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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Lamentations or Taylor Swift LyricSince we’ve taken Thanksgiving week off, we decided to throw a little Black Friday special at you from Download Youth Ministry. My friend, Jeff Terry introduced me to this Aaron Helman special.

This genius PPT download for only $3, the game: Lamentations or Taylor Swift Lyric! It’s not as easy as you might think, unless you’re a huge Taylor Swift or Lamentations fan… which is a bit disturbing either way.

Check out all the other great material that DYM has to offer as well.

Six Degrees of GooglationBack in the early 90’s, a game called “Six Degrees of Separation” emerged. The movie, starring Will Smith, helped to propel the game into the pop culture dialogue. The game was often played with Kevin Bacon as the end game.  Basically, you had six moves to link another person to him. For example, you might try to start with Macauley Culkin.


1st Degree: Macauley Culkin & Ally Sheedy (Home Alone 2)

2nd Degree: Ally Sheedy & Molly Ringwald (Breakfast Club)

3rd Degree: Molly Ringwald & Joan Cusack (Sixteen Candles)

4th Degree: Joan Cusack & Julia Roberts (Runaway Bride)

5th Degree: Julia Roberts & Kevin Bacon (Flatliners)

Today’s game, uses the power of Google to play a new game, Six Degrees of Googlation. This is a spinoff of the old classic.


ITEMS NEEDED– Smart Phones with Internet Access (6 per team)

GAME TIME– 10-20 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Teams of 6 or More


In the original version of this game, you must make the connections via movies, but our game simply uses images found through Google. Note: We use Google images to make the playing field even and discourage participants from looking at sites they should not be viewing! Make sure to have them modify their search parameters to block anything inappropriate.

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Shadow CharadesThis week we are putting a twist on an old school game with Shadow Charades.

PREP TIME– 5-10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– White Sheet, Lamp with No Shade (or Floodlight) & Pins/Tacks (or Tape)

GAME TIME– 10-20 Minutes



I’m sure most of you know the basic rules of charades, which is simply acting out clues w/o words any verbal communication.

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Human SlinkyOne year ago, we created a blog that we hoped would be a help to Student Pastors and others by sharing the best up front and group games that we had in our arsenal. We have been blown away by your support and will continue to share even better games in year two. Thank you for stopping by stumingames and continue to spread the word!

Today we introduce to you, Human Slinky.

PREP TIME– 2-3 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– One Children’s Pop Up Tunnel Per Team

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 4 Teams of 2


Before you start the game, you will need to purchase a couple of childrens pop up tunnels. You can find these online for about $20, or at IKEA for a little bit more. If you’re worried about cost, buy one and time participants so they are racing against the clock, instead of four different teams simultaneously.

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Plunger PushEvery now and again you need a fun and unique game to get people moving. With Plunger Push, you have one of those games!

PREP TIME– 2-5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Plunger & Skateboard (1 set per team), Large Room (preferably a gym)

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone – Teams of 8-12


After you select your teams, have them line up in a single file line behind the start line. You will need an end line as well. If you are in a gym, you can opt to go half court or full court. If you are not in a gym, use cones to have players go around. The game is quite simple. Each player will be equipped with a skateboard and a plunger. The game requires that each participant have their feet and hands off the ground at all times, only using their plunger to move them to the line (or cone) and back to the starting line. The first team to have everyone make one successful round trip wins the game.

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Turkey BowlingThis week we bring a classic to you with, Turkey Bowling. This is a fantastic game that can be played strictly for fun, or use it as a fundraiser for families who need food for Thanksgiving. Be creative and find a way to help others if you can as well!

PREP TIME– 10-20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 1 Turkey, 10 Bowling Pins (or 2-Liters with Water) Per Lane & Tape or Cones

GAME TIME– 20-30 Minutes



Before you play, you will need to get all your items. If you decide to use real bowling pins, you can usually get these from a local bowling alley by just calling ahead and asking for some of their old pins. They should range between free to $1 or $2 per pin. Depending on how many lanes you want to create, you will need 10 pins per lane.

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Oven MittsWe are sharing a really fun game today, and I guarantee it’s one you’ll have lots of volunteers for! We introduce, The Great Escape.

PREP TIME– 1-2 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Pair of Oven Mitts & Roll of Duct Tape for Each Contestant (Scissors Nearby for Early Escape)

GAME TIME– 2-5 Minutes



Once you have selected your participants, slide the oven mitts all the way on with their hands completely flat inside. This keeps them from gaining extra room for their escape.

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