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Thank you!

On behalf of everyone at StuMinGames, we want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

This past year was an exciting one for us and we thank you for your loyalty and support.

Looking forward, we are thrilled to be making some changes to the blog to further enhance your ministry or group experience. Over the next few months we will be launching a dynamic new look and announcing some great partners who will provide even more incredible resources.

Stay tuned for more details and make 2014 your best year yet!

Will The Real Caption Please Stand Up?

EM PICWho doesn’t like a good Instagram or Facebook photo? Okay, maybe  the selfie is a bit overrated, but why not have some fun with it.

Will The Real Caption Please Stand Up? is an attempt to do just that.

PREP TIME– 20-30 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– A Screen to View Pictures & Captions

GAME TIME– 10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Individuals or Groups of Any Size

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin, take a few minutes to scroll through Instagram & Facebook to find some fun pics with some great quotes.

While you can use any picture, it’s always a great idea to include some people from your group in the mix as well.

All you need to do is put together a quick PowerPoint with the picture and give three options for your group to guess from. One will be the real caption and the other two will be your creation. If you need some help, here’s a little something to get you started: Will The Real Caption Please Stand Up?. The template is fully editable, making it easy to plug and play.

This is where things can get fun, because the game isn’t just about guessing the right caption, it’s about having a good time and creating some laughs with your group.

BONUS TIPS

1. If possible, get some other leaders to help you create captions as well- you will be surprised what they will come up with! You can even email them the pictures a few days before so they have plenty of time to let the creative juices flow.

2. If you’re struggling to find some pictures, follow some well known celebrities on Instagram.

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10 Great Games to Bring in the New Year!

2014 copyLooking to ring in the New Year in style? Then we’ve got all the games you’ll need to make the night a success.

We know that hosting an all-nighter or event that lasts several hours can be challenging to fill up with fun games, so we’ve dropped ten of our favorites right here for you:

 

10. BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

9. WHO DAT?

8. SWING BATTER BATTER SWING (MARSHMALLOW BASEBALL)

7. SHADOW CHARADES

6. SOCKBALL

5. WILL IT FLOAT

4. 3-BALL

3. HUNGER GAMES

2. KING OF THE CONES

1. SCAVENGER HUNT

You can also check out some other lists:

MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

MINUTE TO WIN IT CHRISTMAS GAMES

GIANT ANGRY BIRDS

TOP TEN RELAY GAMES

So there you have it, a fantastic list of games that will carry you well into 2014!

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Sockball

SockballToday’s game is fantastic if you are holding any sort of all night New Years Party or a game night where you have extra time to play games. Sockball is a simple, yet exciting game that requires teams to work together.

PREP TIME– 10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– A Pair of Socks for Every Person on the Court/Field, Extra Pairs of Socks, a Large Area (large rooms, basketball courts or a field will work)

GAME TIME– 20-45 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Even Teams

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin, cone or tape off your field of play. If you’re in a gym, just use the court lines. You will also need to create a “ball” for them to throw around. This is done by placing socks inside a tube sock until it is adequate size and then tie it off (you can use a regular or mini dodge ball or football instead of the sockball if you prefer).

Once you have divided the group into two teams, select 10 players from each team (if you have a smaller group, just split them evenly). They will then need to grab a pair of tube socks and place them over their hands.

Once you’ve decided who gets the sockball first (coin flip), each team will position themselves on their side of the court/field and get ready for play.

The game is simple. Teams must work together to get the sockball all the way across the end line (like the end zone in football). To do so, they must throw the ball to one another, but they are not allowed to take more than two steps while holding the sockball. If they take more steps or the sockball is dropped, the other team takes possession of it where the other team lost it. Interceptions or knockdowns also result in a change of possession.

Other Rules:

1. Teams can pass the sockball forward or backward at any time.

2. Once the sockball has been caught, the opposing team must keep a one-foot radius so the other team can pass the sockball.

3. No hand-offs. Teams must throw the ball to each other.

If you have a large group and plenty of space, play multiple games at once. If you are limited in space, rotate players every 5 minutes. This way, everyone gets to play.

Whoever has the most points at the end of the designated time is the winner.

BONUS TIPS

1. Tube socks work best because they don’t come off very easily.

2. Play with 2 sockballs at one time. This allows for more people to be involved and definitely increases the scoring.

3. Award a “Sock Trophy” to the winning team. Maybe a hideous looking sock you could find.

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Christmas Games Galore

Christmas Games Galore (letters)With Christmas just around the corner, you may have a few events left to plan for. Here are five great games and 11 Christmas themed Minute To Win It Games:

CHRISTMAS TRIVIA PPT – WORLD RECORD EDITION!

COVERED IN COTTON

KRISPIE CREATIONS

SANTA’S SLEIGH

SOCIAL MEDIA MASH UP (use Christmas themed pics/statuses)

SHADOW CHARADES (use Christmas songs or themes)

WRAP BATTLE

Minute To Win It Games

#1 Deck The Balls

#2 Merry Fishmas

#3 Christmas Jingle

#4 Christmas In The Balance

#5 Christmas Cliffhanger

#6 Jingle In The Trunk

#7 Face The Gingerbread Man

#8 Wreath Relay

#9 Lollipop

#10 Christmas Ball

Bonus Game: Holiday Kiss

Stay tuned next week as we share some great New Year’s Games and Events with you.

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Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's SleighSometimes the best games are the simplest ones, today we introduce, Santa’s Sleigh.

PREP TIME– 2-5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 1 Blanket & Wrapped Box Per Team & Cones/Chairs (for Obstacle Course)

GAME TIME– 3-5 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2-4 Teams of 3

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you start, you will need to gather together some old blankets and/or sheets. These will serve as each teams sleigh.

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Wrap Battle

Wrap BattleThis week we’ll be sharing a couple of Christmas games to go along with the others in our archives. Today’s game is Wrap Battle.

PREP TIME– 2-5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Wrapping Paper (lots of it!), Scotch or Duct Tape, Bows

GAME TIME– 10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone – Teams of 8-12

INSTRUCTIONS

Just about everyone has seen or played the game where you wrap someone up in wrapping paper and slap a bow on their head. Our game is loosely based on that, but as usual, we’ve added a twist.

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