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Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:59

Turkey Bowling

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This is a crazy Young Life skit I picked up in college. Take a roll of plastic sheeting (2 mil is fine) and lay it out like a bowling lane. Cover the sheet with Crisco (to grease the lane) arrange the six 2 liters at the end of the lane in the shape of a triangle (these are your pins). Finally, remove the wrapping from your frozen turkey and use it as the bowling ball. This is a great skit to use once a year. Make sure everyone washes their hands after the bowling is finished, to prevent salmonella infections. We play just like real bowling and the turkey will hold up to the abuse if it is solidly frozen. Play 1 or two rounds through and make sure the winners get a prize. We usually selected the best male and female scores. Enjoy!
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:59

Tin Foot Two

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On an open paved area, draw Start and Finish lines about 10 yards apart. Divide the group into pairs. Players line up at the start line with partners standing on three tin can stilts, sharing the middle stilt with their inside feet. When the leader says, "Go," the pairs of players race across the playground to the finish line. The first pair to cross the finish line wins
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:59

Tetherball Contact Dropout

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Leader sits on the ground and swings a tetherball violently overhead like a lariat as close to the ground as possible. Players join around in a circle within range of circling tetherball. When the leader says "Go," all players must move within radius of the tetherball circle and jump the ball and rope as it circles under them. If a player is touched or knocked down
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:59

Tennis Baseball

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This game puts kind of a crazy twist on a baseball game and no baseball gloves are needed. You play it the same way as baseball but you use a tennis racket and a tennis ball. It works best if you have three teams, one at bat and two in the outfield but if you have a smaller group two teams are fine. The kids love it because they can hit the ball so far. This game was a big hit with our teens this past summer!
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:58

Task Relay

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This game is a relay. Divide kids up into 2 teams. Have a volunteer stand about 15 feet in front of the line holding a basket or hat with each hand. In the basket are 10 or 12 (depending on how many kids you have) slips of paper with things the kids must do or perform. When we have done this game in the past, some of the items have been "Get your whole team to sing the Brady Bunch theme song with you," "Name 5 US Presidents" "Run around the church 5 times screaming "I Love Jesus" "Form a pyramid with everyone on your team" and so on. The papers can really say almost ANYTHING which is what makes this game fun. Be creative. The first team to finish wins.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:58

Swamp Crossing

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Divide group into two teams. Give each team 3 "rocks" (construction paper cutouts about 1 1/2' x 1 1/2'). Make a start and finish line (maybe 30 feet apart) and tell them that they must get their whole team across without touching the water, using only these rocks to get across. They may move the rocks as they go, however, only one foot can be on a rock at a time. A cool puzzle to try and figure out! Great for building cooperation skills!
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:58

Stick Spinning

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Get a broomstick and have a member of the group hold the bottom to his/her chin. Now, looking at the tip of the stick have him/her spin as fast as possible, keeping eyes on the tip. After they seem quite dizzy, tell them to drop the broomstick and step over it. It's hilarious, you gotta try it! If you're doing a campout or something at night, try "star" spinning - focusing on a star instead. Have them walk 10 feet or so.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:58

Station Game

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Assign as many stations as games and leaders available. Put one game at each station and "tweak it" as to create an aggressive 4 minute point earning encounter. Ex. Guesstures: everyone takes a turn acting an item from a card. You get 1 point for a correct answer and minus 2 for a pass. Jenga: as soon as a team arrives at the station they must erect the tower. then each person takes a turn at pulling a piece out. 1 point for each piece taken out, minus 5 for knocking the tower over. (You have to figure out how to score each station w/ each game. Make it your own) Break group into even numbered teams. each team starts at one station, then has 4 minutes to accumulate as many points as possible. at 4 minutes a timekeeper yells, "Switch!!!" then they must move to next station. when all the teams have done each station, you add up all the points from each station and then you have your winner. It involves some set-up work, but once the game is going everyone has a great time. KEYS: "Don't lose time in between stations, your next 4 minutes starts at "Switch" / "Get to the next station quick and quiet so that the station can be explained to you as quick as possible" "Don't be to loud or another team may eavesdrop some answers from you". This was a game i started doing on retreats, but have found that you can do it anywhere and add or subtract different stations as you want. For example, once i had a stillness & silence station where for 4 minutes the group had to sit completely still and silent while the station leader yelled screamed, picked his nose to try and get them to move. the team started with 20 points in the beginning and then lost a point each time someone moved or laughed. You can put in a bigger station like a free throw station if you have the equipment. OTHER GAMES USED: Scrabble: Take a handful of scrabble letters, each group gets point for words formed of 3 letters or more with bonus for bigger words. Bunko: Get a handful of dice, each person takes a turn rolling until 4 minutes is up, i point for each 5 rolled, bonus for four 5's rolled etc. the list goes on and on, that's the great thing about it, there all the room you could want to make it how you want it to look.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:58

Spoon Game

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The version we played was with a deck of cards and one less spoon then there is people. We sat in a circle, the spoons in a pile in the center, and one person would start passing the cards one at a time to the right, each person picks out a number that he/she wants to collect. When one person collects three of a kind they yell SPOONS!!!! and everybody dives to get a spoon. the person that does not get a spoon is out. You would eliminate a spoon each round and play until you have a winner. The "spoons" game is the one where everybody sits in a circle with a number of spoons in the middle corresponding to the number of players in the circle minus one. Then cards are passed, one at a time, around the circle from the deck and the player may start collecting them until they reach four of a kind (they're only allowed to keep a total of 4 cards in their hand at a time). When the first player gets four of a kind, that person nonchalantly picks up one of the spoons and continues passing the cards. As soon as the first person picks up a spoon, everybody else grabs a spoon. Of course one player is "spoonless" and is out of the game. The game starts again and repeats until only one player is left. It's hilarious fun trying to watch your cards and the spoons at the same time.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:58

Spit in the Bucket

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This game can get kind of gross, if people are squeamish about saliva. Set up two buckets on chairs on one end of the room and several squirt bottles filled with water on the other end of the room. Form two teams and have them line up behind the two chairs. This is a relay race. The players run to the water bottles, squirt as much water in their mouths as they can, then run back to the bucket and spit in it. At the moment the player spits into the bucket, the next player can run for the water bottle. Give a time limit, depending on the size of your group. The team with the most water/saliva in the bucket at the time limit wins. It's actually pretty hard to run with your mouth full of water and people making you laugh. Eventually, one kid is bound to spray their team. When we played, the floor got wet and one kid skidded and crashed into the chair holding the bucket. It was nasty.
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