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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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BlindfoldedIt’s a new day, which means it’s time for a new game. Today’s game is Walkers & Talkers.

Not only is this a fun game, but it can also be incorporated into a message or lesson about listening, speaking up, guidance or trust.

PREP TIME– 10-20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Blindfolds & Obstacle Course Materials

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– Minimum of 4 Teams (you can play with as many as you would like)


Set up an obstacle course in your meeting room, gym or even outside if it’s possible. I generally tend to just use things that I have in my office or things lying around our church. You can let participants crawl under, climb over or even climb through things. In addition, you can have them perform certain tasks at predetermined locations (like carry an egg with them without breaking it or eat something).

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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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Duct Tape RollsIt’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for Tuesday’s game of the Day! Today’s game involves one of man’s favorite tools, duct tape!

PREP TIME– 2-10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 2 Large Rolls of Duct Tape (at least 50yds) & 2 Long Plastic Tables (at least 6ft long)

GAME TIME– 10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Teams of 5 (you can make as many teams as you would like)


Have teams choose one individual from their team (smaller usually works better) to be attached to a table using duct tape. Once they have selected a willing victim… I mean, participant, have them lay down on the table with their feet at least six inches from the bottom. At this point, the duct taping commences. Give students about 5 minutes to do their best job of securing their teammate to the table.

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Duct TapeCotton BallsToday’s Wild Game is Covered in Cotton. This is a simple game that involves one of man’s best friends… duct tape!

ITEMS NEEDED – 1 Roll of Duct Tape & 100 Cotton Balls per team (you decide how many)

GAME TIME – 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 3-10 Participants Per Team


This is a super simple and incredibly fun game to play with students. Once you’ve purchased the duct tape and cotton balls, select your teams. Explain to them that they will need to choose a “wrappee”, and that everyone else will be “wrappers”. Once they’ve selected someone, they will then wrap the “wrappee” in duct tape (give them 1-2 minutes) with the sticky side out.

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Who DatThis Tuesday’s Game of the Week is simply entitled, Who Dat?. This is Super Bowl week, and since the game is being played in New Orleans, we thought that we’d change the title of today’s game to honor the occasion.

Who Dat? poses either or scenarios. I first heard it while listening to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. If you decide not to use the lists below, it will require a fair amount of time to come up with a list of names, but other than that, the game is incredibly simple.

PREP TIME– None (if you use the lists provided), 30-45 minutes to create your own list


PARTICIPANTS– 4 or play with either group

GAME TIME– 3-5 minutes


Let’s say you choose Celebrity Baby or 80’s Hair Band?, all you will do is read a name and let them guess whether it is a Celebrity Baby name or an 80’s Hair Band. If they are correct, they will continue on to the next name. If they get three consecutive names right they win a prize.

If you want to play as a group, you can simply read the name and have them guess. If you want to narrow it down to one winner, have them stand for one side and sit for another. After the first name continue to advance the students who guessed correctly until you have only one person remaining.

Here are some sample lists you can use:

Super Bowl QB or Sportscaster

Celebrity Baby or 80s Hair Band

Hockey Player or Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Plant or Broadway Play

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