5 Great Game Ideas to Play in Youth Groups
Youth group is such a fun, wholesome, and entertaining space for kids. To ensure that they’re engaged and excited to attend, it’s important to schedule activities and games that they would enjoy.
Here are five fun game ideas to play in a youth group:
- Telephone Game
- World Record Night
- Balloon Race
- Life-Size Tic Tac Toe
Have a list of fun and wacky phrases ready. Ask the kids to line up in a long single-file line. Whisper the phrase to the child at the beginning of the line. They will then turn to the person next to them and whisper the phrase and so on until they reach the end of the line. The last child will then say the phrase out loud. Most likely, by the time the last person has heard the phrase it’s completely different from what was said at the beginning.
Read our article on the telephone game if you want to learn more about how it's played and some fun phrases that you can use.
World Record Night
Split the kids into small groups and have them come up with their own unique and fun records then allow the entire group to try to see how many records they can break that night. Who can hop backward the fastest? Who can spit a mini marshmallow the farthest? The most paper airplanes to hit a target in one minute?
Allow the kids to design their book of world records and write down their names and records broken to make this an annual or biannual event.
For this game, you’ll need two different colors of balloons, baskets, and spoons. Blow up as many balloons as possible and place them in two baskets at the back of the room, at the front of the room place two empty baskets. Separate the group of kids into two teams, (the team names could correspond with the colors of the balloons you have).
Each team will receive one spoon, and when the race begins each child will have a chance to carry a balloon to the front of the room using only the spoon. The team with the most balloons after three minutes wins.
Life-Size Tic Tac Toe
Set up nine chairs in rows into a square (in rows and columns of three) then separate the group into two teams. Each team will have a chance to send one teammate to sit on a chair in the square. The first team to get three players across, down, or diagonally will be declared the winner.
For this game, you’ll need small props like fake glasses, fake jewelry, hats, ties, scarves, and other fun accessories. Have ten volunteers select a prop and wear it. Choose one person to be the detective. The detective will memorize how all ten people look and then leave the room. While the detective is out, five children will change their appearance in a small way. They could switch props, wear them differently, or remove them completely. When the detective returns, they have to figure out what’s different about the group.
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