Wednesday’s Game of the week pays homage to the wondrous beauty that is the marshmallow. Okay, so that may be a bit over the top, but let me introduce to you one of our favorite marshmallow games: Marshmallow Madness!
PREP TIME– 2 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED– 2 Bags of Small Marshmallows, 4 Plastic Cups or Small Bins, Masking Tape
GAME TIME– 3-5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS– 4 Teams of at least 2 (you can have more or larger teams)
Today’s game is a spin off of something that almost all of us have done. You will need to start by taping off two lines that are about 6-10ft apart. Make sure participants stand behind the lines.
While some of the games I share in my blog were created by our team of gamers, many of them are adapted from others. Today’s game is a perfect example. I present to you: WILL IT FLOAT?
PREP TIME – 30-60 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – A large clear container (large fish tanks work) filled with water on a stand or table; optional: two-sided signs (one side-sink, other side- swim)
GAME TIME – 10 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – Everyone
If you want to have winners for this game, split them into 4 teams. Otherwise, it’s a fun game to just sit back, let the crowd guess, and watch.
Normally, Saturdays are great for me. I wake up, watch some College GameDay on ESPN, play around with my boys, nap, and end by watching my Oregon Ducks trounce another opponent with my wife. But alas, this weekend has carried devastating news… the Twinkie may be no more.
Update: Thankfully the Twinkie made it’s triumphant return, so feel free to buy boxes upon boxes of the tasty treat.
TWINKIE BOWL (TWINKIE FOOTBALL)
PREP TIME – 10 Minutes to Several Days
ITEMS NEEDED – 1-2 Boxes of Twinkies per Game; optional: Flag Football Gear
GAME TIME – 10-20 Minutes per Game
PARTICIPANTS – 14 Players (7 for each team), 1 Referee for each game
Twinkie Bowl is just football with Twinkies instead of footballs. You probably won’t have access to a full-scale field, so use some sort of markers (cones, shirts, shoes, whatever) to identify the area of play. Basic rules apply, and since it is Saturday, we’ll go with college rules for catching the Twinkie- one foot in for a reception.
Instead of kicking off, have someone throw the Twinkie. Same for extra-points, just do two-point conversions.
You can play tackle football or flag-football. If you play tackle, keep in mind that you’ll go through a lot more Twinkies! If you want to preserve your Twinkies a little longer, leave them in the wrapper.
1. You can make a big deal out of this game. Have a playoff bracket on a Saturday or make team shirts with a clever name involving Twinkies.
2. Make it an all day event or fundraiser with concessions. Possibly have teams pay to play (for a charity).
3. For extra points, have the person who scores a touchdown eat the Twinkie they scored with.
4. Have someone video the games and put together a highlight reel of Twinkie Touchdowns! Who knows, you might become a YouTube sensation!
This is a great way to have fun with a group of students. This will definitely inspire some laughs and create memories that your kids won’t soon forget!!
Stay tuned for another Twinkie post later today!
PREP TIME – 5 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – 3-5 XXL Shirts
GAME TIME – 3-5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – 2 Participants per Shirt
This game takes a little bit of preparation, but it is well worth it. Once you have your XXL Shirts, soak them in water, fold them up nicely and put them in the freezer. I recommend putting them on a tray with wax paper to divide them- this way you won’t have to wrestle with the shirts to pull them apart. Allow the shirts at least 5 hours to get nice and icy.
PREP TIME – 5 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – 4-10 Sets of The Alphabet (each letter on its own paper)
GAME TIME – 5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – Everyone
If you want a game that will get people interacting, this is your game. Group participants into teams of 5-10 and then hand them a packet of alphabet letters.
We are so excited to share this Tuesday’s Game of the Week, that we are actually making it two times as awesome! That’s right, two games for the price of one! Come to think of it, all our games are free, so double of nothing is still nothing… but I digress.
The first game we are introducing is one that everyone of my students still remember today. It’s called the SODA SOCK SWIG. As you’ll see, I have a basic format for all my games that allows you to see the following: PREP TIME, ITEMS NEEDED, GAME TIME, PARTICIPANTS, INSTRUCTIONS & occasional BONUS TIPS.
PREP TIME – 3 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – 1 Table, 6 Pack of Soda
GAME TIME – 2 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – 6
Before choosing 6 students to participate, don’t mention the name of the game, just have 6 cans of soda sitting on the table in front (put the table on a stage or platform if possible). Once you have chosen your participants, tell them that they will be in a race against the other 5 to see who can completely finish the soda first. Let them open the soda. Start your countdown, then stop them and tell them that you forgot something: they all need to take off one of their socks and put it over the top of the soda can before they race. You usually get a good (or grossed out) reaction here. After the socks are in place, restart your countdown. But you are still not done. Stop the countdown and have them hand their can to the person on their right. That’s right! They will be drinking the soda through someone else’s sock! Gross? Yes! Awesome? Absolutely!