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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:





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

SHADOW CHARADES (use Christmas songs or themes)


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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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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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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secret signals logoSecret Signals is one of our all-time favorites. It gets your group interacting and keeps everyone laughing.



GAME TIME– 10-20 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone, with 7-9 per Group


Once you have group separated, have them all stand in a circle, facing each other. You will then have one person stand on the inside of the group. The outside group are the signalers and the inside person is the guesser.

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Attention To DetailThink you pay attention to detail? Here’s your chance to see if it’s true. In Attention To Detail, you will have a chance to see how well your group is focusing

While the vast majority of our games don’t have a larger teaching point, this one can be great in talking about concentration and observation. It will also teach them to look for things that might not seem to matter at first.

PREP TIME– 10-30 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– YouTube Clips & Projector/TV Screen to View

GAME TIME– 10-20 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Everyone – with 3-5 Participants per Team


Before you start, pick some famous funny movie clips (make sure you can show them in church!). The clips should be about 30 seconds each and will need to involve: dialogue, background material, names of people or places.

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kiddie poolAfter a long hiatus, we return with a great event that you can use as you kick off the school year or just for fun at your weekly meeting. Today’s game was shared by Bryce George after seeing a post on Scotty McTaube’s Instagram page.. The name of the event is BYOP, or, Bring Your Own Pool! We’ve added some extras to the original idea!!

PREP TIME– 0-60 minutes (depends on how much prep you want to do)

ITEMS NEEDED– Inflatable Pools & Decor

GAME TIME– 10-60 minutes (varies depending on what and how many games you play)



BYOP is part game and part event. Let me explain the latter. The object of this event is to invite students and leaders to bring their own inflatable or plastic pool (the cheap kind you can buy at Walmart or Target). In addition to bringing the pool, encourage them to decorate it. You may have a theme, or you can simply say “be creative”.

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Big Mac AttackHappy Wednesday to you all. Today’s game is entitled, Big Mac Attack. I usually don’t go too high on the gross factor, but today’s game is the exception to the rule!

PREP TIME– 10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 4 Big Macs (with condiments on the side), Tarp & 4 Wet Rags to wash with

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 4 Teams of 2 (you can also play this game with individual instead of teams)


At some point today, most of you will pass a McDonald’s. Since you’re already doing so, why not swing through the drive thru and pick up four tasty Big Macs for a fun game- just remember to ask for the condiments on the side (if you explain to them why you need them on the side, trust me, they’ll do it!).

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