Friday, April 26, 2019

Youth Group Games

Mixers, Inside, and Outside Games are all presented here in alphabetical order with all Water Games grouped together at the bottom of the page.

Have students go around the circle with each describing the youth group or the church with a positive word starting with the next letter of the alphabet.

Affirmation Relay
Divide students into teams, one affirmation per number of players. One leader holds the affirmation slips ten feet in front of their team. Players take turns running up to their leaders and performing the instructions on the card (Run up to an adult leader and shout “God loves you!”, Run up to someone not on your team and give them a hug, tell a member of the opposite gender an encouraging Bible verse, Give each of your team-members a pat on the back saying “Good job!”, Give six people high fives, give someone a compliment, Sing “Jesus Loves Me” to someone substituting “You” for “Me”). The first team to complete all their cards wins.

Alley Tag
Line people up in rows so that they can touch with their hands outstretched. Choose a Chaser and a Runner and start them at opposite sides of the rows. Whenever you blow your whistle, the people in the rows have to turn, thus changing the direction of the alleys.

Alphabet Backwards
Have a contest to see who can write the alphabet backwards and correctly the fastest.

Alphabet Story
Starting with “A” each student adds one word beginning with the next letter to tell a cohesive story.

Form a circle. Hand one player a foam ball. Name a category (food, animals, names of people, etc) and begin the timer. First person names an object that starts with ‘A’, then passes the ball to another person who must then name an object that starts with ‘B’. Continue to the end of the alphabet, if possible, before time runs out.

Appoint one or two students to be amoebas.  They tag other kids and absorb them into their group.  Amoebas may absorb smaller amoebas.  The last kid to be absorbed wins.

Animal Relay
Crab walk, bunny hop, duck waddle (crouching and grabbing ankles with hands), elephant walk (keeping hands and feet on floor, arms and legs straight, swishing head back and forth), frog jump (hands on floor, jump and land in same position), kangaroo hop (balloon between legs and jumping), parrot fly (running, flapping arms, and repeating, “Polly want a cracker!)

Auto Tag
·        Supplies:     2 soft balls

·        Where?      Open area

·        Time:          However long you want…

Running pairs will have to hold onto one another’s hands.  Each pair chooses a make, model and color of car to be, then makes the appropriate noises associated with their vehicle.

Each member of the IT pair will have one free hand.  Fill IT’s free hands with soft, throwable balls, like fleece balls (something YOU wouldn’t mind getting hit with…)  A “tag” is made if the IT auto-pair hits someone with one of their balls.  When this occurs, the other IT player drops their ball (headlight), which must be retrieved by the hit pair, who are now IT, and the game continues.

Balloon Burst
Have students pair up and place a balloon between the same parts of their body (back to back, knee to knee, etc.) and squeeze together until the balloon pops. They then find a new partner and use a different body part than either has used before. Play as many rounds as you feel necessary.

Balloon Catch
Give each student a number. Throw balloon up, call out a number. Student must catch balloon before it hits the floor.

Balloon Relay
hit the balloon down and back with your hand.
kick the balloon down and back with your feet
head-butt the balloon down and back
blow the balloon down and back
hold both between your and someone else’s forehead down and back
hold it between your legs and hop down and back
run it down and pop it

Bean Bag Toss
Divide students into two teams and give them an even number of bean bags. Hold up two hula hoops. When you say go, teams try to throw the beanbags through the hoops. Each bag through is a point for that team. Play as many rounds as you want.

Big Time Ping Pong
Enlarge the set up for ping-pong.  Use a larger ball.  Students use regular paddles, but hold them with two hands.

Bite the Bag
Place a paper bag on the floor.  Students take turns trying to pick up the bag with their teeth without letting anything except their feet touch the floor.  After each round, cut the bag lower.  The last person to be able to pick up the bag with their teeth wins.

Blanket Relay
Give each team a blanket and have them carry someone from their team on the blanket over their heads to a line on the other side of the room or field and then back again. The first team to carry all of their members down and back again wins.

A variation would be dragging the blanket on the ground with someone on it. Teams could drag as many people at once as they can, just as long as all members are dragged once.

Blanket Volleyball
Divide students into two teams and give each a blanket on opposite sides of the net. Students hold the blanket and bounce a plastic ball back and forth.

Blind Feel
Blindfold and place gloves on one person. Have everyone else gather in a circle around them and rotate around the person in the middle. When the “blind” person says stop, the others stand still. The “blind” person then feels the face of whoever is right in front of them and tries to identify them. The person standing in front of them can stand taller or shorter to disguise who they are. The person in front is then the new “blind” person.

Bocce Ball

Body Part Musical Chairs
·        Supplies:     One chair per person

·        Where?      Open area

·        Time?         5-10 minutes

Have everyone form a big circle of chairs with the chairs facing outward.  Remove one chair.  Have music ready.  When the music starts, everyone must walk around the chairs.  When the music stops, a caller yells out a body part.  Then everyone races to touch that body part to a chair, one person per chair only.  The one person who doesn’t get a chair is also out.  To speed it up, you can remove more chairs.  We usually start out simple – nose, hair, left elbow, etc. but towards the end we get more complicated – your bare feet (both of them), someone who’s out’s left hand, etc.  The object is to be the last one left.

Caterpillar Relay
·        Supplies:     sleeping bags

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time?         Only a few minutes

One at a time, each person on a team gets into a sleeping bag (head first!) and tries to reach a certain point and return.  Obstacles may be placed in the way to make the game a little tougher.

Centipede Race
·        Supplies:     2-3 benches

·        Where?      Outside, Open area

·        Time?         Only a few minutes

Here’s a great game that can be played indoors or outdoors.  Seat as many students on each bench as possible, straddling it like a horse.  When the race starts, everyone must stand up, bend over, and pick up the bench, holding it between their legs.  They then run like a centipede.  The finish line should be forty to fifty feet away.  It’s a lot of fun to watch!

Chasing Your Tail
Students form a line, holding on to the shoulders of the person in front of them. The first person in the line tries to tag the last person in line. Once they do, they go to the end and the person behind them tries to catch them.

Chinese Fire Drill
Call “red light” and everyone has to get up and run around the room until you call “green light”. Then they have to sit in whatever seat is closest to them.

Clue Hunt
Make a clue hunt from one room to another within the church or outside. End at the location of the next activity.

Construction Paper Stand
Have students pair up with the person furthest from them. Give them a piece of paper and tell them that they both must stand fully on the paper without touching each other.

Copy Cat Copy Cat
·         Supplies:    none

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time:         Only a few minutes

Ask your group to form a circle.  During your explanation of the rules, ask each person to choose someone else in the circle to be their leader, but not to tell anyone who their leader is.  Explain that once the activity starts, if the person you chose as a leader moves or changes position in any way, you must do exactly as s/he does.  Whenever s/he moves, you mirror them.  Ask that people try to watch their leaders without staring directly at them so that leaders won’t know who (if anyone) is following them.  After explaining and asking for questions, check to be certain that everyone has a leader chosen.  Before beginning, have people close their eyes and get in a comfortable pose.  As soon as everyone opens their eyes on your command, they should change their pose to duplicate that of their leader.

Once people open their eyes, patterns of movement begin to ripple around the circle.  Sometimes this activity will last for several minutes, sometimes it will seem frenzied – at other time quiet.  The end result is usually everyone in the same pose, though sometimes you get two or three groups of people doing different poses.

Couch Crunch
Sit on a couch and say, “I’ve always wondered how many people can fit on this couch.” Then call someone’s name and have them sit on the couch with you. They then call the next person, etc. until everyone is on the couch. Then say, “So that’s how many will fit. Thanks!”

Couple Connections
Have students pair up and tell each other one good thing that happened to them today. Then call out two body parts and have them connect one on one person to the other on the other person.

Elbow to elbow
Hand to neck
Knee to knee
Foot shoulder

Now have them find a new partner and tell each other what they like to do on a Saturday morning.
Ankle to ankle
Back to side
Toe to toe
Forehead to forehead

Students stand in a circle, looking down at their feet, making their best cowboy pose and pretending to hold their “six-shooters” at their sides in the holsters. When the leader counts three, students look up and shout bang, pointing their finger “guns” at someone else in the circle. If two students are aiming at each other, they’re out. Play until there is only one or two people left.

Crack the Whip
Students line up, each holding the shoulders of the person in front of them. The first person begins running, changing direction periodically. The goal for everyone else is to simply stay connected. After a minute, the first person goes to the back and the second person in line leads the group.

Decathlon For Fun

Throwing Contests

Measure the distance that contestants throw:

  • Colored or labeled pingpong balls-two throws per person.
  • Straws -- two throws per person.
  • Paper plates -- two throws per person.


  • Give each contestant a 2-foot piece of red licorice. Have contestants bend at the waist and race to get all the licorice into their mouths without using their hands.
  • Contestants race 10 yards and put four saltine crackers in their mouths. The first to chew and whistle wins.


  • Each teammate races 10 yards to a piece of bubble gum, blows a bubble large enough to cover his or her nose when it breaks, and returns to the line.
  • Each teammate takes their shoes off and skates with paper plates under their feet around a chair and back to their team
  • Swimming motions
  • Pulling each other in a sled
  • Team members place their shoes in a pile. Then one at a time each teammate races to the shoes, puts his or her shoes on, and returns to the team.

Tell the students you have a crime for them to solve. You are the witness. They can ask you yes or no questions. If the question they ask ends in a vowel, y, or s, you say yes. If it ends in any other consonant, you say no. See what kind of story they come up with from your answers.

This is a high-energy game you can use to teach kids how important it is for us to reach others for Jesus.

Using the masking tape, make two “x” shapes on the floor 20 feet apart. Form two teams, and have each team form a line 20 feet away from its “x”—home base—on the floor. Select one “Disciplemaker” from each team, and have that person stand on home base, facing his or her team.

On “go,” the disciplemakers run to their teammates” When they reach the first person, they’ll grab the hand of the first person in line and cry out, “Be Jesus’ disciple!”

Then they’ll lead the teammate by the hand and run back to home base. Once a captive is safe on home base, the disciplemaker and the new disciple runs back to the team and grabs another until all the kids have become disciples. The team that finishes first wins the game.

Disciple Tag
One person is “It”, the disciple. Once the disciple tags someone, that person is a disciple too. Play until everyone is a disciple. Last person to become a disciple becomes “It” for the new round.

Diving for Dollars
Have two preteens compete for a dollar bill placed in a plastic bag at the bottom of a wading pool filled with ice. Preteens must keep their hands behind their backs and use only their teeth to retrieve the prize.

Do You Know Your Neighbor?

Have student pair up and ask each other what their favorite for each thing is
Band or singer
Bible story

Now have them sit back to back and ask, “What is your partner’s eye color? Color of shirt? Color of shoes?”

Kickball with the variation of having to keep a balloon squeezed between your legs.

Duck, Duck, Goose
For a silly throw-back

Eat It
Various objects are hidden in a brown paper bag. Two contestants, one from each team comes up. They brag about how fast they can eat what’s in the bag. Finally one of them tells the other to “eat it”. The person eating gets a point for their team if they do eat it. The other team gets a point if they can’t eat it in the time limit.

Egg-And-Armpit Relay
·        Supplies:     Hardboiled eggs, spoons

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time?         Only a few minutes

Half of the team lines up on each side of the room.  The first person races to the other side with a spoon in his mouth and an egg on it.  The teammate on the other side takes the egg and puts it in their armpit and runs back across the room.  He drops the egg from his armpit onto the next person’s spoon.

Fifty-Two Put-Down
Pass out all cards to the group. The person with the two of diamonds lays their card in the middle, then the three of diamonds, up through the suit. When the ace of diamonds is down, go to the clubs, hearts, and spades. The goal is simply to get all cards down as fast as possible.

Find the Cookie Monster
·        Supplies:     Cookies

·        Where?      Entire building

·        Time:          10+ minutes

A fun twist on “Hide and Seek.”  A leader hides with a bunch of cookies and the kids go looking for him/her.  When they find the leader, they are given a cookie, but should NOT give away where the leader is hidden.  They should hide the cookie until they are away from the hidden leader.  Why?  So that they can show off their cookie to others and slowly eat it, bragging that they have a cookie and not the others.  Game goes until everyone has a cookie, or until the leader is out of cookies.

Fingers Up
Students pair up. On the count of three, each holds up their hands, putting as many fingers up as they choose. First student to say how many total fingers they both have up wins that round.

Foot Stomp
Students pair up, placing their hands on each other’s shoulders and try to step on each other’s feet. The first person to step on the other’s foot three times wins and pairs up with another winner until there is one grand champion.

Foot Volleyball
Divide into two teams. Place a net or some sort of barrier between the two teams (lining up chairs would work). Students must crabwalk, kicking a balloon back and forth over the net. If the balloon hits the ground, the other team gets a point. Introduce multiple balloons to create more chaotic fun.

Four Scenarios
·         Supplies:    none

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time?        5-20 minutes

Consider the following four scenarios:

1.      A man is found dead lying in the desert wearing a backpack.

2.      Two men are found dead in a room with 52 bicycles.

3.      A dead man is lying dead in the desert with nothing but a straw in his hand.

4.      A cabin in the woods contains 50 dead people.

The goal is to have the kids figure out how each of these people died by asking their leaders yes or no questions only.  The first person to determine correctly the cause for each scenario wins.

Causes of death:

1.      A man was skydiving and his parachute didn’t open.

2.      Two guys were playing poker, they got mad and shot each other.  Note: Bicycle is a brand of cards, hence 52 Bicycles.

3.      Three guys were in a hot air balloon, but the load became too heavy and to not crash, someone had to jump off the hot air balloon.  So, they drew straws.  The man on the ground drew the shortest straw.

4.      The cabin is the cabin of an airplane.  The plane crashed, killing everyone in the cabin.

Freeze Ball
The player who is it takes a ball and throws it into the air. Meanwhile, players run and scatter. When “It” catches the ball and yells “Freeze!”, all runners stop. “It” will take three giant steps toward any player and try to tag them with the ball. The player may duck or swivel to dodge the ball, as long as one foot stays frozen in place. If the ball is caught, they become the next “It”. If tagged, person sits out until next round. Last person tagged is next “It”.

Funny Faces
Students sit in a circle. Each student makes a funny face and shows it to the person next to them. That person then has to imitate that face and pass it on until each person receives the imitation of their funny face back to them. To keep where you are in the game clear, students could say, “Person A just made a face like this” and then imitate it.

Ghost Writers
Show the group a picture and have them each write or think up a short story based on it. They then share the stories.

Grab It
Two teams. First from each team runs to the middle to grab a noodle. One who grabs it runs back to their team. Person who did not get it tries to tag the one who did. If the person tags the other, the person tagged becomes a part of the other team. If they are not tagged, the one trying to tag them becomes a part of their team. Once one person runs out, they go to the back of the line.

Green Light Go!
Lay one red, one yellow and one green blanket side by side on the ground, with the yellow blanket in the middle. If you don't have blankets these colors, lay down three blankets and designate red, yellow or green for each blanket. Tell kids the colors represent a traffic light. Have all the children stand on the yellow blanket. When you shout another color, have the children quickly move to the appropriate blanket. The last child to get both feet on the correct blanket is eliminated from the game. To make the game more challenging, occasionally call out the color on which the children are already standing. Anyone who steps off that blanket is eliminated. For a change of pace, call out "traffic accident" and have everyone vacate the blankets. The last child to get off is eliminated. Keep the pace quick and vary the colors called. The last person to remain in the traffic light gets to call out the colors in the next round of play. To make it harder, do not lay down colors but simply say what areas designate what colors. Students will get confused and hesitate more easily.

·        Supplies:     a flashlight (disassembled)

·        Where?      Entire church

·        Time?         10-60 minutes

In order to prepare for this game, the different pieces of a flashlight are hidden on surfaces throughout the church (i.e. not in drawers, etc)

One person is chosen to be the ‘Grog.’  During the course of the game, if the Grog touches another player, they scream at the top f their lungs and ‘die.’  This lets everyone else know where they are and where the Grog is.  A ‘dead’ player can be brought back to life if another player touches them.  The Grog wins if all the other players are ‘dead’ simultaneously.  The others win f they can find all the pieces of the flashlight, assemble it, and shine the light in the eyes of the Grog.  The Grog is not allowed to touch any of the pieces of the flashlight during the game.

Group Impressions
Divide into two teams. Teams face each other. Call out scenes (Teens at a rock concert, watching a scary movie, getting food poisoning, getting hit with laughing gas, etc.). Teams have ten seconds to act out the scene. Best acting gets a point.

Group Karaoke
Students pick a song together. The goal is for them to sing the song, one word at a time, switching singers into the microphone, so that there are no missed words.

Guzzle Relay
·        Supplies:     2 or 3 gallons of Cider, straws

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time?         Only a few minutes

Each person gets a drinking straw.  A gallon of apple cider is placed a certain distance away.  When the whistle is blown, the first person in line runs to the cider and starts guzzling.  When the whistle blows again, he stops and the next person takes over.  (Some people get a short drink, others a long drink, depending on your best judgment.)  The first team to finish their gallon of cider wins.

End with a word related to your Bible study.

High and Low
Have each student tell the best thing and the worst thing that happened to them during the past week. May be used as a lead in to prayer.

Hose Hockey
·         Supplies:    Smooth table top, foam pipe insulators, hose with a “Y” adapter, 2 hoses with triggers, puck, two goggles

·         Where?      Outside

·         Time:         Only a few minutes

Set up a smooth top table outdoors.  Use foam pipe insulators to make bumpers along the sides of the table.  Hook up a hose and put a “Y” adapter on the end.  Run two hoses from the adapter, putting trigger-type sprayers at the ends.  Two players stand at either end of the table (goggles optional).  Put a hollow, plastic, street hockey puck in the center of the table.  On “Go,” players try to spray the puck off the opposite end of the table.  Deliberate spraying in someone’s face results in a penalty – penalized player has to take five steps backward and play from there.

Hot Wired
·         Supplies:    7 different colors of yarn

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time:         5-10 minutes

Twist the yarn around each other so that they are tangles, but still lay straight.  Choose 14 kids (7 pairs of friends) from the group.  Have each pair grab the end of the same color of yarn.  The object of the game is to get them untangled from the others WITHOUT LETTING GO of their connection to the other end.  They can only use ONE hand, and may NOT let go, or they are out.  They will have to reach up, over and under the others in order to get their wire free.

Human Blob
·         Supplies:    Chair

·         Where?      Open area

·         Time:         5-10 minutes

Have everyone form a circle and hold hands.  Have a leader volunteer for the chair in the middle.  The object of the game is to stay in the ‘blob’ while everyone else is pushing and pulling you towards the middle.  Anyone who lets go is out.  Anyone who touches the leader in the middle is out.  The leader in the middle can move his/her arms but not their legs or the chair.  Keep playing until there are only about five students left.  They are the winners.  The kids will want to play this one over and over again, so be prepared.

Human Foosball
Use rope to connect students into the pattern of the table game.  Try to advance the ball into the opponent’s goal without using hands or arms or breaking formation.

Supplies: None needed
Activity: Form groups of four. Read each statement aloud and allow time for each group to agree on an answer. Each group must agree to one answer that is true for all four of them. For example, if three of the kids like ice cream and one doesn't, that group must decide on a different snack food that all four kids like.

Read these statements:

·         Something you like to do in the water.
·         A snack food you like to eat.
·         A story of Jesus you like.
·         A subject in school you like.
·         A place you like to go for fun.
·         A holiday you enjoy.
·         A sport you enjoy playing or watching.
·         A TV program you enjoy.

Ice Cones
Students pair up. Each has a paper cone. They take turns flinging an ice cube to each other with their cones and catching them with their cones. After each successful round, the pair takes a step back from one another. If they drop the ice cube, they’re out.

Ice-Cube Hockey
Four players around a table. Each has a spoon for a stick. An ice-cube is the puck.

Interview Review
Tell students to pair up with the student furthest from where they are sitting. Have them tell each other what they liked best about the youth meeting, one thing they can remember about the lesson, and what they could tell a friend to invite them to youth group.

Each student puts something in the pile. The Judge sits, facing away from the pile. The Guard (a leader) holds one thing up, not letting the Judge see what it is, and asks the Judge what the owner of that item must do to retrieve their item. The Judge makes something up, passes sentence, the owner carries out their sentence, and then the owner becomes the new Judge. Game stops when everyone has gotten their items back out of the pile.

Jump Rope
Students stand in a circle around the leader. Leader swings a jump rope around the circle an inch off the ground. Students must jump the rope when it comes to them. If they are hit by the rope, they are out and the last one in wins.


King Walla-Walla-Bing-Bang
Unsuspecting student plays mimic with a leader (King).  When the leader sits on their chair, the student also sits on their chair, but with a wet sponge waiting.

Knot as Easy as it Looks
Have kids hold hands and stretch out in a line. Players at each end of the line weave in and out and under and over player’s arms to make a huge knot. Start a timer, and see if the group can then untangle themselves before time runs out.

Alternative: Remove one player from group and hide their eyes. Other players tangle themselves. The one player must try to untangle the group by themselves before time runs out.

Hold a bar between two people. Each student passes under it, bending backward. Lower it for each round. Person is out when they fall or touch the bar. Last one out wins.

Life-size Memory Match
Divide into two teams. Have several pairs of covered items spread out in a large area. One person at a time, alternating teams, uncovers two items. The goal is to be the team who finds the most matching items.

Students rush to people who look like them and slap high five when they meet.

Same color hair
Same color eyes
Same color shoelaces
Same height
Same color shirt

Lost Sheep
Choose players to be either sheep or the shepherd. Blindfold the shepherds. Sheep crawl on hands and knees while shepherds try to find them. Play until each sheep has been found. Play until everyone has been a shepherd.

M&M Sharing
Pass out some M&Ms and go around the circle, each person sharing one thing per color of M&M.

Blue = School
Orange = Family
Red = Extra-curricular
Yellow = Hobbies
Brown = Something bad
Green = Wild

Mad Relay
·        Supplies:     Folding chairs, bags with instructions on the inside

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time:          5-10 Minutes

In this relay, each player does something different.  At the beginning of the race, each team is lined up single file.  At a signal, the first person on each team runs to the other end of the course to a chair.  On the chair is a bag containing instructions written on separate pieces of paper.  The player draws one of the instructions, reads it, and follows it as quickly as possible.  Before returning to the team, the player must tag the chair and then run back and tag the next runner.  The team that uses all of its instructions first is the winner.  Here are a few sample directions:

1.      Run around the chair five times while continuously yelling “The Americans are coming, the Americans are coming!”

2.      Run to the nearest person on another team and scratch their head.

3.      Run to the nearest adult in the room and whisper, “You’re no spring chicken!”

4.      Stand on one foot while holding the other in your hand, tilt your head back and count, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast Off!”

5.      Take your shoes off, put them on the wrong feet, and then tag your nearest opponent.

6.      Sit on the floor, cross your legs, and sing the following: “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.  Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow.”

7.      Go to the last person on your team and make three different funny-face expressions, then return to the chair before tagging your next runner.

8.      Put your hands over your eyes and snort like a pig five times and meow like a cat five times.

9.      Sit in the chair, fold your arms, and laugh hard and loud for five seconds.

10.  Go to a blonde and keep asking, “Do blondes really have more fun?” until they answer.

11.  Run around the chair backward five times while clapping your hands.

12.  Run to someone not on your team and kiss their hand and gently pinch their cheek.

Marble Sucking Relay
·        Supplies:     straws, marbles, paper cups

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time:          Only a few minutes

Divide your group into several teams.  Give each person a plastic straw and a paper cup.  The first person on each team gets a marble in their cup.  The object is to suck the marble up with the straw and drop it into the next person’s cup.  If the marble drops on the floor, the team must start over at the beginning.  The first team to get the marble to the last person wins!

Marshmallow Pitch
·         Supplies:    bags of miniature marshmallows

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time:         Only a few minutes

For this game, have kids pair off and give each pair a sack of miniature marshmallows.  Each pair should also have a neutral counter.  One person is the pitcher, 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.

Make a grid on a tarp on or floor or buy one from or Map out a path, from square to square, in sequence.  Students then must work together to discover the right path across the grid.

Establish start and finish lines using a jump-rope and the bandannas. Invite kids to scatter items between the lines as make-believe explosive mines. When the obstacles are all “planted”, have kids find partners and decide who’ll be the Guide and who’ll be the Creeper. Say: There are pretend mines planted all over the course. Creepers, your mission is to make it safely through the minefield by listening carefully to the directions your Guide gives you. There’s one rule: Creepers must keep their eyes closed at all times! When you cross the finish line, Creepers and Guides will switch places and return to the starting line. If you bump into a mine, you and your partner must freeze in place and count to 10 out loud before continuing.

Get a big shirt. Two students stick their through. Announce that scientists have found a strange two-headed monster. Audience is the press. Press asks questions of monster. Monster must alternate between heads when answering.

Move Over, Van Gogh!
Overview: Teenagers will work together to create “masterpieces”.

Time Involved: 10 to 15 minutes

Supplies: paper, markers in four different colors

Preparation: none

            Have teenagers form groups of four, and give each person a piece of paper and a different colored marker. Have the members of each group sit with their backs to each other, and tell them that they cannot talk to each other for the remainder of this activity.

            Explain that teenagers in each group will be working together to create four different masterpieces. Tell teenagers that when you tell them to start, they’ll have thirty seconds to begin drawing a picture. It can be a picture of anything they’d like – even just an abstract picture. Tell them to start drawing, and after thirty seconds, have them stop and pass each paper to the person on the right. Instruct them to try to continue the drawings just as the original artists might have, and remind teenagers that they can’t speak to each other. Give them another thirty seconds to continue the masterpieces.

            Continue in this manner until each group member has contributed to all four drawings. Then have teenagers turn around and share their completed “masterpieces”. Ask a few volunteers to share their pictures with the whole group. Ask:

  • Does your finished picture look like you originally envisioned it? If not, what’s different about it?
  • Did you find it easy or difficult to follow someone else’s vision without any guidance? Explain.
  • What does this activity tell us about the importance of communication?

Form a circle with one person in the middle. Middle points to someone. That person must say, “muk” without smiling or laughing. If they laugh, they are in the middle. If they don’t laugh, Middle points to someone else and they must say, “Muk, muk”. Keep adding on until someone laughs.

Musical Madness
Play musical chairs. On some chairs are written special instructions (Sing happy birthday in duck voice, do jumping jacks while singing a silly song, shout as loud as you can for 30 seconds, etc.) Students who land on those chairs must carry out those instructions.

Musical Sponge
Kids play musical chairs blindfolded, while leaders place a wet sponge on one chair every round.  Every round, the kid and the chair with the sponge is out.  The last kid not to have a wet bottom wins.

Mystery Volleyball
Put blankets or tarps over net so students can’t see when the ball is coming.

Name Game
Students and leaders sit a big circle. Leader starts by saying their name and something they like to do, while miming the interest. The next person must repeat the first person’s name and interest, while acting it out, then give their information. Game continues until all persons have shared and the leader correctly repeats all the information.

Name Match
Give each student a card with a name on it that has something to do with another name card. One card might say “Hansel” and another “Gretel”. You might use three names that are related to each other, such as “Harry”, “Ron”, and “Hermione”, or four, such as the Gospel writers. Use the number of names related to each other to set up teams for the next game. You could write clues on the card, such as, “You’re looking for two other people,” or “You’re looking for your sister.”

Name Word Find
Have students write names in rows.  Individuals or teams then try to find words using the letters of their names.  Any letter can be used as long as it is touching the previous letter. Person or team to find the most words in a given amount of time wins.

Noodle Ball
A summer game our church played during VBS was called Noodle Ball. Each child has their own 'pool' noodle; using two colors to recognize teams. A large beach ball is blown up. We used a hula hoop at each end of the playing field. We duct taped the hoops to the back of folding chairs to be used as goals. On the shout of "GO" or a whistle blown the kids begin hitting the ball toward their goals. The children loved the game and was requested several nights.

Obstacle Relay
Have to jump over pieces of paper
Have to figure eight around pieces of paper

Olympic Gold
Students try hold each pose the longest.

Standing on one foot
Holding arms straight up in the air
Standing on tiptoes
Staring contest

One Goes with the Other
Each student thinks of an object and writes it down. Starting with a random person in the circle, have them name their object. The person next to them then must say what their object was and how their object might have something to do with the first. The next person continues, each saying what their object has to do with the previous one.

Open or Closed
·         Supplies:    a pair of drumsticks

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time?        5-10 minutes

This is a great game for small informal meetings where kids sit in a circle and around a pair of drumsticks.  When the sticks are passed, each person must announce whether they are passing it “open” or “closed.”  For example, they might say, “I received it … (open or closed) and I am passing it … (open or closed).”  The leader then tells the person whether they are right or wrong.  If they are wrong, they must stand up.  The idea is to learn the secret, which is: if your legs are crossed, you must pass the object closed.  If your legs are uncrossed, you must pass the object open.  It’s sounds simple, but it is really hard to figure out.

Divide students into three groups. The first claps in rhythm. The second stomps percussion on the floor double time. The third sings a familiar song. Conduct the orchestra to vary their volume or tempo.

Place 8 buckets around the field, spaced a good distance apart. Tape a different color of construction paper to every two buckets. In other words, two buckets will be one color, two another, two another, and two another. Place buckets with the same color as far apart as possible. Place small 8 small balls of each color as the bucket colors in the middle of the field. Divide students into four teams and give each team a color, one of the colors as the buckets and balls. On, “Go!”, the fist person on each team will race to the middle of the field, pick up one of their team’s colored balls, and run to drop into one of the team’s colored buckets. Then they run back to their team and the next person does the same. The catch is that the team has to put four of their colored balls in each of their buckets. The first team to do so wins.

If you don’t have enough students to form four teams, divide students into two teams and only use two colors of balls and buckets.

Oriental Rising
Have students pair up, sit cross-legged on the floor across from each other and help each other stand without putting their hands or arms on the floor. When they are standing, tell them to bow and give each other a “fortune cookie” blessing.

Over the Net
Divide students into teams and have them work together to get one team member over a volleyball net without that person touching the net and without talking.

Passing the Word
·         Supplies:    2 balls

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time:         Only a few minutes

Here is a simple game that teaches a great lesson on witnessing!  You will need to conspire ahead of time with one team member from each team.  You can apply this object to many different games or relays, but I used it this way.

Choose about 8-10 kids per team for a competition.  Have each team line up in a single-file line facing the other team.  On “Go,” the person in front passes the ball over their heads to the next person.  It continues down the line in over-under fashion.  When the ball gets to the back of the line, that person runs it back to the front and starts it again.  This cycle continues until the person who was at the front at the beginning is back in the front.  Then they all sit down.  The first team to have given everyone a chance at the front and then sitting down WINS!

* Variations:  Ahead of time, select two kids, one from each team and talk to them.  Choose kids of strong character who can handle everyone being temporarily upset with them.  If they give in to peer pressure, your lesson will flop!  Explain the game to them and tell them that you will choose them to be part of the team and will place them toward the end of the line.  When the ball gets to them, they are to just hold the ball and NOT pass it.  No matter what, they are to hold the ball.  If others try to get it from them or yell at them, they are to just bend over, hugging the ball, and refuse to pass it.  Make sure no one knows you talked ahead of time!  Then, go on to lesson!  After lesson, play the game as normal.

Pat the Cat
Place a chair in front of the group. Choose one player to be the Cat and sit in the chair. Blindfold the Cat, and place another piece of cloth on the Cat’s head. Other players sit a few feet in front of Cat. Each player takes turns trying to sneak up and take cloth without being tagged by the Cat. If unsuccessful, sit on the sidelines in the “mouse hole”. If successful, they become the next Cat.

Penny Balance
Students stand, tilt their heads back, and place a penny on the end of their nose. Whoever keeps penny balanced the longest, wins.

Penny Names
Give each student three pennies as they enter. At start tell students they have five minutes to learn as many names as possible. It will be financially beneficial for them to remember names. Later, play again. This time, if they remember the name of the person they met before, they receive a penny from that person. If they can’t remember their name, they give them a penny.

People Bingo
·         Supplies:    Bingo cards, hat, scrap paper

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time?        5-10 minutes

Give every student a Bingo playing card (remember that the middle is FREE!) and have them fill their boxes with names of students in the room (only once per student, of course).  Then, from a hat, randomly pull students’ names and if a player has that one’s name on his card, he marks an “X” through that name.  The first player who has a row of “X’s” either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, wins!

Pet Store
Students each pick a type of animal to be and line up in a row, facing the leader. Leader is the Shopkeeper of the Pet Store. Leader picks one student to come up to be the Buyer. Buyer tells Shopkeeper what type of animal they’d like to be and Shopkeeper and Buyer run to catch that “animal.” As soon as “animal” hears its names, it runs to the far wall. If “animal” gets there, they are free and Buyer must choose again. If Buyer and Shopkeeper catch “animal”, the “animal” becomes the new Buyer and the Buyer takes their spot on the line as their “animal” again.

Students sit in a circle.  The first person says their name and announces that they are going to bring an item to our picnic that starts with the first letter of their name.  The next person does the same, but also must remember the previous person’s information.  The game continues in like manner until it goes around the circle and the first person recites all of it.

Students stand in a circle and pass a bean bag randomly.  Students catch and pass the bean bag with ping-pong paddles.  If someone misses the bag, they’re out.  If the pass is ruled to be uncatchable, the thrower is out.

Ping-Pong Blow
Two teams try to blow the ping-pong across the table and off the edge of the other team’s side.

Prayer Planes
Students write their name and their prayer requests on a piece of paper.  Then they fold the paper into paper airplanes and throw them around for a little while.  Then everyone picks up a plane that isn’t their own, unfolds it, and prays for whoever’s plane they have.

All players close their eyes or are blindfolded. Leader picks one person to be the prui. Everyone except the prui mingles around. When they touch someone, they ask, “Prui?” The prui does not ask back. When someone finds the prui, they grab hands and join it. Game ends when everyone is part of the prui.

Puffed Up
Make an obstacle course. Divide into teams. Each team wraps one member in masking tape, sticky side out. They then blow up a bag of balloons and stick them onto the person. The person runs the relay race. The team with the most balloons still on the person at the end of the course wins.

Pushed and Pulled
Students link arms in a row. In the middle of the line, one students faces backward. The goal of that one student is to direct the line, pushing and pulling them to where he/she wants to go. It’s hard to go against the flow. So help each other by being positive examples for each other. Don’t tempt each other.

Have teams compete to form the tallest human pyramid

Bible Trivia like jeopardy using seat pads. 

Point to one person and have them snap their fingers. They then point to someone else and they start. Continue until everyone is snapping. Then point to someone and have them clap. When this gets around the circle, point to someone and have them slap their thighs. Now have someone flip the lights on and off. Then pull out a water gun and squirt everyone to add the rain.

Reverse of Hide and Go Seek. One person (or team) hides, and the rest go to find them. When someone finds the hiding person or team, they quietly hide with them. The last person or team to find the hiding group is the one who hides in the next round. This game works best when played in a large, dark area, such as a woods or church.

Screaming Announcements
Have a student scream your announcements. Get students to volunteer for this.

Shooting Gallery
Blindfold a leader and let students take turns throwing a ball at them while they walk back and forth or bob up and down.  The kid with the most hits wins.  Give leader a noisemaker or something to increase the hilarity.  Possible variation is a straw loaded with q-tips as a makeshift blowgun.

Shooting Ice-Stars
Students try to shoot an ice cube through their hands into a bucket. They do this by holding the ice cube until it melts and then squeezing it.

Shouldered Out
Have students stand in a circle marked with a hula hoop or tape on the floor, each with their arms folded across their chest. They then try to shoulder others out of the circle. If someone steps out of the circle, falls, or unfolds their arms, they’re out. Those who are out sit on the outside of the circle, facing in.

Talk about how we need to be careful not to shoulder people out of our group, but make them feel welcome.

The last person in the group then grabs the hand of someone else and pulls them back into the circle. That person pulls someone else in, etc. until everyone is back in.

Simon Says
Leader tells students to do something and then does it themselves. Must preface order with “Simon (or Leader’s name) says”. If they don’t and a student does something, they’re out.

Snowball Fight
Divide into two teams.  Place teams on opposite sides of a marked line.  Then give each team an equal amount of snow (scrap paper).  The two teams then wad up the paper into “snowballs” and throw them at each other.  At the end of the time limit the team with the least number of the snowballs on their side of the line wins.


Spoon Free-for-All
Players start with four playing cards. Dealer passes individual cards. As soon as one person has four of a kind, they get up and make a mad dash to find a spoon. Everyone else follows. The spoons have been hidden around the room or in another room. The one person that doesn’t find a spoon is out. Players who are out hide the spoons for the next round.

Students form groups of three. One person is not in a group. They are an extra Squirrel. Two in the group form a tree, holding hands. The third is the squirrel. Trees spread out and stay in one spot. Squirrels move from tree to tree. One leader is the Whacker. Squirrels run from tree to tree, trying to avoid the Whacker. The Whacker has a pool noodle and is trying to clobber the Squirrels. Extra Squirrel runs to an occupied tree, forcing that Squirrel out. The ousted squirrel runs to another tree, ousting that Squirrel and so on. May add extra Squirrels or extra Whackers.

Stepping Stones
·         Supplies:    One prop per player, two ropes or masking tape

·         Where?      Outside, Open Area

·         Time?        5-20 minutes

The basic set-up here is the old “get from Point A to Point B without touching the ground in between” routine.  People are assembled at Point A, given one prop less than their number and told to arrive safely with the entire group at Point B before the time runs out.  Touch the ground and the whole group returns to Point A.

Stick Around
Have two leaders compete to see who can stick to the wall the longest. Use duct tape to secure them with their feet off the floor.

Surrounded By Love 
Scripture: Psalm 32:10
Game Overview: Kids will pass a hula hoop around a circle without letting go of one another's hands.
Supplies: Bible, two hula hoops
Preparation: None needed
Leader Tip: This game works best if you have no more than ten or fifteen kids in a circle. No hula hoop? Substitute several clean pieces of pantyhose tied together.

Ask kids to form a large circle with the hula hoop resting on a child's arm. Say: The goal of this game is to work the hula hoop around the circle without letting go of one another's hands. You'll need to figure out how to get it over your head, climb through it, and pass it on—without breaking the circle. Ready? Go!

Play again, but this time pass another hula hoop in the opposite direction, so you have two hula hoops going around the circle. At the end of the game, discuss this question:

  • How did you pass the hula hoop around the circle?
  • Say: At times in this game, you were surrounded by the hula hoop. It covered you from your head to your toes! Read Psalm 32:10, then ask:
  • What does this verse say about God's love?
  • How have you seen God's love in yuour life? in someone else's life?
  • Say: Just as we experienced with our hula hoops, God surrounds us with His love. God's love covers us from our head to our toes!

Straws & Q-tips
·        Supplies:     Straws, Q-tips, buckets

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time:          Only a few minutes

Give each child a straw and several Q-tips.  Put a Q-tip into the straw, and by blowing the straw it will shoot out the Q-tip.  Have a bucket about 10 feet away and see how many they can get into the bucket.

T-shirt Affirmation
Students bring plain white t-shirts. Students take turns writing affirmations on each other’s shirts. Students then wear shirts. Encourage students to show their positive qualities by how they act. People only see what’s on the outside.

T-shirt Tower
Place a t-shirt on the floor. Students then try to fit as many people on the t-shirt as possible so that no one is touching the floor.

Tag Football

Tails! You’re It!
·        Supplies:     a quarter

·        Where?      Open Area

·        Time?         5-10 minutes

Gather everyone in the front of the sanctuary.  Take a coin and tell everyone to declare heads or tails affiliation by placing one hand either on his or her head or on his or her behind.  Flip the coin.  If the coin comes up heads, heads are “It.”  All the heads then charge about, trying to tag all the tails.

Have all the players maintain their hand positions while running.  Then, if a tail is tagged, s/he indicates a tagged status by putting both hands on their posterior and standing with legs well spread.  Uncaught tails can free tagged tails by crawling through the tagged players’ legs and yelling “Tails Free!”

If a coin comes up tails, tails are “It.”  When a head is tagged, s/he indicated a tagged status by putting both hands on top of his/her head and freezes with legs spread apart.  Uncaught heads can free their frozen teammates by crawling through their legs and yelling, “Heads Free!”

Divide students into two teams. Each team picks one or more “tanks”. The tanks are blindfolded. Spread balls on the floor. The tanks must find the balls and throw them at the enemy tanks to win. Once a tank is hit, it is out. The tank’s team can call out where the balls and where the enemy tanks are, but they can’t otherwise enter the game. They are called Central Intelligence. When one team wins, the losing team gets to send out more tanks than the winning team the next round.

Team Video Game
Set up a two-player simultaneous video game.  Divide kids into two teams.  Each player on a team gets 30 seconds or longer at controls and then they must switch without pausing.  The trick is that the player’s team members are standing in a line ten feet away and the player must tag the next player before they can approach the controls.


Three-D Stratego
Divide into two teams in a squared field.  Each team starts on their half of the field.  Each team is given a flag to be stationed at the far end of their area.  Each player is given a playing card.  The playing card determines their rank.  Each round, players move in any direction one square.  When they meet, the player with the highest card value wins.  The other player must then exchange their card with the leader and start back at the far end of their side of the field.  The team that reaches the other team’s flag first wins.

Three-Time Tag
To get out, you have to get tagged three times.  Once you are tagged, place a hand on the place you were tagged.  The second time you are tagged, put your other hand on that spot.  Now you can only play with your feet.  The third time you're tagged, you're out.

Tilly Miller
Say, Tilly Miller likes the moon, but she doesn’t like stars. Have students see if they can say something else about Tilly Miller. (Tilly Miller only likes things with double letters, like in her name). Write down the things in columns to help students catch on quicker.

Tire Bowling
Use two liter pop bottles filled with water as pins and an old tire as the ball.

Todo El Mundo Tag
·        Supplies:     none

·        Where?      Outside, Open area

·        Time?         Only a few minutes

Everyone spreads out and on “Go!” tags everyone that they can.  When a person is tagged, they are to sit down where they were tagged.  If two people tag each other at the same time, they are both out.  The last person standing wins!

Toilet Paper Roll
Students roll a roll of toilet paper on the ground, trying not to break it. There are tape markers on the floor for point levels. The one who rolls it the longest without breaking it wins. Could play in teams with points added together.

Toilet Paper Sharing
Tell students to tear off as many squares as they would normally use.  Then, go around the circle, sharing one thing about themselves, their week, etc. for each square that they took.

This is a small twist on an old game that produces funny results.

Put two small Tootsie Roll candies in a balloon and blow it up. (You should probably do a few of these just in case there are casualties.) Then play a regular game of baseball using the balloon as the ball and one of those swimming pool "noodles" as the bat. The game usually goes for three innings.

Treasure Chest
Get a chest to keep youth group memories in. After every event, have students vote on something to keep as a memento. Put that memento in the treasure chest and review the contents every New Year’s Eve as you empty it for the New Year.

Try Not to Yawn
Have one student start yawning and stretching. The last person to yawn wins.

Tug Of War Times Two
·         Supplies:    Tug of War rope

·         Where?      Large room, open area, outside

·         Time?        Only a few minutes

By tying two ropes in the middle, so you have four ends of equal length, you can have a tug of war with four teams instead of two.  Draw a circle on the ground so that each team is outside the circle when the war begins.  When one team is pulled across the circle line, it is eliminated from the game, leaving the other three teams to tug against each other.  Then those three play until another is eliminated, and finally two teams play to determine the winner.  Each time, the tug of war is conducted across the circle.

Alternative: People can only use one hand or only their thumbs and index fingers

Twenty Questions
Students take turns thinking of a word as others ask yes or no questions to guess what it is. End by thinking of a word that deals with your Bible study topic.

Two Truths and a Lie
Everyone writes two statements about themselves that are true and one statement about themselves that is false, in any particular order, on a notecard.  The facilitator of the game then reads the statements and everyone has to guess who wrote the statements and which of the statements is false.

Ultimate Set-up Volleyball
All students stand on one side of the court. The point is to let everyone hit before the ball is sent over the net. Once a student hits, they run across the net to the other side and wait for the ball to come over. Use a beach ball or balloon instead of a volley ball.

Upside-Downside Relay Race
Lay 2 rulers at one end of the playing area as two starting lines. Place three cups in a row beginning five feet from each starting line. Be sure there are five feet between the cups in each row. Form two groups and have players decide how they’ll travel. (run, walk, hop, crawl) Each person must choose a different way. Line up in single file for relay. First players go and turn their three cups upside down. Next players with go and turn the cups right side up. Continue until every player has gone. (Players sit when finished with their turn)

Vampire Tag
All players close their eyes or are blindfolded. Secretly choose one person to be the vampire. When the vampire bumps into someone, they scream and grab them. That person then becomes a vampire as well. If two vampires meet, they turn back into normal players. Game ends when everyone is vampirized or humanized.


What are the Rules?
Students find a partner and decide who will be the first talker and who will be the first listener. Give listeners one of four pieces of paper, without letting the talker see it, with these rules: “Don’t use the word, ‘I’”, “Don’t move your hands”, “Don’t move your feet.” “Don’t look away from the person you’re talking to.” Listeners will buzz their talker whenever they break the rule. Talkers try to guess what the rule is.

What is This?
Pass objects around a circle. First person must describe what the object is and what it’s used for. Second person must come up with a new definition, etc. until it goes all the way around the circle.

Wheelbarrow Relay Race
Students pair up. One student holds the other’s feet up while the other student walks on their hands to the finish line. At the finish line, students reverse roles and come back.


Who Am I?
Paste names or character cards on each student’s back. They then ask questions to find out who is on their back. Use cartoon characters, superheroes, or Bible characters.

Alternative: One student chooses another to describe without that person knowing ahead of time. Everyone tries to guess who the person is describing. The person who guesses correctly gets to describe next.

Who’s In My Frying Pan?
·        Supplies:     none

·        Where?      Anywhere

·        Time?         5-10 minutes

This is a game where the leader knows the secret, and the rest of the group try and guess how it’s done.  Pick three objects (start with objects in the room and then use objects outside or make-believe objects). Say you have these three objects in your frying pan and then ask, Who is in my frying pan? Students guess.

And just what is the secret?  The person who was actually in the frying pan is the first person to speak after you say, Who is in my frying pan?  Sooner or later, someone will catch on or perhaps the leader will make it a little more obvious, which only baffles the rest of the group more.  It’s fun as well as frustrating.

Who’s Who?
Have students write down on a piece of paper their

            Favorite food
            Middle name
            Sports or hobbies
            Favorite movie

Students then pass them in and the leader redistributes them.  Students then read the paper they’ve been given and try to guess which person it describes.

Word Association
Leader says a word and passes a ball to someone in the circle. The person catching the ball has to say the first appropriate word that comes to mind in relation to the word the leader said. The person passes the ball to the next person, who associates with what the previous person said. Ball should be passed to people who haven’t had it yet. Round is over when everyone has had the ball.

Water Games

Bucket Crawl
Divide students into two teams. Place a cone a good distance in front of each team. Place a filled kiddie pool between the teams and give each team a bucket. The first person from each team will fill the bucket, put it on their back and crawl around the cone without spilling the bucket. When they get back to their team, the next person goes. The first team to have all of their members go, wins.

Bucket Lift
Fill five-gallon bucket with water. Have students sit around bucket and lift bucket using only their feet. Have students keep the bucket up while taking off their shoes.

Douse the Tiki
Two tiki torches are set up on opposite sides of the field. Teams try to douse each other’s tiki with water balloons. If a player is hit by a water balloon, they are taken to prison. Prisoners may be released by a team-member.

Holy Man
Appoint a leader to be holy man.  Holy man dresses in a robe and carries a lighted candle.  He hides and moves at will.  Divide kids into two teams.  Each player carries an unlighted candle and a loaded squirt gun.  Each team tries to find the Holy Man and light their candle while extinguishing the other team’s candles.  The first team to return to home base without their candles being extinguished wins.

Hot Sponge
Students sit in a circle, passing a wet sponge. When music stops, person holding the sponge gets it squeezed over their head.

Ice Foot Fishing
Fill a kiddie pool with water and ice cubes. Give each child a cup. Students lay on their backs so they can’t see into the pool, hold the cup with their feet and try to fish out small items. Winner is the one who fishes the most items out.

Inner-Tube Squeeze
Divide into teams. As many students as possible squeeze into an inner-tube. They stand at one end of the field while other teams stand with water-balloon launchers on every other side of the field. Each team gets a chance to be in the middle with the inner-tubes.

Shoe Shucking Race
·         Supplies:    Dishpans of water

·         Where?      Anywhere

·         Time?        3 minutes

Divide into groups of 5-6.  Each team member must lie on their back with their feet in the air, meeting in the center of the circle.  A container of water is placed on the elevated feet.  The object is for each team member to remove their shoes without spilling the water.  The team to win is the one with the most shoes off after three minutes.

Sponge Relay
Divide into two teams. Each team has a bucket of water and a sponge on one end of the field and an empty bucket at the other end. Team members must take turns dipping the sponge into the full bucket and wringing it out into the empty bucket. The first team to fill the empty bucket to a certain point wins.

Standing Ducks
Form two teams, facing each other. Teams take turn throwing water balloons at each other. Team who is not throwing must stand still. Team throwing must wait for leader’s signal and throw at the same time. Once a player is hit, they get to throw one more round and then they sit out. The team with the last player standing wins.

Squirt Gun Balloon Relay
Fill up two buckets with water. Place a cone a good distance down the field. Divide students into two teams and give each student a squirt gun and a blown up balloon. On, “Go!”, the first student from each team will start squirting the balloon with the water gun toward the cone. They can pick the balloon up and squirt it in front of them or put it on the ground and squirt it. They have to get the balloon around the cone and back to their team before the next student can go. The first team to have all of their members squirt their balloons down and back wins.

At the end of the game, give students time to have a little free for all with the water guns. Just make sure that students aren’t picking on each other too much.

Taking the Hit
Students pair up. One student must stand still. Their partner can move anywhere. The partner that can move is trying to protect the partner that can’t from getting hit by a water balloon. The other teams are trying to throw water balloons at all the other people who are standing still. The player that can move must jump in front of water balloons to keep the person standing still from getting wet. Once the player standing still does get wet, that pair is out. Play another round and switch roles.

Wacky Water Balloon Relay
Play this game outdoors. Form teams of five. Have teams each form a circle, sitting with their feet pointed toward the center. Place five water balloons on a towel in the center of each team’s circle. One person in each team must scoot to the center of the circle, pick up the water balloon with his or her feet, and pass the balloon to the feet of the person on his or her right. Each person in the circle must take the water balloon with his or her feet and pass it on without using hands. The last person in the circle must swivel and drop the balloon into a pile outside of the circle. The goal is to finish the relay without any broken water balloons.

Water Brigade
Divide students into two teams. Place a full bucket of water beside each team. Have the first student from each team lie on the ground about 15 feet in front of their team. Have them hold an empty bucket on their chest. Give each student an empty plastic cup. On “Go!”, the first student from each team will dip their cup into the full bucket beside them, fill the cup, run to their teammate lying on the ground, and empty the cup into the empty bucket their teammate is holding. Once they empty their cup into the bucket, the two students switch places and the student who was holding the bucket takes the cup and races back to their team and gets in the back of the line. The next person then runs up and empties their cup and is the next to hold the bucket. The game continues like this until the bucket beside one of the teams is empty. The first team to empty their bucket wins.

Water Dodge
Divide students into two teams. Place a line between the two teams to mark their boundaries. Place full buckets of water and sponges on both sides of the line. Students play dodge-ball with the sponges. When a student is hit by a sponge thrown from the opposite team, they’re out. If they catch the sponge, the thrower is out.

Water Gun War
Divide into two teams.  Each player carries a squirt gun.  Players split up and try to shoot each other.  At the end of the time limit, the team that is the driest collectively wins.

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