3 AWESOME YOUTH GAMES!
“JUST PLAY GAMES”
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that my youth ministry career would be successful if I had THE BEST games, then I would have $63.
But seriously, games are important. They are not the be all and end all. But they are needed. Youth want to have fun!
So here are my Top 3 Jr High youth games!
HIGH ENERGY. LOTS OF SWEAT. DRAMATIC MUSIC.
Civilization is a game that is designed for big groups, hours of entertainment and minimal organisation.
Resources: Cardboard boxes, football flags, big flags, dramatic music, microphone.
How it works: Everybody starts at a central location surrounded by built cardboard boxes. Split your group into three big teams. Each team has to take as many boxes and a big flag back to their designated base. Once at their base each team has 20 minutes to build a fort which will be their “safety zone”. Have one leader in control of the music and microphone (HYPE PERSON). This leader will begin and end games. Each player has two football flags and which are their lives/points. Steal as many football flags as possible from the other team to win.
There are a number of mini-games you can play including capture the flag (use big flag), last man standing, zombie attack (kids v leaders).
HIGH ENERGY. FUNNY. DRESS-UP.
Where’s Waldo is designed for any size groups, mixed ages, and lots of fun!
Resources: Leaders, Costumes, a shopping mall, puzzle pieces.
How it works: Take your youth group to your local shopping mall. Have a bunch of leaders go before you, dressed up as random characters (including Waldo), and each group have to find all the characters. When they find a character they are given a puzzle piece. The team that finds all the characters and solves the puzzle wins the game! Why not throw in a random leader who isn’t dressed up? Make it harder!
HIGH ENERGY. COLOURFUL. SWEATY.
POP POP is a game designed like a royal rumble… BUT WITH BALLOONS!
Resources: Balloons, String, Music.
How it works: Give everyone a balloon and a piece of string or yarn. Have them blow up the balloon and tie it to their ankle. Announce that they are to try to stomp out other people’s balloons while keeping their own safe. Last person with a blown up balloon wins. Towards the end of the game get everybody who is out to make a circle and slowly close in on the finalists, making a royal rumble arena.
GAMES. DO IT.
Your friend, Chris.