the floor or fall, you're out!) Once they do it, they tear off the piece that was in their mouth....then the next youth goes. Obviously, after so many go, the bag gets shorter and shorter. Eventually, they realize that they can tear a big piece or small piece! The bag ends up getting so short, kids lose their balance and fall. For that reason, this is best played on soft grass or carpet. The point: This could tie into a discussion using the point, "Don't bite off more than you can chew or you'll lose your balance!" (Balancing priorities, etc.) Added by Rachel Harris, NC Group Charades Divide the group up and give each team something that they need to act out for the other groups to guess. Suggestions: poison gas in the room, laughing gas, bad odor in the room, etc. You don't need to make it a contest, but if you want to, have staff judge which group did the best. Guess Again Each person chooses to be a famous character, actor, cartoon character, or otherwise famous person. They only tell one leader who makes a note of who

everyone is. The leader reads out only the list of characters slowly - twice w/a bigger group. Warn everyone to pay attention as part of the challenge is that the leader doesn't read the list again (especially if they're playing). Choose someone to start by saying to anyone, "I think you are...". If the guesser is right, that person joins their team. If they are wrong, that person becomes the guesser and guesses someone else. Gradually teams form (teams are allowed to share with each other who they are). The winner is either the team with the most people in their team, or if anyone remains unguessed, they win. Variation: Form teams of 3-4 at the beginning and say they cannot tell each other their "identities". Added by Joelle Throp Also see Guess My Name (Click Here). Guess My Name Each player writes a name on a slip of paper and then passes it to the judge. After the judge receives all the slips, he mixes them up and writes the names on the board. The judge picks a person to start. This person chooses someone in the game and guesses what their name might be. "'Bob', I think you're Cinderella." If they are correct, 'Bob' is now on that person's team. Later, if that person's name is guessed, both they and Bob join the other's team. That person continues to guess people's names until he guesses wrong. The last person he asks now gets to guess. Play continues until all but two players have been guessed. The winner is the player with the most people on his team. If this is a new, unaquainted group, have people write their actual names so everyone can get to know each other. If everyone pretty much knows each other, have people write funny, fake names (just be sure to remember them)! Also see Guess Again (Click Here). Guess That Toe! Have two rounds (one with 3 boys and the other with 3 girls). In a separate room, have the preselected (secretly choosen) contestants get ready for the game before anyone has a chance to see them. Have each of them remove their shoes and socks and place their barefeet into a garbage bag with two holes cut out on the other end. They carefully place their big toes through the holes and sit next to each other on a table with their covered legs dangling over the side with only their big toes exposed. Cover the rest of them up with a large blanket or sheet. Make sure they don't talk or laugh. Invite the other teens in and have them guess without touching or tickling any toes. Have them either write guesses down on paper or dry erase board. Give out "foot-long" hot dogs out as prizes. Variation(s): Have awards for the longest big toe, the hairiest, the ugliest etc.

Added by Kevin Flores Guess the Leader Everyone gets in a big circle. Pick a volunteer to leave the room after you explain the game. Once that volunteer is out of hearing range, pick another volunteer who wants to be the leader. Everyone must slyly watch this person and imitate what they do when the other volunteer comes back into the room (cross legs, cross arms, yawn, stick out their tongue, etc.). The person who was out of the room will come back in, stand in the middle of the circle and try to see who is the leader (the one everyone is watching). The leader can get bold and make faces, throw their hands in the air, etc. when the person in the middle's back is turned and before they have a chance to see who started it, everyone is doing it. Give the person in the middle three chances to guess who the leader is. Then choose a new volunteer and a new leader. You can have the leader be the next volunteer if he is guessed or any way you see fit. The Point: Either peer pressure or leadership and influence. Also see Guess the Task (Click Here). Guess the Task Everyone gets in a big circle. Pick a volunteer to leave the room after you explain the game. Once that volunteer is out of hearing range, choose a simple task that the volunteer is to do when he or she enters the room (walk in and tie a certain kid's shoe that is untied, take off their own coat, say the pledge of allegiance, etc.) The volunteer must come in the room and try to start doing certain tasks (unaware of the task to be done). The kids in the room help direct this ignorant person by clapping when this person gets even close to doing the task. Louder and faster clapping means the person is getting "hotter" (closer to completing or discovering what the task is) and silence means "you're way off; keep trying stuff." The Point: Either peer pressure or leadership and influence. Also see Guess the Leader (Click Here). Guess Who? Contact all your students’ parents and have them send in a photo of their child as a toddler. This is HUSH HUSH, and their child cannot know the photos are going to be sent in. (When you start showing the pictures it gets the students all freaked out about which photo their parent might have sent in.) With all your photos on a bulletin board or scanned in to a slide show, gather your students and show the photos to see who can match the toddler on screen with the teenager across the room.

Ha Ha Game, The Get every one to lay down on the floor next to each other in a line. The first person in the line say's "ha" , the second "ha ha," the third "ha ha ha," and so on. You can never get to the end of the line because every one starts laughing. You can also line up two lines of people and do it as a race. Added Jayda Campbell Variation: You can also have each person place their head on the stomach of the person before them, so that during the "ha"s their head is bounced up and down. It's pretty funny to watch. Just be careful with guy/girl combinations... could be weird. Helicopter You will need one pair of pantyhose for every two students that will be playing this game. Cut the pantyhose so that only the two legs remain. Place a tennis ball in the bottom of each leg. Pull the leg over your head until it is secure on your face. This becomes your “helicopter rotor.” The students will use their bodies to rotate their rotor in a circular motion like that of a helicopter rotor. They must do this without using their hands! On GO, students will attack each other with their rotors spinning. The goal is to wrap your "rotor" around someone else’s rotor and pull their rotor off of their head. Once a player’s rotor has come off, they are out of the game. Last player standing wins. Honey, If You Love Me You'll Smile Everyone sits in a circle. One person is "it." He or she must walk over to someone and say, "Honey, if you love me you'll smile." They can make faces and noises, etc., but no touching or tickling. If the targeted person laughs while the person who is "it" says, "Honey, if you love me you'll smile", then they must be "it". If they don't laugh they must say to the "it" person, "Honey, I love you but I just can't smile." Then "it" must find another person to target. Added by Shorty Also see Do You Love Your Neighbor? (Click Here). Hot Potato and Oven Mitt Pass Just like Hot Potato, only you get one potato and two oven mitts. Get everyone in a circle and start passing the potato when the music plays. Here's the catch: you can only touch the potato when the oven mitt is on your hand. Two people next to each other start with the mitts on, one hands the potato to the other, then the "hander" takes off the mitt and hands that to them as well. The "handee" must hold the potato in their mitt, waiting for the other mitt, and when they receive it pass it on to the next person. Once they have the mitt on, they pass it on, etc.

When the music stops the 'hander' (the person with the potato) and the 'handee' (the person putting on the mitt) are both out! (This keeps the 'handee' from dillydallying.) For bigger groups, get several of these going at once. (We suggest a pair of mitts and a potato for every 10 or so.) Rules:

1. If you touch a potato without your mitt- you're out! 2. If you have a mitt when the music stops- you're out! 3. No using weapons or firearms (it's always good to say that just to be safe!)

Added by Jenn Kernya Also see Hot Potato With a Twist (Click Here). Hot Potato With a Twist You need spoons or forks for everyone participating, something gross to eat (baby food, Vienna sausages in a can or something that can be easily passed, yet not gladly eaten). The concept is the same as Hot Potato. When the high energy music starts you pass your object. When the music stops the person(s) with the object(s) must take a spoon/fork full. Try to have them do this as quickly as possible, so you don’t loose the momentum of the game. Start the music back up and go again. The amount of objects you have circulating should correspond with the amount of participants (i.e. 50 - 100 teens to 5 - 10 bottles of baby food circulating). Participants should be either sitting on the floor or in chairs in a circle. Have paper towels on hand for messes. Added by B Also see Hot Potato and Oven Mitt Pass (Click Here). Human Christmas Tree You can play this as an up front game or, if you have a small group, divide into teams. Have as many teams of 4 as you want. Designate one person "the Christmas tree," and the others "decorators". Each decorator has a bag full of ornaments, lights, etc. (any tree decorations will do). Give each team 5 minutes to decorate their "tree". When finished turn off all the lights and plug in Christmas Trees. Take pictures! Added by Blaine Tarnecki Also see Christmas Wish List (Click Here) and Christmas: Dueling Carolers (Click Here). Human Knots Great Small Group game. If you use a big group, separate them into small

circles. Everyone squeezes together and grabs the hand of a person not standing next to them. They may not let go of the other person's hands. So in order to untangle they must go over and under people's arms to get untangled. Sometimes you will end up with two circles. The first team to untangle back into a circle wins. The Point: It's a group effort and if one isn't working together, it doesn't work out. Submitted by Young Life & Konrad Parsons Human Snowball Shred a bunch of paper and spread it on the floor in an empty room or corner of your youth room. Split in two teams and give each team a roll of duct tape. Have each team select one member to be the "snowball". Give them 2-3 minutes to wrap that person in duct tape with the sticky side out (this isn't easy; be careful around their head/hair). Once they are wrapped up, let two members of each team take their snowball person into the room full of paper and give them one minute to roll that person around on the floor. The team that makes the biggest "snowball" wins. The Point: The snowball effect of bad choices. Added by Saunnie Also see Snowball Fight (Click Here). Human Twister You will need two dice and about 12 3X5 cards for every six people in your group. Separate into teams of exactly six and give each person in the group a number 1-6 (if one group has less than six people give some people two numbers). The leader will role the dice, the first one will represent a person and the second will represent a body part (1=foot, 2=knee, 3=hip 4=elbow, 5=hand, 6=nose) If your group is brave make 5=armpit. You will role the two dice twice. After the first role you say, "Number 5's nose" and you roll again and say, "number 2's armpit" whatever combination of person and body part is called must then be connected with a 3X5 card in between the two body parts. Each team keeps going until they cannot connect the two parts or one of the earlier cards drops to the floor. The last team standing wins. Added by Scott Sagle Human Typewriters Pin a large card bearing a letter of the alphabet to each person’s arm. Give each person a small card and a pencil. The goal is for letters to get together and spell words. Once they’ve spelled a word, they write it on their card. Then separate everyone and look for new words. Award points for each real word and a prize to the longest list of words. Make sure no one tries to exclude vowels or certain consonants! Added by Young Life

? with no Ibble Dibbles (or however many they do have). (whatever # they are) with no Ibble Dibbles.1 starts off by saying. I've Never Like Identity Circle (Click Here) or Fruit Basket Upset (Click Here). Everyone in the circle has to be sitting in a chair or on an “x” marked on the ground with tape (there has to be only as many designated seats as there are people sitting in the circle so that the person in the middle has no place to sit). The ice cube is passed out at the bottom of one person’s shirt into the top of the next shirt.kids request this game weekly. (choose a #) with no Ibble Dibbles. Students love it because they get marked up. calling Ibble Dibble No.Also see Human Scrabble (Click Here) and Human Scrabble For Dummies (Click Here). or “I have never worn a dress. Added by Phil Greig Also see Chicken Pox Epidemic (Click Here). Split your group in half and line them up. Also see Getting to Know You (Click Here). No. Have everyone sit in a circle except one person who stands in the middle. . start over. The game begins with the person in the middle saying something that “they have. you’ll get it. but read it through a couple times. Ice Cube Race Funny small group game. ? with one Ibble Dibble calling Ibble Dibble No. calling Ibble Dibble Number (choose a #) with no Ibble Dibbles. "Ibble Dibble No." If a person makes a mistake. That person then carries on with. They will pass an ice cube down several peoples' backs. Whichever line of students finishes passing to the final person wins. You can choose the winner as the one left with no marks or mulitple winners after a certain time period. "Ibble Dibble Number 1 with no Ibble Dibbles.”) All the people who can identify with the statement (they “have two sisters” or “haven’t worn a dress”) must get up and find an empty seat other than the one they just vacated. Added by Young Life Also see Ice Chest (Click Here) and Ice Grab It! (Click Here). Ibble Dibble This game sounds confusing. The person stuck without a seat is now in the middle. "Ibble Dibble No.” or “have never” done (ie: “I have two sisters”. This game has no time limit and is a favorite among groups —. You need a paintbrush and some red poster paint." That person must respond and choose another person by saying. If it falls. then they receive an Ibble Dibble (a spot of red paint on their cheek). Number everyone off. Everyone stands or sits in a circle. I Have. Once you try it.

The objective of this game is to have teams write a very short skit about something silly. A huge key to this game is to split up your raging extroverts. and then act it out LIVE in front of the rest of the group. gender. Suggestions: • • • On a bus. and I Have. etc. I have a blue shirt on.) Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here). Skits need to be kept to a very strict 2 minute maximum. someone late for work/school/church. I've Never (Click Here) Impromptu This game works great IF YOU BREAK THE TEAMS UP PROPERLY. I'm the new youth pastor and this is my group. etc. A team that consists of nothing but social hermits will probably not work very well. Here are a few examples: Scenario #1: A run-by stoning has just occurred. there is always one person in the middle. Getting To Know You (Click Here). Have the person in the middle yell out certain characteristics that they have (hair color. Split up the students in such a way that each team gets a few of the outgoing kids in it. They try to figure out a way of bringing him down…for good! Rules: Every team member must play/act/participate.Identity Circle The group sits in a circle with one person in the middle. The group must explain why this find will change human history! Scenario #3: The group is a mob of angry town folk who have reached the limit of their patience with Santa's sleigh flying over their town every year. The people with those characteristics must get up and move. Then simply write up a few scenarios for them to develop and act out. Improv Divide group into smaller groups and give them a topic to make a silly skit up about. There are the exact number of chairs for everyone sitting down. Scenario #2: A group of archeologists have just discovered the biggest find in history (something goofy like “Homo Donald Trumpicus”). Fender bender . color of clothes. As the detectives (or other “official” people) the group must explain why this man was stoned and then ran over by bears.). This way. I play on the soccer team. Have the person in the middle yell out "I am" or "I have" then the characteristic (I am blonde.

just looks big I guess Raccoon . we have lion. crocodile etc. worm wiggles finger). bear. bear symbol.hands under armpits and arms flapping Crocodile . other up. knee clap. We also include a clapping beat to go with the game that King Elephant controls and can increase in speed. they become the worm and everyone else moves up.arms extended with one hand facing down. if the participant makes a mistake. We call it King Elephant because the object is to go around the circle until you get to be King Elephant. knee clap. We try to put animals in order of the food chain. For example: knee clap. Just like the other game. bird and worm. another symbol (i. two hands come out like claws for bear). knee clap. next symbol. knee clap. ie. Classic Campus Life King Elephant This game is in addition to the rules of Silent Animal Circle (Click Here). You need to suck in wind to keep the card on your lips in order to pass it (by blowing out) to the next person in line. down to snake. On the last clap is when the participant does their symbol. We clap twice. The object is to try to be king by knocking out anyone in front of you. tiger. and then one clap with hands together.two hands together with thumbs locked. Examples of animals that we use: • • • • • • • • • Bird .• Dumb bank or convenience store robber Inhale. knee clap. hand symbol (ie. The first group to pass the card all the way down (and back if you wish) wins. palms down on our knees. clapping together Bear .hands with fingers spread apart placed on cheeks to look like stripes Lion .index finger and thumbs together like a circle and put in front of eyes Snake . and then the bear person does the same without missing a beat. flying like a bird Chicken . Worm is just a single finger bent and wiggling. The game is the same in that you have animal symbols and as you move a chair you become a new animal. knee clap.two hands out like claws Tiger .hands above head and connected like a circle . knee clap.e. Exhale Line students up and have them pass an index card or piece of paper down the line as fast as they can using only their mouths.one hand up above head fully extended with hand bent at wrist . after elephant.make a snake movement with one out-stretched arm Giraffe .

Assign a volunteer to each team to help things run smoothly and not get out of hand. the kids can take off the blindfold and see how they did. each of the five contestants will walk toward their target and kiss it.wiggling one bent finger Elephant . thus challenging to try and stay King Kissing in the Dark Divide the kids into five teams. provide the state names as well (out of order) and make it a matching game. The team that correctly identifies the most states wins the game.bring to fingers bent to mouth like big teeth Worm . While the first contestant is going. After each of the five contestants has gone. Added by Sterling Lynn License Plate Find (State Nicknames) Great Travel Game. Last Straw Much like "Toothpicks and Lifesavers. On your signal.palm facing to left or right. Each team will have two blindfolds and a tube of lipstick. or handout the following state nick names (and others you may know) from auto license plates. Put five targets on a wall with point values such as that on a dart board and line up each of the teams so they are about ten feet away from one of the targets. Explain that each team needs to choose five volunteers to "kiss in the dark. but can also be played in a group. overhead. The row to do this first. Divide group into teams to identify the correct state for each name." Give everyone a straw to put in their mouth.hardest one to do. List on a blackboard. Yellowhammer State – Alabama The Last Frontier – Alaska ." Make sure they are a mixture of guys and girls.pull ears out from head with hands Beaver . some of the members of the team should be blindfolding and putting lipstick on the next contestant so he/she is ready to go on your signal. You can play the game several times by only using ten states at a time. brought to forehead Monkey . In rows or pews have them stand up and get ready to pass a small cup (Dixie cups work great) to the next person by using only the straw. other arm wrapped around and grabbing the nose . without cheating. There should be another volunteer at each target tallying the points. wins! You can have a few people in the middle blindfolded for an extra twist.one arm extended away from nose.• • • • • Rooster . Have the team blindfold the first contestant and put lipstick on his/her lips. announce the team with the best score and give them some Valentine's candy. If the game seems too difficult for your age group. After the kiss.

Connecticut The First State .Maine Old Line State – Maryland State Bay State .Tennessee Lone Star State – Texas Beehive State – Utah Green Mountain State – Vermont Old Dominion State – Virginia The Evergreen State – Washington Mountain State – West Virginia Badger State – Wisconsin Equality State .Ohio The Sooner State – Oklahoma Beaver State – Oregon Keystone State . Lifesavers & Toothpicks (Sticks and Tires) .000 Lakes (North Star State) .New Mexico The Empire State .Illinois Hoosier State .Arizona Land of Opportunity (The Natural State) .Massachusetts The Great Lake State (The Wolverine State) .Wyoming Added by Young Life.The Grand Canyon State .Georgia Aloha State .Mississippi Show Me State – Missouri Treasure State – Montana The Cornhusker State – Nebraska Silver State (Sagebrush State) .Kentucky Pelican State (Sportsman’s State) .New York Old North State (First in Flight) .Pennsylvania Ocean State – Rhode Island Palmetto State – South Carolina Mount Rushmore State – South Dakota The Volunteer State .Delaware Sunshine State – Florida Peach State .Minnesota Magnolia State .Michigan Land of 10.Louisiana Pine Tree State (The Vacation State) . updated by The Source Also check out Baseball Team Quiz (Click Here) and Christmas Carol Quiz (Click Here).Indiana Hawkeye State .Hawaii Gem State – Idaho Prairie State .North Carolina Peace Garden State – North Dakota Buckeye State .California Centennial State .Iowa Sunflower State .Colorado Constitution State .Nevada The Granite State – New Hampshire Garden State – New Jersey The Land of Enchantment .Arkansas The Golden State .Kansas Bluegrass State .

They must pass the lifesaver from their toothpick to their neighbor's toothpick without any hands. Get the teams in some sort of single file line. They face each other and hold their hands in the "second phase" of a handshake. Also see Jelly Bean Trade (Click Here) and Ketchup Covered M&Ms (Click Here). Try not to play with more than 30. Here is an outline of how to play each round: FIRST GET IN A BIG CIRCLE SITTING DOWN. Distribute the identities secretly. Added by Gary Early M & M Scarf Six students on each team (2 teams) must divide out colors of a pound bag of M&M's and eat them in order of color. Light Saber Wars I got this game from someone else so don't give me the credit. . there should be 2 Mafia. Example: First person opens the bag and sorts out all the red colors then passes the bag to the next person while scarfing (eating) his color! The team with all the M& M's eaten first is the winner. but once you get it. For 10 or more. where they are basically holding each other's thumbs. who do you want to kill?" Mafia have to point to someone in the room and agree on that person. and the rest townspeople. Also good for smaller groups or over-nighters. You need at least 8 players to make the game interesting. It's sort of similar to the game "Mercy". row or circle. have only 1 Mafia. 1. they try to poke each other. For less. or slips of paper with the identities on them. First team to pass it all the way down is the winner." All players put their heads down and close their eyes. Everyone should keep their identity a secret. but if they choose to they can reveal it as part of strategy later. Their feet have to stay still. You partner up your students. where both are struggling. Narrator says "Town go to sleep. The object of the game is to not get killed. Mafia Great game for limited space or if you're stuck indoors. N: "Mafia wake up" Only the mafia open their eyes and look at narrator. Everyone gets a toothpick and places it in their mouth. Narrator nods to let them know they understand.Simple game with any number of evenly divided teams. N: "Mafia. 3. 1 Cop. On go. It takes a lot of explaining. They each stick out their index finger from the hands they are holding. Start the front or beginning person with a lifesaver on their toothpick. It's pretty hard to do if you keep your feet still. You need a deck of cards. 2. 1 Angel. because it turns into a huge shouting match. it will quickly become a favorite. Also see Marshmallow Pass (Click Here). The winners continue on until there is just one left.

as sometimes the town doesn't believe them and the cop ends up getting killed off! Also. Now the cop has an advantage for later.4.Repeat. When someone is "dead" they cannot participate in the accusations. Added by Becky Heffner Also see Gargoyles (Click Here) and Hunters (Click Here). but can egg on either side with "facts. you can play that once the Angel is killed off. Narrator then allows each of the accused to defend themselves. Split into teams and then race. everyone opens their eyes. "Who do you think it is?" Cop points to someone they suspect is a mafia. they get to keep their eyes open and find out all the answers to the mystery.) Everyone gasps in surprise. N: "Angel wake up" Same deal. or that he/she can continue to save people because they don't technically die. The one with the most votes gets "killed" by the town and is therefore dead. who do you want to save?" Usually. go through each accused. However. or that no-one is dead (if Angel managed to save them. "Angel. Remind students not to cheat. because the temptation is great to do so! The game ends when either both Mafia are killed off (town wins) or are the only ones left (mafia wins). Narrator must remain neutral. Narrator either nods yes or no. 11. the angel points to him/herself. This whole process can get really rowdy. They are not allowed to talk." 10. Narrator asks for accusations as to who the town thinks the mafia is. 5. and then the accusations fly. "Angel go to sleep" 7. N: "Cop wake up" The cop opens eyes. narrator should announce that it's time to vote. "Cop go to sleep" 6. Marshmallow Pass Give each kid in the room toothpicks." However. But sometimes they are gracious and point to someone else to be saved. 8. N: "Town wake up" At this point. I know the Mafia is so-and-so.After a few minutes. It's usually a good idea to limit it to 2 or 3 per round. (like. and you need to be careful not to offend the sensitive kids. The advantage of being the cop is that they can say "I'm the cop. I always insist on the accuser making up some creative reason why they are accusing so-and-so. Added by Young Life . that's it. and the narrator announces who is dead. "I heard them leave their house last night" or "look how muddy their shoes are!") 9. N: "Mafia go to sleep" Mafia close eyes again. leaving the toothpick on the marshmallow when they let it go. in case they were picked to be killed off. Instruct students to pass the marshmallow to the person behind them. they should be careful. To make it more interesting. especially if they have an idea who has been picked by the Mafia. By a show of hands.

Also see Lifesavers & Toothpicks (Click Here). Marshmallow Pitch For this game, have kids get in groups of three and give each trio a sack of miniature marshmallows. Each group should designates one neutral counter, one pitcher, and the other the catcher. On "go", the pitcher tosses a marshmallow into the catcher's mouth, and the catcher must eat the marshmallow. The pitcher and catcher should be about ten feet apart. The counter counts how many successful catches are made, and the couple with the most at the end of a time limit or the first to reach twenty successful catches is the winner. Added by Young Life See also Shmallow Shooters (Click Here). Mingle for Money Begins like the Dollar Surprise (Click Here), but more. Give 5-10 people increments of $1-3 each... secretly instruct them (like when everyone is arriving and just hanging out) to remember the 7th person they mingle with (small group: 4th person), but DO NOT give up their prize money...just keep on mingling. Also, give them a question of the night to ask each person. Like, What is your favorite snack food for Super Bowl, who was the last person that made you laugh, how often do you brush your teeth, does your mom (or older sister) dye her hair, etc. At the end of 2 minutes, the "holders" come up front. They each call their 7th person up with them. That person must recall the answer they were given by the prize holder. If they do, the money is given up to them. But WAIT! There's ONE MORE step...the holder must also recall the answer from this 7th person. (You would think that would be easy...but not if you give PLENTY of time to mingle waaaay beyond the 7th acquaintance). Often times I get the money back because the "holder" couldn't remember. The Point: Getting to know you; Relationships don't go anywhere if you can't even remember what people tell you! Option: If you don't want to use money, use a can of pop or candy. Added by Barb Harrington Also see Hi, My Name Is (Click Here). Movie Game Have someone give a line from a popular movie. The first person to say the movie title the line is from gets to share a line from a movie. Same thing until you've had enough. Fun once you get going. Just tell students to have a line in mind because it becomes boring when someone takes 5 minutes to come up w/a line.

You can pass a bowl of candy and let whoever gets the right answer pick a candy. Added by Travis Wilber Also see Name That Clip (Click Here) and Name That Tune (Click Here). Mr. Mumbles This can be done with any amount of people, but the more the better. Have them sit in a circle. Everyone must suck their lips in, or to act as if they have no teeth so that when they talk and you can’t see their teeth. Then one person starts and asks their neighbor, "have you seen Mr. Mumbles?" then the receiver says, "No I have not, let me ask my neighbor". This continues on around the circle. It gets hard, because it sounds funny but you can't laugh. The point of the game is not to show your teeth. If teeth are shown from anyone, they are out. So keep watch on all the kids. This game is also fun if you have 1 or 2 kids who can elaborate the story with something like "have your seen Mr. Mumbles? He's got gray hair and walks with a cane" etc. This makes it a bit funnier. Students are out of the game if they show their teeth OR if they laugh when their neighbor is asking them if they have seen Mr. Mumbles. Mummy Wrap This game can be played as either an up-front game or as an audience game. As an Audience game: Throw out 3 rolls of toilet paper to different sections of the crowd and have them do it right there. As an Up-Front: Pick three groups of three people each. Give each a roll or two of toilet paper. Make sure you give each team the same amount. Two people wrap up (like a mummy) the third person in the group. The object of the game is to: See who can wrap up their "mummy" first or who is most creative in their "mummifying". You may wish to add a few other objects into the game (Q-tips, t.p. rolls, etc.) to aid in the "artistic expression possibilities". A youth worker named Nick suggests providing sunglasses and hats, etc. You could have the crowd or the staff vote. You need 3 or 6 rolls of toilet paper. Also see Toilet Paper Bride (Click Here). Musical Backs Similiar to musical chairs, students pair up with another student back-to-back while locking arms when the music stops. To make it a little more difficult and to avoid clicks, tell the students they cannot pair up with the same student two consecutive times. They must switch it up. When there is an even number of students, place a chair in a random location and allow students to sit in the chair, taking the place of a student, which will leave someone without a partner. When the number of students is odd, leave the chair out.

Submitted by Ryan Espinoza. Also see Musical Chair Squat (Click Here), Musical Guys (Click Here), and Musical Paper Plates (Click Here). Musical Christmas Gift This game needs a room big enough to allow your students to get into a circle. We had approximately 100 kids at our annual Christmas Party. We wrapped 6 gifts in MULTIPLE layers of wrapping paper, each with a different color/pattern so that it was obvious. Some gifts had 2 “layers,” some had 8. None had the same amount of wrapping paper. The gifts ranged from serious and nice, to silly and weird. We passed the gifts around like “Hot Potato” to music. When the music stopped, the students holding the gifts were instructed to unwrap ONLY the outer layer of the present. It takes a few breaks in the music to get the first gift opened. The student who unwraps the final “layer” of wrapping paper gets to keep the gift. However, he/she must leave the circle so that he/she does not win again. The beauty of this game is that it involves everyone in the room. A great byproduct is that a few of them are going to win some cool gifts. Musical Food Audience or Small Group game. Put pieces of dried fruit, jerky, tomato, potato, red onion, etc. in several separate closed lunch bags. Mix them up, throw them out into crowd, start music. When music stops whoever has a bag takes a bite. You may need referees to declare who had it when the music stopped. Idea from Young Life See Musical Baby Food (Click Here). Musical Guys Musical Chairs with a twist. The guys get on all fours - they are the chairs and the girls play. Remove a guy (just like a chair) each round until finally two girls fight over one guy! See Musical Paper Plates (Click Here). Musical Paper Plates Have paper plates scattered throughout the room. When the music stops, everyone must be touching a plate (one person to a plate). If they are not, they're out. Take out more plates every time. Submitted by Young Life See also Musical Hats (Click Here)and Musical Guys (Click Here). Musical Squirt Guns Have your group sit on chairs in a circle. Play really bad music (like Swiss accordion music). As the music plays, the group is given a loaded squirt gun. They pass the squirt gun around the circle. When the music stops, the person with the squirt gun is out of the game. However, as they leave, they have the privilege of squirting the gun twice. They may squirt the person on their immediate left and their immediate

right. (Or they may squirt one of these people two times). They take their chair, and leave the circle and the game continues. A variation that speeds up the game: Use two squirt guns moving in different directions around the circle. Added by Holly Boardman See Musical Chair Squat (Click Here). Musical Stocking Everyone sits in a circle. Put different strips of paper with different things to do in a Christmas stocking (if it isn't Christmastime, you can use any kind of bag or container). Play music while the stocking is passed around the circle. When the music stops the person with the stocking has to do what he/she picked. You can have two stockings or more depending on your group. ex. Sing a nursrey song Opra style. Eat something from the grab bag. Pass the stocking to person on the right or left. Pass stocking to someone you dont know. Say something uplifting to someone in the circle. Tell an embarassing story of yourself. Do the chicken dance. Of course, there are many more ideas you can come up with, but you get the idea! Added by Jennifer Pack Also see Hot Potato and Oven Mitt Pass (Click Here). Musical Wardrobe Items needed: 15-20+ articles of clothing (hats, scarves, blouses, pants, shoes, etc.- more clothes than you'll have players). The bigger the group, the more items you will need. It's more fun if the items are "thrift store" type clothes - goofy, ugly, out of style, etc.; but nothing crude. The game is played like "Hot Potato" in that you turn the music on, and pass the bag(s) of clothes around. When the music stops, the person left "holding the bag" must pick something out of the bag to put on. They must put it on as it would normally be worn, no cheating by setting it in their lap, throwing it over their shoulder, etc. Continue starting and stopping music until all the items are on people's bodies. To end you can do a few different things: Vote on the "Best Dressed" Most clothes wins Least amount of clothes wins Take a picture for laughs later! See also Musical Hats (Click Here).

Mute Organization Simply announce that you want everyone lined up across the room by birth date. Only catch: no talking. Once they are all lined up, ask certain people their birthdays just to be sure. You can have them do the same thing, but by shoe size, height, etc. The Point: Communication Also see Communication Challenge (Click Here), Inversion (Click Here), and Numbers Race (Click Here). Name Bingo Need to have at least 25+ people. Create a Bingo Card with 25 blank spaces. As they enter, have students put their name on a piece of paper or ticket and place the tickets in a jar. Then have all of the kids go around the room with their blank BINGO cards and gather signatures in the blank spaces. They can only use a person's name once. Once everyone has completed this, start drawing the paper/tickets out of the jar. They check off the box if they have the name that was called out. Play like BINGO. It is lots of fun, and gets everyone mingling! NOTE: If there are two or more people named Chris, make sure the student gets the first name AND last name. Also, it is good to have the students get AT LEAST 2 adult leaders' names. This helps students get to know them. Name Game You start with a name (ex. Tom Cruise). The other team must come up with a name starting with the last letter of the name (Edward Scissorhands). We had it going for a long time until we ran out of names for Y's and got into arguments over whether or not people really existed. We did another variation of the same game with songs. Less fights that way. Also see Atlas (Click Here), Name Game 2 (Click Here), and Name Tag Mixer (Click Here). NBA Challenge This game works best when students are allowed to team up (around tables, for instance) and compete in groups. Hand out a copy of the "NBA Challenge" given below. NBA Challenge 1. Fish hate getting caught in these. 2. It doesn't feel good when you do this while shaving. 3. This team loves numbers. 4. A prehistoric meat-eater. 5. Don’t wear red around these guys… 6. This team could possibly be found in the engine of your a car. 7. Birds of Prey 8. You might try to find some shade to avoid this. 9. Pulling a bunny out of a hat. 10. Be careful you don't get put under his spell.

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Lions, Tigers, and ______, oh my! Old cowboys wore these on their boots. You might find these in chicken or gold. What you might call guys that go into battle. The earths power supply. Arthur, Tut, and Nebuchadnezzar.

Give the student teams about 2 minutes to get as many done as possible. When time is up, grade the groups and award prizes to most correct. Answers: 1. Nets 2. Knicks 3. 76ers 4. Raptors 5. Bulls 6. Pistons 7. Hawks 8. Heat 9. Magic 10. Wizards 11. Grizzlies 12. Spurs 13. Nuggets 14. Warriors 15. Suns 16. Kings Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp em') Small Group mixer. Have everyone sit in a circle as close as they can get. Have each person give their name and make sure each name is clearly said so that all others can hear it. After going through the names once or even twice, have someone start in the middle by asking someone to call the name of someone in the room. The person in the middle proceeds to find the person and try to whomp'em with a rolled up newspaper (or pillow) on their knee before that person can say both their name and someone else's name in the room. If they get whomped before they can say their name and someone else's name, they are now "it". Also, if the person whose name is called fails to say both their name and another person's name, they will have to be it. The person who is in the middle takes the place of the person they whomp. This helps people learn each other's names and mixes kids around with each other. Items needed: Rolled up newspaper or pillow (preferable) Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here), Getting To Know You (Click Here), Identity Circle (Click Here), Name Tag Mixer (Click Here), and Who Hit Me? (Click Here). Newspaper Search Split the group into teams and hand out a newspaper to each. Call out different things that they need to find. Whoever finds their item/word first gets a point. You choose who wins after so many points.

Two cautions: Ink from newspapers can be slightly messy and get on students' hands/clothes. Also, you'll want to go through the paper first and remove any questionable ads. Added by Young Life Ninja, Gun, Gorilla Same as “Rock-Scissors-Paper”, only you use your whole body. Play it up huge, having someone demonstrate each: Ninja: guy in karate stance yelling “waaaaa!” Gun: hold finger gun and say “BANG!” Gorilla: arms in air & beating chest, saying “ooo, ooo, ahh, ahh, ahh!” Ninja beats gun. Gun beats gorilla. Gorilla beats ninja. If there's a tie, both are out. Keep going until all are eliminated; fun to find a champ. It helps to have the students who are out to go to the outside and the people still playing in the middle. Added by Young Life Also see Ape, Man, Lady (Click Here) and Egg, Chicken, Dinosaur (Click Here). Pantyhose Stuff Divide group into teams of 4. Give each team a pair of pantyhose and explain that they will have 2 minutes to place as many personal items as possible into the pantyhose without tearing them. Each item should be inserted through the waist end of the pair of pantyhose. Declare the team with the most items inside the pantyhose the winner. Variation: Same game blindfolded. Added by Young Life Pass the Brains Here's a Halloween variation of the 'Pass the Parcel' game we typically play at kid's parties in Australia. Scoop out a pumpkin as you would to make a jack-o-lantern. Carve out a face, but don't make the holes too big otherwise the 'brains' will fall out too quickly. (Alternatively, you could just draw a face on the pumpkin with a black marker pen.) Fill the pumpkin with cold, cooked spaghetti hiding wrapped candy in amongst the 'brains'. There should be one candy for each student playing. Play fun music as the pumpkin head is passed around. When the music stops, the student holding the head feels through its 'brains to find some candy. See Pass the Spam (Click Here), Musical Food (Click Here), and Musical Baby Food (Click Here). Pass the Key

and through one belt loop of every person with belt loops. Thumb wrestling (10 second time limit) 2. Go until someone wins. “Jackpot!” prior to the challenge. starting and stopping each round. Seat the group in a circle.Everyone gets into 2 even teams and each team stands in a circle. If there is a tie. The end of the string is threaded through the key. he/she receives the opponent’s penny in addition to all the pennies in the jackpot. Sudden death. Each team is then given a very long piece of string (25-50 feet) and told to weave it in and out of their arms and legs. Penny on the Chin Mixer Give each student a penny and have them find a partner. If the challenger wins. Find new partners and eliminate to final couple. The winner then finds a new partner and moves on. The goal is for students to win as many pennies as possible from their peers by challenging them one on one doing one of three things: 1. no two out of three. If they tie. Phlat Ball . 4. Scissors. The key is then raced to get to the other end by being weaved in and out of peoples clothes etc. A jackpot of extra pennies is created before the game. They must hold the penny between their lip and chin without using their hands. paper. scissors 3. around waists. If the challenge is Thumb Wrestling or Rock. Have them stand back to back. giving a penny to each person. You must accept any challenge. The person at each end is given a key. The person may challenge anyone they choose. 3. Paper. Added by Cory Goode Also see Penny on the Chin Mixer (Click Here). First team done wins! Added by Aaron Penny Challenge It's similar to $1000 Bill Exchange (Click Here). the opponent receives the challenger’s penny in addition to all the pennies in the jackpot. Flipping a coin Rules: 1. both have to sit down. If the challenger loses. 5. Idea from Young Life Also see Penny Challenge (Click Here). Play fun music. both the challenger and the opponent must place their pennies in the jackpot. the challenger may declare. On the count of three they turn and face each other. Rock. Each person in the circle is given a turn to be the challenger. Challenger has to have a coin and is "heads" on the coin toss. 2. The first one to drop their penny is out and must sit down.

They then announce the topic and flatten out the Phlat ball (or start the timer). States that begin with "A" 4. Names of rivers. 8. 9. Quickly. Three people are chosen from the audience to stick their noses through the holes. folded.You will need a Phlat Ball. Mount a Polaroid on a tripod that must be held stationary on the same spot. The contestants then sit in a circle. The paper has to be big enough to hide their bodies. Added by Young Life Play Doh Snowman This works great for groups of 30-40 teens. such as. Give them each a couple cans of Play Doh (or divide cans up between teams). School mascots. "Most Super-hero Like". Then they have to name an item that corresponds to the topic that they drew. Animals with fur 5. Then. Finally. you'll need topics which require students to list items. Or. 7. Names of Bible prophets. Explain to each class or team that they must try to fit as many people as possible into the view of the camera. Like a hot potato. Women in the Bible 6. The first contestant reaches into the bowl to grab a topic. The winner is the team . NFL football teams 2. you'll need some sort of timer. Added by Howell Champs See Play Doh Pictionary (Click Here). the ball is passed around the circle. Reasons people don't go to church. Names of sitcoms. The game continues until only one player remains and is declared the winner! Pick Your Friend’s Nose Use a huge piece of paper or a sheet and draw three people on it. Polaroid Picture Challange You can make this a class competition. They loved it. You can have one winner or you can make up a couple of categories." Have a couple of judges prepared to judge the finished products. and we showcased them on Sunday in the foyer. Books of the Bible 3. who has to come up with another item corresponding to the topic. Each topic should be written on a slip of paper. Have each team come up with their best "snow man. etc. and put into a bowl. The rest of the kids try to see if they can "pick" (identify) their friend's nose. Great for youth Christmas parties. Our teens were very creative. with each player adding to the list. which is a ball that pops open randomly. For example: 1. they pass the ball or timer to another player. 10. "Most Detailed". Cut out the space for their nose. Divide group into teams of 3-5 people. whoever is left holding the ball or timer when it pops or the timer goes off is eliminated. "Biggest".

Next. and even chili. Give each team a potato. with two chairs in front of the line facing all the others. and a designated amount of time.with the most in the picture. The chair at the front of the line is the chair you want to end up in. etc. Not I." and the dialogue continues like this: • #:”No sir.) The first one to guess the correct flavor wins. most creative potato person possible. sir!" . ketchup. Fruit Sculpture (Click Here). a narrator. hand them each a Popsicle made of the same flavor (3 sodas. Potato Head Maker Break group into teams of four.) Pull three students up front and blindfold them. Have the narrator sit in one of the two chairs leaving the one next to him/her empty. Bubble Gum Sculpture (Click Here). You sir. Start with a line of chairs . You can turn this into a competition between the teams and give out prizes. mayo.one for each person. Sir? Me. Be sure to put the potatoes on display for the rest of the event. Added by Young Life Popsicle Surprise Take plastic Popsicle trays you can put in a freezer and fill them with your own type of Popsicle flavors. toothpicks. The object is for each team to make the funniest. Number ? (picks any number such as 6) 6 knows where it’s at!" In less then 10 seconds (narrator counts to 10) Number 6 calls out. If he says his line in time the narrator says: “Yes. Play as many rounds as you like. 3 mayo’s. Added by Young Life Also see Banana Surgery (Click Here). and cut up vegetable pieces. punch. sir. Proceed to the next round using a different flavor. Have one person in each chair that’s in the line. The narrator numbers off each person then says: "The prince of Paris lost his hat. Prince of Paris For this game you need at least 10 players. Sir?" If Number 6 (or whichever number player) fails to do so he or she must move and sit next to the narrator and everyone scoots down a chair. "Who. barbeque sauce. Option: Use those little Vienna Weenies instead of potatoes. (Some examples are soda.

The psychiatrist's goal is to try and diagnose everyone's problem. Added by Young Life See Pumpkin Bowling (Click Here) and Pumpkin Puzzle (Click Here). without revealing the true nature of their problems. sir?" #:"Number ?" and he calls out a number. Narrator: “The prince of Paris lost his hat. If someone is sitting by the narrator you can still call out their #. If they answer incorrectly. they wouldn't be coming to him for help! Be sure to let the Psychiatrist know. look-a-likes. If they knew what was wrong with them. Their problem is simple. When this happens they take on the characteristics of the new person they are sitting next to. Nor may he ask them what their symptoms are. So when the psychiatrist asks them a question. Pumpkin Puzzle . Option: Award a prize for best artwork.: schizophrenia. Number 3 knows where its at!" And it starts all over again. questioning them while standing in the middle (it helps if the person playing the psychiatrist has never played before). They are briefed separately on the rules of the game. must yell "psychiatrist" and then they all must stand up and switch seats with someone else. kleptomania etc. For the sake of his patient's confidentiality and anonymity.• • • Narrator: “Then who. and then he must diagnose why they are saying Psychiatrist and switching seats. To win. "the psychiatrist".e. the psychiatrist must diagnose that everyone believes that they are the person sitting on their left. they must answer as if they were the person on their left. and that the problem is NOT a clinical one (i. They believe that they are the person sitting next to them on their left. He should do this by asking questions and analyzing their answers to discover the true nature of their problem. he is not allowed to ask them their names. that the same problem is shared by all the patients. though it can take a long time. But if someone misses then he sits by the narrator and the person who was their's moves to the very end seat and tries to move down the line of chairs again. Added by Thomas Dauber Pumpkin Decorating Divide into groups of 4 or 5 and give each group a pumpkin on which they need to draw a face with colored markers. Added by Jessica Martinez Psychiatrist This game is a blast. Works great around October 31. Be prepared to make it your only game for the night! Have your group sit in a circle with one person.) The patients' goals are to answer questions as truthfully as possible. such as #3. etc. As the game goes on the narrator talks faster and faster so the players have to answer faster. someone who catches their mistake.

(Great mixer which also serves as a tool for dividing teams) Added by Young Life See Pumpkin Puzzle (Click Here). The object is to hit the most points on the target. Puzzle Mixer As students arrive. Staff note: Make the target however you want in terms of points. Draw a target on the shirt that is big enough to cover the front of the shirt. The first team done or the team with the most "together" pumpkin after the time limit is the winner.McDonald's has them. one for each team and score it by how many times a team can "hit" in their quadrant. Break your group into teams of 5 or 6. Have students locate the correct puzzles to which their pieces belong. Have a staff person wear a plain white T-shirt. using the toothpicks to hold the pieces in place. Put all frames in the center of the room. Then they shoot their five "darts" (Q-Tips) at the target on the staff person's shirt. place them back into the correct puzzle frames. Give each team an equal amount of Q-tips reguardless of the number of players on each team. Divide into 4 teams. Q-Tip & Food Coloring War (Use a tarp if indoors). (You may just put a big (+) across the front making 4 different quadrants. each with a different color. maximum 25). Also give each person a straw (wide straws work best . Added by Young Life See Pumpkin Decorating (Click Here).) Items needed: • • • • • • Old white T-shirt (they'll need to be thrown out after this event!) Enough Q-Tips for each kid to have 5 4 different food coloring colors 4 cups or bowls 4 one cup measures of water Drop cloth . But make sure you ask instead of just taking). Give each group two minutes to put its "jig-saw puzzle" pumpkin back together. Pumpkins must be able to stand up alone to be considered a winner. Add up the total points or # of hits. 2 points if they hit their own quadrant and 1 point for hitting someone else's quadrant. Cut up pumpkins into 8-10 pieces. give them each the piece to a kid’s jigsaw puzzle (minimum 10 pcs. The first group to completely put a puzzle together wins. Have a supply of round wooden toothpicks. One by one students dip their Q-Tips in the bowl/cup to color the tip.This is a great competitive team mixer for the fall. You also need a bowl or cup of water (about 1 cup of water per team) with enough food coloring added to color water well. If you have extras left over. It does not matter who shoots when as long as each person gets in their five shots.

the first person of each team puts his/her face into the water. The two kids with that number run and try to grab the chicken in the middle and take it back the their side without getting tagged by the other person. Divide your group into AT LEAST two teams. Also designate a line that they have to stand behind. I'm John and I play football"). and Rice Krispies. Hands can ONLY be used to brush the cereal off WHILE KNEELING OVER THE COLLECTION PAN. Rock paper scissors . he plays football and I'm Mary and I torture small animals"). The leader stands on the side so he can watch the two teams closely. So the person opposite them will have the same number.if you lose you go follow behind the person that beat you and they will do it again with another pair. The next person needs to say the previous person's name and item of interest before saying their own (example. he or she calls out a random number. and then runs 10 feet across the room to the empty "collection" pan and brushes his/her face off. They only get a point if it is retrieved back to their side. "Hi. With bigger groups you can have them only repeat the names to save time. people need to remember more and more information. There needs to be a big gap between the lines of kids so that they have to run to get the chicken. They also cannot throw the . then dips their wet face into the cereal pan. a pan with Rice Krispies and an empty "collection" pan. "He's John. When the leader says go. water. Rice Crispy Relay Supplies needed: Three flat pans (the large disposable roasting pans work well and you can get them cheap at the dollar store). The next team member can go once the previous person has returned to the end of their line. The students are numbered one to ten with the same number of students on the other side of the line with matching numbers. As this game moves on. Mark it with tape. Set the pan of water and the pan of cereal next to each other. which is a simpler and cleaner version. and no one gets a point. and Getting to Know You Better (Click Here). Students will line up in their teams behind their water and cereal pans. A large train will build behind the people that keep winning. Keep this up. If they get tagged or the chicken is dropped they must return to their side. The team with the most cereal in their "collection" pan after 3 minutes wins!!! Ro-Sham-Bo Train Everyone grab a partner. Eventually someone will have everyone behind him. Set the empty "collection" pan at least 10 feet away from the first two pans. Rubber Chicken Run Set up: Form two teams by lining up the kids in two lines. Real Identity Great "getting to know you" and memory game. Also see Secret Identity (Click Here). Everyone is in a circle and each takes a turn saying their name and something about themself (example. When the leader is ready. The Game: The game is easy. He or she wins a prize. Put a rubber chicken (or something silly) in the middle of the two lines. Give each team a pan filled with water. Getting to Know You (Click Here).• Tape to tape a firing line on the ground Also see Q-Tip War (Click Here).

Now.. So the players with the numbers 2 and 6 can get it. Then everyone needs to pick out a shoe from the pile and proceed to find the person who belongs to that shoe. the leader can call out varying combinations of numbers. tie it. Idea from Youth For Christ Also see Blind Shoe Grab (Click Here). and 10 GO!" This is a really fun one to watch and it grabs their attention once they start getting good at the game. Sentence Game Great game for Jr.. Once that happens. 5." It has to make sense. Option II: The other option is to put everyone's shoes in the pile and instruct them that they each need to get their own shoe. The Point: It really shows that everyone thinks differently and uniquely. The Leader’s role: The leader must start out slowly until it is understood how to play." instructing them to mess up the pile so that people can't remember where certain shoes landed in the pile.for example.half go to one side. "The clown was in the pool when an ant bit his toe and made chocolate pudding squirt from his eye. Highers.. but can get crazy and fun. half to the other. They have to have it in hand when they cross the line.chicken to their team members. You might even designate someone as the "Shoe Salad Tosser. The leader can also call multiple numbers like "2. split your group down the middle. "The clown. but not GOOD sense. something like. The game is simple. Shoe Pile Have everyone take off one of their shoes and throw it into a big pile. Give teams 30-60 seconds to play.." And so on. travel. Also calling the same number over again after just having been called is fun to see how they react." The second person says the first word and ADDS a word.. Make a judgment . Added by Jessica Robinson Also see Build a Word (Click Here) and Mad Sentence Dash (Click Here). or creative kids. Count down and let them fly.) So the kids on the leader’s left side number 4 and right side number 8 try and get it. put it on. The object of the game is to have the least toilet paper on your side at the end of the game. More than one number can be called or different numbers such as number 2 and 6 only. and stand back up. At the end you might have a complete sentence. The really fun thing is putting twists in the sentence on your turn so that other people have a hard time coming up with a word that fits. Snowball Fight For this game you need toilet paper and garbage bags. This works well for a large group. (Or Left side 4 and right side 8. Can be played with just two people or up to 50. The first person says a word. Have leaders hand out the "snowballs" (rolls of tp). First one standing is the winner.. "The.

. They need to make up a song with those words.for example. Also see Song Making on Anywhere page. sing a song that doesn't fit that category or just not sing within 5 seconds is the loser. "Time!" Game Two: First team to have their side entirely cleaned up wins the second part of the game. Teams may discuss and plan out which song to sing while the other teams are singing. The first team to repeat a song. Added by Young Life Also see Song Endurance on Anywhere page. If more than two teams play. with a younger group you don't even need a theme. Have two students seated on the floor with their shoes off and a pile of socks between them (can be their size or larger. have the two stop & count how many socks each one has on their foot. Added by PGC Also see Sock Wars on the Anywhere games page. After one minute. but not smaller). Then the other team has 5 seconds to start singing a line of another song. Song Making Split the room up into groups and give each group five words on a card. This works well on theme nights . Pick a song theme . Added by Thomas Miller/Zou Also see Toilet Paper Blow & Toilet Paper Bowling.and let the singing begin. Give them one minute to see who can put the most socks on one foot blindfolded! There will be grabbling and pulling for socks. One team starts and sings a line of one song. Can do guys against girls. both on Upfront page. Sound Effects Supplies Needed: blank tape and tape recorder. Then the other team has 5 seconds to sing a line from yet another song. Then have the next two students play. It can get pretty hysterical to watch. Sock Mania Two students at a time play in the middle of a circle while the others cheer them on. There can be a play-off until you have one winner & a prize. any song can be open game . The object of this game is to keep coming up with songs longer than the other team or teams.call when you yell.at Christmas choose Christmas songs. Song Endurance This game is very simple and can be played with two or more teams. holiday or western. sit losing teams out until one team finally prevails.

both on Upfront page. In front of each row place a bucket with water and a sponge. or a combination of both. It's up to you whether they go out and get these sounds from the actual sources (like a scavenger hunt). Designate one person as the "squirter" and one person as the "moderator. such as "Rides at an amusement park. . Squirter goes around the inside of the circle. you may need to have a couple of circles going at the same time.Instructions: Your group has 15 minutes to record the sounds listed below. whispering a specific item from that topic to the moderator. Award prizes (bag of candy or litre of pop) for most sounds recorded and to the group that adds the most creative sound selection not on the list. This student names a topic. Simple but fun. The sounds must last at least 10 sec. • • • • • • • Herd of cows Cat in a dog kennel TV Show theme Lovesick Coyotes on a moonlit nigh A worship song Room Full of Babies Traffic Sponge Pass Outdoor or Indoor (need more towels if indoor). Added by Elizabeth Oliveras Also see Spongebob Squarefort on Upfront page. At the back place an empty bucket to collect water. treadmill). who must quickly name an item fitting the topic. LA Lakers. tank top. but not more than 15." For the first round give your squirter a spray bottle of water. "G-Rated Movies" (you and I both know they still enjoy them ? ) You get the idea. Topics are endless: "Running" (running shoes. Detroit Pistons). water bottle. The row that manages to collect the most water wins. Note: If you have a big group. OR if they name the item whispered to the Moderator by Squirter. The person who got squirted becomes the new Squirter and selects a new topic. All members of the group must contribute. especially on a hot day! You divide your group in rows. Squirter lets them have it if they don't name one right away. When time starts running the person in the front dips the sponge and passes it to the back and the last person squeezes the water into the bucket. "NBA teams" (San Antonio Spurs. Squirt Game Have everyone sit in a circle. Added by Youth For Christ Also see Alka-Seltzer on the Head Duel & Soda Shoot-out. teams go into different rooms and "create" the sounds." or "NFL teams" and whispers one item in that category to the moderator. pointing the spray bottle right in the face of each person. OR duplicate something already said.

Go around the room assigning the name of a person. Old chairs from the 1940’s also would not be a good idea. When the timer goes off (you . Story. The first team to cross the tape line wins. The chair goes all the way to the end of the line of students. Within 10 seconds that person must mention the person. The object is to see how many of their team they can get to stand on the bucket for more than 3 seconds. When the leader says go. Get as many white. The first person in the group begins to tell a story that they make up. Stepping Stones This game is for groups with at least 10 kids. As always. Quick game that can be used in many different ways. The last student puts it down and then stands on it. This time-filler ends whenever there’s an agreed upon conclusion to the story. Finally. The on Anywhere page.) Split the group into two teams. Everyone moves down a chair and the process repeats itself. Each kid stands on a chair. place a line of tape about 10 feet from the ends of the chairs. both having the same number of kids. Line up two rows of chairs with the same number of kids PLUS ONE EMPTY CHAIR per line. Story. Draw a target on the ground w/sidewalk. place or thing to each person. place or thing assigned to them. Turn the bucket upside-down. Stand or sit in a circle. (For larger groups you probably will want to divide into several teams. Have 3 or 4 packs or bags of Starburst candy divided evenly amongst everyone. Each person throws one Starburst into the target and closest to the middle can retrieve all of them. Story Time Travel or Small Group. Starburst Toss Good small group outdoor game. 5 gallon buckets as you have teams. but friendly bear with zits all over his furface…”). “Once upon a time there was a bear named Horatio…”).e. please use your own discernment.e. The Travel or small group game. “Horatio was a dumb. Die on Upfront page & Story. One person starts a story – any kind of story (i. Each person adds a statement to the story. The person in the next seat continues the story (i. Folding chairs are NOT a good idea. Added by Nic Bade Also see Candy Hunt on Audience page. the student on the end by the empty chair picks it up and passes it to the next person. SAFETY NOTE THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE TO SAY: Obviously only use chairs that are sturdy and won’t fall underneath kids. Also see Story.Stand on the Bucket Outdoor or indoor. The team with the most people off the ground wins. Continue as long as you'd like.

award a prize to the team with the coolest sundae. . Die. You can find some great ideas for questions or discussion starting statements on this page: http://www. Submitted by Youth for Christ Also see Story Time on Anywhere page & Story.asp?ID=108 or this page: http://www. Likewise. Tell the kids to get into groups of two to share a sundae. unique and special. The Gross Point: Working together to accomplish a goal. on upfront page. Once everything is made. Story. Have each person answer a question of some sort when they have the string in their possession. describe how the web is analogous to the group in that we all play a part in creating the web. see which team can construct the most original ice cream concoction using equal amounts of ice cream products supplied by the staff. Also have lots of plastic trash bags to cover the floor. Super Sundae Divide group into teams of 4 to 6 kids.com/outreach/topic. This continues around the circle until everyone has had a turn. place or thing within 10 seconds.can use a kitchen timer or just a stop watch) the story is picked up by the next person and they must mention their assigned person. In the end. You eventually create a web of some sort. They can get as much ice cream as they want but they have to share it and eat everything they make. The stories can get pretty strange but that's the fun of it. it is important that we all take part to make the group what it is. They then hold onto the string and throw the ball/spool to another so they can answer the question. tell them the trick is that they will be laying down on their backs head to head.asp Also see String Tie Mystery on Upfront page. In a giant bowl. Afterwards.thesource4ym.com/outreach/koosh. Type up predetermined questions ahead of time. String Toss Game Get a spool of string or yarn. And this is a race to feed each other like this and eat their ice cream before any other twosome. and that if one person was gone it would look different.thesource4ym. The Point: Getting to know you Sundae Feed Get enough for your group to make sundaes and any toppings that sound good. Added by Chris Lyon Also see Banana Night on our Events page.

stapler. Play until blue in the face. No hand motions 3. Talk about messy! Added by Bruce Huffstetler Taboo on Easel This is like the board game Taboo. No "sounds like" or rhyming with other words Tag Blue It really is as simple as it sounds. (could be a leader!) someone whose name begins with a vowel.” (usually lip. they not only don't get the points for that particular word. make one half "west side" and the other half "east side. Do several rounds for each team. etc. Give the team (which is one half of the audience) a certain time (90 seconds) to try to get the stool person to guess the words.. something that you respect. Bring that person up and seat them on a stool in front of everyone. 5. someone who speaks Spanish. 7. hip. bringing up new stool people each time. one at a time. both. yell out. 3.THEN spring it on them that they have 5 minutes to see which team can eat the most of their sundae without using their hands or utensils. If they do try and distract the other team. The team with the most ice cream gone wins a prize. If they break any of the rules or cheat. or a wall. No saying any part of the word on the list (i. something that rhymes with “quip. Have students mingle around the room. paper airplane). Same thing goes for "west side.. they are given negative points (example: negative 10 points). Spain." Teams elect someone to be the stool person. you can not say "dog" or "house") 2.) . Do not permit "east side" to distract or yell or shout out anything during 'west side's" turn. 6.e." Rules: 1. 2. Once they're moving. 4. deduct points from them. "Tag __________" and insert an article of clothing. Tag Tag Tag Tag Tag Tag Tag something carbon-based. if "doghouse" is the word to guess. Divide your audience into teams (if you have the typical audience with an isle down the middle. but on an Easel and a lot easier. a color. The team can do the words in any order. The first student to get to a matching object called out by the leader wins! You can make it a little more challenging by using some of the following: 1. something that is over 50 years old. something that is expensive. Write four words behind them on the easel for all to see except the stool person (example: bulldog. Assign a point value for each word (example: 10 points each).

Cannot tag one thing more than once. IF they do not complete the challenge then they forfeit the points earned from the word. At any time a team may trade two of their letters for one new letter from game organizer. all the participants sit in a circle (usually a small group-10 and under). Do not tag anything that is inappropriate. such as "wood"-a word that is connected with the previous one." A player's main goal is to pass on a word that is connected to the previous one. but the word will remain on the board. They will have to do what is written on the challenge card and complete the task to keep the points they earned. Game organizer will determine before hand how many rounds will be played. We had four teams and played three rounds which took about 15-20 minutes. Good team participation but was a little slow on action. In TEAM COMPETITION SCRABBLE proper places are legal but proper names are not (EX: IRAQ or IOWA is accepted but JIMMY or SARAH is not). Twist: If there is an *** on any of the squares under this word they will have to take a card from the CHALLENGE pile. Cannot tag something on yourself. 2. for example "dirt. 3. Each team will then. in turn. The idea is to go around the circle until the group finally returns to the original word. A person starts with a word like "tree. 30 seconds to put 15 clothes pins on a team members face. 30 seconds for whole team to swap shoes or build a human pyramid 3 levels high) to trivia questions made up to relevant youth culture. We had eight challenge squares on the board and wrote up 10 challenges ranging from physical challenges (30 seconds to down a can of root beer. Each team will get equal number of chances to score on the big board. have an opportunity to come up to the main scrabble board with a word and will score according to the letter scores and the board scores." and then the next person says the next word that comes to their mind. Expert players will use as many puns as possible. Last used this game with a scrabble board made in Microsoft Publisher and put on an overhead transparency so we could place *** on randomly selected squares. Added by Darin Brown The Circle of Life The Circle of Life For this game.The only rules are: 1. Team Competition Scrabble Each team gets a packet containing the same set of scrabble letters with points written on them. rock. Put more challenge squares on the board to have more action. The teams will keep the same letters and can use them multiple times but cannot use the same words. We used three different colored Sharpie markers to play three different rounds. and . guitar.

lock hands. for example. .dynamite. One final rule which must be unflinchingly followed." An appropriate response would be "explosion. desk. . if the 2 previous players said. school. Added by Ethan Rogers Also see Getting To Know It. If they make the time limit they get to say two things to the next person. then move clockwise around the circle. chalk. sauerkraut. This game will not work if players stay within the same category. the better. Getting to Know You.yet is as distant from it as possible. since players are also trying to avoid having their feet stepped on.in 3 seconds or less. vinegar.com/games/mixers. click on http://www. in this case. computer. Also. On "Go!" with fun music in the background. the next person says two items. Added by Sharon Swinerton For other fun mixers. tuna oil. "teacher." but the participant already skipped over it in his genius mind.thesource4ym. "tree. he is out of the game. The player must respond only to the previous word said." This & That Quick small group opener/activity--just a fun way of getting to know each other a little better. In other words. The game continues until only one person is left (or until the music runs out). Get into a circle and select someone to begin. and so on ." The connection between the two is the word "apple. and the winning partner challenges another winner. and 5 canisters of each scent (one for each team member). for example. I call it the Napoleon Dynamite Rule: one may only respond to the previous word. But if they don't make it. When a player has had his foot tapped three times. one can make leaps in their head and still get credit.the smellier. and try to tap the top of one of their partner’s feet with their own feet. For example. The first person says two similar items like pizza and ice cream (both foods). Apply scents on cotton balls. "Napoleon." One needs to be creative and think outside the box. & Getting To Know You Better This Game Stinks! Provide 12 film canisters (or similar small containers) for as many students as you have playing. "dynamite. one player tries to step on the other player’s foot while their hands are clasped. ." the next player could not say. limburger cheese . Fill film canisters with different smells. and the one questioned must explain his/her thought process. they are all hopping around the floor in a frantic dance. not groups of words. The second person has to say the thing they like better out of the two . For example. Try 12 different smells (12 teams of 4-5 students). "movie" or anything having to do with that film.asp Toe Fencing All the players pair off. Players are allowed to question a player on their word choice. Of course. have students find the 5 other people who have the same scent as theirs.

Toilet Seat Toss. 2 seats) for every 2 teams. both on Upfront page and Toilet Paper Over Under on Anywhere page. Added by Mark Janzen To continue the Western theme. Give each team four rolls of toilet paper. use two plungers as the stakes and two toilet seats as the shoes. all using toilet paper.. bouquet. . Stick the plungers on the ground 20 feet apart (a flat smooth surface is usually best like a gym floor) the handles will stick up in the air." Divide teams.. toughest guys and do the same thing (use your own discretion on this one). On "go. Tootsie Roll Sculpture Split your group into even teams. Play instrumental western music in the background. aka Horseshoes with a Twist Materials needed: 2 plungers & 2 toilet seats .Added by Young Life Toilet Paper Bride Bring 3 willing girls up front. train. over the next . Instead of using actual metal horse shoes and metal stakes. Give each a bag of tootsie rolls and a pair of latex gloves (available at beauty supply or retail stores) for the "designated sculptor". grab 3 of your biggest. Toilet Paper Over Under Age old "Over Under Relay. height. whatever! Added by Mark Hall . unraveling it as you go. If toilet paper breaks. Also see Snowball Fight on Anywhere page and Toilet Paper Blow on Upfront page. etc. Have a few extra seats around in case they break (the padded ones I found are more durable). Then have them model their new wedding gowns around up front and give points or awards to the teams with the best outfit. Once there.) Twist: For a funny twist.one set (2 plungers. Judge by beauty. I have used this at a western themed event. Added by Nate Loper Also see Toilet Paper Blow & Toilet Paper Bowling. under the next person's legs. Then toss the toilet seats and try to ring them around the plunger opposite your team. The designated sculptor then molds the tootsie roll goop into a work of art. Instruct your teams to open and chew all the tootsie rolls and spit them onto a paper plate. the person must tie it together before continuing to unravel. over the first person's head. (Also a classic bridal shower game. see Cowboy King on Upfront page.. The object of this game is to dress up these volunteers in a full wedding gown including veil." each team passes the toilet paper. . split the rest of your group into teams. Second hand is fine as long as they are clean.

sometimes Top Monkey imitates other animals like the snake (they make a snake motion with their arms and encourage everyone to do the same.) the raccoon (they cup both hands and look through them and encourage others to do the same. the game begins. The goal of the game is to purchase candy priced at $9. Chocolate Tower. Scissors. For this game you will need to make your own fake money. A Bankrupt area may be necessary to clear up any confusion. they "back to back" challenge the old Top Monkey for the Alpha Monkey position until they beat him or her. They become Top Monkey for the next game.Also see Banana Surgery.) STEP #2: The Top Monkey tells the crowd that the way they become Top Monkey is by beating Top Monkey at his imitations. raccoon or bunny. "Not a monkey!" Then everyone chooses an animal to be besides the top monkey signified by the symbol (snake. two large candy bars for $12 each and one bag of candy for $15. After their animal is chosen. and $15. The rules presented here were perfect for a group of 37 kids. That's good because it gets everybody's confidence up. NOTE: Expect most people to beat the Top Monkey during the trials when they face the Top Monkey. Bubble Gum Sculpture. & Potato Head Maker Top Dollar Description: This game is similar to the $1000 Bill Exchange (Click Here). STEP #1: One person is the Top Monkey (they make a motion scratching both armpits like a monkey and encourage the crowd to do the same) and they stand in front of the crowd and explain that they are Top Monkey and that all the animals in the jungle want to be Top Monkey. Once this is explained with two or three trials. they turn around to find out if they advance to the next round. Provide two small medium candy bars for $9 each. But. You will need to make enough "one dollar bills" to give each person five dollars. Idea by Jason Schmock Travel Alphabet Game . BONUS STEP: Even though the last remaining member of the crowd is Top Monkey. In order to get enough money to buy their desired item they must challenge their peers to either Thumb Wrestling or Rock Paper Scisors.Simon Says meets Paper. STEP #3: Start and continue rounds until one member of the crowd remains. but. If not they sit down. until Top Monkey yells. Fruit Sculpture. The winner must recieve a dollar from the loser. Top Monkey then instructs and leads the crowd to go into the Top Monkey position while they repeat "Top Monkey" over and over again. Top Monkey A silly game .) If they match the top monkey they get to remain in the game and remain standing.) or the bunny (they make two bunny ears with their hands on their head and encourage others to do the same. Also prices may have to be adjusted depending on the size of the group. $12. Rock. everyone in the crowd turns around for the game so that nobody can cheat off the top monkey. They must accept any challenge. Reward the Top Monkey with a banana or banana flavored Laffy Taffy.

The object of the game is to guess what other peoples' triggers are. Submitted by Anthony Apodaca Trigger The group sits in a circle. Free State Province. "Every time Jenny smiles. Sentence Game. If he is. lots of students Play like basketball. Play as long as you need or want to. NOT on the fun in the back of the bus!!! Added by Johan Barnard. When the music stops. Also. Bloemfontein. 1 bouncy small ball. There is a 5 second ball holding rule. but they stayed stuck to the roof of the bus! IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Check with the bus driver first and see if he is comfortable with the game. . Other Rules: No leaning over tables. South Africa Triangle Ball Supplies: 3 tables. Each member gives the person on their right a "trigger." such as. they cannot move their feet." On "Go. The object is to get the ball in the bucket. then they have to pass the ball. blow up as many balloons as there are students on your bus. post a person up front to keep any balloons from floating up near the driver and interfering with his driving. The first one to pop the balloon wins that round. They went right up and they still had to move them in the bus. both on Anywhere page & Mad Sentence Dash on Upfront page. Ahead of time. only pivot." everyone watches for their trigger. If it goes inside the table area. Traveling Musical Balloons Travel game. like an enclosed triangle. 2 buckets. Then when the music stopped. anyone can call a jump ball. Set up 3 tables on their sides. Don’t allow play in the first few rows. Get a few youth ministries together to play against each other. Set bucket in the middle. Added by Jenny Schneckloth Also see Atlas. it’s automatically the other team’s ball. but once they have the ball they have to get rid of it. Play music and during that time students have to keep the balloons in the air. they had to get the balloons.Travel Game: See who can find the letters of the alphabet in order just by looking at signs along the journey. make sure that the driver won’t be bothered by any popping that might occur and that he can keep his eyes on the road. Once a teammate has the ball. they have to grab a balloon. you must stand up and sing The Star Spangled Banner. We also had a surprise filling a few balloons with helium. Place teams on separate sides of the triangle-basketball court.

Together everyone lifts him slowly toward the ceiling as he maintains his reclining position. placing their feet around the ankles of the person in the middle. 4. The person chosen to be "it" goes into the middle of the circle and crosses his arms across his chest. make groups of about 15. the others hold him there for about 30 seconds before slowly lowering him. The "it" stiffens and falls backwards. with the person falling farther backwards each time (the players locking their hands should lower them each time). "Courage Camille" is a slight variation of this game in which only 3 players are required. but it works. If you have lots of students. Comments: The players who are "catchers" should be careful as they pass the person around and catch him. One player is chosen to be "it" first. The Point: Trust. team building See Board Lift & Trust Lift. care should be taken that the two players who are acting as "catchers" are strong enough to hold the heaviest person participating. Players in the circle sit down. and players in the circle generally grab the person who is "it" around the arms and shoulders. 2. Trust Lift More of a learning exercise than a game.Added by Errin Martin Trust Circle Object of the Game: To hold up the person in the middle and keep him safe from falling. Other players can then try. The player in the middle must keep his feet together and near the middle of the circle for this to work well. faith. Once he has reached maximum height. "Courage Camille" can also be played with only one person catching. Sounds crazy. 3. He lies on his back and stiffens himself while everyone else assembles around him. The third person stiffens and falls backwards into their arms. Two of the players face each other and lock hands. on both Anywhere & Upfront pages. One player is chosen to be "it" first. Each player is encouraged to have a turn. The players in the circle work together to catch the person and pass him back and forth around the circle. A tight circle of players is formed. This should be done several times. Variations: 1. alternating physically strong and weak people. The person who is "it" wears a blindfold. the object of the game is for a small group to lift a person above everyone's head. The Point: Trust . In the "Courage Camille" variation.

see Tubemania on Outdoor page. Then break out the largest fish you could find for a finale competition.Juneau. Or. You can’t get up until another player tags you. Safety Caution: Don't do this game on cement/asphalt .See Board Lift & Trust Circle. they attempt to become the 1st person to get the tennis ball off their respective cones (thus a four way tug-o-war). 3. 6 and 9 o'clock positions. Added by Tony Douglas Also see Mud-O-War on Sick & Twisted page. One of them serves as the middle ring. only when the person who's "it" is about to tag you. Alaska Tubal Tug Get 5 small to medium sized inner tubes. from different directions. Next you will need 4 cones and 4 tennis balls. you will need to have several t-shirts supplied for everyone to be able to play quickly. the person with the smallest half of the fish in their hands is out. T-Shirt Challenge Use a men's size medium t-shirt. Our record stands at 17! Valley Chapel . but a one-on-one competition with fish. place it flat out on the ground.) and the other 4 stretched out to the noon. use latex gloves which can be purchased 100/box at beauty supply stores. on both Anywhere & Upfront pages. For a total tube fest. Lay out the inner tube contraption. If every player but one is ducking that player has to run and tag another so that the game keeps going. Since they are essentially pulling against 3 other people.. TV Tag Like regular tag. . Do this until there are only 2 people left. and see how many students can stand on the t-shirt with no body part touching off of the t-shirt.someone always slips or falls down and then gets drug across the ground by the other players. At "Go!" everyone starts tugging. in length) to this middle tube (you have to have your tubes tied for this game!) Tie the other ends of the ropes to the other 4 tubes one rope to each tube. For extra large groups. it's not always the biggest/strongest that wins. Tie 4 ropes (ropes should be 8 to 10 ft. Get a bunch of fish (at least 6 to 8 inches) from the local store and pair people up (everyone if your group is small.. The first person to let go (whose hands slip off) is out or if the fish breaks. People then get in the inner tubes and on "Go!". 5-10 pairs UP FRONT if you have a large group). Then place the cones with the tennis balls on top about 10 feet out from the inner tubes. putting the center ring at the center (duh. duck and say the name of a TV show before being tagged. Tug-O-Fish Just like tug-o-war. Safety Note: Have hand sanitizer or a sink close by.

then the team must relay the answer to their representative and the representative answers. then remove it from the field/auditorium as soon as you're was done so no one messes with it. I told all participants of the overnighter to bring one wrapped Little Debbie or Hostess product. Added by Marc Kidwell Twisteopardy Jeopardy was getting dull and Twister. If they get it wrong another team has the opportunity to answer the question.Added by Colombiangrl Also see Blob Tag on Outdoor page and Jail Break (Gym Tag). If they get it right. wasn't exactly challenging mentally. Each color has a different category.Point Cards . I also fired some bananas which went the entire length of the gym and splattered on the back wall (oops!-major clean up involved)! SAFETY WARNING: This type of clay pigeon thrower uses EXTREME spring tension. Without telling them why. & Jail Break 2 on Big Room page. the player can answer immediately or their team has 20-30 seconds to find the answer in the Bible (be sure to give an “address” to the answer). so I decided to put a little twist in Jeopardy and came up with. The player chooses the point value of the category/color. COVER THE THROWER until you use it. Later in the evening when the kids needed a snack. Players take their positions and the spinner spins for one player at a time. the player takes their place on the board and a point card is given to the team.Twister Board (w/ point values written on each circle)(100-600) . which the spinner spun.Prizes Split into no more than 4 teams. If a student were to play around with it they could literally lose a limb if the catapult arm hit them. while physically challenging. that they would like to try for. even when not playing the game. The game continues like so until one of the players is left standing or you run out of point cards/questions. A leader is the spinner/caller/host. IT WAS AWESOME!! Eventually I was able to fire three or four at once at a distance of 50 feet and a height of about 13 feet. it was the kind that mounts on a base and fires the clay pigeon with a giant spring and a catapult arm.4 bibles . Caller asks a question (sample questions below). A category we used was “Quirky Characters. Twinkie Launch Borrow or purchase a clay pigeon thrower. TWISTEOPARDY! For this game you will need: . POST ADULTS to watch it throughout the event. I had them all stand in a group at the other end of the gym (our church meets in a gymnasium) and I fired Litte Debbies through the air with the clay pigeon thrower.” like the following: . Ours was not the kind you hold in your hand. Each Team chooses one person to represent their team.

Also play classes against each other. Valentine Toe Freezer For this game you need as many buckets of ice water (or snow) as you'll have teams. then split up into groups and have each group come up with a poem or funny story using what it says on their hearts. Mess Mix. with equally distributed candy hearts in them. Messy Plexi & Twister on Upfront page. Valentine Candy Mixer Pass out Valentine "conversational" heart candy to everyone. *Also see Condiment Twister. Examples: When did you become a Christian? How have you shown or been shown grace recently? And random questions such as. Give fresh candy hearts as prizes. Condiment Twister. & Slime Twister. Slime Twister. Instruct the teams that on "Go!" they are to quickly as possible "fish out" the candy hearts with their feet. Added by Young Life . & Twister Testimony Twister Testimony Every 'spot' is numbered and a list of questions about one's testimony and faith corresponds to each number. A twist: the first team to remove all the hearts and read them wins. then three girls. See which gender can stay on for the most turns. Burger King or McDonald’s? And what's your favorite chat-up line? Added by Anna Tipping Also see Messy Message. The first team with all their hearts out (on the paper plate or towel you've provided) wins. which do you prefer. 27:11) 2) Which of the following is most known for being a doubter? Thomas (John 20:25) 3) Which of the following is most known as a reckless driver? Jehu (2 Kings 9:20) The Point: Knowing/enjoying God's Word Added by Rachel Twister Buy the board game twister and play three guys. Added by Young Life Also see Valentine Toe Freezer on Anywhere page.1) Which of the following is most known for being hairy? Esau (Gen 25:25. Have them remove their shoes and socks and sit in a circle of chairs with the bucket in the middle. all on Sick & Twisted page. Break your group into 4-6 person teams.

These are the instructions given to the crowd and to the players. NOTE: If you have an extra large group. You may nod your head to say "yes. However. but no other gestures may be used. Weiner Wars Wiener War I Those little Vienna weinies are great for this! Give the kids toothpicks and a can of Vienna sausages and see who can make the best wiener creation. The newspaper is passed around to someone who takes it and hits one of the guys under the blanket with it (make the newspaper thin so it doesn't hurt). The guy who has been hit counts to 5 and comes out from the blanket and tries to guess who hit him. all on Anywhere page. Wiener War 2 See who can spit one of the little weinies out of their mouth the farthest. one of the guys under the blanket has been clued in ahead of time that he will be given the newspaper and he will reach over and smack the guy laying next to him with it. Added by Young Life Who Hit Me? All play for small groups (up to 25). Getting To Know You. If he guesses correctly. You may point to a team member who is on the right track or very close to saying the answer. It's played like Pictionary. . the person who is guessed goes under the blanket in his place.Also see Cold Toe Dogs on Sick & Twisted page. (Hit the clued-in guy once in a while so that it won't look quite so rigged. You may not use numbers. and one person in the crowd has a rolled up newspaper. Identity Circle. Everyone in the crowd forms a circle around them. leaving the newspaper on the blanket. anything else is okay." Use Pictionary cards if you have them or make up a list of words yourself. Lose. Have two guys lie down on the floor (face up. you may want to break them up into teams of about 15 players each. then pull his arm in under the blanket real fast and play dumb. The "smacker" then gets back into the circle. letters or the "number sign" (#). Idea from Young Life Win. Frozen Marbles on Upfront page. wrong. and his guesses will always be wrong. A word is given to one member of each team who tries to draw symbols and pictures to lead his/her team to say the word that was given to them. You also may not say anything or do any kind of gestures. that's right" or "no. or Draw This is the same as the old TV version by the same name. either guys against girls or team against team. & Who Is It?.) Also see Big Bootie. to help your team guess the word. Getting To Know It. side by side) and put a blanket over them so that they cannot see. & Valentine Candy Mixer on Mixers page. Name Toss. The guy who is hit will jump up.

Rules: Guys stand with hands behind their backs. Manger. The messages should be common phrases or Bible verses relevant to your topic with about 5-10 words in it. Instruct your whole group to walk randomly around the room.. At a given count. If there are more team members than words. etc. As soon as she moves. She must try to move to his chair.e. give each team another word and see who can do their word the fastest. The Great Small Group game. Repeat until you only have two people left and declare them the winners.Whoever has the most points (words guessed) at the ends wins. Christmas tree. Each person on a team is assigned a word from the message. The guy with the empty chair has to wink at a girl to invite her to his chair. Added by Justin Smith in South Africa Yelling Match Group is divided into two equal teams. Everyone in the game must immediately form a group hug. The Point: Listening through the "loud" messages all around you Added by Donald Jin Your Number is Up Great for dividing into teams. About every ten seconds or so. No grabbing and ripping clothes allowed! Guys swap with girls after a while. same words can be assigned to multiple people. Each team picks out a piece of paper with a message on it. The flow will continue in the same direction with everyone saying "Zip" until someone decides to reverse the flow by saying "Zap. Form a circle of chairs. Zip Zap Gather your group and have them sit in a circle. The opposing team repeats the process. Girls sit upright on the chairs. One person will begin the "flow" by turning to the person next to them and saying "Zip". Each team has one guess at deciphering the message. The yelling is repeated until one team guesses the correct message. call out a number." At . or words to fit the season. i. her 'protector' may try and stop her by placing his hands on her shoulders. Some guys may need to 'be girls' or vice versa. Wise Men. guys stand behind girls’ chairs. This is a simple game consisting of 2 words. made up of the number of people that you called. This sometimes leaves some people unable to form a group because they don't have enough people — they are out of the game. Girls sit on chairs. Also see Pictionary Mania Winking Game. The Point: Use words to introduce your topic. If it is a tie."Zip" and "Zap". Each team sits in a single row facing the opponent team across a room. One guy stands behind a vacant chair. Also see Clumps on Mixers page. the entire team yells out their assigned word in unison to the opposing team.

If someone says the wrong word. Zip Zap Bop Played like Newspaper Name Nail with a few changes. Zip means left and Zap means right. the first one to dissolve the tablet on the other's forehead wins. you will have attached an Alka-seltzer tablet with double stick tape (possibly use big rubber bands if tape doesn’t work). each armed with a squirt gun. The person in the middle tries to bop them on the head with the newspaper before they can say it." Zip continues the flow.words of three letters .that time. 2 contestants. Idea from Young Life Also see Dueling Candles (Click Here). Everyone is to learn the names of the persons to their left and right. both on Anywhere page. Give each team a platter and a few cans of alphabet soup. Example: The "Zip" starts clockwise around the circle until 1 person looks the other way and says "Zap.words of four letters . the person who just got "zapped" will look at the "zap"-er and say "Zip!" Flow then reverses from it's original with everyone saying Zip again. mumbles. A cheesy western song (think Clint Eastwood or Lone Ranger) and some “cowboys” or “cowgirls” add to this one. depending on what the person in the middle said. a box of Alphabits cereal. Sick and Twisted Games If you like gross and messy games. The person in the middle says a person's name and either Zip or Zap. or for a less messy option. They draw and shoot the water at each other. stalls. On each of their foreheads." Then the "Zip" flows counterclockwise until someone else says "Zap. Zap reverses it. or looks the wrong way for the word they said. will take five paces and turn to duel. You can give points a number of ways: . Alphabet Soup Split your group into several teams. Added by Tim Mayfield Also see Big Bootie & Zip Zap Bop. Each team must sift through the goo to spell words or make numbers. Continue playing until down to 2 players. The tablet will fizz and foam all over the place. Use swim goggles for each to protect their eyes. Have towels close by for clean-up. & Squirt Game (Click Here). The person called must say the name of the person to their right or left. this is for you! Alka-Seltzer On The Head Duel You may play this game as a quick up-front game or even as a 4-person tournament. Zip or Zap. they're out. Soda Shoot-Out (Click Here).

If the player makes the putt their teammate gets to do a gag to their opponent of the opposite sex. (For bibs: I use plastic grocery bags & split the handles and cut the bags in half. If the player misses the putt. Whoever is the first to succeed is the winner. It should be easy to find an avid golfer who owns one. the shaving cream goes all over.- words with five or more letters Churches can give students high points for spelling spiritual words the biggest word gets a lot of points leaders' names get high points as well They are given a time frame to do this (maybe 5 minutes or so). The first to blow up their balloon using only their nose so far that it pops. and with a single edged razor blade (no razor. (like a chocolate golf ball). Added by Frank Salvatore Annika's Revenge This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. pour chocolate syrup on them. Give a goofy prize at the end. or whatever. You might want to give the girls an advantage. Added by Young Life . shoot them with a super soaker. Balloon Shave 3 or 4 kids race to shave a balloon. Rules: This is a boys vs. Added by Kim Kopsaftis Balloon Nose Pop Select three volunteers to compete against each other. Variation: Water Balloon Shave . guys had to feed girls a jar of baby food with the girls wearing bibs.) Then the girls had to tie the bib around the guy and feed them the bottle of soda and make them burp. like make the guys putt opposite handed or have the girls stand closer to the hole. You pick the gag. Their girl partners cover the balloons with shaving cream. The boys sit in chairs facing the audience and hold a large water balloon on their heads. First put shaving cream all over the balloons. they only cost around $20 at Wal-Mart. There are two players on each team. just the blade) try to "shave" all the soap off of the balloon without breaking it. Baby Bottle Burp Extra We did the Baby Bottle Burp (Click Here).3 couples come to the front of the room. each bag makes two. Set up on stage one of those 10 foot long putting practice greens. Each student receives a large balloon. No curse words or body parts. Each player gets 5 putts. If not. her performance was no less exceptional. Although she did not make the weekend cut. A few years back. golfer Annika Sorenstam became the first woman golfer in 48 years to compete in a PGA Tour event. The trick is that when the balloon breaks. girls game. the other team gets to do the gag on the teammate. so be prepared! A little nick put on the razor's edge beforehand will assure that the balloons will break. only first. Alternate putts boy/girl. wins. You can: have them crack an egg over their opponents head.

They must peel the banana with one hand and poke the other in the face (not in eye). we wouldn't have been able to slide very well. Here's a variation. banana pieces and maraschino cherries). nuts. Idea by Cristin Also see Australian MegaSlide of Death! (Click Here) and Slop-stacle Course (Click Here).Banana Barf Have two or three volunteers put a whole banana in their mouth. strawberry syrup. Have students line up and take off one at a time! We've done this with just Hershey Syrup (about 50 lbs. Then put a pair of panty-hose over each volunteer's head. just hold it in their mouth. Banana Splits in the Mouth Recruit four hungry volunteers. chocolate syrup. syrup. found in bulk at Sam's Warehouse). the banana still stuck in the hose is smeared across their face! Added by Elisabeth See Banana Stuff (Click Here). whipping cream and . Add a little cooking oil for extra slip and slide. Banana Split & Slide Everyone remembers their very first slip and slide out in the yard on a hot summer day. Round Two: blindfolded Idea from Young Life Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here). because when you take the pantyhose off the students' heads. Two people stand up in chairs while two others lie on the floor at their feet. Pile items on top of the tarp and spread it out. Had we not mixed a little oil and water with it. caramel syrup. Get approximately 50 feet of plastic tarp and items that would be found on a banana split (ice cream. People in the chairs try to make a banana split in the other persons mouth by dropping ice-cream. Banana Legs You can use as many contestants as desired but it's best with an audience cheering them on. Have them squish the banana through the tiny holes in the hose into a trash or grocery bag. Tie their left hands together and give each a banana. This game is hilarious. The contestants place a knee-high pantyhose stocking over their head and face(like a bank robber) and are given a banana. instructing them not to eat it. Have a camera ready! Added by Trish Barnhart See Banana Barf (Click Here) and Banana Stuff (Click Here). They race to see who can eat the banana through the nylon first. Banana Poke Bring 2 students up front. banana.

or whatever. With larger crowds.) Then tell them they must put the banana back together using pins. etc. you may want to have a live video feed. etc. so everyone can see. Added by Tammy Straub Also see Banana Stuff (Click Here) and Marshmallow Drop (Click Here). Have the boys "shave" the girl's face with shaving cream and a spoon in under 1 minute. After the time is up. The point: Things taken apart (relationships. reputations. The boys are to stay in braids. The girls get 5 minutes to do as much with the boys hair as they want. a spoon. needles. Ahead of time.. This game requires shaving cream. (Don’t tell them what comes next until they're done. Then have each pair pick a boy. clips. Idea from Young Life Also see Chocolate Tower (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). hair clips. Give the girls two minutes to make up the guy.) aren't as easily put back together. buy cheap makeup. a cherry into the person's mouth. Variations: Blindfold the people in the chairs. Banana Surgery This can either be played as an upfront game. let the girls wash off. Added by Janet Martin Also see Beauty Both Ways (Click Here) & Face Decorating (Click Here). Put it all out on a tray or table. Beautiful Boys Pick six girls and put them in pairs. The team with the best reconstructed banana wins. . Have a team peel and cut up a banana into equal parts. besides cutting it. Alternate people in chairs with people on the floor. female hair products (bows. or until the youth pastor lets them take them out.finally. you can have everyone play. whatever for the rest of the night. Payback time. or if you have a smaller group. necklaces. curls. Next the boys sit down. Assign a boy with hair to each girl. and chairs to sit in. Start with the girls sitting. If you do this with a big group. clip-on earrings. Take great blackmail pictures for later. tape. then have the group vote on the best looker. Beauty Both Ways Also called "What Goes Around Comes Around" Great for wacky game nights or lock-ins. hairspray). (from Wal-Mart or dollar store). use a video feed to a big screen and time the "surgery" so it doesn't drag.

They will feed their partner (ice cream. The person sitting puts on an apron and places hands on hips. you may award prizes for the messiest eaters. Put whatever's in the bag into the blender. Then tell the oldest that they get to go first. Blind Feeders Call up between 4 and 10 volunteers (depending on the size of your group) to make two-person teams. Have an apron (or garbage bag with a hole cut out for the head) and one chair for each team. Once everything is blended.Added by Jon Vandivere Also see: Beautiful Boys (Click Here) Face Decorating (Click Here) Shaving Cream Hair-do (Click Here) Spaghetti Hair-do (Click Here) Blend-O-Rama Up front and entertaining. Whoever finishes their cup first wins. Place a bowl in one hand of the blindfolded teen and a spoon in the other. Number the lunch bags 1-4. Have 20 different edible items placed in 4 different lunch bags. then the next oldest. Keep note of who is the oldest in the group. mousse. and so on until the youngest. Great blending materials: baby food milk spam bananas Gold fish chocolate syrup ketchup mustard M&M's a can of Soda frozen veggies Be creative! Added by Jackie Also see Choice Combos (Click Here) and Happy Shake (Click Here). Have them each pick the bag that they will blend. cleanest . Interview each student. their birthday and their favorite food. asking them their school. Make sure that one of the items in each bag is a liquid so that it will blend well. Do this until all the bags have been picked. The person standing behind the chair puts on a blindfold. The person standing threads their arms under the seated person’s armpits. The first team finished to the best of their ability wins! Or. Find four students who have strong stomachs--the type who claim they'll do anything! Place four blenders on a table on stage or up front. pour into a cup and have them all drink it down. Jello.). etc.

so don't email me if you're offended by this!) You can use a bathtub or one of those bigger baby pools too. . Added by Amanda in Australia Also see Banana Splits in the Mouth (Click Here). One at a time. You get a huge bucket/bin filled with baked beans and have apples "floating" around in it. The game is exactly what it sounds like. You may be able to get the beans donated and you may want to have swim goggles and ear plugs. For this game recruit brave. Make sure you have plenty of clean-up towels. First let boys feed girls. Bobbing For Bananas This game works best in a church with a baptistry that you've filled with milk and the bananas are sunk at the bottom 4 feet down! (I was young when I did this. you can challenge them to do 10 sit-ups in 10 seconds. Then get girls to feed boys. but first take off the girls' blindfolds. The third sits up into a cream pie (his face.) We had a camera at the entrance to the baptistry. The first 2 are in on it. The kids bob for the apples. Added by Young Life Also see Blindfolded Banana Feed (Click Here). Boys get it in the ear! Added by Young Life Also see Bobbing for Bananas (Click Here) and Blindfolded Sit-up (Click Here). Blindfolded Banana Feed Get several guy-girl teams to take turns feeding each other bananas while all are blind folded. It's great. or the one that got the most into their partner’s mouth. etc. they strain but don’t do a sit-up. five of them with their eyes closed. Bobbing For Apples in Baked Beans Great camp/retreat game! As disgusting as it sounds. that is). Blindfolded Sit-Up Pretend to try and convince 3 people that they can’t do a blindfolded sit-up. interviewing each "bobber" as they disappeared into the 50 gallon tank for what seemed like minutes before emerging with a banana in their mouth. Added by Young Life Also see Bobbing For Caramel Apples (Click Here). gross-proof students ahead of time. Or. but a 4 foot baptistry is best! (Use powdered milk to save money.eaters.

However. and they're still talking about it! Also see Bobbing for Apples in Baked Beans (Click Here). A sticky and fun mess! Added by Angela Nuckles Also see Caramel Apple Fest (Click Here). When everyone is ready. Added by Nate Also see Bobbing For Worms (Click Here) and Marshmallow Drop (Click Here). The results are messy.upfront game. only you put caramel apples in the container instead. Fill up a large bucket with water.Great fun . The rest is like "Bobbing for Apples" (just not with apples).all can play. count down from 5 and have each team try to get as many pieces of Cinnamon Toast Crunch stuck to the swim cap as they possibly can. Optional: You can actually count the pieces of cereal or you can judge just by team cheering! Have Fun! Adam Rentas If this isn't gross enough. Have the smallest member of each team put on a swim cap. Bobbing For Spam Small groups . you will need: a kiddie pool 5-10 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal 3 swimming caps 3 jars of creamy peanut butter. see Bobbing for Apples in Baked Beans (Click Here). Bobbing For Caramel Apples Played like Bobbing for Apples. Pick 2 other team members that will be able to pick the smallest member up by the legs and hold upside-down.I did it in 1988. Large group . . also check out Spam Scarf (Click Here). so make sure the floor is covered with plastic for quick and easy clean up. Have those two members spread the peanut butter on the swimming cap. immediately after bobbing for apples. Bobbing For Toast For three teams. the person bobs for marshmallows in a bowl of flour. Bobbing For Marshmallows This game begins just like the regular Bobbing for Apples. drop in a few large chunks of Spam. Added by Gavin Gramstad For more fun with Spam. Pour out the cereal into the kiddie pool. Caramel Apples on a String (Click Here).

think. Next. And. heh. We are a smaller group (15-20 teens weekly) so everyone can see what's going on pretty well. my dad owns a meat market. Have volunteers take turns at bobbing for the worms.. the crowd votes on the best "bologna snowflake". It's a lot of fun to watch and the kids want to do it every winter holiday season.. After the time limit is up. which will sink to the bottom. etc. (if you personally know a butcher. It's really funny to see the faces of those who are biting off pieces of bologna. think Olympics. I suggest using a "thick" piece of bologna. Have them face sideways. The person who can get and keep the most worms in their mouth during their one minute try time wins. then turn and say. only with gummy worms in a kiddie swimming pool. Play "aqua" music in the background . . Bologna Artists Remember cutting out "snowflakes" from folded paper in kindergarten? Well this challenge takes on that same idea only using a piece of bologna instead of paper and using only your teeth instead of scissors! During the holiday season. Fill the kiddie pool with water. side by side. we introduced this challenge to our midweek crowd. Similar to Bobbing for Apples. She pies the guy in front of her when he turns around to “Boo” her. Add one bag of gummy worms. “Boo!” to the next person after the person on the other side has said. We invite 4 "artists" to come up front.Bobbing For Worms Outdoor or indoor (lay tarp if inside).it keeps the finally design held together better!) Each artist has 1 minute to create a snowflake design out of their piece of bologna. The third time the leader behind the informed girl gives her a pie behind her back. “Boo!” to them.) Also see Gummy Worms/Chocolate Pudding (Click Here). alternating guy. Little Nemo. You can have the youth wear goggles to protect eyes. etc. Be sure to choose a good sport to get pied and have a towel handy..some like it and eat it and some gag and well you know what happens.. Each artist is given a piece of bologna. Little Mermaid. with informed female student at the end. they “Boo!” each other back down the line again (going the other direction). line up.. Added by Jodie ("Winning" music is a nice touch in the background when you announce the winner. you'd be surprised what kind of artists you have in your crowd! Added by Kim McNamar Boo! Seven students. etc. girl. have them cut the pieces of bologna thicker for you .

eggs.Also see Cheeky. and then give it to the volunteers in their group. water. say 10 minutes. When the gum chewers are through. all that great stuff is useless. Give them a plate or flat dish (we used cookie sheets). Bubble Gum Sculpture Materials: bubble gum and a towel or two This can be played as an up-front game or. have them step back and watch. If we don't have the right foundation. Have them chew it only until it is soft. Build Your Own Snowman Can be played up-front with audience watching or in teams with the whole group playing. We gave a prize (a Christian CD) to each of our winning volunteers. oil. etc. Use cake mix. and icing. Christian friends. and give them creative ideas of what to make. {It's much easier to work with!} Keep it cheap.such as pizza. I would suggest using larger gum drops. Mmm. and start chewing the next piece. and tell them to chew as quickly as possible. everyone can play. turtle. As the group is chewing.of a brave volunteer who will be a good sport if their hair gets messed up. Ask for two very brave volunteers out of each group (don't tell them what they're volunteering for). and a pair of safety goggles. Bible study. yummy! Lathers up good.such as Bazooka.such as Wrigly's. Lay tarp down and have towels handy. Just dump it all on their head. too! The Point: This can also be used as an illustration for a talk about faith and deeds. Have someone judge the sculptures. we can have all the right ingredients in our lives (church. but it has to be something difficult. Set a time limit.). scarf. Added by Tina Ogle Cake Head This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. since they were so brave! Note: Instead of regular stick gum. Each team has a designated amount of time to use the shaving cream to cover their "snowman" (the contestant) and put all of the accessories on. Give the rest of the groups the bubble gum. Cheeky (Click Here) and Flower (Flour) Girl (Click Here). directly on the head . For each contestant have a bag full of assorted snowman accessories such as a hat. etc. . the volunteers need to be working on their sculpture. with smaller groups. Without Christ as the foundation of a life. a carrot etc. Mix a cake on the head – yes. but they won't matter. Divide your group into groups of 4 or 5. a can of shaving cream and a set of clothes to go over their clothes for protection. mittens. because you'll want to buy enough! Submitted by Rebecca Sapp aka Zgrrl Also see Blow Pop Challenge (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). The team to make the nicest looking snowman wins..

or Cocoa Puffs out of their noses. Caramel Apple Fest Have a contest between several students. Add water (milk is better. and tag the next team member. Cereal Eating Relay . Leaders may judge. Chariots of Fire or Rocky theme adds cheesiness. use the powdered kind to save $$$). A representative from each team takes off their shoes and socks and digs the marbles out with their toes. eating a hanging caramel apple blindfolded. 3. One at a time they race to a table where they fix themselves a bowl of cereal and eat it. Five members from each team line up. Tell students the only rule: BE CREATIVE! Fun photo op here. Tie caramel apples to a string tied to a broom handle and get someone to hold it for each student. and scissors. Fake starting and stop once to add chocolate syrup. Rice Krispy Marble Dig Fill a small swimming pool full of Rice Krispies & marbles. 4. glue. paper. Cereal Mania 5 games that all involve cereal: 1. No leaders are allowed to help. The other is at the other end with a bucket of water and boxes of Large Shredded Wheat. One is at one end of the room holding an upright bucket on their head. They race to see which one can eat the apple the fastest.Added by Elise Hawke Also see Human Sundae (Click Here). The team whose Puff goes the farthest wins. Caramel Apples On A String This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. The object is to see who could get done first! For a fun twist. Choose a student from each class. then again to add whipped cream and last to blindfold the contestants. For a twist in the game. Shredded Wheat Toss This involves two representatives from each team playing. Cereal Art Give each team various kinds of cereal. The representatives dunk the shredded wheat one by one and then attempt to throw them across the room in the buckets on their team member's head. Kix. 2. Added by Young Life Also see Caramel Apple Fest (Click Here) and Bobbing for Caramel Apples (Click Here). give one of the kids or leaders a caramel ONION instead of an apple! Added by Naomi Also see Bobbing for Caramel Apples (Click Here). 5. go back. Snoot Shoot The youth shoot Trix. see Caramel Apples on a String (Click Here).

) Tip: Have them put a rubber or latex glove on the bare foot (for sanitary purposes!) Added by Jason Fullmore Also see Cheeto Face (Click Here). Added by Julie Ohara See also Attack of the Fish (Click Here). Whoever ends up with the most Cheetos on his or her face wins. Chee-toes Bring up three pairs of people. with around 10 . card table Directions: Choose one volunteer from each grade. One volunteer covers their own face with butter and has ten seconds to stick Cheerios to face. and Cheeto Face (Click Here). Now have the other person in the team lay on the ground. Take digital pics and show on screen afterward! See also Attack of the Fish (Click Here). Also see Cereal Box Puzzle (Click Here) Snoot Shoot.one for each person in the group. The other partner stands back about 5 feet and throws Cheetos on the whipped creamed partner's face (they stick!) in a given amount of time. Cheeto Face Arrange several pairs of students up front. Repeat with other three volunteers. hand towels. Added by Jason Huddleston Cheerio Face-Off Items Needed: Cheerios (or generic substitute). One partner gets whipped cream spread (or sprayed) all over his or her face.*A Young Life Extra: Cereal Box Puzzle Cut off the front panel of several cereal boxes — one for each group you've formed. The first team done wins a prize (whatever you want to give them. Have another leader start counting the Cheerios stuck to face. face cleanser. Then cut up each panel into puzzle shapes. Whiteheads (Click Here). . The object of the game is to have the person with the bare foot try to feed cheetos to the person lying on the ground by picking them up with their toes and putting them in the other person's mouth. soft butter or margarine. Spread Cheerios all over card table. featuring jelly beans (Click Here). Whiteheads (Click Here). and Chee-toes (Click Here). Mix together all the pieces and give one to each person and have them compete to find their cereal. Have one person in each pair sit in a chair and take off one shoe and sock. Place a napkin next to them.15 cheetos cheese snacks. without hands.

the second student. Prepare a set of 4 bags for each kid. Added by Michael Boyd Choice Combos Introduce this gross game by saying you want 3 volunteers to test a new product: explain that Starbucks gives you lots of alternative drinks and Jamba Juice uses those cool huge blenders (if your area doesn’t have a Jamba Juice. Find a place where everyone can see someone laying down. dunks marshmallows into the chocolate syrup and with his or her arm straight out. After the intro. 2. Have the "dropper" stand over the head of the partner with a small cup of chocolate syrup. (Tell the kids the labor cost is really low for this product because you didn't have to wash the blender after each customer.) 5. chocolate milk or strawberry milk. I used stuff I had around the house or church kitchen for the 3 other choices. "just joking" and gave another choice. but I then said. grape juice or orange juice. offer the first student either coffee or tea. Put it all in the blender and juice it up. Have one partner lay down on the plastic and the other around the edge of the plastic. Then they chug them down. If you combine these two. 5. 3. The "dropper. not disgusting. Christmas 12 Bags of Doom . for a total of 12 bags in all. Give it to them in a clear glass so the disgusting color is obvious. 4. Let the kid decide which he wants. wins. Make the first bag for each kid be a choice of liquids." standing straight up (no bending to get a better aim). 1. For example. I did at one point ask the kid if he wanted cat food or dog food. and the third. in and of themselves. drops it into the mouth of the person on the floor. it will be a franchise called "Choices". Keep them covered with a sheet until it is time for the game. write a "choice". Points are awarded by the number of marshmallows eaten. give them 3 more choices. you can refer to it or a similar store). Have each kid hold their drink until all 3 have had their drinks.Chocolate Drop Prepare beforehand by spreading out plastic on your stage area. On the outside of each bag. Get several pairs of students to come up front. Before the meeting prepare 12 bags and set up a blender. The first kid to drink the whole glass (or last one not puking in some cases). The two items in each group should be related and. uncover the bags and the blender. After they have selected their "base". Here are some ideas: a) ketchup or mustard b) maple syrup or blueberry syrup c) Thousand Island or Caesar salad dressing d) sour cream or cottage cheese e) jello or pudding f) hot sauce or A-1 sauce g) brown sugar or powdered sugar Added by Kristin Clark Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here). just pour out any extra. No need to wash the blender between drinks.

Added by Mike Also see Milk Chug (Click Here).. . one at a time. They all burp and you vote for the best one. OKC Funny idea from Tonya Berry: Have the group actually sing the song and dump each item every time a new item's added! See Human Christmas Tree (Click Here) & Ten Bags of Doom! (Click Here). glass with Coke and have the three students chug it.. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Coke Chug Select 3 students to be in a Coke drinking contest.) Fill up a 12 oz. The twelve days of Christmas gives a nice outline for the event: On the twelfth day of Christmas our students give to you (the interns).. Have them leave the room to get a drink of water to clear their pipes. and green food coloring)... Drop in a ton of clothespins. fill their glasses with soy sauce.This is a messy "thank you" or Christmas gift to your staff (or interns). too). (I told my students it makes a bigger burp.. Micah McCarty NEWCHURCH. Lay tarp down (a large vinyl table cloth works. 12 raw eggs 11 cups of oatmeal 10 squirts of syrup 9 cups of popcorn 8 squirts of green ketchup 7 cups of applesauce 6 bags of cornmeal 5 packages of swiss miss 4 frozen mixed vegetables 3 cans of whipped cream 2 cups of canola oil 1 betty crocker cake mix A great gross event as long as you're not the dumpee. Staff wear old clothes and get ready to be icky! Students get to dump 12 items of gross stuff on the staff. Use a tarp under the pools if indoors. Have contestants pull clothespins out with their feet and pin them somewhere on themselves. If you do this with two sets of three. Clothespin Slime Fill two kiddie pools with slime (mix flour. water. When they leave the room to get a drink of water. have the two winners face-off..

We usually give the winner a prize and all contestants are given mouthwash. right/left hand. Condiment Twister Exactly like Twister. only you spread a condiment over each of the color circles. Added by Meri Clark Also see Frozen Marbles (Click Here). right hand to yellow. This is a timed event. When the time runs out. so clothes aren't ruined. It does get slippery. the person with the most crickets in the bucket is the winner. and relish on the green circles. Optional gross factor: The kneeling team member has to eat the hotdogs. and Messy Plexi (Click Here). i. The sitting player removes the hotdog slices from the freezing water with their foot and then the kneeling member removes the hotdogs only using their mouth. mustard for yellow. Add small round hot dog slices. Supplies Needed: Two buckets Live crickets in a container Prize for the winner Mouthwash . Cricket Spit Go to your local pet store and buy a bunch of live crickets before your event. Grape Jelly for blue. Added by Brian Carpenter Also see Mess Mix (Click Here). Lay a big tarp down under the Twister mat. One player needs to sit in a chair with a bowl on the ground directly in front of them. Then change the places on the spinning board to right/left cheek. The second team member kneels down in front of the bowl. When you spin. It is a mess and a riot. The same player also needs to remove the shoe and sock from one of their feet. hands. Call three teams of two up front. so make sure you have staff there to help when people start flying around.which is placed several feet away. The object is to spit the cricket into their bucket. nose. Have a place for students to clean up after. Ask for volunteers before you reveal the game. Have their faces. We have even replaced the hotdogs with sardines or spam. Make sure that you have plastic bags and masking tape to cover the volunteers with. right/left ear. Messy Message (Click Here). left leg to green. and feet (shoes and socks off) exposed.Cold Toe Dogs Fill large bowls with freezing ice water. Each victim (I mean contestant) reaches in to the container of crickets and pulls out one at a time and pops the live cricket into their mouth. you call out which body part goes where.e right cheek to blue. right/left foot. ketchup for red.

At this point. and anyone who passes the first two can go on to the third round.. pick married sponsors.$$$).Cupid Make a heart-shaped target and fasten it to a guy’s back (be sure to choose a "solid" couple who sets a good example of dating in your group. Deal or No Deal Ask for several volunteers to come up to the front to participate in a game called DEAL OR NO DEAL. it is who can stay on the longest. they lose. I had three that stood on for more than 20 minutes! The winner lasted over 35 minutes. if she loves him. Have the remaining contestants remove their shoes and socks and stand barefoot on the iceblock (be sure the towels are always under their feet. Bring out pre-frozen blocks of ice (you can make them yourself or buy them at the local grocery store) and place them under the towels (good size is 12x12x6). so they don't get frostbite or frozen to the ice. also. but to save time and space. Explain it to them beforehand and ask again. Give his girlfriend a bow and arrow (with suction cups on arrows) and she stands about 20 feet away. but don't tell them what it involves. which is the toughest. (Make up your own "meal"). Idea from Young Life Variation: If you don't have any really good examples of couples in your group (of you just plain want to get away from the romance part of it). (maybe a pass to a waterpark.. You can use toy pistols with suction-cup darts. Every time she misses. DEAL OR NO DEAL? If they succeed they go on to the next round. If they fail they are out! Round 2: The second round is tougher. You can allow as many people as you'd like to be involved. Ask them beforehand. which will determine who the winner is. Note: Bow and arrow should be the toy store variety. and is given 6 arrows. Explain that there will be three rounds. [Have the following prepared ahead of time in a separate area of the room: a large tarp spread out with hand towels placed on top in a row (1 for each contestant).. you should probably keep it under ten or so. Round 1: The first round have everyone hold out both arms and stand on one foot for five minutes. you can just have a few pairs of students (one boy. Explain to the volunteers that they can stop at anytime during the game. His feet and toes were almost frozen. one girl) compete in the same game. Of course if they fall off. Variation: Use your hands instead! . Try to bribe them off with a lesser valuable prize. but ok! Award the winner(s) the cool prize(s). The ones who complete go onto the final round. Introduce each volunteer to the rest of the crowd and have them cheer for the contestants. if nothing else). "DEAL OR NO DEAL?" I had them eat mushed up spam with chocolate sauce. Round 3: Usually there are only 3 or 4 left at this point. amusement park or GC to a music store).. but they will lose out on some cool (valuable prizes.. No pushing or touching among the contestants. the boy gets a pie in the face.. The idea is that she must hit the heart on her boyfriend’s back. The pair who is punished with the fewest number of pies gets a really great prize.

” Place the pantyhose leg over their head and then put a bowl of oatmeal in front of them. Provide plenty of moist paper towels and a trash can. Added by Dylan McDaniel Also see Banana Barf (Click Here). provide wet washcloths and/or towels. ." A great "game show host" can really spice this up along with some fun sound effects from a CD. More (Click Here). They can pick up to 10 gross ingredients. Yell “Go!” No spoon. Ask the crowd who’s hungry. Duck. but good for the hair! NOTE: Either forewarn your students to wear grubby clothes. Duck. First one to eat the bowl wins." you’ll crack an egg on their head. Drip (Click Here). instead of it being a piece of chocolate. no straw. Keep moist paper towels handy. Tell all that each bowl is filled with whipped cream and has chocolate hidden inside. and eat it. The twist is. Added by Kyle Connell Also see Duck. Eat That Food Have two students add one ingredient at a time to a cracker trying to outbid each other to eat the cracker. or have garbage bags with holes to pull over their heads. Goose With a Twist Outdoor or Indoor game. The first one to finish eating the chocolate wins. Only. You may even do two pairs and then a championship round with different foods. Play this childhood favorite just like Duck-DuckGoose. Have a bucket or a bag just in case there is a surprise ending. Bring up 3 or 4 volunteers and inform them that they’ll be able to eat something in a moment . .just pure mess. but first they have to put on their “eating apparel. The volunteers have to find the chocolate without using their hands. Diving For The Prize! Bring 3 volunteers up front. Duck. Eat Slime Through Pantyhose Prepare some oatmeal. Gross. Have a table set up in front with 3 large bowls filled with whipped cream. warmed. no lifting the pantyhose. not too hot. its an olive! Added by Becky See Diving For Dollars (Click Here). . Buy two packages of pantyhoses and cut them in half so you have four individual legs. instead of just touching someone's head and saying "goose.Added by Kevin Flores Also see Fear Factor. "I can eat that cracker with sardines." "I can eat that cracker with sardines and jalapenos….

Egg Bop Have at least four teams of two and have the stronger team member wear knee-high pantyhose on their head with an egg inside. 8 hard-boiled). when the final egg is up in . You may want to choose 4 people and have two rounds and a final round. Safer and not as nasty if you get a mouthful! Added by Theresa See also Egg Bop (Click Here). guy versus guy. Safety Note: Use an egg substitute (like Eggbeater's) to avoid bacteria or chance of salmonella. Last team with unbroken egg wins. Added by Jennifer See also Egg Swing (Click Here). The member with the egg runs around while his partner tries to smash other people's eggs with the newspaper. Egg Blow This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Egg Roulette (Yoke's on You!) Get 2 dozen eggs. but with Jell-O.Added by Young Life Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here) and Choice Combos (Click Here). Play the first round for real (possibly girl versus girl. Variation: Jello Blow Just like Egg Blow. Put the inside of an egg inside a large surgical tubing. without letting their own egg get smashed. Have two students on opposite ends blow into the tubing until the egg blows onto someone's face. held against their head--tight enough so the egg stays up. Have moist washcloths and towels handy. He carries a rolled-up newspaper or magazine. Variation: Put your finger on the raw egg and before club explain the game to all 4 contestants (because you don’t know who will be in the finals). Each time you are really in their faces to nail one another. and battle of sexes for the final round) and in final round they pick the hard-boiled eggs 5 in a row (because you told them not to pick the one with your finger on it till last). Round One: (4 raw. Two people alternate picking an egg and smashing it on the other person’s head. Final Round: have 6 eggs (5 hard-boiled and 1 raw) and hold them in a bowl above their heads to pick. The member without the egg attached to his head is carried by the one with the egg (piggy back).

Contestants put their head in and are told to put as many bolts and nuts together in 2 min. Let the crowd choose the best face. You have a small table next to them (or a chair or simply the ground. Added by Young Life Also see Beautiful Boys (Click Here) and Beauty Both Ways (Click Here). we dump 300 roaches and 300 crickets in the box with their head. The bottom is made so you can put your head through it. Fear Factor Box Build a plexi glass box and frame it out .the final round you are going crazy only to have the finalist smash it on your head! Make a kid a hero! Added by Young Life See Egg Bop (Click Here) and Egg Swing (Click Here). Added by Sterling Lynn . However.) * Have the teams take turns trying to hit one of the 9 with an egg and mark that square accordingly. they miss their opportunity to claim a square. Face Decorating Have guys lie on their backs or sit on a chair with their head leaning back on a table and let girls decorate their faces with icing. use an egg. Egg Swing See Flour Swing (Click Here).) * Break students into 2 teams (one team Xs and one team Os). candy sprinkles and candles. Have someone hold a big mirror so the audience can see the artwork or use a video camera linked to a big screen. wins!! Added by Brian Esola Also see Egg Obstacle Course (Click Here) on Sick & Twisted page. Egg Tic Tac Toe Grab 9 staff or students prepared to get messy. Have the people get into a tic-tactoe formation with plastic bags covering them as much as possible. * First team to get 3 in a row.balconies. if the box is low enough). and that is what you put the nuts and bolts on (the nuts and bolts are not in the box). * Find a place where you can elevate the students way above the 9 volunteers (rooftops[careful]. The roaches make the crickets jump all over the place. If the student misses. (Use a tarp if indoors. Imagine the possibilities! Added by Jennifer Spaeth Also see Egg Bop (Click Here).put legs on it (so it looks like a spider) with a clear lid. We bring this game out for our big events or the beginning of the school year. etc. only instead of flour.

Use time limit for elimination. Have food and drinks. Have the players sit around a card table and play poker. pigs feet. etc. More Outdoor or Indoor. pudding Blindfolds Vary methods of elimination. timed. They must transfer as many food items as possible in the amount of time given but can only transfer one at a time. and movie theaters.these amounts are the number of pigs’ feet they have to eat. and towels for those who get soaked. raw hamburger. run across the room or stage and drop it into the empty container.the little crustaceans swim!) Supplies to keep in mind: • • • • • • Anything crawly (bugs.(haarrd) Bobbing for Crawdads: Fill a large tub or pail with water and put in crawdads (fresh [with rubber-banded pinchers!] or frozen). chicken livers. A variation would be to put a few live minnows in with the crawdads to make it more interesting. each contestant adds up the amount on his/her cards. 1. like 10. At the end of the play. We recommend a certain amount. 1/2. Suggestions: Free Fall: Contestant stands on raised platform and falls backwards into arms of catchers. Fear Factor. etc. Fear Factor Cuisine Fill a large bowl with your choice of sardines. worms. and 2 2's).Also see Fear Factor. hang-out spots. (kinda gross) Pickled-Pigs-Feet poker: Make several of each of the following playing cards: 0.e. More Fear Factor! Have good prizes to motivate the contestants they'll need it! (We used gift cards from popular restaurants. .) Set up approx. (eeeaasssy) Proof is in the pudding: Contestants dig sardines out of chocolate pudding with their toes. vienna sausages. More (Click Here) and Radioactive Spew (Click Here). etc) Stinkbait. Mud. i. and 2 (i. achievement. sardines. (pretty darn difficult. 3 1/2's. The student has a designated amount of time to grab a sardine (or whatever you choose to use) in their mouth. Place another empty container at the other side of the stage or the other end of the room. 6 1/4'S. anchovies. 10 stations of contest in increasing stages of scariness or grossness. 3 1's. Use time limits again. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Also see Radioactive Spew (Click Here). 1/4.e. or frog legs (purchased at most supermarkets). Those who finish theirs advance. 3 0's.

Or. yes. preferably middle school aged. Have them come up front and show them the bag/bowl of goldfish. Gold Fish Snag This game can be played as an upfront game for big groups. real live goldfish! Tell them that they are about to walk through the Goldfish Gauntlet. put plastic down and have towels available). Fastest time wins! . Whoever catches the most fish with their bare hands wins! For added fun. Make everyone else bunch up in a group about ten yards away from your batters. First one to make it through all shirts wins. provide latex gloves which can be purchased 100/box at beauty supply stores. Absolutely hilarious. Fish Bat (Tilapia Home Run Derby) Choose 5 contestants to be batters.preferably a big group for teams of at least 10 each. No spaghetti straps or long sleeves. Added by Eben in South Africa Goldfish Gauntlet. Safety Note: Have hand sanitizer or a sink close by for those who touch the fish. Safety Note: Have hand sanitizer or a sink close by. Make sure the end of the rope is pretty secure. or an all-play for smaller groups. The guts and a lot of other gross stuff go all over the group. Throw about 50 gold fish into a kiddie or regular pool (If indoors. add some other bigger fish or try it in the dark! Use a tarp if indoors. The person who catches the fish in the group also wins a prize. Pitch a whole fish.Added by Liz Harris Also see Fear Factor Box (Click Here) and Radioactive Spew (Click Here). The This upfront game works best if you choose 2-3 girls. Two teams facing each other. Added by Justin Chapman Fish Pass Through Outdoor or Indoor . Or. Line up your volunteers shoulder to shoulder. in one sleeve out the other. Run a long piece of rope (like clothesline) through a dead fish. Bucolo Also see Fish Bat (Click Here). The batter who hits it the farthest wins a prize. Players pass the loose end of the rope and then the fish through their shirts. Volunteers must have t-shirts on. Added by J. use latex gloves which can be purchased 100/box at beauty supply stores.

At the very same time. a candy bar. Some items could be: package of unsweetened Kool Aid. a dill pickle.On the floor. Note: IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THIS HAPPENS VERY CLOSE TOGETHER AND IN THIS ORDER. have another adult leader begin to blindfold all three participants. Have an adult leader begin to take out goldfish and place them on the tarp. an onion slice. . “Whole crowd GASP!” “Oh my gosh!!” “Eeeewwwww!” “Ooooohhhhh!! Ahhhhhhh!!” Etc. you are going to tack on 10 seconds to their time. You may want to give the goldfish away at the end of the game. adult leaders are placing the live goldfish back in the bowl and replacing them with LOTS of canned mandarin oranges. The object of the game is that the first team to eat the entire contents of the bag wins! Note: Some kids might vomit after a game like this so give them the bag. Further explain that the difficulty factor will go up because the adult leaders are going to blindfold the contestants. Ask parents first! 2. NOR KILL GOLDFISH. 3. Each bag should have 12-15 items in it. A Few Notes: 1. SILENTLY direct the crowd’s attention to the power point screen(s). a can of sardines. have adult leaders tossing/throwing mandarin oranges at the participants’ feet. Adult leaders REALLY make or break this game! You may even want to rehearse the timing and roles of this game to ensure that it comes off hilariously. a clove of garlic. soda. but I play it as an up front game involving 6-8 people. As soon as you have the participants blindfolded. Because this is a timed event. simulating jumping goldfish. Have the first contestant step up to the start of the gauntlet. Explain that the adult leaders are going to place the goldfish on the tarp and they must walk through it without stepping on and killing any of the goldfish. Put together 2 bags of miscellaneous food items. etc. This is so much fun to watch. Great game for a guys against girls night. down front where everyone can see. the participant begins to walk the gauntlet. Have the crowd really hamming it up based on your slides. This game should not end until someone is crying! Just kidding!! Grab Bag Scarf This can be a relay. AND you need their help. The pre-made screens will prompt them with phrases and directions like. Have music playing on the sound system. you need to share with them that for every goldfish they kill. While the crowd is being given instructions. They must have the same amount of items in each bag. have a plastic tarp spread out. SO AS TO NOT GIVE THE GAME AWAY. Have instructions pointing out the fact that you are playing a joke on the contestants. On your command. But most importantly.

"That's how you make green oatmeal!" Note: For obvious health reasons.' where do you get green oatmeal?" You answer. The key is to make each dessert LOOK appetizing. The Point: There are many choices of how to live your life and what gods to follow. .Pam . five gross. Let two students crush the grapes with their bare feet for two minutes. Have a measuring cup and big glasses. don't use that oatmeal as the oatmeal they eat! The look on their faces and reaction from the audience is priceless. Added by Young Life Green Oatmeal Get 3 or 4 brave volunteers with strong stomachs who race to eat a bowl of green oatmeal the fastest. whipped mayo and strawberries ("strawberries and cream"). As the camera tilts up to your faces. wherever. cookies with LOTS of salt and pepper with sour cream in the middle ("cookie sandwiches"). home. and show them.the kid who picked the brownies KNOWS he's right without tasting the other gross stuff. Drop green food coloring in it and then dialogue about how to stir it. "Do you have a big spoon?" "No. (pre-dirty your feet with some grease . with a large (very large) pan or bowl of oatmeal. Once everyone has reached a decision. Grape Juice Contest Put 3 pounds of grapes in each of two coolers with plastic underneath. Award a first." "Then what are we going to use?" "HEY! I got an idea!" Each person in the video takes off his shoes and socks. Then stick your feet in the oatmeal and start sloshing around in it to mix it up. "That's a good question. Create six desserts: one real. and our real dessert was brownies with Twix in them ("chunky brownies"). "Hey ‘Jonathan. We also taught that you don't have to taste everything under the sun to know when you have the real answer. When they finish have one of your staff ask. For a tie-breaker. Play a pre-recorded video of you and another staff member in your office. Thanks to Rux down in Southern CA for this idea! Gross Domestic Product This takes quite a bit of setup and some baking skills. both can say.. Do you?" "No. See who makes the most juice. have them drink the juice. This is best if recorded on camera and projected on the big screen.Items needed: 2 bags. This is a great opportunity to show close-ups of your feet when the socks come off. lots of food items. They cannot touch the stuff or talk about their choices. they must eat a handful/spoonful and see if they were right.between each toe). avocado pie ("key lime pie"). We made a ketchup smoothie ("berry milkshake"). second and third place so all contestants keep eating til done. The students must choose only ONE to eat by smelling and looking ONLY. whipped mayo with sprinkles ("vanilla pudding").. but only one is real: Jesus.

an old soccer trophy. Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here) and Gross Domestic Product (Click Here). The gross out factor is that the only way that fruit can be squeezed is either in the armpit. (Make sure you follow "Jonathan's Seven Sins of Game Leading" tips hereespecially #2. or a . Hawaiian Punch Choose 3 two-person teams. and a chair.) Blend the Happy Meals together (burger. The rest is a race to see who can drink their "happy shake" the fastest. Tell the students that there are some “special worms” in the buckets and they will know when they get those special worms. fill up equal CLEAR cups for each person.making sure the entire crowd can see clearly. Once predetermined level is reached.Added by Dustin Perkins Gummy Worms/Chocolate Pudding 3 or 4 students each have a pan with chocolate pudding or Reddi Whip and 15 gummy worms mixed in. fries and drink) in front of them.being prepared and #7. Award either dumb or good prizes (like a can of bean dip. Variation added by Angela Nuckles Also see Bobbing For Worms (Click Here) and Worm Fest (Click Here). a clear drinking cup that has a line drawn across it to indicate a minimum amount of juice to be squeezed into the cup. the back of the knee or with the feet. don't answer them!) They get 1 point for every gummy worm they find and 5 points for every “special” (sour) worm they find. (The kids think they are real worms. Happy Shake File this in the "fun with a blender" category! Go to McDonalds and pick up 3 Happy Meals (the manager may even donate them if he appreciates youth work). Then. Each team is given a bag of fruit. First one to get all 15 or the person who gets the most in a designated amount of time is the winner. Have them go face first into the chocolate pudding and pick the gummy worms out with their teeth and drop them on a plate. when they ask if they’re real. You might want one or two trash cans near the front for participants who don't like the shakes. the drinker has to run up front and drink it. Pre-pick 3 willing contestants and bring them up front. Added by Susie Variation: Make huge bowls of chocolate pudding and put regular gummy worms and sour gummy worms in the bowls. One person sits in the chair and does the squeezing (with the help of the drinker) while the other team member catches the juice. The object of the game is to squeeze enough juice from the fruit into the cup to reach the line and for one team member to drink it.

Vienna sausages in a can or something that can be easily passed. Draw pictures. chocolate syrup. Make sure the ice cream is slightly melted.e.100 teens to 5 . Added by B Also see Hot Potato and Oven Mitt Pass (Click Here). 50 . or Draw. whip cream. or turn it into a game of Win.cd or devo from your local Christian bookstore). The concept is the same as Hot Potato. Plastic cups are safest to use. . something gross to eat (baby food. Human Sundae Choose four contestants to come to the front. Grapefruits are good because they have tons of juice. We used tape on the cup to indicate the level of juice. sitting. Added by Bob Also see Cake Head (Click Here). Lose. yet not gladly eaten). Idea from Young Life Hot Potato With a Twist You need spoons or forks for everyone participating. so are tomatoes because they are gross and have a ton of juice. The amount of objects you have circulating should correspond with the amount of participants (i. so you don’t loose the momentum of the game. vote on whoever drew the best picture. You can have the crowd guess what the pictures are. The 4 people decide who's bravest amongst them. Others hold large pieces of cardboard for them to draw or write on. or lying down). Have paper towels on hand for messes. Have them dip their heads in tins filled with chocolate sauce. Can also be done with two teams upfront. When the music stops the person(s) with the object(s) must take a spoon/fork full. Variation: Use bare feet (standing. Be sure and keep the level low enough and use tons of fruit because each piece yields very little juice. Start the music back up and go again. Tips: Cut the fruit in half before the teams get it because it juices easier. whichever team's human sundae looks messier wins. Use your imagination. Write words. Added by Chris Chamberlain Head Paint Bring three guys with really short hair up front. When the high energy music starts you pass your object. Participants should be either sitting on the floor or in chairs in a circle. and caramel on that person's head. They will make their brave member into a human ice cream sundae! They'll pour ice cream. Try to have them do this as quickly as possible.10 bottles of baby food circulating).

Then spread out the clips under the plastic to hold them down. Be sure that you've got different colors of jello for the spinner. Fill the pie tins with already-made jello right before youth group. and Ice Cream Mayo Surprise (Click Here). Jello Belly Flop In the winter. scoop out some ice cream into a couple bowls and scoop some mayo into one bowl. This gets messy only on the fed person's face… and neck…and chest. The first team to empty their bowls wins. . Jello Twister Best done when it’s warm outside so people can hose down after. etc. and a really long RCA video cable. so he continues anyway. since it may be hard for the audience to see what's going on. Put the mayo in a Tupperware dish and freeze. a video camera. Hilarious! Have towels & a small bucket ready. (Mayonnaise. when frozen. looks exactly like vanilla ice cream. You may want to make sure you've got live video feed for this one. Added by Young Life Also see Slime Twister (Click Here) and Slop-stacle Course (Click Here). Play in bare feet! Suggestion: Tell the kids beforehand to bring clothes they don't mind getting stained. Have a good spinner and kids who will go for it. Human Sundae (Click Here). Set the contest up as just a typical ice cream eating contest. have a belly flop contest in a baby pool full of Jello. This can be done with a video projector. The look on the person who eats the frozen mayo is priceless. The best part is when that student looks at the other contestants who are eating without any problems. Have pairs lie down head to head and feed ice cream to the person behind them. Keep frozen until the last minute.) Before the contest. Ice Cream Mayo Surprise Ahead of time buy cheap vanilla ice cream and a jar of cheap Mayonnaise. Lay a tarp over a big old mattress under the baby pool.Ice Cream Feed Lay plastic on the floor for this gross up-front game and set up so every one can see. Get a square of cheap plastic and attach pie tins in a 4 x 4 grid by pushing a pull clip through the bottom of both the pans and plastic. Added by Young Life See Ice Cream Stuff (Click Here). Added by Randy Also see Ice Cream Feed (Click Here). hands behind their backs.

then compare jars to see who has the most. Announce them as. Added by Young Life Ketchup Covered M & Ms Place a bowl of M&Ms in front of three contestants and explain that all they have to do is eat the most in 60secs (or first one done). Pour some ketchup over the M&Ms. Jello Slurp Choose several contestants. Have both moist and dry towels ready for clean up. The object is to see which student can get the most Jello into their personal jar by slurping it out of the mother bowl and spitting it into their jar. and 3 small jars. Give them a certain amount of time. The contestants may not use their hands. instant potatoes. Added by Kevin Brown Also see M & M Scarf (Click Here). Have them each bring up a friend from the crowd to be their . Jello Slurp and Spit Have a huge bowl of Jello up front. Play near a bathroom and have towels (or a hose) handy for clean-up. You can either use buckets or a 4x4 plank of sturdy wood long enough to reach across your pool. Joust : Sick & Twisted Just like Joust (Click Here). Lemonade Machine Bring at least two volunteers up front.). only played outside over a baby pool filled with gross ingredients (oatmeal. "The Lemonade Machine". Two contestants with Nerf joust sticks (or pool noodles) and helmets battle on the plank to knock each other off into the pool. etc. and even eat a couple if you've got the stomach for it. and set a a bowl of jello in front of each of them. Added by Young Life Also see Jello Slurp (Click Here). "Go. You can give them each a straw. 3 students. You might even want gymnastic mats around the pool." tell them you forgot one thing: the ketchup. Also see Jello Scull (Click Here) and Jellow Slurp and Spit (Click Here). Lots of preparation required and safety consciousness on this one. Make sure the board doesn’t get too slippery. First one done is the winner. Before you say. (Prop up the ends of your plank so the pool is not crushed). Each student gets a straw.Idea by Young Life Also see Jello Twister (Click Here). or put their hands behind their back and have them bury their face in it.

The object of the game is to see how many chocolate marshmallows can be dropped into the mouth of the person lying on the floor. You may also consider having 2 girls per guy decorate. their friend proceeds to squeeze one lemon. Repeat until the glass is full. Have 2 people for each pan of Jello. Each "Lemonade Machine" sits in a chair with his or her head leaning backwards and with their mouth open. stick. Note: Make sure you've got enough lemons. spray-painted to add to the decor. Added by Young Life Also see Attack of the Fish (Click Here) and Cheeto Face (Click Here). 1 spoon of sugar and 1 cup of water into "Lemonade Machine's" mouth. The person on the chair/ladder dips a marshmallow into the chocolate and tries to drop it into the mouth of the person lying on the floor. Have the audience vote for the winning team. to catch the next marshmallow. Person on the chair can not bend over but must stay in upright position. . one to lay down on floor. Each girl gets three rolls of lifesavers and 2 minutes to lick. they race to find the marbles. Marbles In Jello Put marbles in a roasting type pan (use a dark-colored Jello). one to stand on the chair/ladder. You may make a lifesaver hat out of a foam circle. Students will tend to go through them rather quickly. and arrange them on the guy’s face. Added by Michael Boyd Also see Lemonade Eating Contest (Click Here) Lifesavers On the Face Choose 3 guy-girl teams. The "Lemonade Machine" stands up and jumps up and down three times and spits the contents of his or her mouth into a glass (make it a clear one for good visual).partner. Using only 1 foot. Marshmallow Drop Need: • • • • 1 bag large marshmallows chocolate syrup 2 bowls 2 chairs or step ladders You will also need 3 students: one to hold the bowl. The person on the floor should spit the marshmallow out of their mouth. Added by Young Life Also see Frozen Marbles (Click Here). Have paper towels handy and some plastic to protect the floor. At "Go!".

Fill each plate with the splat substance. but once the slime pellets start to fly no one cares. & Green Catsup. they have to do it. its a Big Ol' Bucket of Green Pudding over their heads! Suggested Mess items: 2 eggs smashed on head Choco Syrup on head Pie in Face Pudding on Head Cake on Head Shaving cream Hairdo Ranch Dressing Hairdo Water and Flour Slime Wild Card (Your choice) . Syrup on head. Added by Stan Bell Variation: Use mustard instead of chocolate syrup. Marshmallow Splat Ball Outdoor or Indoor. Whatever it says. When they run out of marshmallows they can either pick one up from the ground. The team with the most hits wins. Pass the bucket around and tell people to get 1 piece out. The 10 with the blank pieces win a “big prize. and re-dip. you ask? Why. Be prepared for a big mess by telling kids to wear old clothes. Ask one person what their paper says. We serve a fun God! Added by Jon Nowlin Also see Ten Bags of Doom! (Click Here). Mess Mix Get 30 cut-up pieces of paper. The prize was dumping a bottle of maple syrup over a leader's head (stolen from the 'Ten Bags of Doom'). Have 10 blank and on the other 20 put different types of “Mess” (examples: Pie in face. Then map out the boundaries.). Red. Give each team captain (adult) a different color dipping sauce (we used Mustard. Divide into 4 or more teams and arm each person with a small Styrofoam plate and 4 marshmallows. and send each team to a corner of the playing field as a designated area to load up.” What’s the prize. or run back to the supply station until the ammo runs out. Taken from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Also see Banana Splits in the Mouth (Click Here). When the fun was done we had a contest to see which team could pick up the most marshmallows. and Chocolate Syrup. etc. You set the time. Go around until everyone has been called on. but you can use your imagination). Then tell them to dip and on your signal begin throwing them at the other teams. Put the papers in a bucket. and be ready to hose them off after.The winners are the group that catches the most marshmallows in a given amount of time. Have students wear grubby clothes that can be thrown away.

Messy Plexi (Click Here). and spell out the scripture or phrase. The team that can eat their creation the fastest wins. ears and whatever press up against the glass and the audience will roar with laughter. and Slime Twister (Click Here). You will need: Oreos. Laminate it or figure out some way to protect the paper from the elements it will be exposed to. buy the laminating pages. Cheese in a can. Messy Plexi (Click Here). lips. Then tell them the game is just starting. You will need to pressure wash the glass each time you use it.Mix of all the stuff in a slime form Peanut Butter (Gets real sticky!) Apple sauce PB and J Sandwich on head Coca Cola Butter Water Mud Honey Toothpaste Pizza Sauce Ice Cream Mayonnaise Spaghetti Syrup Ketchup Pancake Batter Added by Aaron Headly Also see Messy Message (Click Here). salad dressing. The object of the game is to pop the balloon with your feet. find the words. Added by Sterling Lynn Also see Messy Message (Click Here). Added by Chad (Big Daddy) Deetz Also see Mess Mix (Click Here). Tell the students that they need to draw someone using the Oreos. Print or write a phrase or scripture out on a piece of paper. or use clear mailing tape. It's great to see tounges. Then put the words into balloons and fill the balloons with gross things like ketchup. and crackers. etc. When they finish hold up the plexi glass to show the audience and let them vote by applause. Messy Message This game works well if you have a laminator. Crackers Call up two teams of two. cheese in a can. and Slime Twister (Click Here). hair. Messy Plexi Prep: Buy or get a 4'x8' sheet of plexi glass donated. Then cut it into separate words. salsa. .

interrupts saying "whoop. It begins by having someone challenge you to a spelling bee. and acting ability will make or break this one! Added by Young Life Mud-O-War This gross game is played up front or in the middle of your room with 5-10 people on each team while the crowd watches. but when the music stops. silent "p's" or whatever. If they do it correctly. For example. you only need 1 can of the worst baby food you can find.no double dipping. syrup. an egg) and your leader asks them to spell egg. Play cow sound effects and country music in the background. A good ender is for them to give you one that you can get right. whoever is holding the can of food has to take a big spoonful! (Supply a clean spoon for each person . for example. The next kid steps up and spells another object (oatmeal. Added by Young Life Also see Milk Chug (Click Here). Mock Spelling Bee This is designed to get you. only you are set up each time. Make very small pin holes in the tips of the fingers of the gloves. you in disbelief stare and take a minute to try to guess the catch…then you slowly spell the easy word…on the second to last letter your leader looks at their watch. to give the effect of milking a cow. Dangle the gloves from the undersides of saw horses. Play upbeat music as the cans of food are being passed around. Instead.Milk The Latex Glove 2-4 students race to see who’s the best at milking rubber gloves. Whoever is running the game may trick you in other ways. bananas all work). facial expressions. Have a measuring cup to see who wins and a container for each to milk into. your time has expired. they get to put the object on you. If you have a large group. If you have a small group. . Each time you get drilled and each time you spell back you lose. 3 or 4. the leader. . ew!) . but thanks for playing" and takes off. Four kids come up front to challenge you one at a time to a power spelling bee. your leader may hold up a can of coke to which you excitedly blurt out "Coke…c-o-k-e…Coke" only to have your leader tell you that is not the word. Musical Baby Food Have your group sit in a circle. Then it is your chance to spell and put something on them. they read the toughest ingredient on the can (phenylcarbonhydronate acid or whatever) you miss. you name it! Added by Naomi Also see Tug-O-Fish (Click Here). The game goes as follows: one kid at a time steps up and is given an object (for example. Tug-of-War in mud or through a Jello kiddy pool . If incorrectly. Your reactions. they do not (obviously by now you will have an egg on your head).

Skittles.Added by Krystle See also Musical Food (Click Here). the two lines facing each other. creating a sort of "bridge. chocolate Kisses. Play music! When the music stops. Pour and smear about 5 to 6 bottles of baby oil all over the tarp. They can’t look at what’s in their hand (use a blindfold if you don’t trust your kids!). dry decaffeinated coffee. Mustard Tanks Each team needs 7 people. about 20' x 25'. etc. Make the outline of an oval track with about 6 . this game can last as long as you want. Suggestions for good edibles: marshmallows. feeling the bag. With you holding the bag so that the student can’t see its contents. Added by Stephen Dervan Mystery Bag Upfront and messy. Not a game for the weak! Added by Monty Lasseter Also see Grab Bag Scarf on Sick & Twisted page. peanuts. or smelling it. The students will lock arms with the person in front of them. They will then move around like tanks and shoot other tanks. with as many people playing as you like. We have the students sitting on a sponge eliminated and more students waiting to play come in. Added by Theresa See Musical Squirt Guns (Click Here). On several chairs place a wet sponge or shaving cream. You need one bag per contestant. volunteers grab a handful of whatever is in the bag. With all of the contents. in which ahead of time you’ll put both gross and tasty food items into. Suggestions for gross edibles: sardines. and lay it down. Oil Ball Get a big plastic tarp. Musical Chair Squat Put enough chairs in a circle facing outward so that each person has one. not looking." The 7th person (needs to be the smallest person in the group) will then lay across the groups’ arms and will be handed a big plastic or squeezable container of mustard. M&Ms. Six of the team members will form two lines of three. peppers. cut them up into different sizes so students cannot easily figure out what it is. spam. the students sit.

. You gotta try game out! One volunteer hops around on one foot while blindfolded. the audience insults and deceives the blind-folded volunteer to keep them from completing their task. The Point: This was specifically designed for a class on encouragement. Choose 2-4 kids (as many as you have pieces of plexiglass for) and blindfold them. so that they don't lick the edges and risk cutting their tongues/mouths. Natalie Maddux Oreos on Plexiglass Put Oreos open-faced on separate sheets of plexiglass. but do not touch him/her. Also. For the first round. To begin. Before the game remind students about how their Mamas used to pack their lunchs for them and they would never know what they would get until they opened the bag at lunch time. but everyone who plays is covered when done and you'll see some great wipe-outs! Take pictures! Just make sure your church has insurance *wink* Added by Paul Butler Also see Jello Twister (Click Here). Variation: Peanut butter on crackers works as well and may be a little stickier! Added by Young Life Also see Oreo Head (Click Here). How to Play: Split your kids into two groups and have them form two single-file . Packed Lunch Here is a great game that we did that was perfect for the students going back to school. the audience encourages and helps the volunteer successfully pick up at least one of each flavor.. they must dip their foot in peanutbutter. surround the chosen one. Then tell them that you have packed some school lunches for them in honor of those days. Jenna Eppink. A few helpful notes: Have extra open-faced Oreos ready for when they knock them off. Meanwhile. For the second round. They must race to smash their face up against the glass and lick off the Oreos. or several dozen members. Blindfolded. Peanut Butter. the rest of the audience. Now the goal is to "wheelbarrow" (this is when one kid stands while holding another kid's feet in the air) with the kid on the ground pushing a tennis ball with his/her head around the track twice. picking up at least one of each flavor of lifesaver in the area. be sure to keep the Oreos toward the center of the plexiglass. Added by Jason Eppink. It helps to have the plexiglass framed so that it does not wobble too much. The first one done wins! This game does have a cost. One-Footed. then hop around an area where three different stations of different colored lifesavers are set up.cans of shaving cream.

Give each one a bowl of especially runny Jello in the most seasonal color (green around St. Carve out a face. and Lemonade Machine (Click Here). use discretion to keep the game going). possibilities are limitless.. red for Valentine's. Place something seasonal in the Jello (peeled grapes for eyeballs at Halloween.lines. This goes on until all members of one team have had a turn. don't put too much into the bags. Eat That Food (Click Here). Note to Youth Leader: Make sure to have a garbage can close to the tables because it will get nasty fast. and it smears the Jello up their faces! Added by Benny Also see Jello Slurp (Click Here) and Pantyhose Stuff (Click Here). Added by Brandon Swonger Also see Blend-O-Rama (Click Here). Lucky Charms for St. This will avoid the audience and contestants from getting bored.). etc. Pat's) and give bonus points for those that can slurp seasonal items through their pantyhose. orange for Halloween. you can make this an up-front game by selecting two teams of 3-5 students. so be creative! Just don't forget to have a couple good foods in there too! Advice. The first team to finish wins. The first team to eat all thier bag lunches wins! Some bag lunch ideas that we used were: Sardines Pickled Onions Snickers Candy Bars Peanut Butter Milk (Fomula Kind) Hot Peppers --Of course. Patrick's Day. You will have as many lunch bags as you have students playing. Each contestant places a knee high pantyhose over their head. Place a drop cloth or tarp down.. Scoop out a pumpkin as you would to make a jack-o-lantern. If you have a large group of students. Each lunch bag will contain one piece of food in it. Also. The second student must wait until the first has eaten the contents entirely (or until they get sick. Have them kneel on the tarp. but . Winner gets a dumb prize. which is funny in its own right. the crowd and contestants will have an added surprise when you pull the pantyhose off the contestants' heads. Pass the Brains Here's a Halloween variation of the 'Pass the Parcel' game we typically play at kid's parties in Australia. On "go" the first student from each team grabs a lunch bag and eats its contents. Pantyhose Jello Slurp This gross game is played up front with 3-5 people while the crowd watches.

Play fun music as the pumpkin head is passed around. You can go with whole pickles. . Give each team a can of Spam. Have the first person in each line open the can and place the Spam under his chin. sitting at a table with a pie and a fork. Added by Stephen Max Also see Bobbing for Worms (Click Here). the size is up to you! Roll out plastic on the floor! Categorize your crowd by age. "On your marks.don't make the holes too big otherwise the 'brains' will fall out too quickly. Place them in pairs and have them seated. goal posts. (skies the limit) and have fun with lots of recognition. grade. the student holding the head feels through its 'brains to find some candy. There is one live worm pot for each pair. Anything from distance. Pass the Worms What you need: 3 pots of live fishing worms one bucket How to play: For this nasty game you need to recruit six volunteers and have them remove their shoes and socks. Say. Pass the Spam Divide students into teams (however many you want) and form a line. See Pass the Spam (Click Here). Added by Purple Chris Also see Pass the Brains (Click Here). There should be one candy for each student playing. etc. (Alternatively. except to pick it up off the floor!). We have done this in our harvest party and had takers of all ages.) Fill the pumpkin with cold. you could just draw a face on the pumpkin with a black marker pen. Added by Dean Bohl Pie Eating Contest This game is played up front with 2-4 students (who won't mind getting messy) while the crowd watches. but have fun adding creative twists. . The students race. whatever you feel like. The partner now must grab the worms with his toes and place the worms in the bucket. Pickle Spitting Contest Buy a large container of dill pickles. They must then spin carefully around and hold the worms up for their partner to take them. Repeat . When you say "Go" they pass it to the next person's chin. and go to it. (No hands allowed.. When the music stops. A simple relay.. gender. get set…" then stop and take away the forks.like "last person eats it!". and Musical Baby Food (Click Here). Musical Food (Click Here). cooked spaghetti hiding wrapped candy in amongst the 'brains'. The first person in the pair is to dunk their bare feet into the live worm pot and grab as many worms with their toes as possible. holding it against their chest. bullseye. target. you can cut them . The first pair to complete the process is the winning pair.

or Spam. Upbeat "pie-eating" music in background is a must! Idea from Young Life Also see Chocolate Tower (Click Here) and Pie Roulette (Click Here). Use marshmallow fluff or whip cream for the pies. so students will use their finger. Also see Pie Roulette (Click Here). Added by Young Life Plead For Mercy Bring 2 or 3 guy/girl teams up front (works great with dating couples). Announce that you're playing "Pin The Tail On the Donkey" but you forgot the tails. Added by Young Life See also Pie Pan Bubble Blow (Click Here). Pie Pan Bubble Blow Bring three people up front to sit in chairs at a table. Porridge Pants This game can either be played as an up-front game or as an all-play game.and add whipped cream. only after a few seconds hold a jar of peanut butter in front of wherever the student puts his/her finger. Pie Roulette Six kids in a circle pass a pie around. The race is to see who can eat all the whip cream. Have each guy kneel in front of a girl and try to talk her out of putting a pie in his face. Clue each girl ahead of time to let him go for a while. Play as normal. Have a drop cloth and towels to clean up. If the kid pies another kid he’s out. he stays in. find the gum and be the first person to blow a bubble. At the bottom of each pie plate is a piece of bubble gum. the kid with the pie has the choice of pieing the person on their right or himself. Either bring 4 people up front or break your group up into even teams of 4-6. have them put their hands behind their back. The first person done is the winner. Pin The Tail This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. If they all pie themselves add honey to the pie. They can stand or sit. but can't use their hands Added by Stephanie See Pie Eating Contest (Click Here) and Gum in Flour (Click Here). The last time. If he pies himself. When the music stops. Each volunteer puts on a very large pair of overalls or pants (way too big for them). Put three pie pans that are full of whip cream in front of them. Get the audience to egg each girl on. . Duct tape the bottom of the pant legs to their ankles. or chocolate syrup. or whatever it takes. Each team nominates one volunteer.

Added by Jono Bleakley. Shaving Cream Hair-do This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. such as: Abe Lincoln look Punk rocker spiked do Mickey Mouse ears Roman headgear Background hair-doing music is a must! Have the crowd applaud for the best job to determine the winner.). Give the beautician beauty supplies: shaving cream. chocolate syrup. Slime Twister This is a MESSY twist (pun intended) on the classic board game Twister. have the volunteers run around an obstacle course with their squelching porridge filled pants on. Have the beautician put the shaving cream in the guy's hair and try to beautify him as much as possible. Have a mixing bowl full of pudding for students to spoon from. Make a "Bulls Eye" hole in a large (door size) piece of cardboard or plywood (think refrigerator box). Provide sungglasses for the one who volunteers to stick their head in the "Bulls Eye" to protect their eyes. Added by Elise Hawke Radioactive Spew This "Fear Factor" type game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Have several guys come up and have each of them select a "beautician" from the audience. blue pudding. Australia Pudding Fling This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. You may like to include things like “star jumps” to make it even more fun. Each incorrect answer results in the volunteers getting a bowl full of cold porridge (or oatmeal) poured down their pants. When all the quiz questions are finished or all the porridge is poured. . Cairns. Use Tonic Water (not 7-UP. Also see Beauty Both Ways (Click Here) and Spaghetti Hair-do (Click Here). and other items if you wish (sprinkles. ketchup. and mustard. Play this version using pea soup. Memories. etc. For each correct answer. nothing happens. You may want to give some hints to a few kids ahead of time in secret. They will fling a pudding-filled spoon at their target. rim the glass with clam juice and garlic powder (I think we used fish oil in there somewhere too)! Added by Brett Also see Fear Factor Cuisine (Click Here).The remaining group members are given a quiz. (Tonic glows in a black light!) For added Fear Factor effect. Set up a drinking area with black lights ahead of time.

Goo is simply a plastic bag tunnel that you make. . Then. . with two of each part of the course so it can be a race or relay. sauce.and peg it to the ground. Peg a large sheet of plastic . EXAMPLE COURSE: 1. (Just spread out a few SuperSize fries and squirt Ketchup all over. have them go through a box maze that you set up with a few refrigerator/dishwasher (large) boxes. This is good for camps because you collect the leftovers from the week! Then place another sheet of plastic over it all. 5. as well as our Events Page for other . Next.preferably black so it warms in the sun .of course! 7. Last comes the "Dirty Diapers" on a table. Get a whole lot of scraps. Either way. anything you like. dripping with egg goo. The Tunnel O. Then have them crawl through the Tunnel O' Goo. 6. From there they go to a plate of whipped cream to find buried gummy bears . You can have "squirters" on the sides of these boxes with bottles of syrup. without their hands.or something colorful for them to walk through. Slop-stacle Course Let students know ahead of time that they are going to get disgusting and to bring a change of clothes! Be creative. just like a car wash! 3. Make one course and time people going through or make it for two people.top to bottom. They obviously put these on for the rest of the course. 4.) 2. . Next will be more cardboard covered with finger paint. (note from Jonathan if you ask me about this . Fill them up with powdered sugar or the like. They then proceed to a table(s) filled with party hats. These have 2 different types of pudding inside each diaper . Have them start by jumping off something into a tub/baby pool of a couple dozen eggs. That would end any race! The people that watch the SLOP-STACLE course have as much fun as the people that do it (if not more)! Also see Banana Split & Slide on Outdoor page.Added by Elise Hawke Also see Messy Message & Messy Mix. I'm taking the 5th amendment!) They must lick the contents inside . Sprinkle in your favorite item for them to slide through (we did flour). video tape for great viewing later. they run over a broken down cardboard box covered with French fries with ketchup on them.Butterscotch & Chocolate.don't peg this one down. Have the "squirters" squirt syrup at the people going through the box maze. It's kind of like a slip and slide with a lid! Have a couple people on each side holding the ends up for air flow. filled with yucky stuff. . both on Sick & Twisted page.

syrup. they do not (obviously. . Whoever is running the game may trick you in other ways. and kill some time. Have 3 guys give 3 girls (or vice versa) a "haircut" by dumping (cooled) spaghetti on their heads. Each time you get drilled and each time you spell back you lose. silent "p’s" whatever. have the contestants compete all at once. they're smaller than normal jelly beans (Good and Plenty's or Skittles work as well). your leader may hold up a can of coke to which you excitedly blurt out "coke…c-o-k-e…coke" only to have your leader tell you that is not the word. One student at a time steps up and is given an object . Also see Cereal Mania on Upfront page. If you want to stretch the game out. instead. The next Student steps up and spells another object (oatmeal. Give them each a certain number of Jelly Bellies. they read the toughest ingredient on the can (phenylcarbonhydronate acid or whatever) you miss. Spaghetti Hair-do This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. facial expressions. A good ender is for them to give you one that you can get right. for example. songs with “Respect” in them. If incorrectly.“gross” events like Jello Wrestling. Your reactions. “Only those who raise $50 can challenge me to the Power Spelling Bee!”). and Slime Night Snoot Shoot This game is played up front with 3 or 4 people while the crowd watches.and not much fun to count the candy in the bucket. If you want the game to be very short. you in disbelief stare and take a minute to try to guess the catch…then you slowly spell the easy word…on the second to last letter your leader looks at their watch.g. an egg. Contestants shoot the Jelly Bellys candies (or Cheerios) from their NOSE into the bucket. have the contestants compete one at a time. Place a bucket a good 5 feet away from each contestant. and acting ability will make or break this one! Begin by having someone challenge you to a spelling bee.. Mud Bowl. interrupts saying "whoop. For example. your time has expired. The leader asks them to spell egg.). Added by Young Life Also see Shaving Cream Hair-do & Beauty Both Ways Spelling Bee This is designed to get you. bananas all work). they get to put the object on you. by now you will have an egg on your head). Give them scissors and a comb and let them create a hair-do. Then it is your chance to spell and put something on them. You may use a chef's uniforms and have background music (Italian. A riot to watch . Oatmeal Wrestling. the leader. only you are set up each time.for example. Four students come up front to challenge you one at a time to a power spelling bee. etc. You can use it as an excuse to let the kids have a good laugh at your expense. If they do it correctly. or offer it as a prize for a fundraiser (e. but thanks for playing" and takes off.

using only noses. Or. Toast For this game you will need 2 or more teams competing against each other.” In America. the second person the vegemite (or other spread) . The aim is for the first person to spread on the butter. Then say that you forgot that they need to take off their sock and put it over the now open can. use latex gloves which can be purchased 100/box at beauty supply stores. the person with the smallest half of the fish in their hands is out. “I don’t know if you have Tim Tams in America. The first team to finish is the winner! Added by Lisa in Australia Tug-O-Fish Just like tug-o-war.Idea from Young Life Stinky Coke Swig This game is played up front with 8-10 people while the crowd watches. some butter (the little square slabs are best). you can use any spread. also added by Lisa to our Sick & Twisted page. They are a chocolate biscuit with a cream centre. Added by Lisa from Australia See Jello Scull. The aim of this game is to suck as much lemon cordial/flavor through the Tim Tam (or chocolate covered biscuit of your choice) as possible in the specified time. Lisa says. Then break out the largest fish you could find for a finale competition. Safety Note: Have hand sanitizer or a sink close by. If you want to be really gross. At "Go!" everyone starts tugging. The first person to let go (whose hands slip off) is out or if the fish breaks. Added by Jenn Kernya Tim Tam Slurp Another game from our friends in Australia. It looks very funny. Any biscuit with a cream centre and covered in chocolate should work. then covered in chocolate. Give each a can of Coke and have them open it. Added by Tony Douglas . You also need lemon juice or something similar (if you’re in Australia. but a one-on-one competition with fish. Do this until there are only 2 people left. If you don’t have them. for those outside Australia who don’t have the wonder that is vegemite. Each team has 2 people and gets a piece of toast.) Whoever drinks it the fastest wins the prize. lemon cordial). (You will usually lose a few kids here. 5-10 pairs UP FRONT if you have a large group). and some vegemite. put a third person on each team who has the job of eating the toast. Get a bunch of fish (at least 6 to 8 inches) from the local store and pair people up (everyone if your group is small. Hostess Ding Dongs or similar goofilled cupcakes should work. you should.

with the octopus. Divide into two teams and play ULTIMATE FRISBEE. When a player catches the octopus they can take only 3 steps then they must throw it. Team work their way down the field. Added by Young Life Whiteheads This gross game is played up front with 2-4 teams of 3 people each while the crowd watches. The team with the most marshmallows wins. Ultimate Octopus This game is just like Ultimate Frisbee. The throwers should stand 7-10 feet away and should not begin throwing until all teams are ready and the signal to start is given. Divide into two teams. Tell them they must eat the banana first then drink the bottle of 7-Up as fast as possible. <>Send everyone to wash their hands or have hand sanitizer on hand right afterward! See Ultimate Frisbee & Ultimate Wet Soccer. The other two team members will then throw mini-marshmallows at them. check it out on the Outdoor page. . Have paper towels and bags handy.played with an octopus. Sounds easy. After a designated time limit (3-5 minutes is best). while eating . teams must stop and have a leader count the number of marshmallows stuck to the peanut butter. Un-Banana This gross game is played up front with two people while the crowd watches. If the team hits the ground it's the other team's ball (octopus actually). . Worm Fest This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. each trying to get to the opposite end zone. Give each person a banana and a bottle of 7-Up.Also see Mud-O-War on Sick & Twisted page. Added by Nate Pena See Attack of the Fish and Cheeto Face for variations of this game. Defensive players must give any person already holding an octopus at least 3 feet clearance. passing to each other until a team scores. But watch what happens when the 7-Up mixes with the half-chewed banana. both on Outdoor page. Have volunteers put one hand in a pot of live fishing worms in moist dirt. Purchase an octopus at your local grocery store or fish market. One team kicks (throws actually) off and the other team receives. boh on Upfront page. If a defensive player knocks the octopus to the ground possession switches as well. The first one finished wins. but . You’ll need one large tub of creamy peanut butter and several bags of minimarshmallows. you guessed it . One team member must smear peanut butter over their entire face. If you haven't played ULTIMATE FRISBEE.

When the music stops. or play this game just like hot potato. We use this game for special occasions. It is now legendary at our church! NOTE: If you do this game inside. 1 hardboiled) and lets them pick. or just for gross fun. with everyone sitting in a circle. raising a certain amount for missions. Separate them and make sure you know which is which. make sure to lay down a tarp to protect the carpet. such as Thanksgiving. You will need 6 raw eggs and 6 hard boiled eggs (or as many as you have students). Yoke’s On You.gummy worms from a bowl with the other hand. The: Leader vs. The MC of the game holds one of each egg in his hands (1 raw. without them knowing. you begin passing the jar of baby food around the audience or circle.. this Upfront game can be used as a motivator for bringing the most friends. The twist is you use jars of baby food. Student Outdoor or indoor. Added by Brooke Pulling *Also see Gummy Worms/Chocolate Pudding Worms & Pennies Contestants must place their hands in a bucket of live worms and find as many pennies (pre-placed) at the bottom as they can. and use flavors such as turkey .. The leader and student stand face to face and. Once students are up front tell them that they’re going to have a chance to crack a raw egg over the head of any leader they choose (warn leaders before hand) with no repercussions… other than the fact that they also have a chance of being the one egged.and then have a wrestling match. Make sure to do it over a garbage can or a large tarp. Bring a handful of students (ones who are good sports) up front. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Wrestling In Creamed Corn Just how it sounds! Get a kiddie pool. on the count of three. whoever is left holding the jar has to take a spoonful. The first one to eat 10 gummy worms without taking their other hand out of the real worm pot is the winner. For a fun ending have two leaders or two married leaders go for it but. fill it with can after can after can of creamed corn. smack the egg on its side on the forehead of the other person. Also have towels ready to give to contestants. When the music starts. Each student picks a leader to challenge. give them both raw eggs. Have fun and get cracking! Audience Games When you don't want to break up your audience Baby Food: Hot Potato with a Twist You could play this game with your audience. Also a great game at a retreat or early in the year as students are trying to get to know their leaders.

I heard him exclaim as he (past tense verb) out of sight.night. and to all a good night!” For the full poem (if you want to get carried away with this). and 2 past tense verbs. green beans.) If their team (or their side of the audience) does not figure out the word after two spellings. ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the (noun).and gravy. A fun twist to the game is. It was St.net/christmas/twas-the-night. Ask your audience for words (parts of speech). Use a grease board to write words on. We don't want any dirty butts! Christmas Poem Mad Lib Read portions of the poem. He spoke not a word. Added by Brian Phillips Big Balloon Bop Go to your local art or party supply store and buy several of the biggest balloons they carry. Have a sharp student come up and read the new “poem”. (16" are cool. Get a volunteer from each team to spell the word he/she took out of the bag by moving their hips (spelling the words with thier butts!). all snug in their (plural noun). go to http://www. “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” like a Mad Lib. not even a/an (noun). the other team gets to guess. Then up on the (noun) there arose such a clatter. . then turned with a jerk.html . when done. tell the kids to pop the balloons and have either numbers or tokens in a few of the balloons. I sprang from my (noun) to see what was the matter. FYI: You will need – total nouns. Also see Balloon Squash (Click Here). try to keep it clean. Make it interesting by the words you choose. 3' are better). Have numerous staff throw the balloons in the crowd and have the crowd try to hit the balloons to the other side of the crowd. while visions of (adjective) plums danced in their heads.verbs. Break up your audience or group into two teams. *You may want to keep a garbage can nearby. just in case someone needs to throw up. Divide the crowd in two. Bring the kids with the numbers or tokens up front to use in an up-front game or to give a prize to. etc. “(adjective) Christmas to all. up the (noun) he rose. .adjectives. And laying his (noun) aside of his nose And giving a nod. Nicholas with his little (adjective) belly. but went straight to his work And filled all the (plural noun). not a creature was stirring. (Make sure they do not say a word to give away clues. sweet potato. That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of (plural noun). . to make a those students stand out from the rest.plural nouns. The (plural noun) were tucked. Butt Charades Cut up slips of paper with words on them and put them into a bag.

gather your students and show the photos to see who can match the toddler on screen with the teenager across the room. they run out into the crowd and see who can get the most signatures on the bottom of their feet in the time limit. Give each a felt-tipped or ball point pen. This is HUSH HUSH. but there will be a considerable amount of laughter. Remember there is no talking or other clues. and you will be shocked at the detailed and complicated things you can get a person to do simply by clapping. (A Jumping Jack. and their child cannot know the photos are going to be sent in.) With all your photos on a bulletin board or scanned in to a slide show. Clap This game is a variation of the old faithful "Hot/Cold" game. The group will clap louder and faster the closer "it" gets to completing the task. Take about 1 minute and pick an action as a group for "it" to do when he/she returns. The up-front person divides teams (in audiences of rallies or other large gatherings you can make each section of chairs a group). Can use both feet. Added by Young Life Guess Who? Contact all your students’ parents and have them send in a photo of their child as a toddler. touching things in the room or performing random actions. Foot Signing Contest Crowd Game: Have 5 students come to the front of the room and remove their shoes and socks. No one person can sign more than three feet. On the signal. I Need a Shoelace This game can be played with small or huge groups. Examples: I need a.. etc). Signatures must be legible. One person is chosen to be "it" and asked to leave the room so they can't hear or see what is going on in the room. Pick Their Own Nose. (When you start showing the pictures it gets the students all freaked out about which photo their parent might have sent in. shoelace . The up-front person then yells out a demand for a somewhat common item that people might have on them.Also see Christmas Carol Quiz (Click Here) Christmas Wish List (Click Here). When "it" is given the signal to come back in the room he/she has to guess what he/she is supposed to do by walking around. Have each team elect ONE runner to run the item up to the person up front. The first team to bring up that item wins that round..

wins! You can have a few people in the middle blindfolded for an extra twist. Added by Young Life Also see Lifesavers & Toothpicks (Click Here).treasurechest/dn/default. Added by Sterling Lynn Marshmallow Pass Give each kid in the room toothpicks." Give everyone a straw to put in their mouth. . without cheating. Print off one page then you can use your church's printer for the rest. Instruct students to pass the marshmallow to the person behind them. The row to do this first.student body card 13 shoes tied together 3 belts hooked together nail file chewed gum someone with food in their teeth sock with a hole in it movie stub ticket Driver's Liscense quarter older than 1980 hair brush Also see: Move Right If (Click Here) Tape Head (Click Here) Sit Down If (Click Here) Velcro Head (Click Here) Last Straw Much like "Toothpicks and Lifesavers. Split into teams and then race.one on each side of the crowd.com/monopoly/pl/page.very important to avoid any injury! Also see Mattress Jump (Click Here). Get a kid on top of each one and have the audience pass the mattress (with the kid on it) to the front. In rows or pews have them stand up and get ready to pass a small cup (Dixie cups work great) to the next person by using only the straw.hasbro. Mattress Pass Two mattresses in the back of the room . Money Grab Great upfront/crowd game that gets everyone involved but without complete chaos! Buy play money or go to http://www. leaving the toothpick on the marshmallow when they let it go. CAUTION: Have staff all around the crowd to catch the kid on the edges.cfm and print off monopoly money (free).

Movie Game Have someone give a line from a popular movie. Added by Travis Wilber Also see Name That Clip (Click Here) and Name That Tune (Click Here).suggestion: 3 people for every 100 kids. . throw them out into crowd. they are wearing green. . Also see Sit Down If (Click Here). Also see Dollar Surprise (Click Here). If you have a small group. you only need 1 can of the worst baby food you can find. On. Mix them up. start music. If you have a large group. tomato.) Be creative! (Move two seats to the left if . When you’re ready to play. call some people up to the front . in several separate closed lunch bags. Just tell students to have a line in mind because it becomes boring when someone takes 5 minutes to come up w/a line.no double dipping. Musical Food Audience or Small Group game.Give one bill to every person who comes that night. Play upbeat music as the cans of food are being passed around. jerky. Put pieces of dried fruit. You can pass a bowl of candy and let whoever gets the right answer pick a candy. Tell the people in the crowd to "move right if . whoever is holding the can of food has to take a big spoonful! (Supply a clean spoon for each person . The first person to say the movie title the line is from gets to share a line from a movie. ) Kids will end up on multiple layers of laps or under others. Same thing until you've had enough. red onion. if they're in eighth grade. Pluse Youth Ministries Move Right If Just like it sounds. right when they come in. You may need referees to declare who had it when the music stopped. if their birthday is this month. When music stops whoever has a bag takes a bite. Fun once you get going. “Go!” your three volunteers run out in the crowd and grab as much money as possible . etc. ew!) Added by Krystle See also Musical Food (Click Here). Smith. Mingle for Money (Click Here). Musical Baby Food Have your group sit in a circle. .the crowd lifts up their monopoly money. Set a time limit. Added by J. potato. Idea from Young Life . The one who runs back to you with the most money wins. but when the music stops. . etc.g." (e. 3 or 4.

Added by Dillon Burroughs Also see Movie Game (Click Here). The captain of each team must quickly try to bring someone with that characteristic up to the leader. but with Play-doh. and Name That Tune With Marshmallows (Click Here). Have several CDs ready to cue.. Submitted by Young Life Also see Sit Down If (Click Here). Rain Maker This game involves a large crowd. Teams and prizes for the most accurate guesses optional. The Point: You can use words from your topic or lesson to introduce the subject. likes to snowboard. People Scavenger Hunt Good game for a crowd or audience. has a 4. mold that word with Play-doh. Give small prizes for the most accurate guesses. and .0. Play Doh Pictionary Just like it sounds! Pictionary. Divide into 3-4 groups where they are sitting (left. Divide the crowd into three or four teams. each section with a captain. Put a staff member on each team cuz kids might cheat (so do some staff members!) Also see Play Doh Snowman (Click Here) and Pictionary Mania (Click Here). without talking. Name That Tune (aka Top 40 Mixer) Play 2-4 seconds of a song and have students guess what song it is. right middle. Divide into teams. Optional: Divide room into teams.See Musical Baby Food (Click Here). Move Right If (Click Here). and I Have. has red hair.blue eyes. Have several videos or DVDs cued beforehand. Keep score and play to 5 or 10. First one to do so wins that round.. Have a representative come up front from each group. Name That Clip Play 2 seconds of a movie clip and have students guess what movie it is from. etc. I've Never (Click Here). Explain that you are going to do something once thought impossible: with their help you will make it rain inside. Added by Dillon Burroughs Also see Movie Game (Click Here) and Name That Tune (Click Here). Name That Clip (Click Here). Whisper a Pictionary word (like "dog") to the group and they must run back to their group and. The game leader calls out certain characteristics. left middle.

age. shoe size. Added by Young Life Related Trivia: Peter Jackson used an entire stadium of people to create the sounds of the Orc Wars in The Lord of The Rings movies. If it is done right.). etc. # of speeding tickets. You can do this process in reverse…back to patting legs. First row to do it gets a point. such as singers. .) Now yell “Go!” . then back to silence. 2.” Hand each group 3 or 4 rolls of Saran Wrap and tell them to wrap them up to their shoulders. (height. back to rubbing hands. Have each staff member grab about 3 or 4 kids to “wrap them. actors. Saran Wrap Body Pass Get 4 staff members from the crowd (as many staff as you have sections of the crowd). Have each staff member stand in front of a given section of the crowd that can cheer for their staff member. play an audio clip of George Bush and then ask the audience "Do you recognize this voice?" Play a few more audio clips then ask the final guestion: "Do you recognize God's voice when he speaks?" Added by Luis Sandoval Also see Name That Tune (Click Here) and Movie Game (Click Here). Then bring in the next group. Keep score and give the winning row a prize. Gets their attention before you speak. Row Organizer (aka LINEUP GAME) Just tell the crowd that each individual row is a team (make sure all rows have at least 7 or 8 people in them). Point to the left side and have them quietly rub their hands together back and forth. entertainers. Then you tell everyone to organize themselves in their row by . you will hear your rainstorm! The Point(s): 1. . go back to the first group and get them snapping their fingers. etc. These groups had extra staff asigned to watch and spot the wrapped kid so they don't fall. After the last group has joined in. Recognize! Get audio clips of different people that youth may know. (Leaving their arms free is the safest way but some groups have wrapped arms too. birthday. then back to snapping. For example. Explain that they MUST be absolutely quiet and watch you tell them what to do for this to work. Then back to group one to begin patting harder and stomping their feet on the floor… on then to the other groups. until all are doing it (gets louder as you go).right…sides of the room). Then back to group one to begin patting their hands on their legs…on to the other groups. then the next group and so on. They could get hurt if they fell since they don't have arms free to catch themselves. and the next. Things aren't always what they seem (see related trivia below).

If you have trouble because most are not sitting down. You weigh less than 100 pounds. Your mother still dresses you.. Your nose is running and you don't have a handkerchief. if you have on white socks.When they are wrapped up. You drive a Volkswagon. You sing in the shower.).. You are on a diet. "What's the best way to judge who is wrapped the best?" Then announce that you have an idea. Your zipper is open. You have never stolen a street marker. You have never worn the same socks two days in a row. Sit Down If Ask the entire group to stand. Your belly button is an outie. . You use Speed Stick deodorant. if you are in love. Once seated. You believe each person should pay expenses on the first date. You are cross-eyed. You are a girl and you didn't shave your legs today. two days. Sit Down Mixer Number 1 Sit down if: You haven't used deodorant in a week . “Pick them up and pass them to the back of the crowd and back up front again. You are ticklish. Sit Down Mixer Number 2 Sit down if: Your nose is crooked. You still suck your thumb. You have a hole in your sock. You didn't use mouthwash today. Your socks don't match. You are a guy and you didn't shave your legs today. You wear baby doll pajamas. You are good-looking but not conceited. give them general characteristics ("Sit down if you are under 15. ask the crowd. First section to do that wins!” Added by Greg Weisman Also see Saran Wrap Inchworm (Click Here) and Saran Wrap Race (Click Here). Encourage them to be honest." etc. Tell them to sit down when the statement characterizes them. they must remain seated. Sit Down Mixer Number 3 Sit down if: You have ever eaten snails. You're going steady but you wish you weren't. You haven't taken a shower in a week. You got a traffic ticket lately. You have never lied to your mother.

Get several volunteers up front who claim to be hungry. You are really good looking.for example. Also see Move Right If (Click Here). think Olympics. ("Winning" music is a nice touch in the background when you announce the winner. The object of this game is to keep coming up with songs longer than the other team or teams.You have a false tooth. Then the other team has 5 seconds to sing a line from yet another song. Pick a song theme . any song can be open game . One team starts and sings a line of one song. This works well on theme nights . Teams may discuss and plan out which song to sing while the other teams are singing. Can do guys against girls. sing a song that doesn't fit that category or just not sing within 5 seconds is the loser. Also see Song Making on Anywhere page. They need to make up a song with those words. the bigger the area should be. Superball Pass . Song Endurance This game is very simple and can be played with two or more teams. Give them each a can of Spam (ew!).) Also see Bobbing for Spam on Sick & Twisted page. You can have as many people participate. Spam Scarf This gross game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Song Making Split the room up into groups and give each group five words on a card. Added by Stephanie Also see Sock Mania on the Upfront games page. Award a prize to the first person to finish the whole thing.and let the singing begin.at Christmas choose Christmas songs. sit losing teams out until one team finally prevails. Added by Young Life Also see Song Endurance on Anywhere page. etc. Then the other team has 5 seconds to start singing a line of another song. If more than two teams play. with a younger group you don't even need a theme. the more kids. Sock Wars Use tape on the floor to design an "arena" and have all contestants take off shoes but leave socks on. The object of this game is to keep your socks on as long as possible! There is no standing. so everyone is crawling around on the arena trying to pull everyone else's socks off while trying to defend their own socks. The first team to repeat a song. holiday or western.

but on an Easel and a lot easier. Have several members from each side of the sanctuary go to the back of the room behind the last pew. The upfront person then yells out a demand for a somewhat common item that people might have on them.. Taboo on Easel This is like the board game Taboo. Examples: I need a. stapler. No "sounds like" or rhyming with other words Tape Head "I Need a Shoelace" with a twist. The team can do the words in any order. If they do try and distract the other team. The upfront person divides teams (in audiences of rallies or other large gatherings you can make each section of chairs a group). if "doghouse" is the word to guess. Do several rounds for each team. Dump a pile (about 20 is good) of superballs in front of the first pew. deduct points from them. First team to get a certain # of the balls to the back (75%) is the winner! NOTE: This can also be done with chairs. . Spain. No saying any part of the word on the list (i.e. Nothing can go over a pew. Assign a point value for each word (example: 10 points each). Divide your audience into teams (if you have the typical audience with an isle down the middle. Give the team (which is one half of the audience) a certain time (90 seconds) to try to get the stool person to guess the words. The first team to bring up that item wins that round. can be played with small or huge groups. one at a time." Rules: 1. bringing up new stool people each time. If they break any of the rules or cheat." Teams elect someone to be the stool person. you can not say "dog" or "house") 2. Bring that person up and seat them on a stool in front of everyone. Teams must stick the items called for to the hat to remain there until the end of the game. Divide the crowd in half.. No hand motions 3. Same thing goes for "west side. they are given negative points (example: negative 10 points).This is a great game to be done in a sanctuary with pews. Write four words behind them on the easel for all to see except the stool person (example: bulldog. they not only don't get the points for that particular word. Play until blue in the face. The students in the pews must get the superballs to the people in the back of the room by shoving/throwing/passing them UNDER THE PEWS. Do not permit "east side" to distract or yell or shout out anything during 'west side's" turn. make one half "west side" and the other half "east side. Have each team elect ONE team leaders who will wear a hat with tape all over it on their head. paper airplane).

You may elect to charge a small fee from contestants and observers. Instead of the "Call a Friend" lifeline. Who Wants to Be a Bible Millionaire? This game is a near clone of the T.) Lifelines are the same except for one.V. all on Audience page and Velcro Head on Upfront page. & Sit Down If. Students know that one has a very limited chance of winning the Grand Prize without having carefully read the entire material at least once or twice. but I've found the lure of $50 to be a big motivator. (Yet the questions should't be so hard that they're nearly impossible to answer. show "Who Wants to be a Millionare?" with a few changes.) The Grand Prize is $50 (You may decide upon less. .. such as one of the Gospels. we substituted a "Check the Bible" lifeline.) The prize ladder for correctly answered questions is as follows: Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question Question #1 = $1 #2 = $2 #3 = $3 #4 = $4 #5 = $5 (first milestone) #6 = 10 #7 = 12 #8 = 14 #9 = 16 (second milestone) #10= 20 #11= 25 #12= 30 #13= 35 #14= 40 #15= 50 Obviously the easier questions come at the beginning and gradually become more difficult toward the end. Move Right If. All contestants know 1 or 2 weeks in advance what portion of the Bible the questions will come from..• • • • • • • • • shoelace student body card nail file chewed gum sock with a hole in it movie stub ticket Driver's Liscense quarter older than 1980 hair brush Also see I Need a Shoelace. (We generally give 2 weeks' notice and often cover an entire book. where a student has thirty seconds to look for an answer in the Bible.

Sheets of paper and pens may be handed to each potential contestant and then the Fastest Finger question is read audibly. but with different size Chocolate for prizes.e. Some students may not do Fastest Finger well. dimmed the lights and showed the questions on a large screen. Field Games .. We usually put all the questions on MS PowerPoint. The first student to raise his/her sheet of paper (and who has the correct answers) gets to compete for the Grand Prize. To involve more people. Another option may be to ask the question and have students fold their sheets and hand them in. Added by Nick Booth Outdoor Games Summer Games. Also."Fastest Finger" questions may be anything you want." See also Blob Tag (Click Here) and Can-Can (Click Here). and have about 2 or 3 kids and leaders in the middle of the room. but should be easy enough for anyone to answer. American Eagle 1-2-3 Line everyone up on one side of the room. Water Games. When the person is picked up they join the middle and it keeps going until there is 1 person left running. *Be careful as some kids can get hurt if you don't keep the middle under control (i. Australian MegaSlide of Death! This is Slip-n-Slide on a Sand Dune! . The people in the middle have to lift whoever they can off the ground and say "American eagle 1-2-3!" before they SLOWLY LOWER them back to the ground. Added by Aaron Blanco Also see Who Wants to be a Chocolatier? on Upfront page. The object is for everyone to run from one side of the room to the other without being caught by those in the middle. you may invite other students not answering questions to be "guest hosts" to read the questions to contestants. don't drop the kids on the ground). Added by Michael May Amoeba Race Tie several crowds of people together with a rope around their perimeter and have them race each other's group as a large "Amoeba. Who wants to be a Chocolataire? Same as Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Then the host draws one sheet at random. make sure participants lift each other from the waist instead of underarms to avoid inappropriate contact..

Added by Johann in Australia See also Super Slip-n-Slide Relay (Click Here). some cheap bulk detergent and lots of water! This was most successful when I managed to get hold of a portable fire fighting unit (A 4X4 with large water tank and petrol water pump). plus a few extra in case any pop. Get approximately 50 feet of plastic tarp and items that would be found on a banana split (ice cream.I live in a remote town in north west Australia. except for the sand dunes at the beach. and some of my youth were able to do complete mid air somersaults! Check with local council first. This led me to an idea for an awesome waterslide . a player on each team runs over to the tarp. We have had huge jumps. Added by Nick Also see Balloon Squash (Click Here) and Balloon & Elastic Tangle (Click Here). where it is very flat. and the player must sit on it until it pops. Add a little cooking oil for extra slip and slide. First team to be sitting down after all their balloons are squashed wins. Preparation: You should have one shaving cream-filled balloon per student playing. One leader will place a balloon on the tarp. How to Play: When the signal is given. Have students line up and take off one at a time! We've done this with just Hershey Syrup (about 50 lbs. Because it is built on sand. Banana Split & Slide Everyone remembers their very first slip and slide out in the yard on a hot summer day. Had we not mixed a little oil and water with it. Here's a variation. strawberry syrup. Balloon Squash Outdoor Materials: A balloon for each player (plus extras) A few cans of shaving cream A plastic tarp Two Buckets Players should wear bathing suits or old clothes and bring a towel. and put the bucket of cream filled balloons near the tarp. found in bulk at Sam's Warehouse). you can "mould" out the shape in the dune. Idea by Cristin . we wouldn't have been able to slide very well.a nice long piece of black plastic. Be prepared to hose them off when the game is done. Pile items on top of the tarp and spread it out. chocolate syrup. banana pieces and maraschino cherries). Set up the plastic tarp. caramel syrup. Divide players into two teams. then just roll the plastic down over it. Then they run back and tag the next player to go.

What Happens When Caught: Having your flag removed by another team player inside their section gets you caught. but still get points by capturing prisoners and trying to grab other gold from enemy sections. Set-up/Boundaries: Using two ropes. The team with the most accumulated total points at the end is the winner. Once you successfully get tagged out. you are also trying to get their "gold". You can run out of gold during the course of the game. you must return gold to that team (no throwing gold into your own section).3000 points each Gold Socks. or red surveyor's tape. You can only take 1 gold piece at a time. which is white socks. Every team gets an equal amount of "gold" to start the game. gold socks.10. If your teammate gets caught trying to free you. Start of Game: When whistle blows. Barbarians (hyped-up Capture the Flag) Overview: Teams of 4 are competing against each other to get the other teams' gold and to capture other team's' players. they must join you in the jail area.Also see Australian MegaSlide of Death! (Click Here) and Slop-stacle Course (Click Here). red can no longer capture you. and if you are caught inside an opposition section. Score Keeping: White Socks.000 points each Prisoners. then return flag to the person in your prison. you and your teammate get a free passage back to your section. In addition to capturing opposing team players. without getting caught themselves. Another team can only catch you if you are in their section.1000 each player Supplies Needed: . but yellow now can). Each section also has a "gold depot" which is marked using hula-hoops or tape. take their flag and report to the middle of the field to the scorekeeper.5000 points each Gray Socks. Each team has their own color. usually when there is a lop-sided number of players in prison). and put them in your jail. likewise. How the Game is Won: The game is won by accumulating points for every prisoner your teammates catch. which is marked off with either ducttape or surveyor's tape. which is a flag strip tucked into the front of each player's pants. you can only catch others in your own section (if you are "green" and you run into the "red" section. teams begin the attack. divide the field into 4 sections. Each section has one prison area. When this happens. NOTE (the game coordinator may call "jailbreak" and free everyone in jail in all the sections at any given time. you report to their prison area and can only get out of prison if a teammate tags you out. and 1 gray work sock. without getting caught. When you capture another team member. then you run across to the "yellow section. and for each piece of "gold" left at the end of the game.

Each kid gets a "Bible" and they have to bring it to the missionaries. Mississauga Also see Capture the Flag with Spies (Click Here). If the attacking team scores a basket they take the ball with them and attack the next basket located counterclockwise in the gym. the defending team becomes the attacking team and moves to the next defended basket. Bible Smugglers This game works well if all of your kids are regular attenders. they have to do what the guard says. holding it straight up. If a kid gets caught by a border guard. yellow. If not. like at a camp. Basketball Chinese Fire Drill Great to play on a full-size basketball court outside or in a church with a gym (multipurpose facility) which has two baskets. However. the team with the ball attacks one of the defended baskets. "What are you doing?"." They hide somewhere with the flashlight turned on. Materials: plastic spoons (they represent Bibles). Have two leaders be "missionaries. "What is a Bible?" "What is the Bible about?" "Who is this Jesus?" "What happens if I believe . one flashlight. For extra mayhem. Repeat this pattern until time expires. The guards should ask questions like. it can also work in a large facility. following basic basketball rules. The Catch: They are in a foreign country and there are border guards everywhere (these are the other youth staff). The team that just lost the ball stays at that basket and defends it from the next attack. Divide the group into a number of teams that is one more than the number of baskets you have. don't use this game. open playing area 2 Ropes (100+ feet each is ideal) 4 different colored flags. If the defending team gains possession of the ball before the attacking team scores. The extra team gets a basketball. When the game starts. Visitors or students new to church may feel out of place. Added by Gary Slater Also see Basketball GIGANTE (Click Here). one for each section White.Large. and basically their job is to get the kids to tell them the gospel message. The guard can be from any country (it's fun to have crazy accents). gray socks Bean bag fill for each sock Scorers pad and pen Duct tape and/or hula-hoops Red surveyors or caution tape Added by Shawn McKnight. Be sure your good basketball players are spread among the teams. pick teams so there are initially two extra teams so that there are always two baskets being attacked. Each of the other teams is assigned a basket to defend. Bible Smugglers works best outdoors.

They CAN.in Jesus?". The kids get sent to jail if they answer a question wrong or if they lie (such as if you ask them what they are doing and they say. The twist is that the students play with a partner and one is blindfolded. Once they find the missionaries. (You can throw in things like. touch their own blind partner to guide them to throw the ball or lead them to tag the runner. but may not touch the runner. the kids have to convince the guard to let them out of jail by the same methods as getting caught by a border guard. the seeing player can catch or stop the ball. Added by David A. helping each other along in our faith journeys. If the rubber bands break the play is stopped and the other team gets a point or the serve. "What is Heaven?” etc. In the field. Players alternate being blindfolded each inning.. If they explain the message well. This game is HILARIOUS to watch! (We had an audience at the public park where we were playing. To make it even more interesting we connected pairs of players with two rubber bands and wrist bands. faith. Added by Candice Thiessen Blind Kickball This is one of those "trust" games that you can finish up with a short Bible study on faith. Steen Also see Blindfolded Obstacle Course (Click Here). then they can go on to find the missionaries. Simply connect a rubber band to a wrist band then connect the rubber bands together. The seeing player can run alongside and coach. "just going for a midnight stroll"). You might want to move the serving line closer. The game is simple and would work with any group of 18+. Added by Kevin Konkol Blind Tag Conjure up something with a circumference of about 20 feet. "In my country we believe in a million gods. but the blind player runs the bases. You can have up to twelve people on a team (if you use the wrist band connectors). The beach ball makes it more fun because you don't need as much skill to hit it over the net. etc. At bat. they can come back to the start (which is where the jail is located) and get more Bibles to deliver to the missionaries. When in jail. (such as 2 tables . but not throw or tag a runner. The rules are the same as kickball (3 outs/inning. foul balls. the seeing player kicks the ball."). The teams cannot see each other and don't always know when the ball is coming over. The Point: gets kids to solidify what they've learned concerning the salvation message. Blind Man's Beach Ball Volleyball Run a volleyball tournament using a beach ball instead of volleyball and hang a tarp over the net..).) The Point: Trust. force outs. however.

Put them on opposite sides of this circle. Last one caught by the "Blob" is the winner! Also see Amoeba Race (Click Here). camp. This game is a normal game of tag with an added twist." Then the two of them must run hand in hand and catch their next victim who will join them. a good game for a leadership event. or group game. and water. When "it" tags someone. Also see Marshmallow Dodgeball (Click Here). Blindfold two people and dress them in helmet and pads for safety. If a student is hit or touches a ball at all he or she is out. The wall doesn’t have to . Last kid remaining is the winner. Added by Scott Street Also see Blind Kickball (Click Here). Added by Young Life Also see Blind Pinball (Click Here). Blindfold Marco Polo Dogdeball Blindfold half of your staff and give them each a dodgeball. Box or Bucket Silly outdoor or indoor retreat. Assign a second staff member to each blindfolded staff to be a ball fetcher. the person becomes part of "it.pushed together or rope wrapped around 4 chairs). Designate one to be "it" and have the bystanders shout to their favorite which way to go to catch or avoid being caught by the other. Both must always be touching it. Place them among the boxes and tell they have 2 minutes to form a wall around themselves using the boxes. You need several (10-20) cardboard boxes (med-large). and the other will lead him or her through the obstacle course by using only their voice. The blindfolded staff call out "Marco" in which every kid has to respond "Polo!" The blindfolded staff try to throw the ball at the kids. buckets. The Point: Team building. Rules: If a student doesn't respond "Polo" he or she is automatically out. blindfolds. Beware of high-speed collisions. Blindfold a group of 8-10 people. Blob Tag Outdoor or Indoor. Another variation is to have everyone silent and let the players listen for each other. Blindfolded Obstacle Course Create an obstacle course (a playground works GREAT) and get your students or leaders to go in pairs. One from each pair is blindfolded. If they hit one the assistant staff removes them to a designated area and then fetches the ball. Have them stand in the middle of the play area. One variation is to remove one of the two contestants and let everyone shout directions to the unsuspecting victim.

balancing a bucket of water on their feet. divided by a line down the middle. Build Your Own Snowman Can be played up-front with audience watching or in teams with the whole group playing. have participants lift each other from the waist instead of underarms to avoid inappropriate contact. How? Easy. Each team member must remove his/her shoes without spilling the water. Added by Young Life The Point: Teamwork. When time is up. you of course can be lifted as well and converted to that team(if not on a free walk back). For each contestant have a bag full of assorted snowman accessories such as a hat. The object of this game is for teams to try to convert members of the opposite team to their own team. A team member runs to the opposite team's side and tries to lift an opposite team member into the air. scarf. The wall can’t have any openings larger than 3 inches. Bucket Balance Choose two teams of four. Have towels handy.be higher than one box. for every gap in their wall wider than 3”. While lifting the opposite team member you must yell "British Bulldog!" If done successfully you both have "free walk" back to the lifter's original side. Winning team is the one that gets everyone. but it must go completely around the group. a can of shaving cream and a set of clothes to go over their clothes for protection. a bucket of water will be thrown on the group. This can be a class competition. mittens. The team to make the nicest looking snowman wins. who just gained a new team member. and a pair of safety goggles. Divide into two teams and have them each get to one side of the room. While on the opposite teams side. Any member of the group inadvertently left outside the wall will receive his/her own bucket of water! The Point: Team building! British Bulldog Great game to release a lot of energy in the group. Each team has a designated amount of time to use the shaving cream to cover their "snowman" (the contestant) and put all of the accessories on. a carrot etc. Added by Tina Ogle Camp Cream Pies A great camp game from our friends from down under – if you’re familiar with our . Lay tarp down and have towels handy. Also. Have the teams lie on their backs in a circle with their feet raised to meet in the middle. Note: Be careful that participants don't drop each other on the ground after lifting.

Their role was just to be at the base and keep track of the amount of pies that had been bought back. We told them that they were all clowns from opposing circuses and that someone had stolen all the cream pies they needed for their act and hidden them. up trees etc). Our Ringmaster was making students get him drinks. Their role is to escort one team. mate! This is a camp game involving everyone and the use of the entire camp site. lollies and popcorn. This was one of the best camp-wide games I have ever played…3 years on and the campers are still talking and laughing about it. Base leaders: We had one per team. The team keeps their score. Their roles were as follows: Director/youth pastor: Ringmaster. Then we divided the campers into 2 teams and put different colour face paint on each team to identify them. Their second role was to take cream pies off campers they caught (to 'catch' them they sprayed them with silly string) and re-hide the pies. If a camper from the appropriate team has a pie and is with the lion & tamer the pie cannot be taken from them. the list is endless. Added by Lisa in Australia . They also had to try to stop the other team getting pies back to their base. Leaders have specific roles and all dressed up. if they saw someone trying to creep back to base with a cream pie they would start yelling. What we also told the leaders who were taking pies was that if the campers started to follow them to see where they re-hid the pies. doing somersaults along the ground. The leader had GREAT aim. giving it out to whoever wants it. VERY funny the first time it happened. "I’ve found one…over here!" or start singing to them. you know that some of the wildest games come from youth workers in Aussieland! Keep’em comin’. Lisa and her fellow youthworkers used a circus theme and says they played with students in Yr 9 & 10 (about 15-16 years old) but like all games you can modify it to suit any age group. They had two roles: To be really annoying. If you run low on pies left take them from the bases and hide them again. Clowns: We had a few clowns. which was really funny. The lion tamer could crack a fake whip. We hid cream pies (whipped cream on paper plates) all around the camp site (in bushes. feather bower mane.web site. Lion & lion tamer: We dressed the lion up (he had a tail. the Ringmaster can do what ever he/she wants to them. The aim was to find as many cream pies as possible and get them back to their base intact. If they catch any of the kids. Cream pies that had obviously been dropped did not count. No other role. Strong man: The strong man is the escort for the other team Snack person: Wanders around with drinks. and face painted). to turn around and throw the pie at them.

have several circles going at once. Pre-assign a "spy card". make sure there are 10 black cards and 10 red. The taller the can..usually the boring job. adding another trash can to the mix speeds up the game. but could be played in a smaller facility with smaller groups. For example. If an elimination seems slow in coming. he is no longer a spy and must return to his PROPER side once freed from jail. . Play pauses after an elimination. Same as normal Capture the Flag. all the blacks go on one side. trying to get someone else to bump into the can-can. During game play the spy has ONE chance to grab the flag and run it over to the other side. and it's always better to find a trash can that hasn't had anything put in it (a clean one). and you can usually get good video footage as students who are pulled into the can will tend to jump or try to dodge it. Added by Matthew Seilback . highers. but not letting go . Also. Red #7 started with the red team. Only one flag has to be taken across the center line to win the game. but was a really "spy" for the black team (and vice versa). Capture the Flag with Spies Outdoor or Big room. Play until one person remains. This game is a huge hit. if players break their grip on one another. Imagine everyone in a circle holding hands. giving a muchneeded time for players to re-firm their hand-holds. . Select teams with a stack of playing cards. If he is caught. you can use pretty much anything else that stands on its own and wouldn't damage a student who slams into/through it. we made the playing field smaller than what we're used to and placed two flags on each side (one was pre-set. If a player touches the trash can in any way. Observe how the teams interact when they OFFER to be a flag guard. plastic ones are better than metal ones.Can-Can Usually played outdoors or in a big room. and include one of each color. the other flag was placed by the team). so if you have a large group. if you have 20 players. To make things more interesting. while not letting go of the others' hands. The result looks like an amoeba trying to force one part of it's body to go somewhere it doesn't want to go! Here's how it's done: You don't want your circle to start bigger than about 25 people. Added by James Conley If you don't have a gargbage can. the better. The participants get into a circle around the trash can and hold hands. All you need is a trash can. red on the other. We used the #7.. they are out. they are both out. This game is tiring. except each team has a spy for the other team. Pre-arrange the deck for the number of players. Also. pulling and tugging. and is an excellent way to tucker out ADHD jr.

Our variation: If you have more than one hooptie owner. This idea was submitted by Jake & Vicki Hookham: My 1986 Olds Delta 88 was white and crying out for some ghetto (it looks like a grandma car. The dealer may yell "Car lot!". and become the new dealer. This can lastat least an hour! We then used this to talk about sacrifice (it was a weak link. Now you may tag future cars. and "things about God" and our church's address and slogan are plastered all over my car. Object: Be the last car running. and a 82 VW diesel Jetta . . got all the colors of house paint I could. The dealer yells out a car. Everyone had lots of fun. The kids feel unified whenever they see it around town." Choose a 'used car dealer' or two (put a pair of plaid pants on them for fun) and have them pick 3 different car names (ie: Honda Civic. I invited them beforehand.one for each side of the car. Car Lot This game is played like "Sharks and Minnows. I told them I needed their help to paint something big. Submitted by Jon Talley Car Restoration – Ghetto Flava Got a big ol' hooptie or an ugly little junker that still runs? This isn’t really a game. only turn it into a two-week competition with two teams . Week Two: Take the windows out and give kids turns smashing the car. Week One: Same "decorating" idea as above. you can break your group up in teams and have a contest for most original “restoration” job. then brought the car. Again give each team a side of the car and let them lay into it with sledgehamers and/or block splitters. When you are tagged. told them to wait for me while I went to the car to get it.) Each runner picks one of these 3 cars. so everyone must run at the same time.Also see Barbarians (Click Here). had them all stand in the parking lot. To pull in a couple of unchurched skaters. Australian youth worker Chris Bowditch adds this variation: Same as above. and becomes that car. and that's exactly who died right before it was donated to me). sit. Chevy Cavalier. but a great activity for your group.my personal favorite. Each car by that name sprints across the room. even providing stencils for some of the students to decorate the car with. but it was there). We surprised the skaters and painted the car with it.

belt. Each team has thirty seconds to get as many as possible into (not on) a small car. good for picnics or big gatherings. You could have a competition between sexes or classes. you might want to let everyone do it. and to 'smash' the students expectations about what people who are involved in a church do. if you only have 15 kids. The race consists of three laps. If you have a small group. The first person in lines tries to grab the scarf. so one of the people riding now pulls. or waistband. Catch the Dragon's Tail Big room & Outdoor game. use 3 teams of 5. the youth rotate. No winner or loser. and one of the pullers now rides. Can be played inside on carpet and outside on the grass. Number of players: 10-30 kids Playing Site: Large open area Items needed: A large scarf or handkerchief Time: 15-45 minutes Object of the game: The first person in the line tries to catch the last person in line. The last person in line tucks one end of the scarf in his back pocket. the teams race around a designated course (a large oval works well). soon to be hanging on for dear life.The main idea was to launch the new year. the team must stop until the rider is firmly reseated. Smart youth worker thought: Just make sure you let the neighbors know what's going on (otherwise they may call the police)! Also see Car Stuff (Click Here). Also see Car Restoration . All the players line up and put their hands on the waist of the person in front of them. each being a "dragon" trying to catch the others tail. Car Stuff Explain the game before you bring students out to the car.Ghetto Flava on Events page. For example. Chariot Race If you have a large group (say. At the signal. 200 people). Variation: Form two or more teams. If a rider is thrown from his chariot. he dons the scarf and becomes the new tail. At the end of each lap. Two of the youth on each team are holding onto front corners of the blanket. the 2 youth in front acting as horses and the blanket acting as a chariot. Each team lines up at the starting line. The person second in line becomes the head. 3 laps allows each person to ride once and pull twice. When the "head" gets the "tail". One youth is sitting on the other end of the blanket. just select a few groups of 4 kids to do this chariot race in front of everyone else. Each group gets a large blanket. Added by Joshua Ellis .

which means one team readies to "fire" while the other team has their backs turned.Variation: Chariot Basketball Relay Line up all the students in 2 teams. The team with the most baskets at the end of the time limit wins. The other team gets a chance to shoot. Anyone who is hit has to sit down where they get hit. First team that has someone to cross the enemy's Line wins. 5 battles wins the war. Then the tables are turned. arm length apart. Added by Jason Dougherty Also see Chariot Race: Australian Style (Click Here) and Indoor Bobsledding (Click Here). that team is out. Added by Dave . so they are not next to each other.) Arm each soldier with two water balloons each. Arrange your playing area with a chair or marker at either end of your room or field. Each time a winner is declared. but to get at least one team member across the enemy's territory line. The first team has to turn around and the whole process is repeated. The object of the game is NOT to kill everyone on the other team by hitting them with a water balloon. On "Go" the first two pairs race toward the basket. he/she is subject to water ballooning. If a team is passed by a team behind them then they are out.all teams in the one direction. Pick one team to go first. (like opposing armies in the Civil War. If anyone argues with a judge. The team or teams (depending on time) still in at the end of your allotted time are the winners! Added by Amanda from Australia Also see Chariot Race (Click Here) on Outdoor page. One student pulls the other student on a blanket. I'll shoot back at you. This mimics the war patterns of the Civil War. The rider has one shot to make a basket." Then the Field leader (youth pastor) yells "Charge!" Both teams run at each other and try to "kill" the other players with their water balloons while trying to make it across the enemy's Territory Line. a battle has been waged. The pairs switch places and race back to the start of the line and tag the next pair on their team. side by side. "if you shoot at me and I don't die. Teams must link arms. (This helps keep from sustaining a facial injury). Spread the teams around the room. The object of the game is to race around the markers in a circle . about 25 yards from one another on their own Territory Line. The team leader then yells "Fire!" If anyone on his team wants to fire (optional) they can throw one or both of their water balloons at the opposing army. Chariot Race: Australian Style Divide your group into teams of 3. Have judges help with who wins and to determine close calls. Divide into even teams of any size and line each team up side by side. Civil War This is a water game that requires a small field. If any member of the teams’ arms becomes unlinked. No one has to throw anything. On each team pair students up to run the relay.

Crash (Click Here) and TubeMania (Click Here). use tarps. Not long before you want to run the game. just divide into equal sized teams. each group paints one member of the group in Cool Whip. If indoors. Send each team into a corner. Give each group 2 or 3 tubes (depending on size). Divide your crowd into two teams. The first team member of each group (4 in total) must step into the tubes. NOTE: The food color could ruin clothes. For part 1. Cross. Criss. and a few Super Soakers.the Cool Whip will begin to melt and not stick if it is out of the fridge too long. Crash Safety Note: Be very careful . Offer a prize to the winning team. imitations don't stick.if you don't use good safety precautions. if the leader calls out "hopping. each team diagonal with it's partner team. You can judge who looks best if you want. Cross. The best rinsed team wins. mix the food coloring with the Cool Whip making each container of Cool Whip a distinct color. pick them up (so they look like a Michelin . different colors of food dye.Colored Cool Whip Rinse For this game you need one container of Cool Whip per team. each team in two groups for a relay. keep it very cold . this could result in injuries.) Also. Line the teams up in four corners of the playing field. If you have a small group." the teams must hop to the opposite corner). (Use only real Cool Whip. If you have a large group. bring up several teams of people. Part 2 is when the team rinses the Cool Whip off with the water gun. First team to 5 wins. Good Crossing Methods: Hopping Wheel barrel (one person holding a partner's legs while they walk on hands) Crab Walk Sprint Backwards Walk Skipping Crawling You get the idea!!! Also see Criss. The object of the game is to see which team can get to the opposite (diagonal) corner the fastest using the designated method that the leader calls out (eg. Criss Cross Divide into 4 teams. This will create quite a "bottleneck" or "traffic jam" in the middle each time. You may want to have old clothes handy for changing into before the game gets started. Keep score of which team wins each crossing. This is a two-part game.

have Group 2 take a turn. split them into 5 groups of 10). use a bunch of balls that are soft and throw them at each other. The surrounding groups sit down while the group in the middle stands up. When the doctor is hit. Goose. Get the group to roll the ball in a clockwise direction around the circle. just one of the players to the other team. and send one of the groups in the middle. Once they get hit they are out. Also. Have a leader tap the shoulder of someone in the circle.this person has to run in front of the ball around the circle and back to their spot without being hit by the earth ball! Added by Joel Rub. When someone is hit. Death Ball This game is pretty much like “Duck. Also see Criss Cross (Click Here) and Tubemania (Click Here). Dodge the Rolling Balls This game requires a bunch of dodge balls. Duck. which will try to dodge all the balls coming at them in every direction. Hint: the players shouldn't just pop up when touched. mega winner. Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here). ultra.. Now the surrounding groups will roll all the dodgeballs towards the group in the middle. After you have Group 1 go. may touch the injured and bring them back into play. but it's really fun. Have your group divide into circles. Here's where the doctor. The last person standing is the winner.this will give away the doctor. and Earthball Blowout (Click Here). Dodgeball Doctor (formerly Doctor Doctor) Divide into two teams. have an outside circle and have a little circle on the inside of the outer circle. Added by Guy Mono Also see Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here) and Eternal Dodgeball (Click Here).Man) and run diagonal to their partner team. we recommend a decoy touching kids as well. each choosing a "doctor". Just like regular Dodge-ball. they must sit. First. and so on. Of course their partner team and two opposing teams are running through the same intersection so look out! First team to switch all players across the diagonal one at a time is the winner. split your large group into small groups (if you have around 50.. the team's only hope is their skill. .” only better!! Rent a huge earth ball with a 1. or two for larger groups (their identity being secret). Next make one big circle or square with all the people. Place the earth ball between the 2 circles. At the very end have all the winners come up to determine the super.5m diameter. Australia Also see Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here).

A new team then goes into the middle. instead of just touching someone's head and saying "goose. but good for the hair! NOTE: Either forewarn your students to wear grubby clothes. Added by Jon Talley Also see: Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here) Earthball Blowout (Click Here) Long Base (Click Here) Opposite Arm Dodgeball (Click Here) Sink The Bismark (Click Here) Wet Toilet Paper Dodgeball (Click Here) Dodgeball Dragon Have the entire group make a circle. Gross. Also see: Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here) Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here) Earthball Blowout (Click Here) Long Base (Click Here) Opposite Arm Dodgeball (Click Here) Sink The Bismark (Click Here) Wet Toilet Paper Dodgeball (Click Here) Duck. Goose With a Twist (Click Here). provide wet washcloths and/or towels. drips then drops on the person they want to chase them around the circle! Added by Amy Hackman Also see Duck. Play this childhood favorite just like Duck-DuckGoose. Added by Kyle Connell Also see Duck. Just like Duck. including their doctor. the last person returns to the outside circle and players continue to hit the new person at the end of the dragon until there is only one person left and they too are hit. drips. Duck. trying to hit the last person below the waist. Goose except with a cup of water that the person drips. or have garbage bags with holes to pull over their heads. The people who make up the circle throw the ball at the "dragon". Earthball Blowout Here are several games you can play with an earthball (also called cage balls) or you ." you’ll crack an egg on their head.The object: Eliminating the opposing team. Pick four to five people for each team. Duck. Duck. Duck. Goose With a Twist Outdoor or Indoor game. Drip Outdoor or Indoor game. Duck. The first team goes into the center of the circle and forms a line by attaching their hands to the waist of the person in front of them. Once hit. Drip (Click Here). Only. Duck. Time each team to see which one can last the longest.

Sometimes covers are sold separately (I've never purchased from these places. Ask for a 72" cage ball. Elbow Tag Everyone pairs up in a circle. Shape Up Shop. etc. look for the 72" cage ball.control people actually sitting out! Also see Death Ball (Click Here) Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here). they miss their opportunity to claim a square. purchase at your own risk). Here are a couple of web sites which sell them as well . knocking the ball back into play. wins!! Added by Brian Esola Also see Egg Obstacle Course (Click Here) on Sick & Twisted page. Earth B-ball: Staff hold earth ball in air until start. and Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here). Where to find an earthball: Once upon a time they could be ordered from a place called GO FOR SPORTS at (800) 533-0446. Pick 2 people to start the game . Send kids to "penalty bleachers" for 60 seconds if they stand up or sit up at all! Steal the Earth: Line up each team on sidelines and number them. Once on this site go to the bottom of the screen and select "Kids and Games" and then choose "Giant Cage Balls. Dodgeball: One staff person patrol the side lines .one of them will be . Send kids to "penalty bleachers" for 60 seconds if they grab the earth ball or kick. Students try to push/hit earth ball to back board or rim." Wolverine Sports. There are 2 Staff referees. Call numbers and they try to push/hit ball to designated open wall. * First team to get 3 in a row. Earth Crab Soccer: Same as above only in crab position and with a staff person on each sideline.balconies.) * Have the teams take turns trying to hit one of the 9 with an egg and mark that square accordingly. (Use a tarp if indoors. Have the people get into a tic-tactoe formation with plastic bags covering them as much as possible.) * Break students into 2 teams (one team Xs and one team Os).again.com Click Here. with the cover. If the student misses. * Find a place where you can elevate the students way above the 9 volunteers (rooftops[careful]. Egg Tic Tac Toe Grab 9 staff or students prepared to get messy.could have an "Earthball Theme Night" and play them all. Staff person must hold earth ball in air after number is called until students reach it.com Click Here.

Play normal basketball but with the following rules: 1. Therefore. literally . The catch: if you have the ball. This game has no winner but it's a blast and can be played on any time limit you want. One person is designated as "it" and is given a dodgeball. make clear boundaries so the game does not spread out too much. The person being chased tries to hook arms with one of the people who is paired up. if your throw is caught. Also." If the ball is caught. Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here). Idea by Brian Mitchell Elimination This is either played outdoors in a field or in a gym. you can't move (this eliminates the need for boundaries) Added by Andy Unterholzner Also see Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here). Here's the difference: when the person who gets you out gets out. the game does not end until 1 person ends up hitting every person (or until you call an end to the game due to time). They can go inside or outside of the circle but it's a good idea to try to keep them close to the circle. Once the ball is thrown. All you need is a basketball court and a ball."it". Estrogen Hoop (Basketball) Great. the thrower must sit down and the person who caught the ball is now "it. "It" then chases the rest of the group throwing the ball at them.every person for themselves." I normally state that to sit down the ball must hit you in the air and headshots do not count. and play tournament/elimination style. Typical rules apply . If they hook arms before they’re tagged. if you have someone who is having a hard time catching people. NOTE: If you play this game outdoors. If the person who is it tags the person they are chasing. The twist is that someone who is sitting down can stand up and be back in the game if the person who hit them has to sit down. simple time-filler involving everyone. If you have a huge group. Have everyone (up to 50 people) on the basketball court at once.get hit. “It” chases the other person around the room. you're out. you're out. Only girls can shoot or score 2. then the person holding the opposite arm of the person who was being chased now becomes the one to be chased. anyone may grab it and become "it. If someone is hit they must sit down where they are hit. you're back in. and Dodge the . you can have more than two teams. discreetly have a leader get tagged on purpose. that person becomes it and tries to tag them back (think duck. No limit to how many people on the court Eternal Dodgeball Dodgeball without boundaries. duck goose).

famine relief.). outdoor version of Wiffle Ball. timbits) other station items wide open field or campground Added by Shawn McKnight. Each station represents a safe zone from the disasters and cannot be penetrated by the "extinction" elements. pollution. Once at the station. stamped card. put an X on the back of their card.Rolling Balls (Click Here). while trying to get to different stations to receive special "stamps". nuclear war. Bomb shelter. Game Starts: Game begins when the "variables" are sent out into the field to await the survivors. but first base (the only base) is a kid's wading pool filled with water. The player steps up to bat and .. If someone catches a variable after they have completed all 5 stations. Supplies: 10-12 hats signs for each hat (disasters. as the more space used the better for the overall atmosphere of the game.). joe louis. Variables are untouchable until a survivor has reached all 5 stations and shown the scorekeeper their completed. etc. You can also try to hide the stations a little.. Each "variable/disaster" is given a marker and if they catch a "survivor". without making it too hard to find. Extinction/Survival Using a natural disaster theme. Boundaries: An entire campground setting is best used in this game.e. Then these survivors can catch the variable and eliminate them from the game by tagging them out. then the variable is out (when a player completes all 5 stations. kids try to "survive" game without getting caught 3 times. they will be given a special mark or hat to identify them). but can only remain at the station for 2 minutes max. Each player must find and go to each of the 5 stations and get the station attendant to stamp the player card. Once a "survivor" gets 3 X's on their card. they are out of the game. Notes: It's a good idea to incorporate food and drinks into the game. natural/man-made) pre-made card for each player with 5 stations on it special marker for variables stamps for stations station signs food items and drink (juice boxes. Variables: A variable is a group of pre-selected campers or counselors who represent life-threatening disasters (i. Mississauga Fat Bat (Wiffle Ball w/ a wading pool) A fun. Five stations are setup in spread out locations around the entire campground and signs are placed in the area to identify what the station is (i. Each person is given a card with 5 stations on it.e. as it will increase the "rewards" value. tornadoes. fire. The object is to safely reach the stations without getting caught by a variable person 3 times. Game Ends: If you get caught 3 times by a variable/disaster. hospital. Home plate can be anything. the survivors are safe from the variables.. by wearing a hat which has the disaster taped to it. then you are out of the game. etc..

Have a starting line (where the filled buckets are) and a finish line (where the empty buckets are). You will need . To make this harder. Gator Ball This is a game that is a combination of hockey. add more holes. The guts and a lot of other gross stuff go all over the group.after they get a hit. two empty) 4 plastic cups. The batter who hits it the farthest wins a prize. Make everyone else bunch up in a group about ten yards away from your batters. The next player bats and does the same thing. Added by Justin Chapman Fountains of Fun Items Needed: 4 buckets (two filled with water. The defense can throw the wiffle ball at the runner to get them out. Absolutely hilarious. They must hold hands and with cup held over the first partner's head. but after they jump in the pool." Added by Charlton Cupp Also see Rio Linda Wiffle Ball (Click Here). Variation: Team members pair up and must go twice to the empty bucket. Team with the most amount of water in the originally empty bucket wins! You cannot plug the holes with your fingers. Team members. taking turns. The person who catches the fish in the group also wins a prize. They will get WET! Game ends when 1st bucket is empty. Pitch a whole fish. Or. each with 3 holes punched in the side. Added by Sheila Kitzmann Also see Human Battleships (Click Here). Safety Note: Have hand sanitizer or a sink close by for those who touch the fish. the cup must be held over the 2nd partner's head. race to fill their empty bucket by filling their cup and racing with the cup held over their own head. The second time down to the empty bucket. but once they leave the pool to try and make it back home. Fish Bat (Tilapia Home Run Derby) Choose 5 contestants to be batters. soccer and football. they cannot return to base (the pool). only the player that is already in the pool doesn't have to run. How to Play: Form 2 teams of equal numbers. they're safe. provide latex gloves which can be purchased 100/box at beauty supply stores. This gets fun when there are several people in the pool at the same time! We use the fat wiffle ball bat and a ball that doesn't hurt when students get "pegged. they run and jump in the pool. Now hand it off to the next pair on your team.

NOTE: Play in a safe location where there are no trip hazards! Grab and Swat This is our youth group's agressive version of duck duck goose. Glow Stick Tag Set up: You need a large field and several bright glow sticks. goals. and a ball. When you yell out a shape. How to play: Have everyone stand in a circle but have them face towards the outside of the circle. It needs to be fairly dark outside. On "go" they have to use their hand as a hockey stick and get the ball between their legs to their team. The moon should be just enough. The leader could also have more than one “it” person in the game at once. two goals marked out. and get back to where the person they swatted was standing. Goalies can use their hands at any time. rectangle. though. Play hyped music in the background. The player that is “it” will have a red glow stick and the other players will have yellow or green glow sticks. square. but must watch the game and make sure everyone is showing their glow sticks during play.two teams. trapezoid. The leader's role: The leaders can play. put the noodle in the trash can. where the bucket is located. they must arrange themselves into it as quickly as possible. The basics of the game: You start the game out with the ball in the middle and one person from each team at the ball or "puck" in center. "IT" always wears the red glow stick. they trade glow sticks. Explain that this is a geometry test. The game: It is just like tag only they use glow sticks. octagon. All teams begin in a circle. focus Variation: “Marching Band Practice” – form into letters you call out. The object of the game is for the student to swat someone and run back to the trash can. Suggestions: straight line. cone. The Point: Teamwork. whenever the ball is on the ground it plays as soccer and whenever it is in air you can catch it and play it like football. Choose two youth to stand inside the circle. Give them each a noodle. 1 5 gallon pickle buckett or trash can. The neck glow sticks work great for this game. Added by Kristen Geometry Test Divide into as many teams of 5-10 as you want. cube. before they can grab the . pentagon. triangle. hexagon. Each additional "it" must have a red glow stick. At any point in the game. Parts needed: 1 foam noodle cut in half (you'll use both halves). The red player must tag the green players and when he does. Players must show glow sticks AT ALL TIMES! The red player must show his/hers but can hide behind things that will cover it up.

before they make it back to the spot. If you play in a building. When you play inside you can mark the boundaries with masking tape. They link arms by linking elbows with the person next to them. If you play outside. it can get a little fierce with the kicking. until someone who swats a player gets swatted back. but they can slide back and forth. Split the kids into two teams. get the noodle back in the bucket. then the other person is now "it" with the noodle.we use a stuffed soccer ball. Added by Eric and Cindy Scott Human Lawn Mower Divide into two teams. Make sure everyone is wearing shoes. Stress safety and not getting out of control. Can also be played with groups against each other and a stop watch. The whole row has to stay within their boundaries like in the game. Get someone to 'unlock' one of their hands from the circle. then reconnect with the circle. Play just like the table game only with real people linked in rows. Give each team two buckets. Added by Jeff Proctor Hula Hoop Pass Get all your participants in a circle holding each other's hands. Also. lots of fun! Added by Jeff Montgomery Human Foosball Outdoor or Indoor. and some picking up grass. If you play in a field have lots of folks around to toss the ball back into play. it is best if you play between two buildings so that the ball stays in the game. left and right. This game is great because it really wears out the students.noodle out of the trash can and swat them back. The aim of this game is to get the hula-hoop around the circle and back to where it started without the group letting go of each other's hands. or if you play outside you can use paint (if acceptable) or tape or flour. and make it back to that person's place without getting swatted back. . USE A BALL that is SOFT -. you need to remove pretty much everything from the room. Teams will have to work together with some cutting. or you could use a nerf ball. Then they run to a designated grassy area where their job is to try and cut as much grass with their scissors as possible and put it in the other bucket. which is actually outside the circle. then the one who got swatted back is now in the mush pot. If the student is able to swat the person. put a hula-hoop onto his/her hand. and the noodles don't hurt the students. Have students run to the first bucket pre-FILLED with pancake syrup and grab a pair of scissors from the bottom (have only enough scissors for about a third or half the team. Variation: Use more than one ball at a time. have a captain decide who goes in which rows and how many in each row. If they are able to hit the student back. Each entire team faces one direction and has to stay that way.

Jello Belly Flop In the winter. Idea by Young Life Also see Jello Twister (Click Here). The team with the most cut grass in their bucket at the end of the game wins. Lay a tarp over a big old mattress under the baby pool. Inner Tube Stuff Get several large truck tire inner tubes. and cherries while the students down below try to catch it and then proceed to eat it. Play in bare feet! Suggestion: Tell the kids beforehand to bring clothes they don't mind getting stained. Divide into teams and see who can stand the most people within the edges of their tire tube. have a belly flop contest in a baby pool full of Jello. instructing students to walk with scissors pointed down. Safety Note: As always.) Added by Young Life Jello Twister Best done when it’s warm outside so people can hose down after. The only caution is that a lot of clean up is needed at the end. This is an incredible amount of fun. Also see Banana Splits in the Mouth (Click Here) and Marshmallow Drop (Click Here). Get a square of cheap plastic and attach pie tins in a 4 x 4 grid by pushing a pull clip through the bottom of both the pans and plastic. "It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye!!" Added by Kissa Vaughn Ice Cream from Heaven Leaders get ice cream and get on top of the church and with students down at the bottom with cups and bowls the leaders DROP ice cream from the roof along with chocolate syrup. Fill the pie tins with already-made jello right before youth group. Variation: Hula Hoop Stuff (same thing.Stop the game before students without scissors get bored. Have a good spinner and kids who will go for it. Added by Chris Lambuth. I'd suggest placing a huge tarp on the ground to catch at least most of the mess. sprinkles. Be sure that you've got different colors of jello for the spinner. just with a hula hoop. Then spread out the clips under the plastic to hold them down. . Added by Young Life Also see Slime Twister (Click Here) and Slop-stacle Course (Click Here). emphasize safety.

The point of the game is for the team to get across the mine field with the fewest casualties the fastest. The goat is to be put in the center of the circle blindfolded. only played outside over a baby pool filled with gross ingredients (oatmeal. immediately disbands and joins the crowd. the crowd starts shouting instructions to the goat. The team members must be their eyes .). etc. Added by Young Life Land Mines Materials needed: blindfolds water balloons for outside styrofoam cups for inside. Set up a "mine field" by randomly placing the water balloons (or cups) in a marked section of ground. The crowd (one group) is instructed to stand on the sidelines and shout instructions to the goat. Lots of preparation required and safety consciousness on this one. while the circle group (the other group) is told to form a circle holding hands. Grass also works." The minute the game starts. The goat is to listen to the sideline crowd for instructions where to go to catch the circle. A concrete slab or basketball court works well for this. instructed before the goat arrived. You might even want gymnastic mats around the pool. then the ref makes it known by pouring a glass of water on their head. the goat is to start chasing the circle and the circle is to move as a whole to avoid being caught. the circle group is instructed in his presence to move silently and to make no sound. Make sure the board doesn’t get too slippery. the right. Two contestants with Nerf joust sticks (or pool noodles) and helmets battle on the plank to knock each other off into the pool. leaving the goat in a an empty field. Added by Young Life King of Goats Outdoor or Indoor. "Go to the right. Play near a bathroom and have towels (or a hose) handy for clean-up. If a person touches a mine he/she is out (if it bursts water on them. Let the goat run for a short time or until the goat guesses what is going on. Choose a "goat" from the group (or one from each team) and have it removed while the groups are given instructions. straight ahead. Put the blindfolds on one member of each team. A quick twist can be that if a person is out. instant potatoes.Joust : Sick & Twisted Just like Joust (Click Here). (Prop up the ends of your plank so the pool is not crushed). it just makes it more fun). such as. You can either use buckets or a 4x4 plank of sturdy wood long enough to reach across your pool. but you will need to set boundaries. Divide students into teams of 4 or 5. At the signal. As soon as the start signal is given. the circle team. Give each team a blindfold. When the goat is ready to start. now go back.

When they run out of marshmallows they can either pick one up from the ground. 'It' tends to get tired quick. Give each team captain (adult) a different color dipping sauce (we used Mustard. depending on your facility. Have students wear grubby clothes that can be thrown away. Works best if mines are close together and if teams are close together. Fill each plate with the splat substance. The blindfolded people crossing the field must stay within the set boundaries. Added by Jon Talley Marshmallow Splat Ball Outdoor or Indoor. . Team members help each other by shouting directions. you must step on the intersection of the line. & Green Catsup. and Chocolate Syrup. unless you are 'it'. Sponsors may yell out random directions to try to throw them off. The Point: Just like we need to listen to God's voice instead of all the voices that the world throws at us.and tell them which way to go. and only one person per team may be on the mine field at a time (so they can't lead them by touch). Then map out the boundaries. Red. Divide into 4 or more teams and arm each person with a small Styrofoam plate and 4 marshmallows. including the dazed and confused. but once the slime pellets start to fly no one cares. The team with the most hits wins. and send each team to a corner of the playing field as a designated area to load up. Then tell them to dip and on your signal begin throwing them at the other teams. You can also use the same concept for line basketball and line soccer. Added by Derek Line Tag This works great in a gym with lots of lines or an AWANA circle. so when this happens. but you can use your imagination). The prize was dumping a bottle of maple syrup over a leader's head (stolen from the 'Ten Bags of Doom'). Sit down! -You may not go around anyone. When the fun was done we had a contest to see which team could pick up the most marshmallows. you are "dazed and confused". not runs. hence. Make sure the lovely assistant walks. -When you are tagged. or run back to the supply station until the ammo runs out. Rules: -No one may step off the line. We serve a fun God! Added by Jon Nowlin Also see Ten Bags of Doom! (Click Here). and re-dip. tell 'it' to choose a "lovely assistant" to trap people easier. The trick is (don't tell the kids this until after it's over) for the person in the mine field to pick out a certain voice and listen to that one voice. -You may not cut corners.

it's the other teams ball (frisbee actually).Melon Fest Watermelon Helmet Contest That's right. even a few vegetables of choice (cucumbers. made of melons. An added twist: if one team busts the cantaloupe. Steal the Melon That's right. etc. You can play this many ways. Increase the degree of difficulty by doing this at night with no lights. dress up this person in as much armor. like in ultimate frisbee.in Ultimate Cantaloupe. Ultimate Cantaloupe This is just like Ultimate Frisbee . the other team automatically scores (have extra cantaloupes available). No knocking the melon down. Team members must wear helmets throughout the event. call a number and . but with a cantaloupe! Divide into two teams. Have each team dress one of their team members in FULL MELON ARMOR. passing to each other until a team scores. have each team carve a helmet (or helmets) out of watermelons. etc. toss back. Last pair still tossing wins! Seedless Watermelon Eating Contest Bring 2 representatives from each team up front-. and so on . squash. just have one team start on their side of the field. (You might want to make the team member a guy!) Watermelon Toss You guessed it! Get your two strongest guys to do the age old egg toss (line up facing each other. . or putting Vasoline all over the watermelon. back up a step. Team work their way down the field. Leave the 2 liters full and give a bonus if you bust the 2 liter bottles open.) Then give a team a certain amount of time to retrieve the melons. (Line up two teams facing each other. they can take only 3 steps then they must throw/toss it. Instead of a kick-off. a knife. That's right.) but with a much heavier item! CAN'T hit the ground. . Plain ol' "Steal the Bacon" with greased watermelon in the center. Defensive players must give any person already holding a cantaloupe at least 3 feet clearance. it always goes to the opposite team of the last person to touch it before it hits the ground. . toss to team mate. as humanly possible. When a player catches the cantaloupe. vegetables. Melon Armor Give each team a ball of string.an eater and a cutter. number them off.one way is to fill a pool with all kinds of melons. You can go for the gladiator look or more of the Darth Vador look. If the team's melon hits the ground. each trying to get to the opposite end zone. . Eater scarfs down as many watermelons down in a given period of time. Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest (Need I explain?) Cantaloupe Bowling Create a bowling alley in the parking lot and set up 2 liter bottles at the end. At "Go" the cutter starts cutting watermelon for the eater to eat. and about 5 of each melon. a roll of duct tape. Bobbing for Melons This game requires a pool or some other large body of water.

they have to do it. . Go around until everyone has been called on. Mud-O-War This gross game is played up front or in the middle of your room with 5-10 people on each team while the crowd watches. you name it! Added by Naomi . Pass the bucket around and tell people to get 1 piece out. you ask? Why. Mess Mix Get 30 cut-up pieces of paper.” What’s the prize.that person has to grab the watermelon and get it back to their side). Whatever it says. etc. and be ready to hose them off after. Put the papers in a bucket. Syrup on head. Be prepared for a big mess by telling kids to wear old clothes. Also see Watermelon Polo (Click Here). Have 10 blank and on the other 20 put different types of “Mess” (examples: Pie in face. Ask one person what their paper says. . and Slime Twister (Click Here). Tug-of-War in mud or through a Jello kiddy pool . The 10 with the blank pieces win a “big prize.). Messy Plexi (Click Here). its a Big Ol' Bucket of Green Pudding over their heads! Suggested Mess items: 2 eggs smashed on head Choco Syrup on head Pie in Face Pudding on Head Cake on Head Shaving cream Hairdo Ranch Dressing Hairdo Water and Flour Slime Wild Card (Your choice) Mix of all the stuff in a slime form Peanut Butter (Gets real sticky!) Apple sauce PB and J Sandwich on head Coca Cola Butter Water Mud Honey Toothpaste Pizza Sauce Ice Cream Mayonnaise Spaghetti Syrup Ketchup Pancake Batter Added by Aaron Headly Also see Messy Message (Click Here).

Added by Ian Newton Also see Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here). Six of the team members will form two lines of three. A great intro to this game is the jousting clip from the movie Braveheart. . The two teams line up about 15 or more feet away from each other. feet. Earthball Blowout (Click Here). Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here). One team puts the crowns on normal and the other team puts them on inside out (the crowns must be above the ears). However. On a signal they charge and fight for a designated short period of time. It helps keep your jocks from dominating the game and also encourages the kids who are afraid of getting hit. Added by Stephen Dervan Noodle Knights (aka Braveheart) Divide into 2 teams and give each player a 3 foot piece of foam noodle and a Burger King crown. Make the outline of an oval track with about 6 cans of shaving cream. and lay it down. creating a sort of "bridge. make them throw with their opposite arm. or head butts!). the two lines facing each other.Also see Tug-O-Fish (Click Here). Kids laugh at me and we have a great time. Now the goal is to "wheelbarrow" (this is when one kid stands while holding another kid's feet in the air) with the kid on the ground pushing a tennis ball with his/her head around the track twice. about 20' x 25'. A person is out when their crown is knocked off their head. Added by Steve Schlange Oil Ball Get a big plastic tarp. The first one done wins! This game does have a cost." The 7th person (needs to be the smallest person in the group) will then lay across the groups’ arms and will be handed a big plastic or squeezable container of mustard. Continue until you have a winner. After the time is up everyone who is out steps out of the playing area and you line up again for another skirmish. Set up any dodgeball game that your kids like. They will then move around like tanks and shoot other tanks. The crowns can only be knocked off by the noodles (no hands. but everyone who plays is covered when done and you'll see some great wipe-outs! Take pictures! Just make sure your church has insurance *wink* Added by Paul Butler Also see Jello Twister (Click Here). I normally play and act really dumb trying to throw with my wrong arm. Opposite Arm Dodgeball This game is played just like it sounds. and Longbase (Click Here). The students will lock arms with the person in front of them. tackling. Pour and smear about 5 to 6 bottles of baby oil all over the tarp. Mustard Tanks Each team needs 7 people. facing off.

in other words). run. players can move only by shuffling their feet. Have the first person in each line grab a handful of sand from the container. Penguin volleyball. Variation: Have someone sit down if they are pulled across. Same objective as British Bulldog (Click Here). Great camp/retreat game! Added by Aaron Kingsbury Poor Man's Beachball Volleyball Outdoor. Pull Across the Line Outdoor or Indoor. he/she pours what is left of it on a plate. Radioactive Renegades . Soak those strips and squirt them with liquid soap. Each person then ties the rag securely around his knees to make running impossible. Once the ball is released the kids may run to the next base. It works best if the pools are large enough to fit at least 1/8th of your group. Between each pool. (Keep a hose handy) Use a balloon launcher and sponge (splash) balls for batting. Now divide into teams and play football using a Nerf football.Pass The Sand For this game you’ll need a bag of soft sand and two big buckets or small plastic tubs. Break the group into two teams of four. Added by Sarah Yang Penguin Football Give each person a rag about four inches wide and two feet long (sheets torn into strips work well). Play begins with one group from one team in the pool. or Pool. but you can't cross the center line and you convert people to your side by reaching over the line and pulling them to your side. Allow as many hits per side as needed and allow as many players as needed (your whole group. and countless other games. and so on down the line. Penguin Soccer. Use staff as the net (all lined up across the court with hands in the air) and play normal volleyball with a beachball. Variations: Of course this opens up the possibility of playing Penguin Baseball. Only caught balls and tags count as outs. throw. Two kids hold the launcher and one pulls back. The game becomes hilarious when players must hike. lay down strips of visquene (Slip 'n Slide) as wide as each pool. They must pass the sand to the next player. and kick with their knees tied together. The team with the most sand at the end of the time limit wins the game. who passes it to the next. Pool Baseball Set up four inflatable pools in a normal four base pattern. When the sand reaches the last player. Divide group into 2 teams and line them up. Big Room.

The objective is for students to “save the world” by finding all the “Renegade Rebels”. You can get someone out by touching ANY base at any time. Rio Linda Kickball A lot like normal Kickball with a bunch of backwards twists (hence the name "Rio Linda. You can provide glow sticks or glow products to your students." if you've ever been there. Step One: Before the game. They will have markings for each rebel on their arm as evidence. Added by Mark Janzen Also see Communist Church (Click Here). If the leader is not the right renegade rebel they simply answer "I don't know what you're talking about. See Rio Linda Wiffle Ball (Click Here). Run to 3rd first. When they approach someone they think is a renegade rebel they need to ask if they are "Renegade Rebel Number One". but can be played in a huge facility with lots of rooms. 4. then 2nd. 6. These hiding leaders are your “renegade rebels” the kids are trying to find. or you can add leaders as decoys who are not renegade rebels to fool the kids. 2.This is a “sponsor hunt” type game played at night on a retreat and takes 30 minutes to an hour (most often played outdoors. no forced outs. they make a mark with their felt tip on the student’s arm. number off all your leaders. you know exactly what I mean!) Rules: 1. Rio Linda Wiffle Ball . Any runners between any bases are also out. and then 1st. changing hiding spots throughout the game. 5." and the student keeps on searching. If a ball is caught the runner is out. If a runner is tagged they are out.and lights dim). 3. everything is fair no limit to how many people on bases. If that happens to be the leader’s number. give them a colored felt marker and tell them to hide around the camp (or wherever you are). All players on a team get one time up and they get one pitch from their own pitcher. just keep going until all players have been up once. No foul balls. Then the student searches for Renegade Rebel Number Two. All the bases are backwards. Step Three: Students have to search and ask until they have found all the renegade rebels in order. 7. To make it more fun and challenging you can have your rebels move around. Step Two: Gather your group and tell them that Renegade Rebels have stolen a large amount of plutonium. Endless # of outs. Send them out in pairs. The students must identify each of the renegade rebels in order to win the game. The catch is that they must find them all in order.

stuff people normally wouldn't ask for." and then a destination. a tack.. Yellow vs.Same as Rio Linda Kickball (Click Here) (on this game list) but with a wiffle ball and bat. If they drop the bat they are out! Rip-off! (or Duct Tape Tag. toast." First. One Added Rule: Runners must carry the bat with them to 3rd (the first) base. that person hides with them. the "river. a bug. The Point: Team building. You end up with a bunch of people packed like “sardines” in one hiding spot with one poor person trying to find everyone. One team places a 1.e.but it could be! Split students into teams. preferably at night. As soon as one person finds the person hiding. blankets. Break them up into teams and have them race to the other side of the river.even Grandma. The object is to "rip off" the tape from their backs. Your list could include toilet paper. Black) Have teams separate in a large playing area. Now there are two hiding.5 foot long strip of duct tape horizontally on each of their backs. Provide students with a list of unusual items that they need to get from people's homes or businesses. a kiss on the elbow. etc). assigning a youth leader to follow them around. a drink. Added by Jon Henry Also see Elbow Tag (Click Here). River Crossing The goal of this game is to help teach your students or leaders to work together by having them work as a team to cross a "river. Have one person go hide. i. The other team places a 1. The rules are: everyone has to get across and no one can touch the floor or they all have to start over. As soon as someone else finds them. he or she hides with the person. Added by Adalis and Jonathan McKee Scavenger Hunt With a Twist This ain’t yer grandma’s Scavenger Hunt . a good game for a leadership event. You'll be surprised how many grandmas are willing to help. soap. you need a place to start from (a wall." Turn out all the lights. aka Scalp) Divide into two teams. All of the items have to be brought back to your meeting area within a half-hour . lines in the gym. . Once their tape is removed they are out of the game. Everyone else is “it” and looks for this person. or anything else they can stand on. etc. You can use assorted pieces of wood. using your gym or other space. The bonus item is a grandmother. (You can use different colored tape if you want and name the teams by the colors.5 foot long strip of duct tape vertically on their back. Added by Scott Street Sardines This game is kind of a reverse "Hide and Go Seek.

Ask students to bring their own water guns (ANYTHING GOES on the squirt guns!) Added by Steve Holt Also see Alka-Seltzer On The Head Duel (Click Here). outside of that huge square (4 corners) each army has a home base and a huge trash can of water to refill guns. but before each pitch you fill the ball up with shaving cream. it splatters everywhere . Shmallow Shooters For this game you’ll need marshmallow blowguns made from 1-foot sections of 1inch diameter pvc pipe (buy big lengths of it at a hardware store. it's every man for himself dodge-ball. Sink the Bismark Basically. The field is divided into a huge square.as you catch the ball you get covered in shaving cream. They should inhale air before they put their mouth up to the gun. Added by Owen Sallee Also see Marshmallow Splat Ball (Click Here). Before starting you may want to warn your students about choking hazards and that they need to be careful. The trick is to blow on the end the marshmallow is on . but the kids and adults love it. Added by Tara Spradley Also see Rio Linda Wiffle Ball (Click Here) and Shaving Cream Hair-do (Click Here).let it travel the length of the tube . not the small ones you can buy at carnivals and festivals). 10-30. and plenty of s'more-sized marshmallows. not the grandmother)! Added by PW Fu Seltzer Melt Each person receives an Alka-Seltzer attached to a string (make it into a necklace). For best results we divided our students into 4 "armies". A group of students.they will get wet.we had shots spanning upwards of 30 feet! Beware: after 2-3 shots they get pretty gross. So as the bat hits. is asked . get someone’s grandmother from the other team without them knowing it (the team. The object of the game is to melt the opposing teams Alka-Seltzer. Good times! Beware of choking. Use discretion.they'll stick to the pipe if they're soft) and blow. We did a variety of target-related games and then a few moments of all-out marshmallow war. Load the marshmallow into the end of the pipe (the drier the marshmallow. the better .If possible. Usually it turns into a shaving cream fight. The last team standing with the most Alka-Seltzer tablets intact wins. Hints: Make sure girls wear swim suits. Shaving Cream Whiffle Ball Basically you just play a game of baseball with whiffle ball and bat.

If you catch a thrown ball. Make one course and time people going through or make it for two people. you are out and you must sit down. water. The last person standing wins the prize. they could hit you with the ball or give it to another standing thrower. But be careful. . from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) Slop-stacle Course Let students know ahead of time that they are going to get disgusting and to bring a change of clothes! Be creative. with two of each part of the course so it can be a race or relay. he must pass it to a trustworthy person who is sitting on the ground (by rolling it -. If you get hit and the ball hits the ground. You can pick the number of balls. The students slide through the slime. grab a flag at the other side and bring it back to where they started.remember if caught in the air you're out). Play fun music in the background.to stand in a large open circle and game balls are placed sporadically (if that's a word) throughout the circle. I use about 5 or 6. the thrower is out. Rules: • • • • If you are holding a ball you can't run and if you get hit you must sit down. They can only grab one flag at a time and must get as many as they can within a designated amount of time. In order for a person to move with the ball. and green food coloring). Either way. submitted by Charlie Mooney Also check out these extreme games: Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball (Click Here) Dodgeball Doctor (Click Here) Dodgeball Dragon (Click Here) Earthball Blowout (Click Here) Skateboard and Plunger Race Racers sit on skateboards and use plungers as oars in a race. Added by Young Life Slimy Slip & Slide Take a Slip and Slide and pour buckets of slime over it (flour. When the leader says "Go" students run to the nearest ball and start trying to hit anyone around them. video tape for great viewing later. • Idea by Will Hagle.

I'm taking the 5th amendment!) They must lick the contents inside .top to bottom. Peg a large sheet of plastic . You can have "squirters" on the sides of these boxes with bottles of syrup. 6. though forgiven. as well as our Events Page for other “gross” events like Jello Wrestling. They then proceed to a table(s) filled with party hats.EXAMPLE COURSE: 1. 5. Provide one or more kiddy pools filled with water.Goo is simply a plastic bag tunnel that you make. . Sprinkle in your favorite item for them to slide through (we did flour). . Have them start by jumping off something into a tub/baby pool of a couple dozen eggs. Give each a large. They obviously put these on for the rest of the course. .or something colorful for them to walk through. .) 2.of course! 7. anything you like. Then. Award motel-size bars of soap to the winner. It's kind of like a slip and slide with a lid! Have a couple people on each side holding the ends up for air flow. Last comes the "Dirty Diapers" on a table. Next. These have 2 different types of pudding inside each diaper . (Just spread out a few SuperSize fries and squirt Ketchup all over. Divide into teams. dripping with egg goo. filled with yucky stuff. That would end any race! The people that watch the SLOP-STACLE course have as much fun as the people that do it (if not more)! Also see Banana Split & Slide on Outdoor page. new bar of soap. Fill them up with powdered sugar or the like. they run over a broken down cardboard box covered with French fries with ketchup on them. . Call time after 5 minutes. without their hands. Get a whole lot of scraps. Mud Bowl. (note from Jonathan if you ask me about this . This is good for camps because you collect the leftovers from the week! Then place another sheet of plastic over it all. The Tunnel O. sauce. Then have them crawl through the Tunnel O' Goo.preferably black so it warms in the sun .and peg it to the ground. have them go through a box maze that you set up with a few refrigerator/dishwasher (large) boxes. almost always has consequences that aren't usually "shrunk" easily.Butterscotch & Chocolate. From there they go to a plate of whipped cream to find buried gummy bears .don't peg this one down. Have the "squirters" squirt syrup at the people going through the box maze. just like a car wash! 3. Oatmeal Wrestling. and Slime Night Soap Shrink Good camp game. 4. The Point: Sin. Next will be more cardboard covered with finger paint. On "Go!" have teams race to shrink their bars without breaking them.

the first whole team back across the line wins (this keeps kids out of the pools when trying to count all of the sponges). Added by Elizabeth Oliveras Also see Spongebob Squarefort on Upfront page." Have all the students line up. Then have the leaders on the field with flour stuffed into the legs of pantyhose. Get a bunch of small cheap yellow sponges and cut them in half or fourths. the team with the fewest sponges in their pool wins. When time starts running the person in the front dips the sponge and passes it to the back and the last person squeezes the water into the bucket.Added by Young Life Sock and Bop For this outdoor. Safety Note: ONLY bop in the torso area . Divide into two teams and place each team behind their pools (or in them). each team runs to their pool. in the face. In front of each row place a bucket with water and a sponge. One of the leaders will shout out something like. or around the neck! By the way. Simple but fun. Added by Kara Schladenhauffen Also see Sockball on Anywhere page. At the back place an empty bucket to collect water. The leaders try to hit them with the 'flour hose' and then they must go back to the other side and wait.similar to the game. Use a whistle to indicate start and stop times. reaches in and starts throwing sponges into the other team's pool. "Everyone with purple on!" and those people must then run. On the whistle. Spongebob Squarefort Great game for kids. Place a starting line 15-20 feet away from each team's pool. "Open Gates. Fill the pools with water and divide the sponges between each pool. Variations: 1. The winner is the last "boppee" standing. Set two rectangular inflatable pools 6-10 feet apart from each other with the long sides facing each other. On the whistle. The row that manages to collect the most water wins. the "boppers" (they don't have to be leaders if you have students mature enough to handle a flour filled pantyhose) can be placed facing each other to create a "run-through" line or they can be placed randomly around the playing field (as kids would in a game of tag). Sponge Pass Outdoor or Indoor (need more towels if indoor). When the whistle blows again. especially on a hot day! You divide your group in rows. everyone picks up and throws the sponges into the opposing team's pool. . semi-messy game.NEVER bop below the waist. you need old pantyhose and flour . When the whistle blows again.

You need several packs of toilet paper. they simply run back down the mat to their team and tag the next person. Line your students up across on of the slides skinny ends. place their forehead on one end of the bat. Place some of the youth leaders in a smaller pool in between the two pools. The last person to be hit and the runner-up are the two "marksmen" in the next round. Finally. Each person throws one Starburst into the target and closest to the middle can retrieve all of them. Starburst Toss Good small group outdoor game. If the game is taking too long. Line both teams up and pass wet sponges from one end to the other (or in a smaller group pass it "Hot Potato" style in a circle). Then they try to hit the other players who are allowed to move side to side from about 15-20 feet away. (Our dimensions are always around 20' x 30'. it needs to be big) slip-n-slide that money will allow. Draw a target on the ground w/sidewalk. The two "marksmen" pull off a wad of toilet paper and dip in a bucket of water. Continue as long as you'd like. On the opposite side of the slide have bats available for "dizzy bat. Added by Aaron Kingsbury Also see Sponge Pass on Outdoor page. Have 3 or 4 packs or bags of Starburst candy divided evenly amongst everyone.2. Line all but two players against an outside wall with side boundaries clearly marked. Added by Nic Bade Also see Candy Hunt on Audience page. put the other end on the ground and spin around it 10 times (hence "dizzy bat"). Toilet Paper Firing Squad Involves A LOT of clean up. Super Slip-n-Slide Relay First make the biggest (trust me. put a 1-3 minute time limit on each " round. also on Outdoor page." When you say "go" have a student from each team run and then slide on the mat.) Make as many teams as will fit safely (make enough space in between each team so they don't run into each other). If they do not slide all the way across then they have to army crawl the rest of the way. Change it every couple of rounds. The first team to get all of their sponges into the smaller pool wins. When done right it is almost impossible to run down the slide without falling down a bunch. 3. and pronounce the winner as the one who has the least amount of people left standing (and dry)! . making it really soggy. depending on the number of students you have. Then put baby shampoo (no tears!) and water all over it to make it as slick as possible. Then they must take their bat. Added by Josh Sanderson See Australian MegaSlide of Death.

Have each team choose a trash can holder (rotate regularly. add a cage ball. both on Big Room page. For large groups. Each team gets a point deducted from their score if the ball is kicked over their line. Variation 1: Once the kids get the hang of it. Toilet Paper Bowling & Toilet Paper Blow. so more are involved. Call out several numbers. add a soccer ball to the game. Mark a large square in the field and place a stack of seven to ten inner tubes in the center of the square. with your own player as the basketholder (assists at getting the ball in). The players with those numbers run to the center and start dragging the inner tubes to their lines. This game is basically basketball. so we tell players the ball must touch a certain # of girls on their team before they can shoot. but might be best if played with boys against boys and/or girls against girls. Make a boundry of about 10 feet around each holder with tape. both on Upfront page. There may be several players tugging on the same tube. This is a physically exhausting game that can be lots of fun. One of them serves as the middle ring. Anyone caught inside the tape must sit there indefinately (at your discretion). almost anyone can make a full court shot. Number the players on each team from one to however many players are on each team. each one lining up on their side of the square.just move the trash can). The team that gets this ball across their own line gets three additional points. Trashball Divide into two teams. This is a fun game because. in diameter). add an extra ball or two. Submitted by Jon Talley Tubal Bacon Steal the Bacon with inner tubes.Added by Rachel Tarr Also see Snowball Fight on Anywhere page. Team members along the team line act as goalies. Use a trashcan about the same size as your ball. Tie 4 ropes (ropes should be 8 to 10 ft. Each tube successfully pulled across a team's line is a score (one point) for that team. Also see Steal the Bacon and Tubemania. or earth ball (4 to 8 ft. Have each one stand up on a chair (they can't move from the chair or grab a ball. with the help of the can holder. in length) to this middle tube (you have to have . Variation 2: To further complicate the game. Toilet Paper Bride. Divide the group into four equal teams. The object of the game is to get as many inner tubes as possible across your team's line. Players can only take 3 steps when they have the ball. Once the ball touches the ground in their territory the point is scored against them. its a fun place to be). Tubal Tug Get 5 small to medium sized inner tubes.

if you don't use good safety precautions this could result in injuries. Each team gets a point deducted from their score if the ball is kicked over their line. Team members along the team line act as goalies. 6 and 9 o'clock positions. Number the players on each team from one to however many players are on each team. add a soccer ball to the game. CROSS.) and the other 4 stretched out to the noon. Give each group 2 or 3 tubes (depending on size). The object of the game is to get as many inner tubes as possible across your team's line. Be very careful. Divide the group into four equal teams. To further complicate the game. each one lining up on their side of the square. each team in two groups for a relay. or earth ball (four to eight feet in diameter).This is a physically exhausting game that can be lots of fun. There may be several players tugging on the same tube. Call out several numbers. it's not always the biggest/strongest that wins. TubeMania Outdoor & Big room. The first team members must step into the tubes. Since they are essentially pulling against 3 other people. each team diagonal with it's partner team. Line the teams up in four corners of the playing field. Next you will need 4 cones and 4 tennis balls. The players with those numbers run to the center and start dragging the inner tubes to their lines.. Divide your crowd into two teams. CRASH Good name for this game. from different directions.. 3. Once the ball touches the ground in their territory the point is scored against them. they attempt to become the 1st person to get the tennis ball off their respective cones (thus a four way tug-o-war). For a total tube fest. Safety Caution: Don't do this game on cement/asphalt . Then place the cones with the tennis balls on top about 10 feet out from the inner tubes. Mark a large square in the field and place a stack of seven to ten inner tubes in the center of the square. The team that gets this ball across their own line gets three additional points. pick them up (so they look like a Michelin Man) and run diagonal to their partner team. . add a cage ball. Once the kids get the hang of it.someone always slips or falls down and then gets drug across the ground by the other players. People then get in the inner tubes and on "Go!". Have a TUBEMANIA night playing the following tube games! TUBAL BACON (steal the bacon with innertubes): . but might be best if played boys against boys and/or girls against girls. putting the center ring at the center (duh. Of course their partner team and two apposing teams are running through the same intersection so look out! First team to switch all players across the diagonal one at a time is the winner. see Tubemania on Outdoor page.your tubes tied for this game!) Tie the other ends of the ropes to the other 4 tubes one rope to each tube. Lay out the inner tube contraption. CRISS. Each tube successfully pulled across a team's line is a score (one point) for that team.

Two players battle each other. Draw or rope off a small circle that they try to bump each other out of. We play this game in our gym with up to 175 kids. Then place the cones with the tennis balls on top about 10 feet out from the inner tubes. When a player catches the Frisbee they can take only 3 steps then they must throw it.played with an octopus. Divide into two teams and play ULTIMATE FRISBEE. One team kicks off (throws actually) and the other team receives. passing to each other until a team scores. If a defensive player knocks the Frisbee to the ground. If the team hits the ground it's the other teams ball (Frisbee actually). from different directions. simple you hang the tubes from the gym ceiling with some rope and the kids must get the ball through the goal (over the tube and between the ropes). each trying to get to the opposite end zone. but . Tie 4 ropes (ropes should be 8 to 10 feet in length) to this middle tube (you have to have your tubes tied for this game!!!) Tie the other ends of the ropes to the other 4 tubes . See Ultimate Octopus & Ultimate Wet Soccer. You also need a big cage ball (earth ball).. If you haven't played .. possession switches as well. with the octopus. Ultimate Octopus This game is just like Ultimate Frisbee. . Defensive players must give any person already holding a Frisbee at least 3 feet clearance. Kids then get in the inner tubes and on "Go" they attempt to become the 1st person to get the tennis ball off their respective cones (thus a four way tug-o-war). also on Outdoor page and Nuclear Ultimate Football on EVENTS page. TUBAL TUG Get 5 innertubes (small to medium sized ones work best). it's not always the biggest/strongest that wins.one rope to each tube. BASKETBALL GIGANTE submitted by Mike Ultimate Frisbee (Frisbee Football) Divide into two teams. Since they are essentially pulling against 3 other people. you guessed it .JUMP THROUGH This is a simple relay where you give each team one tube and they race to see who can get their entire team through their tube first. MICHELIN MAN BUMPER TUBE This is basically Sumo Wrestling for poor people. Lay out the inner tube contraption. Next you will need 4 cones and 4 tennis balls. Caution: Don't do this game on cement/asphalt because someone always slips or falls down and then gets drug across the ground by the other players. BASKETBALL GIGANTE (Giant" in Spanish) Get 2 carpet role tubes (12 foot card board tubes) you can get them from any carpet co. One of them serves as the middle ring. . Purchase an octopus at your local grocery store or fish market.) and the other 4 stretched out to the noon. each holding a tube like a belt or belly. 6 and 9 o'clock positions. putting the center ring at the center (duh. 3. Team work their way down the field.

Ultimate Wet Soccer Use the rules from Ultimate Frisbee (move the ball down the field by throwing it. Gross Balloon Gross Balloon Volleyball All you need is a volleyball court or something similar. mustard. (If you don’t have a net. and a rubber one that's covered in fabric so it doesn't hurt so much when you hit it. chocolate syrup. but replace the frisbee with a water-soaked Nerf soccer ball. When a player catches the octopus they can take only 3 steps then they must throw it. One team kicks (throws actually) off and the other team receives. and lots of gross liquids and sauces (except Tobasco). syrup. We used buckets as goals at either end. both on Outdoor page. you can do this like an egg toss). Make sure that you tell people to wear old clothes in case they get splattered! Original Idea By Matt Johnson Also see Volleyball.) The object is to throw the balloon back and forth over the net. salad dressing. check it out on the Outdoor page. If the team hits the ground it's the other team's ball (octopus actually). Volleyball. not plastic. volleyball. . If a defensive player knocks the octopus to the ground possession switches as well. interceptions or missed passes result in turnover). Added by Owen Sallee Also see Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball. Defensive players must give any person already holding an octopus at least 3 feet clearance. but the water gives the game a new twist. The grosser the better. each trying to get to the opposite end zone. They make 2 kinds of "regular" volleyballs the plain ol' rubber type.ULTIMATE FRISBEE. The higher you throw it the more likely it is to break when the person tries to catch it. Divide into two teams. passing to each other until a team scores. New School on Outdoor page & Volleyball. (Fill the gross stuff first then the water. Not an extremely wet game. H2O H20 Volleyball! Must have a cloth. Black Light on Big Room page. Team work their way down the field. Add things to all of the water balloons like ketchup. anything you want. player may take two steps after catching ball. <>Send everyone to wash their hands or have hand sanitizer on hand right afterward! See Ultimate Frisbee & Ultimate Wet Soccer. water balloons.

) 5. 5 points are awarded to the serving team if the opposing team fails to return a serve.Each team has a bucket full of cold water. 6. in the net. Water Ball You can play this game like Dodge Ball or have wars using boxes as forts. Water balls save time and can be used over. No person may hit the ball two consecutive times. 5 points are awarded to the receiving team if a serve is missed (out of bounds. New School New School Volleyball can be played on a regular volleyball court with the normal amount of players on each team. The main difference is the scoring. . If they do miss. they are out. Volleyball. which makes it unwieldy and splashes both server and receiver. 4. Get a bunch of pool water balls (the kind that are super absorbent or use water balloons. Playing: The object of the game is for a team to volley the ball as many times as possible without missing or fouling (up to 50 times) BEFORE hitting it back over the net to the opposing team who will make every attempt to return it without missing. 3. New School on Outdoor page. Keep them far enough apart that it won't hurt and tell them no head shots. then to safely return it. All other volleyball rules are in effect. A game is 15 minutes. Added by Young Life Also see Gross Balloon Volleyball on Outdoor page. etc. even if the serving team scores on successive serves. it must be dunked in the bucket first. When a player is hit. Players rotate on each serve. 7. All volleys must be counted audibly by the entire team (or by scorers on the sidelines) which aids in the scoring process and also helps build tension. BE PREPARED to have the whole bucket dumped on the youth leader! Added by Tonya Berry Also see Volleyball. No two people may hit the ball back and forth to each other more than once in a succession to increase the number of volleys. Whoever drops the ball has to re-soak it. Fill buckets with water and give each team a bunch of balls or one ball each. and hope that the other team blows it. Other rules: 1. 2. The highest score wins. Each time the ball is served. So the idea is to volley the ball as many times as possible each time the ball comes over the net. A regular volleyball is used as well. the opposite team receives as many points as they volleyed before returning it.

Divide your group into two teams. Added by Charlie Wallis Also see Eternal Dodgeball (Click Here) and Balloon Defense (Click Here). Also make sure you have refilling stations with faucets for the super soakers. break and get a new one. Two are better but teams can share. The other two must run and catch the water balloon. The team to catch the most balloons without breaking them wins. Each team needs to designate 3 people to launch their balloons. giving them each a beach towel. place an Alka-Seltzer tablet on the tape and add two more strips above and below the tablet. Members of the team around the sheet must have both hands on the sheet at all times after the balloon is launched and until it hits the ground or sheet. but be careful. away holding on to a large bed sheet. with a "medic tent" replacing the jails. The team that catches the most launched water balloons wins. the game is more fun. Split students into teams of four. HINTS: Make sure your playing area is not too big.you are out and must go to the "medic tent" to get a new one (medics need to have towels to dry tape before applying new tablet to badge!) Play capture the flag on a large open field. Set them a predetermined length apart and have two from each team launch a water balloon with the beach towel. Water balloon launchers can be cool too. Provide a few extras for those who don't have one or forget. Water Balloon Towel Catch Tell students ahead of time to bring a beach towel from home for this game. When your water war badge gets wet. without getting them wet. so that it is still visible but held on the person's arm by the tape. take a 3 min. Water Capture the Flag Capture the Flag with a water twist! Instead of simply tagging people or pulling flags off a belt. Water Balloon Sheet Catch You need a water balloon launcher for this game. and when your tab breaks off or fizzes out you must go to the tent. . so that players get soaked quickly. Added by Rob Thompson Also see Water Balloon Towel Catch on Outdoor page. If you have people with hoses guarding the flags. etc. Added by PW Fu Also see Water Balloon Sheet Catch on Outdoor page.Variations: You can also use this setting for a great game of Capture the Flag. All players get Super-soakers. They tend to knock kids of their feet. The rest of the team goes 20-70 yds. use the Alka-Seltzer method! Make a badge on the arm of every player like this: wrap a strip of duct tape around the player's arm (t-shirt sleeve).

Throw more rolls into the court when the action dies down.) Added by J Bucolo Also see Blindfold Marco Polo Dodgeball. . a tee for the ball which was a splash ball. Added by Kimberly Wilson Wet Toilet Paper Dodgeball Set up a court outside for dodgeball. 5 gallon buckets works well. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!!! Also see Rio Linda Wiffle Ball. Angel. Wiffle Ball Outdoor & Big room. It is now legendary at our church! NOTE: If you do this game inside. One leads the way. Have everyone wear water shoes if they have them. Shaving Cream Wiffle Ball.and then have a wrestling match. For example there is the classic Christmas tree. . fill it with can after can after can of creamed corn. Do I need to explain this game? You might ask me why I put it on the list even. Dodgeball Doctor. make sure to lay down a tarp to protect the carpet. & Opposite Arm Dodgeball. These look great placed outside the Pastor’s window! Wrestling In Creamed Corn Just how it sounds! Get a kiddie pool. Earthball Blowout. Plays like dodge ball or any other variation. North Star. The actual game of dodge ball didn't last very long. Also have towels ready to give to contestants. but for each base was a hard plastic wading pool and from 3rd base to home was a slip-n-slide. I'll tell you: Come in real close so I can whisper it in your ear . Outfit each team with plenty of rolls of toilet paper depending on the size of your group. Longbase. Use a large plastic bat. or the monster from Rudolf the Red-Nosed reindeer. Each group is assigned to create a snow "model" that relates to Christmas. The images can be serious or goofy. Games With a Point A Walk in The Dark You need three players to start. You'll get about 5 good throws from a roll.. & Fat Bat. all on Outdoor page.. one to be in back and one to be . Assuming students are properly dressed. Use rope to setup a centerline and boundaries. Dodgeball Dragon. invite them to create a group of 35 people. Give each team a bucket of water.Added By Eric Price Wet Baseball Standard baseball rules. Winter Lawn Art This is an ideal game for regions that experience regular snowfall in the winter. all on Big Room page. (It’s really just an excuse to throw wet toilet paper rolls at each other.

. If they fall down . and creativity. usually at least 20 minutes. At night time when it's dark. One is taken out of the room. The Point: Teamwork. They are usually hilarious and very creative. . purses. Repeat the process switching the two competitors. During the first pass the other two people lead them through the whole house . Everyone in the group must be in in the skit. and then have each group perform for everyone. they do it all alone and try to remember their footsteps. send a leader with each group to help keep them on track. . Each turn you go different routes to make it harder. Everyone on the team searches through their own pockets. they must come back to the start and give another player a turn. we may throw in some props that they must use somehow. etc. Variation: Especially if you have a small group (under 30) use chairs as well as people to create the maze. “Two is better than one. wallets. cooperation. Added by Heidi Abbott Also see Improv (Click Here) and Group Charades (Click Here). Also see Alphabet Getting to Know You (Click Here). The other has 1-3 minutes (depending on the size of your group) to arrange a maze. Added by Nate The Point: This could be a discussion starter if talking about friendship or the Ecclesiastes principle of."it" in the middle. Then when they get back where they started. The maze can be as creative and complicated as he/she wants as long as there are a beginning and an end. The player has to walk through the whole house blindfolded. We have preselected several Bible scenes or verses and each group has to come up with a modern day skit of that scene or the theme of the verses. Added by Young Life A-maze-ing! Choose two competitors.” Acting Out We LOVE this game! We divide our students up into groups no larger than 10 students. We give them a time limit.one in front and one in back. The Point: You could use this game as a kickstarter with a discussion about friends leading you down the wrong path or finding God's will. The winning team is the one to have objects representing the most letters. using all the people in the room. For added fun. If they do the whole thing correctly they win! If they don't. The group tries to come up with one possession which begins with each letter of the alphabet. Alphabet Pockets Divide into teams of 4 or 5. bring in the second person who is now blindfolded and let them go. See how long it takes them to make it to the end of the human maze. After the maze is arranged. one player takes a turn being "it"."It" must wear a blindfold.

It would be nearly impossible to accomplish this by oneself. Once a student gains an audience with a Sage. Optional: Ask them to dress up and wait in several different rooms in your facility."OH GREAT WISE SAGE. If there is.. The farther apart the Sages are the better. different dates. silly. "You have not asked correctly. they must close the door and petition the Sage to grant him or her an audience. Next. But students must ask exactly the way the questions are phrased. PLAY: The balloon is passed around while music plays. then the student marks a correct answer on his/her sheet. Ask several volunteers to agree to be "Wise Sages" for the evening. They can be fun. The first student with all the answers wins. If the Sage does not know the answer to their question. prepare a sheet for each youth that has questions that only a "Sage" would be able to answer.Important Note: Do not play this game if you have a rough group of kids. the Sage should say something like.) PREP: Blow up the balloons and put a coin in each one. If the Sage knows the answer. Our record is ten! The students will be amazed at how it works! The Point: This is a great game for showing students what teamwork can do." and tell them to come back later.. Give out your question sheet and a pen to each student. They are allowed to open the door and check to see if a Sage is there." In that case. Added by Shane Peters Back to Back This is the game where you start out with two people sitting back to back and they have to stand straight up without using their hands. in Hot Potatoe . different state quarters. They must look for the Sages throughout the building. They do this by saying these exact words. Added by Greg Cates Balloon Pass Smash Provide one balloon for each person in the group. the Sage will say something like. serious or related to your talk. etc. the student should make note not to ask that Sage the same question again. Students must go from Sage to Sage and cannot go to the same Sage twice in a row. "I truly do not know. The Point: This game stretches youth to think before speaking and be deliberate with their words. he or she may ask a question. They may hit or trip the blindfolded person as they are trying to find their way through the maze and it could quickly become violent (too much like the game of Gauntlet). Add one person every time they stand up successfully. several different coins with different values. Ask The Sage A good game for jr high. MAY I ENTER?" If they fail to say this phrase. Each Sage should have the answer to only one or two questions.

If you do this with a big group. you can have everyone play. The point: Things taken apart (relationships. Bible Smugglers This game works well if all of your kids are regular attenders. The last person pops one too. Then based on the types of coins.) aren't as easily put back together. This keeps going till everyone has popped a balloon and has a coin.fashion. The team with the best reconstructed banana wins. Banana Surgery This can either be played as an upfront game. Ex. “Over your head!”. one flashlight. (Don’t tell them what comes next until they're done. . around your waist!” The Point For A Small Group: it's a good way to get people to sit differently than they would. or if you have a smaller group. “Under your legs!”. The Point for Missions Emphasis: Use coins from different countries and have people pray for that country. Use different size and shape balloons. Visitors or students new to church may feel out of place.) Then tell them they must put the banana back together using pins. reputations. tape. If not. like at a camp." They hide somewhere with the flashlight turned on. students are arranged into groups or seating order. Behind your back. By date works very simply. use a video feed to a big screen and time the "surgery" so it doesn't drag. Have two leaders be "missionaries. MIX IT UP: Change the way the balloon is passed every time. don't use this game. etc. Have a team peel and cut up a banana into equal parts. Added by Jason Schmock Also see Balloon Squash (Click Here) and Musical Hats (Click Here). or whatever. When the music stops the person (or people for a large group using several balloons at once) who has a balloon has to pop it and take the coin. Materials: plastic spoons (they represent Bibles). needles. holding it straight up. it can also work in a large facility. Give prizes out if people's birth year is the same as their coin. Each kid gets a "Bible" and they have to bring it to the missionaries. Idea from Young Life Also see Chocolate Tower (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here). Bible Smugglers works best outdoors. However.

play fun music in the background as people regroup. however. For example: if the leaders yell out the word "football" the teams must squeeze into the shape of a football as would be seen from above. Keep score. The rules are the same as kickball (3 outs/inning. (You can throw in things like. Added by Candice Thiessen Big Squeeze. Once they find the missionaries. The Easy game for a big group (minimum 20).). Quickly divide into 2-4 teams (more people. Like Body Parts (Click Here). . but may not touch the runner.) California A dog A pair of sunglasses A baseball bat A shark A map of the U. The twist is that the students play with a partner and one is blindfolded. The Point: gets kids to solidify what they've learned concerning the salvation message. but the blind player runs the bases. Good Squeeze Shapes (Squeeze into the shape of . The guard can be from any country (it's fun to have crazy accents).A. When in jail. Your youth group leader The Point: Teamwork. yell out the shape and watch them scramble to group up.first team to 10 wins. The kids get sent to jail if they answer a question wrong or if they lie (such as if you ask them what they are doing and they say. then they can go on to find the missionaries. the kids have to convince the guard to let them out of jail by the same methods as getting caught by a border guard. In the field. force outs. As soon as you pause the song.The Catch: They are in a foreign country and there are border guards everywhere (these are the other youth staff). The seeing player can run alongside and coach. They CAN. "What is a Bible?" "What is the Bible about?" "Who is this Jesus?" "What happens if I believe in Jesus?". more teams) and announce that each team will be racing to squeeze into the shape of the item mentioned. If a kid gets caught by a border guard. The guards should ask questions like."). they have to do what the guard says. and basically their job is to get the kids to tell them the gospel message.. etc. "In my country we believe in a million gods. "just going for a midnight stroll"). The game is simple and would work with any group of 18+. At bat. "What is Heaven?” etc. the seeing player can catch or stop the ball. foul balls. but not throw or tag a runner. . cooperation Blind Kickball This is one of those "trust" games that you can finish up with a short Bible study on faith. they can come back to the start (which is where the jail is located) and get more Bibles to deliver to the missionaries. If they explain the message well. "What are you doing?".S. the seeing player kicks the ball.. touch their own blind partner to guide them to throw the ball or .

” But assure them that they are going to have one (or both) hands on your shoulders as they are lifted up on the board. and the other will lead him or her through the obstacle course by using only their voice. One person tilts head back and places pennies over each closed eye (Contact lens wearers be careful). Tell them the object of this game is to see who can stand on the board longest as the guys lift it up a little at a time.) The Point: Trust. or hearing God’s voice. One from each pair is blindfolded. trying to hear their partner’s directions. This game is HILARIOUS to watch! (We had an audience at the public park where we were playing. Blinded By Money Divide your group into pairs. Now blindfold your victim. select three players who don't have a fear of heights and have them escorted out of the room. “blinded by money”. Have your first player escorted back in. By virtue of person's weight they will naturally move and ‘shift' the board a . a good game for a leadership event. Added by David A. Then. following the verbal direction of their partner. Also see Penny on the Chin Mixer (Click Here). Point: Trust and/or Things aren't always what they seem. The object is for each person to drop (dump) their pennies in the container. helping each other along in our faith journeys. Have several informed 'spotters' as well that can catch them any way they would stumble. Place a big garbage can or cardboard box in the center. Steen Also see Blindfolded Obstacle Course (Click Here). Board Lift For this upfront game you need a blindfold and a 2x10 board at least 3 to 4 feet long – strong enough to support someone's weight. The Point: Team building. Point out the confusion that may have occurred with all the pairs going at once. Have two informed strong leaders on either side of the board they are going to "lift" with someone standing on it. Have everyone form a giant circle. greed. crowding around the container. Issue each pair two pennies.lead them to tag the runner. Added by Scott Street Also see Blind Kickball (Click Here). Players alternate being blindfolded each inning. who may not touch them. faith. Blindfolded Obstacle Course Create an obstacle course (a playground works GREAT) and get your students or leaders to go in pairs. The Point: Kickstarter for discussion on money. This is a “test of bravery. friends. In actuality. the board holders aren't going to lift the board more than six inches off the ground. priorities.

Relationships take effort no matter if you're related or not! Get several sets of siblings to play this game. Any member of the group inadvertently left outside the wall will receive his/her own bucket of water! The Point: Team building! Brother and Sister Like the old tv game show. you don't want a law suit!). If they fall off they are eliminated. Then have your two guys tip the board over so the person falls off. Box or Bucket Silly outdoor or indoor retreat. a bucket of water will be thrown on the group. The wall can’t have any openings larger than 3 inches. and go on to your next victim… er. They think they're falling 5 feet when it's only 5". and water. about 16 feet long. Board Walk Use a stopwatch or watch with seconds hand for this competition. from Fear Factor/Faith Factor on our EVENT IDEAS page (CLICK HERE) The Point: It is difficult to walk steadily. When time is up. Clap for that player. The wall doesn’t have to be higher than one box. but it must go completely around the group. You need several (10-20) cardboard boxes (med-large). if we allow the things around us to distract us. or group game. reach down and pull off as many flags as they can. At that point the person really thinks they are going up in the air! Have your spotters play it up to the crowd and motion them to cheer and react as though the board is being lifted up high. Added by Travis See Trust Circle (Click Here) and Trust Lift (Click Here).) A brother and sister couple must work together to score the highest points possible to win. on top of a few cement blocks (not too high. Place them among the boxes and tell they have 2 minutes to form a wall around themselves using the boxes. Blindfold a group of 8-10 people. Have the students walk across it. camp." only with siblings. When the brother returns. "The Newlywed Game. The Point: Just because you're related to someone doesn't mean you know them. while being sprayed from all sides with super soakers. excuse them back to their seat. for every gap in their wall wider than 3”. The one to walk across the quickest and with the most flags wins.little. focused on the tasks at hand. She records her answers on a large sheet of paper. You (or the game leader) will begin to kneel down slowly till they almost can't really touch your shoulders. blindfolds. The brother is sent out of the room and the sister answers a series of questions about her brother. (select siblings that can be a good sport and won't mind answering the below questions.see which siblings know each other the best. Tie several football flags to the 2x4. player. Secure a 2X4. he sits in a chair with his sister standing behind him . buckets.

holding up her written answers. This can be a class competition. Bible study. Tally the scores and award the prize. What did your sister say was the dumbest thing you . what would you change about yourself first? About how many arguments do you have with her each week? Who obeys your mom and dad best. etc. balancing a bucket of water on their feet. we can have all the right ingredients in our lives (church. Have towels handy. all that great stuff is useless. . Just dump it all on their head. but they won't matter. If we don't have the right foundation. oil. Use cake mix. Added by Young Life The Point: Teamwork. ask them like this: "1.). Mix a cake on the head – yes. . too! The Point: This can also be used as an illustration for a talk about faith and deeds. yummy! Lathers up good. and icing. directly on the head . (Remember: when you ask the brother the questions that you asked the sister.") Repeat this process by sending the sister out of the room and asking the brother to answer questions. Christian friends. . the couple gets a point. If their answers match. Questions to the sister about her brother: What is the dumbest thing your brother has ever done? What is his favorite food? What do you dislike most about your brother? Describe your brother in one word. Without Christ as the foundation of a life. what would you wish about your brother? What is his favorite TV program? How often does he take a bath? Question to the brother about his sister: What does your sister spend most of her time doing? If you were your sister. Cake Head This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. eggs. you or your sister? How old was your sister when she kissed a boy for the first time? What animal is your sister most like? What is your sister's favorite subject? How long does she talk on the phone each day? Does she chase boys? Idea from Young Life Also see Family Feud (Click Here). water. What is the meanest thing he has ever done to you? What does he spend most of his time thinking about? If you had one wish. Their answers are usually hilarious. Each team member must remove his/her shoes without spilling the water. Bucket Balance Choose two teams of four. Have the teams lie on their backs in a circle with their feet raised to meet in the middle. Mmm.of a brave volunteer who will be a good sport if their hair gets messed up.

you can break your group up in teams and have a contest for most original “restoration” job. Closer To God With Balloons Blow up about 50 medium sized round balloons in various colors. This idea was submitted by Jake & Vicki Hookham: My 1986 Olds Delta 88 was white and crying out for some ghetto (it looks like a grandma car. even providing stencils for some of the students to decorate the car with. Everyone had lots of fun. Smart youth worker thought: Just make sure you let the neighbors know what's going on (otherwise they may call the police)! Also see Car Stuff (Click Here). Keep balloons separate in large garbage bags. then brought the car. Divide . had them all stand in the parking lot. I invited them beforehand. Week Two: Take the windows out and give kids turns smashing the car. told them to wait for me while I went to the car to get it. This can lastat least an hour! We then used this to talk about sacrifice (it was a weak link.Added by Elise Hawke Also see Human Sundae (Click Here). Write words or phrases that can draw you away from God on the other half. but it was there). Car Restoration – Ghetto Flava Got a big ol' hooptie or an ugly little junker that still runs? This isn’t really a game. but a great activity for your group. We surprised the skaters and painted the car with it. The kids feel unified whenever they see it around town. Again give each team a side of the car and let them lay into it with sledgehamers and/or block splitters. The main idea was to launch the new year. I told them I needed their help to paint something big.one for each side of the car. Australian youth worker Chris Bowditch adds this variation: Same as above. To pull in a couple of unchurched skaters. Divide youth into two teams. Week One: Same "decorating" idea as above. and "things about God" and our church's address and slogan are plastered all over my car. got all the colors of house paint I could. Our variation: If you have more than one hooptie owner. and to 'smash' the students expectations about what people who are involved in a church do. only turn it into a two-week competition with two teams . Write words or phrases that can bring you closer to God on half of the balloons with a black sharpie marker. and that's exactly who died right before it was donated to me).

Moe. Good things on the floor don't count. and unlock rooms that they are allowed. shut all the doors to rooms. the youth must surrender and be escorted out. Once a group of about 10 find the church the game is over (depending on the size of your group). The name the person shouts depends on the name the person in the middle says: .” “Mo. If they are found gathering.) Added by Julie Curtis Communist Church This game is PERFECT for that All-Night Activity. give your two teams a couple more minutes to play. so no one knows they are there. If good. Set Up: Explain to the kids about communism and persecution in restricted nations. The Point: It also is a great set up for a discussion starter. Their job is to catch the kids and take them outside the building. they are put in prison. The communists are only allowed in the hallways. how Christians are not allowed to gather publicly. The person pointed to must respond with a name before the person in the middle can count out loud to ten. but they are to hide in that room. Best played at night. really funny. After all balloons are tossed out of bags by leaders. Game Prep: In the building that you are going to use. Note: Players must be holding on to the good things to count. The Point: Use with a discussion about things that can bring you closer to God vs. If bad. The team with the most good after subtracting how many bad they have on the floor wins. If they tag or grab a youth. Added by Jason Goss Curly. and Larry Groups of 20-30 sit or stand in a circle. Put one team on each side. One person is in the middle and points to someone in the circle and says either “Curly. with lights off. Youth must pick up and read the balloons to determine if good or bad. Once the youth are outside. Which you have made difficult since you or another leader are constantly locking and unlocking doors. Lock rooms that youth are not allowed in.making sure the light is hidden so it can't be seen without REALLY looking for it. Talk about the differences and how easy or difficult it is to hold on (or maintain) either. Once they do. they are not to touch the flashlight. The Game: Turn on and hide a flashlight (which represents the church) in a room in your building . their job is to find a way back in. (Don't give them this hint.” or “Larry”. Your Youth's job is to find the flashlight. things that pull you away from God. leaving one door unlocked at all times. but we had kids stuffing the good things up their shirts. Leaders keep throwing the good and bad balloons equally on each side of the net/line. The Catch: Have your leaders be the communists.room with tape. they want to throw them on the other side. they want to hold on to them. they cannot go inside the rooms.

(Leader's are excluded. as you will be the panel of judges. have each person go around and say something about "it". the panel of judges (leaders) will ask some questions to each group. something have done. After a while. to avoid elbowing someone in the head. If the group can answer them. If they fail.“Curly”: say the name of the person on your right. The Point: This might be a goofy opener for a talk on how to get "garbage" (sin. Added by Young Life Getting To Know It Split the group into girls and guys. bad influences) out of our lives. If they succeed. the person in the middle stays and repeats the process with someone else in the circle. On "Go!".) Put teams on opposite sides of the room. (It may be something they like. Give each group 5 minutes to find out as much about "it" as they can. Added by Scott Street Gag a Napkin A quick. something they don't like. Tell the person that they need to fall with their body as straight as possible. After 5 minutes. Also see Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp'em) (Click Here). The Point: Remembering names of people in your group. you may want to add a second person to the middle. The Point: Team building. After five minutes. rotate half of each group to another group. Garbage War Divide the room into four sections by putting tape on the floor. The Point: You can use this as an opener for a discussion on greed. just for fun game to liven up a banquet. Each person opens up a paper napkin and places a corner of it on his or her tongue. Have a ton of newspaper and toilet paper and other "dry garbage". race to see who gets the entire napkin in their mouth first. or combine two groups and put a second person in the middle. they change places with the person in the middle. Dedicate one person from each group to be "it".) Once each group has had a chance to speak. “Moe”: say your own name. Fall Of Faith A youth ministry classic. Get a person to stand backward on a chair while the rest of the group prepares to catch him or her. they will decide on . etc. The object is to get all of the stuff out of your section and into the other team’s section. “Larry”: say the name of the person on your left. a good game for a leadership event. that is good and looked highly upon. After the judges are done asking questions. and with both hands across their chest.

7. The Point: Great for getting a new group of students to know each other's names. "Moose". What would you do with $1. Examples: I have a pet snake. 6. Each team will assign somebody per turn to sit on each chair. where would you go? 4. and Identity Circle (Click Here). Sample questions: 1. or cars. "Kitten".) Divide the kids into two teams.000 dollars cash? 5. such as hair color or eye color.who had better information about the person. Share a moment in your life when you were really mad. panel vote (holding up fingers or cards to indicate "Team 1" or "2"). "Ape". Give each person a blank 3x5 card (or piece of paper) and have them write 5 little known facts about themselves and sign their name. Getting To Know You Better (Click Here). This could be played w/o chairs. Assign two people to hold the blanket up between the two chairs. You can have people make up their own or choose from categories like body parts. What is your favorite kind of weather and why? 3. Put two chairs (one for each team) about 2 meters apart facing each other. The two people sitting on the chairs will immediately say the name of the one opposite them.e. "Pretty Eyes". or animal names like. The first between the two who names the person opposite him/her scores a point. I. I hate pizza. Encourage each group to not make all the information physical. Submitted by Youth for Christ Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here).. What is your favorite pizza? 2. the carpet in my bedroom is green. It's up to you if you want to judge strictly by opinion. Getting To Know You Better Divide into 2 even teams. if you want. I was born in Mexico City. Communication Also see Getting To Know You Better (Click Here). Share an embarrassing moment? Added by Nicole The Point: Getting To Know You. . or award points with the higher points winning. Our variation: If you have a smaller group of "regulars" have people come up with nicknames that everyone else has to remember. If you could go anywhere on a vacation for a week. Share a moment in your life when you remember being the most happy. For larger groups. At the count of three the 2 people holding the blanket will release it causing it to fall down and reveal who is sitting on the chairs. my middle name is Hortense. so the people sitting in them can't see each other. Getting to Know You (You need a wide blanket or canvas to play this game. etc. you get the idea. divide into 4 teams and have a play-off with the 2 winning teams and 2 losing teams. "Twinkle Toes".

The Point: Motivator for positive self esteem.. The last person will share with the group what they've been told. (If you touch the floor or fall. Begin by opening up the bidding between the teams. they . Pretty. The team that wins the bidding has five seconds to guess after the reading of the appropriate number of clues. Loving. usually. or if you just started leading a group. after so many go. Give Yourself A Hand! Items Needed: Paper Markers or Ink pens Safety Pins You can either pre-make paper hands or have each participant trace their own hand on paper and pin it on their back. Keep it going until everyone has heard the initial statement or information. The game is now ready to play. Kindhearted. Have everyone get in a circle or line. The point: How easily gossip goes around! Added by Tabby Grocery Bag Yoga Take a paper grocery bag and set it in the middle of the floor with the kids all around it in a circle. The Point: Great game for getting to know students after a summer break. Then have students come up front and read what everyone said about them. you're out!) Once they do it. One person starts by whispering something in their neighbor's ear. for example: "We can name that person in five clues!" or. etc. Eventually.then the next youth goes. the bag gets shorter and shorter. "We can name that person in four clues!" etc. for everyone to circulate. it isn't what the first person said. The object is for students to name the person on the card that the leader draws (from the other team’s stack of cards) in as few clues as possible. they tear off the piece that was in their mouth.) Allow enough time.. Added by Young Life Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here).Collect all the cards and keep separate stacks for each team. Exciting. (ex. Obviously. Fun. The object is for each youth to try and pick it up by their teeth while standing on one leg and NOT touching the floor with your hands. an influx of new students.. Added by Sylvia Tucker Gossip Tellers (aka Telephone) This game works best in small groups (less than 30). Nice. Then the whole group walks around and writes a one word POSITIVE description of the person whose back they are writing on. depending on group size.

NC Gross Domestic Product This takes quite a bit of setup and some baking skills. The person who was out of the room will come back in. Pick a volunteer to leave the room after you explain the game. kids lose their balance and fall. five gross. The leader can get bold and make faces.. throw their hands in the air. whipped mayo and strawberries ("strawberries and cream"). Give the person in the middle three chances to guess who the leader is.). choose a simple task that the volunteer is to do when he or she enters the room (walk in and tie a certain kid's ..realize that they can tear a big piece or small piece! The bag ends up getting so short. cross arms. everyone is doing it. etc. We also taught that you don't have to taste everything under the sun to know when you have the real answer. The Point: There are many choices of how to live your life and what gods to follow. Guess the Task Everyone gets in a big circle. stick out their tongue. Once everyone has reached a decision. Create six desserts: one real. You can have the leader be the next volunteer if he is guessed or any way you see fit. For that reason. etc. but only one is real: Jesus. yawn. The point: This could tie into a discussion using the point. whipped mayo with sprinkles ("vanilla pudding"). Everyone must slyly watch this person and imitate what they do when the other volunteer comes back into the room (cross legs. when the person in the middle's back is turned and before they have a chance to see who started it. Pick a volunteer to leave the room after you explain the game. stand in the middle of the circle and try to see who is the leader (the one everyone is watching). and our real dessert was brownies with Twix in them ("chunky brownies"). Once that volunteer is out of hearing range. Also see Guess the Task (Click Here). this is best played on soft grass or carpet. "Don't bite off more than you can chew or you'll lose your balance!" (Balancing priorities. The students must choose only ONE to eat by smelling and looking ONLY.) Added by Rachel Harris. pick another volunteer who wants to be the leader. they must eat a handful/spoonful and see if they were right. cookies with LOTS of salt and pepper with sour cream in the middle ("cookie sandwiches").the kid who picked the brownies KNOWS he's right without tasting the other gross stuff. etc. They cannot touch the stuff or talk about their choices. The Point: Either peer pressure or leadership and influence. We made a ketchup smoothie ("berry milkshake"). Then choose a new volunteer and a new leader. Once that volunteer is out of hearing range. The key is to make each dessert LOOK appetizing. Added by Dustin Perkins Guess the Leader Everyone gets in a big circle. avocado pie ("key lime pie").

. The people in the circle then have to ask the person questions and they have to answer as the person they are. distance from the girl — that when told to do so they will enter the room one at a time. Louder and faster clapping means the person is getting "hotter" (closer to completing or discovering what the task is) and silence means "you're way off. keep trying stuff. Make sure you build them up afterward! The Point: Great game to precede a talk on dating or sex. If there has been some kind of talk or drama or story. walk over to the girl. While they are out of the room. telling the crowd that you will need their help. They have to try and hold themselves like that person and speak like that person. pull out and hide the middle chair. then they can pick someone from that. etc. The student in the hot seat has to really try to be that person. Note: The person who takes them out should have three lines ready for the guys in case they can’t think of one. The kids in the room help direct this ignorant person by clapping when this person gets even close to doing the task. It's a good test to see if they've been listening! The person in the hot seat eventually tells the others in the circle who they are portraying if it hasn't been guessed yet. Also see Guess the Leader (Click Here). say the pledge of allegiance. walk.) The volunteer must come in the room and try to start doing certain tasks (unaware of the task to be done). Stand on one end of the sheet while the girl remains on the other end. both you and the girl release pressure on the sheet so they will fall right through." The Point: Either peer pressure or leadership and influence. replacing it with a pillow on the ground under the sheet. When the guys deliver their line and begin to sit down. briefly send them out of the room.Discussion Wrap-Up Have everyone sit in a big circle with one person sitting on a chair in the middle-–the "hot seat. pick a girl to sit on the end chair. After explaining and demonstrating. Guy's Best Pick-up Line Tell a quick disaster date story about asking someone out.shoe that is untied. Demonstrate for them that it all counts here — talk." That person takes on the role of someone you've talked about in your small group discussion. Not in voice but in what they say. deliver their best line. Added by Young Life Hot Seat . take off their own coat. Then pull up three guy studs to come give you their best line and move. To do this. The point: Helps students retain the information they just learned. re-enact your scene by building a couch out of three folding chairs covered by a LARGE sheet or blanket (it must cover all the chairs well--all the way to the ground). and sit right next to her with their arm around her. After building the couch in front of them.

Have your staff and parents collect a bunch of their old junk (empty cans. The Point: It's a group effort and if one isn't working together. it doesn't work out. artistic sculpture out of the junk." He holds out the ring on his hand. But be careful to choose students who can take a joke. and two rings -preferably large ones like men's class rings or women's rings w/large sets. The King is in the front of the room sitting on a chair. If you use a big group. a blindfold. They have five minutes to create the weirdest. One person is the King and one is the helper. you need a "King". So in order to untangle they must go over and under people's arms to get untangled. The first team to untangle back into a circle wins. Submitted by Young Life & Konrad Parsons Invention Convention All you need is a bunch of junk! Get a special trash bag and label "For Game". it appears as if they have just kissed the king's foot! The point: Things aren't always what they seem! Added by Tracy Sheppard Variation: Actually have them kiss the king's foot. Give each a little bit of trash and one roll of duct tape and some paint.Added by Caroline Gray Human Knots Great Small Group game. The Point: God can make something out of the junk in your life. boxes. empty toilet paper tubes. 3 volunteers. When someone removes the blindfold. Have him put the other ring on his regular ring finger. and after the person kisses it the king lifts up his foot in front of the volunteer's face (not touching). broken appliances.). It may look a little funny. When you are going to play. Land Mines Materials needed: blindfolds water balloons for outside styrofoam cups for inside. The helper blindfolds the first person and leads them into the room and up to the King. etc. separate them into small circles. . Everyone squeezes together and grabs the hand of a person not standing next to them. "You are in the presence of King Bo-Bo. The winning team gets a prize. divide into teams. Have him take one shoe off and put one of the rings on the second toe. but it's worth something to Him and He can still use you! Added by Alexis Yeager King Bo-Bo For this up-front game. funniest. In order to show your respect you must kiss his ring. The king says. Sometimes you will end up with two circles. They may not let go of the other person's hands.

Give 5-10 people increments of $1-3 each..but not if you give PLENTY of time to mingle waaaay beyond the 7th acquaintance).the holder must also recall the answer from this 7th person.. but you will need to set boundaries. Like. etc. Give each team a blindfold. does your mom (or older sister) dye her hair. Idea by Young Life Mingle for Money Begins like the Dollar Surprise (Click Here). The blindfolded people crossing the field must stay within the set boundaries. Students have to match up with their partner. Also. and only one person per team may be on the mine field at a time (so they can't lead them by touch). but more. Divide students into teams of 4 or 5. The team members must be their eyes and tell them which way to go. Each string is the same length as one other person in the room. That person must recall the answer they were given by the prize holder. it just makes it more fun). the "holders" come up front. who was the last person that made you laugh... but DO NOT give up their prize money. then the ref makes it known by pouring a glass of water on their head. But WAIT! There's ONE MORE step. how often do you brush your teeth.. The point of the game is for the team to get across the mine field with the fewest casualties the fastest. If they do. (You would think that would be easy. If a person touches a mine he/she is out (if it bursts water on them. The Point: Just like we need to listen to God's voice instead of all the voices that the world throws at us. Often times I get the money back because the "holder" couldn't remember. They each call their 7th person up with them. At the end of 2 minutes. Sponsors may yell out random directions to try to throw them off.. you can ask a pre-typed question for the partners to discuss.Set up a "mine field" by randomly placing the water balloons (or cups) in a marked section of ground. The Point: Discussion starter. Grass also works.. A concrete slab or basketball court works well for this. A quick twist can be that if a person is out. Once matched. secretly instruct them (like when everyone is arriving and just hanging out) to remember the 7th person they mingle with (small group: 4th person). Put the blindfolds on one member of each team. Team members help each other by shouting directions. Added by Derek Lengths of String Mixer Everyone gets a length of string. What is your favorite snack food for Super Bowl. The trick is (don't tell the kids this until after it's over) for the person in the mine field to pick out a certain voice and listen to that one voice. give them a question of the night to ask each person. . Works best if mines are close together and if teams are close together. the money is given up to them.just keep on mingling..

height. Added by Barb Harrington Also see Hi. Getting To Know You Better (Click Here). Relationships don't go anywhere if you can't even remember what people tell you! Option: If you don't want to use money. The person whose name was called has to run to the middle and catch the ball while the person who called the name has to run to the open spot. Name Game 2 Small group game. and Name Tag Mixer (Click Here). . Name Toss Small Group game. Continue playing until there are only a few people left. Have your group sit in a circle with no open spots and one person in the middle holding a tennis or wiffle ball. My Name Is (Click Here). The Point: Getting to Know You Also see Atlas (Click Here).The Point: Getting to know you. The Point: Communication Also see Communication Challenge (Click Here). but by shoe size. the catcher is out. use a can of pop or candy. One rule: you cannot call the person's name who was just in the middle. On "Go!" with hyped music in the background. Mute Organization Simply announce that you want everyone lined up across the room by birth date. As each person arrives have them write their name clearly on an index card. Once they are all lined up. and Numbers Race (Click Here). while trying to keep them from seeing the card on their own back. everyone copies names off backs of other people. Tape card to their back. etc. Determine a time limit and give a prize to the person w/the most names on their card. Inversion (Click Here). Provide pencils and index cards. The Point: A great get-to-know-you game. If the ball is dropped. You can have them do the same thing. Name Game (Click Here). ask certain people their birthdays just to be sure. The person in the middle calls out someone's name and throws the ball up in the air. and Name Tag Mixer (Click Here). Only catch: no talking. Added by Katey Wright Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here). Getting To Know You (Click Here). Give everyone another index card.

for each team formed you will need: 1. The body tries to get the pre-designated objects into their own basket. Team sits down.pair sweat pants size 2x-3x 3 blind folds 1 laundry basket Objects to be put into basket Form teams of 4 players each: • • • • 1-person 1-person 1-person 1-person is is is is the "eyes & mouth" the "brain" "1/2 the body" other "1/2 of body" Get prepared for game: • • • "Body" gets into the sweat pants and shirt together (then blindfold them)." "Brain is the only one who can "talk.) The "eyes & mouth" stands next to the "Brain.One Body Depending on # of players. "Eyes & mouth" yells "DONE!" First team to sit wins! Rules: • • • • No peeking! "Eyes & mouth" must only "whisper" to the "Brain. When all objects are found and in their basket." How to play: • • • • • The "Eyes and mouth" whispers to the "brain" what to tell the "Body" to do.t-shirt (or sweat shirt)size 2x-3x 1. The "Brain" stands behind the "Body" and is blindfolded (may hold on to back of sweat shirt... Object ideas: • • • Gallon size food cans Twisted pipe cleaners "on" each basket Large ball ." Body may not use their arm or hand that is inside of the sweat shirt.

they must dip their foot in peanutbutter.. For the second round. You can add staff as needed to make the number even.. 3. You gotta try game out! One volunteer hops around on one foot while blindfolded.This game works best if the objects cannot be picked up with one hand. Students and staff mingle to music and shake hands.. 6.000 dollars cash right now? Share a moment in your life where you remember being the most happy. 2. Sample Questions: 1. Hint: You can use questions that will kick off that night's discussion. Submitted by Young Life . Added by Jason Eppink. The Point/Discussion Idea: Ask what they learned about the Church being "One Body" through this game. Natalie Maddux Organized Mingling Mixer Get an even amount of students and staff in the room. Peanut Butter. Blindfolded. picking up at least one of each flavor of lifesaver in the area. Added by Vonnie Waldrop One-Footed. What is your favorite pizza? What is your favorite kind of weather and why? If you could go anywhere on a vacation for a week. Meanwhile. For the first round. Have the same kind of object for each team to pick up. the audience encourages and helps the volunteer successfully pick up at least one of each flavor. The leader calls out a question they must ask of whomever they are shaking hands. where would you go? What would you do with $1. Variation: When all objects are found and in team baskets. but do not touch him/her. Jenna Eppink.. Share a moment in your life where you were really sad.Leader yells "Done!" Each team sits and the team with the most objects in their basket wins. To begin. This way does not require identical objects for each team. the rest of the audience. 5. surround the chosen one. everyone must find another person and shake hands. When the music stops. Use both fun and serious questions. then hop around an area where three different stations of different colored lifesavers are set up. the audience insults and deceives the blind-folded volunteer to keep them from completing their task. The Point: This was specifically designed for a class on encouragement. or several dozen members. 4.

They may “pass” as many times as they want and come back to a question later." "My dream car is. 1st contestant 1. mold that word with Play-doh. some are random or silly. How many lives do cats have? (1) 3. Have a representative come up front from each group.The Point: Getting to know you Also see Getting To Know You (Click Here) and Appointment Clock (Click Here). Once finished. Whisper a Pictionary word (like "dog") to the group and they must run back to their group and. Getting to Know You (Click Here). "My favorite band is. funny game w/a point! Choose 4 volunteers from 4 different grades. The Point: Getting to know you See also Getting to Know It (Click Here). Put a staff member on each team cuz kids might cheat (so do some staff members!) Also see Play Doh Snowman (Click Here) and Pictionary Mania (Click Here). Play Doh Pictionary Just like it sounds! Pictionary. pop. or noises. They can even get out of their seats and do goofy things as long as they don’t get in the person’s face or touch them. You may switch questions around or make up your own.". they can distract the contestant by yelling out random statements. Whichever contestant can answer 10 of them in 90 seconds wins (candy.. pass the questionnaires out randomly (to someone different than the person who filled it out) and yell "Go!" Students have to walk around asking each other questions. answers. Questions Under Fire! Loud. Some of the questions have definite answers. and Getting to Know You Better (Click Here). Questionnaire Game For this game you'll need as many pens as students and a pre-typed/copied questionnaire. Below are 4 sets of questions. fast. Divide into teams. What letter comes after V? (W) . The point: It’s hard to focus on what matters when we surround ourselves with distractions. $1-5). Where the audience comes in is as soon as you begin the questions. Bring them up one at a time to ask 14 questions (see below). but with Play-doh. We suggest having easier questions for younger students on at least one list.. Have all your students fill out an anonymous questionnaire when they come in. with questions/statements like. The Point: You can use words from your topic or lesson to introduce the subject. trying to find whose questionnaire they have.. What did Jesus call His followers? (Disciples) 2. without talking.

who got ticked? (Michael.4. How many stripes on the US flag? (13) 8. What is the name of this Youth group? 7. 3. 7) 4th contestant . How many ounces in a half gallon? (64) 2. his wife) 9.What do you put on popcorn? 2nd contestant 1. What shape is the earth? (Round/sphere) 9. How many disciples did Jesus have? (12) 3. Which candle burns longer – pink or blue? (Neither. What is your or your friend’s cell phone number? 7.How many wheels on a car? (4 .or 5 if including the spare) 14.How do you make a tuna sandwich?(Any combination: bread.On what does a rolling chair move? (Wheels) 3rd contestant 1.What is the exact time? 11. Eat a what a day to keep the doctor away? (Apple) 6. Is a snake a reptile or amphibian? (Reptile) 5. What is 37 . How many megabytes does your computer have? 4.What US president died in June 2004? (Ronald Reagan) 13.Who is the lead (senior) pastor at this church? 14. (2.24 + 19? (32) 4. knife.How many appendages do you have? (4-arms/legs) 13. who were the Israelites escaping from? (Egyptian Army) 12. What color is blue? (Blue) 9. What color are your eyes? 10. Rendezvous is French for what? (To meet) 7. How many ounces in a gallon? (128) 6. How many stars are on the US flag? (50) 10. What branch of military service mans submarines? (Navy) 8. relish) 11.When Moses parted the Red Sea.What is your neighbor’s address on the left? 11. What is your mom’s middle name? 5. mayo. What size shoe do you wear? 10. 5. When King David danced in the buff. tuna. they both burn "shorter"like all candles do) 3.What is perfect vision? (20/20) 12. (Hola) 2. How many phalange’s do you have? (20-fingers/toes) 6.Give me a prime number between 1 and 10.What color is good milk? (White) 12. What does the acronym ASAP mean? (As soon as possible) 5. Say hello in Spanish.What is Garfield’s owner’s name? (John) 14. 13.Count from 10 backwards. Who sewed the first US flag? (Betsy Ross) 8.

How many books in the Bible? (66) What 3 colors are on the US flag? (Red. right middle. What disease can you get from a deer tick? (Lime disease) 2. then the next group and so on.x.. If it is done right. . Say the alphabet backward.. 7. Explain that they MUST be absolutely quiet and watch you tell them what to do for this to work. white. and the next.also counts if they cover their eyes and spell it!) 8. 6. 5. 2. Then back to group one to begin patting harder and stomping their feet on the floor… on then to the other groups. not junior varsity cheerleaders) 14. After the last group has joined in. 2.m.What is a Hemi? (Engine . “Won’t you be my neighbor?” (Mr.high performance) Alternate Questions: 1. then back to silence. until all are doing it (gets louder as you go). Things aren't always what they seem (see related trivia below). (Z. Which is bigger – a deer tick or a wood tick? (Wood tick) 9.y. Divide into 3-4 groups where they are sitting (left. Rogers’ Neighborhood) Count to 10 in any foreign language. go back to the first group and get them snapping their fingers.What is JVC? (a name brand of electronics or stereos. Then back to group one to begin patting their hands on their legs…on to the other groups. What size shoe do you wear? Added by Amos Self Rain Maker This game involves a large crowd. Then bring in the next group.) 13. and right…sides of the room). you will hear your rainstorm! The Point(s): 1. back to rubbing hands.1. 3.Which way do hands turn on a clock? (Clockwise) 12. Point to the left side and have them quietly rub their hands together back and forth. Explain that you are going to do something once thought impossible: with their help you will make it rain inside.What is 1800 in civilian time? (6:00 p. You can do this process in reverse…back to patting legs. . Gets their attention before you speak. 4.Who is your favorite youth pastor (leader)? 11. left middle.also counts if they turn around a recite the alphabet!) 10. then back to snapping. & blue) What color is the stem of a red rose? (Green) How do you get skunk smell off? (Tomato Juice) How do you spell Mississippi without “i’s”? ("Mss ss pp" . What show says..

Sentence Game Great game for Jr. Break them up into teams and have them race to the other side of the river.holding guys outstretched arms for balance . blankets. you need a place to start from (a wall. or anything else they can stand on. Safety Note: Have adults near edges of pool for safety as well.Added by Young Life Related Trivia: Peter Jackson used an entire stadium of people to create the sounds of the Orc Wars in The Lord of The Rings movies." The second person says the first word and ADDS a word.. Can be played with just two people or up to 50. actors. using your gym or other space. You can play two teams against each other or one group which is required to get all the girls to cross safely to complete game. Recognize! Get audio clips of different people that youth may know. The first person says a word.for example. Guys stand back to back as girls try to walk across their shoulders . "The.to the opposite side of the pool without falling in. The Point: Team building. The rules are: everyone has to get across and no one can touch the floor or they all have to start over. or creative kids. For example. lines in the gym. Added by Eric Smith Also see Pool Bronco Busting (Click Here). The Point: Use this activity prior to a discussion with the guys about being gentlemen. the "river. play an audio clip of George Bush and then ask the audience "Do you recognize this voice?" Play a few more audio clips then ask the final guestion: "Do you recognize God's voice when he speaks?" Added by Luis Sandoval Also see Name That Tune (Click Here) and Movie Game (Click Here). they have to slowly move from back to front of line in pool to form a "moving" bridge. Added by Scott Street River Crossing (Pool) ONLY DO THIS if you have a pool wide enough that someone falling in CAN’T hit the edge! Play this with guys in the pool and girls on the side. but can get crazy and fun. If there are not enough guys to cross the pool. entertainers. The game is simple.. travel." And so on. etc)." and then a destination. such as singers. etc. River Crossing The goal of this game is to help teach your students or leaders to work together by having them work as a team to cross a "river. At the end you might have a complete sentence. "The clown.. . Highers." First.. You can use assorted pieces of wood. a good game for a leadership event.

The Point: Sin. The Point: Getting to know you Sundae Feed Get enough for your group to make sundaes and any toppings that sound good.com/outreach/topic. Added by Young Life String Toss Game Get a spool of string or yarn.com/outreach/koosh.something like. Give each a large.asp?ID=108 or this page: http://www. Likewise. Type up predetermined questions ahead of time. Divide into teams. it is important that we all take part to make the group what it is. and that if one person was gone it would look different. "The clown was in the pool when an ant bit his toe and made chocolate pudding squirt from his eye.thesource4ym.asp Also see String Tie Mystery on Upfront page. You can find some great ideas for questions or discussion starting statements on this page: http://www. And this is a race to feed each other like this and eat their ice . Once everything is made." It has to make sense. describe how the web is analogous to the group in that we all play a part in creating the web. Tell the kids to get into groups of two to share a sundae. You eventually create a web of some sort. On "Go!" have teams race to shrink their bars without breaking them. Also have lots of plastic trash bags to cover the floor. but not GOOD sense. though forgiven. Added by Jessica Robinson Also see Build a Word (Click Here) and Mad Sentence Dash (Click Here). almost always has consequences that aren't usually "shrunk" easily. They then hold onto the string and throw the ball/spool to another so they can answer the question. Soap Shrink Good camp game. The really fun thing is putting twists in the sentence on your turn so that other people have a hard time coming up with a word that fits. Award motel-size bars of soap to the winner. The Point: It really shows that everyone thinks differently and uniquely. new bar of soap. unique and special. Call time after 5 minutes. Provide one or more kiddy pools filled with water. They can get as much ice cream as they want but they have to share it and eat everything they make. In the end. tell them the trick is that they will be laying down on their backs head to head. Have each person answer a question of some sort when they have the string in their possession.thesource4ym.

Players in the circle sit down. faith. Two of the players face each other and lock hands. "Courage Camille" is a slight variation of this game in which only 3 players are required. on both Anywhere & Upfront pages. The third person stiffens and falls backwards into their arms. alternating physically strong and weak people. 3. 2. In the "Courage Camille" variation. This should be done several times. He lies on his back and stiffens himself while . If you have lots of students. The person who is "it" wears a blindfold. and players in the circle generally grab the person who is "it" around the arms and shoulders. but it works. "Courage Camille" can also be played with only one person catching. The Gross Point: Working together to accomplish a goal. Variations: 1. 4. make groups of about 15. placing their feet around the ankles of the person in the middle. Comments: The players who are "catchers" should be careful as they pass the person around and catch him. One player is chosen to be "it" first. The players in the circle work together to catch the person and pass him back and forth around the circle. Other players can then try. The player in the middle must keep his feet together and near the middle of the circle for this to work well. Added by Chris Lyon Also see Banana Night on our Events page. Trust Circle Object of the Game: To hold up the person in the middle and keep him safe from falling. care should be taken that the two players who are acting as "catchers" are strong enough to hold the heaviest person participating.cream before any other twosome. Trust Lift More of a learning exercise than a game. team building See Board Lift & Trust Lift. One player is chosen to be "it" first. A tight circle of players is formed. The person chosen to be "it" goes into the middle of the circle and crosses his arms across his chest. Each player is encouraged to have a turn. the object of the game is for a small group to lift a person above everyone's head. The Point: Trust. Sounds crazy. The "it" stiffens and falls backwards. with the person falling farther backwards each time (the players locking their hands should lower them each time).

everyone else assembles around him.4 bibles . on both Anywhere & Upfront pages. Together everyone lifts him slowly toward the ceiling as he maintains his reclining position. wasn't exactly challenging mentally. Twisteopardy Jeopardy was getting dull and Twister. Caller asks a question (sample questions below). so I decided to put a little twist in Jeopardy and came up with. If they get it wrong another team has the opportunity to answer the question. Players take their positions and the spinner spins for one player at a time. Each Team chooses one person to represent their team. The game continues like so until one of the players is left standing or you run out of point cards/questions. that they would like to try for. which the spinner spun.Point Cards .” like the following: 1) Which of the following is most known for being hairy? Esau (Gen 25:25. then the team must relay the answer to their representative and the representative answers. 27:11) 2) Which of the following is most known for being a doubter? Thomas (John 20:25) 3) Which of the following is most known as a reckless driver? Jehu (2 Kings 9:20) The Point: Knowing/enjoying God's Word Added by Rachel . the player takes their place on the board and a point card is given to the team. If they get it right. A category we used was “Quirky Characters. Once he has reached maximum height. Each color has a different category.Prizes Split into no more than 4 teams. the others hold him there for about 30 seconds before slowly lowering him.Twister Board (w/ point values written on each circle)(100-600) . while physically challenging. TWISTEOPARDY! For this game you will need: . the player can answer immediately or their team has 20-30 seconds to find the answer in the Bible (be sure to give an “address” to the answer). The player chooses the point value of the category/color. A leader is the spinner/caller/host. The Point: Trust See Board Lift & Trust Circle.