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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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Standing in at #8 on our Top 10 Minute To Win It Christmas Games list is Wreath Relay. While most Minute To Win It Games are one person against the clock, this one let’s people pair up to race.

Materials

  • Wreath
  • Designated Transfer Zones
  • Something to Hang The Wreath On

Instructions

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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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Top 10 In case you missed it, here are our Top Ten Relay Races:

#1 Tough Camper

#2 Quick Change

#3 Humpty Dumpty Sat On A Spoon

#4 Bon Appétit

#5 Cracker Whistle

#6 Don’t Lose Your Marbles

#7 Melon Madness

#8 You’re A Real Life Saver

#9 Don’t Squeeze Me Yet

# 10 Hula Hoop Hysteria

While I encourage people to play, I never force it. There may be a variety of reasons people don’t play, ranging from shyness to sickness to anxiety issues. I’ve been in groups that are obsessed with games and with others who really don’t care what we’re doing. Obviously, you need enough people to play in order for games to work, so what do you do if people don’t want to get involved.

Here are a few tips we used to help get more people involved. Keep these in mind for larger group games, such as relays, if you have a group that seems like they just aren’t that into it.

1. Do some pre-game work. Find some key leaders in your group who will help you generate excitement for the game. You can even designate these individuals as team leaders.

2. Be prepared. Throwing things together at the last minute shows you don’t care, so don’t expect them to care either.

3. Have a great host and some killer music. If you have someone running your games who has no energy, rambles or is just plain boring (sorry, but some of you know it’s true!), then replace them or do it yourself. I hated the times, as a student pastor, that I was the game guy, not because I hate games, but because I didn’t want my face up front all the time. But this is ministry at times, sometimes you have to do multiple things to create the right atmosphere. Don’t make it a habit, but do what you need to do, or get rid of games for a season until you’re ready.

4. Mix it up. As they say, variety is the spice of life. Play different types of game or play them at different times in your service. To be honest, we usually played a game, but not every week. Be aware of when your students need change.

5. Play games that are fun to watch. I can’t tell you how surprised I am at youth ministries that focus on up-front games that are awesome to play and boring to watch. I’ve written about this in the past, but make sure games are easily visible and that the spectators (which is usually the much larger crowd) are entertained. Never forget the audience!

With that, I think you’re ready for our first edition of TEN GREAT RELAYS.

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Bon Appetit

We’re in the home stretch with our Top Ten Relay Game Countdown! Number 4 on our list is, Bon Appétit.

PREP TIME– 20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Sandwich Materials (Bread, Condiments), Plastic Knives, Plates (optional), Bowls for Condiments (optional), Tables for Materials to Sit On, Plastic Gloves for Every Contestant

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 7-10 Participants per Team

INSTRUCTIONS

While I think that many food games are overplayed, this is a fun one that stands out. Once you have divided teams in to groups of 7-10 participants, line them up in a single file line and have them put on their plastic gloves. Continue reading


Sponge BobComing in at number nine on our Top Ten Relay Game Countdown is, Don’t Squeeze Me Yet.

PREP TIME– 20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 1 Large Sponge & 2- 5 Gallon Buckets Per Team

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 10 Participants (or more) per Team

INSTRUCTIONS

This game works best outside, but if you’re in an area where the floor can get a little wet, you can play inside as well. You will need to start by filling up one 5 gallon bucket with water and placing the large sponge (like the kind you wash cars with) in the water.

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