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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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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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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

INSTRUCTIONS

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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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

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone

INSTRUCTIONS

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

PARTICIPANTS– 3-5

INSTRUCTIONS

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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Pumpkin DropConsidering Halloween is tomorrow, we want to share a bonus game that is always good for a laugh. We introduce to you, Pumpkin Drop.

PREP TIME– 5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Every Group Will Need: Pumpkin, 6 Plastic Cups, Tape, Plastic Table Cloth, Straws, Roll of Toilet Paper

GAME TIME– 30 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone: 4-6 Per Group

INSTRUCTIONS

Most people will be familiar with an Egg Drop. Just in case you’re not, this is where you take random items, put them together and try to keep your egg from breaking after it is dropped off the ledge of a building or a tall ladder.

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