A few years ago youth ministries were blessed with NBC’s Minute To Win It. It was a fun show but more than that it gave youth ministry nearly one hundred fresh game ideas! I have used several of these games the past 2 or so years but have wanted it to be easier to to grab a game. This week I stumbled upon a PDF file with a tone of Minute To Win It Games. Click, download, and pass on to who ever leads your game time!
What we’re playin’ this week is a game called, “One Arm, Two Arm, None.” This is one of our group’s favorite games…mine too due to the super easy setup, the amount of fun in the room, and the interaction it encourages.
One Arm, Two Arm, None is an elimination game that starts with the entire group and ends up with one winner. The game randomly choses a character with either one arm up, two arms up, or no arms up. the people in your group who match the image are out. This means you have a 66% change of staying in the game. You can switch the rules and say you have to match the image to stay in, this make it a little tougher. The cool thing about playing it the second way is that the person who wins would have guessed right 100% of the time. Check out this video of the game below, and head over to crowdcontrolgames.com to read this suggested rules and pick up your copy of “One Arm, Two Arm, None” before your next gathering.
And the winners of the ThinkGeek Shock Ball are…
What we’re playin’ this week is something form The Challenge! For under $20 this is a great game pack, quick, easy setup, easy to understand and play. I really like all the games in the Simply store but but I was surprised at how awesome The Challenge is…this may be my favorite Simply game pack!
The Challenge is described as, “20 video-based contests that will engage and entertain your students. The concept is simple: Your group will watch the premise and setup for each game and guess the outcome or results—and then watch it all unfold!”
Tonight, in addition to adding to our atmospher of fun, this game will help us collect better attendance. We will put together a simple registration card (Name, Grade, Address, Phone) with a blank box where our students can place their guess of the outcome. We will give away one prize for the closest answer, we will collect the cards and randomly draw one for another prize. If you don’t have some junk in your office to give away go to a dollar store and spend $20 on some fun, cheap prizes.
Click on this link for 10% off and search the Simply Store for The Challenge, you will not regret this purchase. Check out the videos below to see a challenge in action.
These things are amazing, hilarious, and super fun. The Shock Ball functions as a random timer turning the game Hot Potato into Shock Potato! Instead of a buzzer telling you that you are out you get shocked and you get to stay in. The Shock Ball is a great time filler when we need a pick-me-up at the beginning of our time together or when our small group ends a little early.
I know, it is only Tuesday, but this Friday I will be picking two winners to receive a FREE SHOCK BALL!!! All you have to do is leave a comment below, tell us the summer block buster you are most eager to see.
If you do not win, head over to ThinkGeek, at $14 these things are a great investment…you might need a waiver.
Warning: The Product Emits An Electric Shock. Keep out of reach of children. Not suitable for those under the age of 14. This is a novelty item, not a toy. May interfere with electrical devices such as pacemakers.
Tonight, instead of a game we are going to create some energy, interaction, and crazy laughter with “The Interlude.” This is an experience I can across on gameshowblog.com. “The Interlude” was performed at this year’s SYMC and the audience got in to it! “The Interlude” is a few simple dance moves, if your church is not down with dancing I would feel super confortable calling these moves rhythmic exercise or aerobic. Gameshowblog.com says this all originated from the University of Northern Iowa. You can download some sweet graphics and a video along with links to the song, and an instructional video at gameshowblog.com.
Spin That Wheel is described as “a rockin’ large group interactive game. As a stand alone application, the software allows you to add up to 15 custom prizes to the wheel, then spin it to see what you get! (Wow, I just won a bag of Pork Rinds*) It has a random winner every time. Find yourself a great host, a really bad outfit, and you are in for a great night. *Prizes not included . Setup Your Wheel: Get Ready to Play: Spin That Wheel”
We play it about once ever 6-8 weeks and I love it because…
- Prizes = junk from my office
- Students get involved and into it
- Easy setup with no mess
- It can be very funny
- Quick, non-embarrassing game visitors are not intimidated to play
- Works on Mac and PC
Watch this brief over view and head over to the Simply Store by clicking here and buy it…it is so budget worthy!
Every year we hang new 20X30 posters of our students in our youth room (the pic on the right is from our wall). I have a stack of these huge pictures from years past and I can use them for a great interactive and connection back to tonight’s message.
Tonight we start a new series called “re:store” (more on that next week). In this series opener I will take some of these old posters, cut them in to about 30 pieces, and have groups of students try to “restore” them. Puzzles have been cutting edge youth ministry since the 1800′s #thetraditionliveson.
Over the years I have found some great site with games (and downloadable game slides) for youth ministry.
Every Wednesday we play a quick game or two that I will try and share. Keep an eye out for posts titled, “What We’re Playin’” for simple, easy to setup games, plus a link to the game’s site to download cool graphics to display.
Tonight we are playing “Ninja Feet.”
RULES: get students in pairs, have them hold hands (yes, the whole time), and on your mark have them try to step on one of their partners feet.
Winners find a new partner, losers sit out. If the game is running to long put a time limit on the matches and it time runs out they are both out.
Check out this game and more at http://youthleaderstash.com.
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- I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.