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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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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 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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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

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Even Teams

INSTRUCTIONS

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

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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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

INSTRUCTIONS

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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Candy Connection PictureIf you’re not surrounded by candy yet, you will be soon. Today’s game is called Candy Connection, and it’s sure to test your candy knowledge with a fun and FREE downloadable PDF.

PREP TIME– None

ITEMS NEEDED– Candy Connection Game Sheet & Pens

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone

INSTRUCTIONS

Simply download our Candy Connection PDF and get ready to play.

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