Youth Activities

Youth activities 

 

 Index:

  1.  BASKET-BASEBALL

 2.  Guess the Gargle

 3.  Maim That Tune

 4.  Musical Squirt Gun

 5.  On The Wall Charades

 6.  Pinball Soccer

 7.   Learn the books of the Bible

 8.  Coin Catching

 9.  Standing Jump

10.  Seated “Chair”Against the Wall

11.  Cotton Wool Ball Shot put

12.  Indoor activities

 

BASKET-BASEBALL 

 

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Masking tape, newspaper rolls, crumpled up newspaper balls. A long table.

Form two teams. Give team 1 newspaper batons or bats and give team 2 a large supply of newspaper wads. Put a table sideways on the floor for a goal. Measure a 6-foot radius from the table’s edge, and make a circle around the table with masking tape. Have members of team 1 lie on their backs with their heads toward the table and their feet toward the tape. Have members of team 2 sit cross-legged around the outside of the tape. When you blow the whistle, kids on team 2 should try to throw the newspaper wads into the table while kids on team 1 guard the table with their newspaper bats. After 30 seconds, blow the whistle and count the wads in the tub. Then switch sides.

Guess the Gargle

All it requires is a glass of water. Secretly show a volunteer the name of a well know song or tune, it can be anything, chart song, worship song, nursery rhyme etc. Get them to take a sip of water and they must gargle the tune and the others try to guess what it is.

 

Maim That Tune

Before the game, arrange to have someone bring in a musical instrument such as a violin, guitar, etc. You can also use a piano or organ. Have the kids’ line up according to the number of years of music or voice lessons they’ve had (most to least). Count them off by twos to form two teams that have approximately the same musical experience. The object is to quickly guess songs your teammates play on the selected instrument. Teams will take turns having a volunteer play a song on the instrument for his/her team to guess. The volunteer chooses the song to play. Keep track of time for each team and the least time wins after several rounds have been played. If it isn’t guessed in 30 sec., the other team gets one guess. If that team guess incorrectly, 5 sec. are added to their total time

 

Musical Squirt Gun

* Source: Play It! – Great Games For Groups, Can be played with a group ranging from 6 – 30 (can also be played outdoors). Group sits in a circle on chairs or on the floor. A loaded squirt gun is passed around the circle until the music stops or the leader says “Stop!” The person who is holding the squirt gun at the time must leave the game, but before he leaves, he can squirt the person on the left twice or the person on the right twice or each person once. The chair is removed, the circle moves in and the game continues. Last person remaining is the winner. The gun must be passed with 2 hands and received with 2 hands. It is best to have another loaded gun standing by for when the 1st runs out. Emphasize only 2 squirts!!!

 

On The Wall Charades

 

* Source: Low Cost, No Cost Ideas For Youth Ministry, 

Before the game create a list of one or two syllable words. Clear a large space on the wall and form 2 teams. Have each team choose a representative to start the game. Explain to kids that you’ll show their selected team members a word that they must convey to their team. Tell the kids that they must convey the word in only one way: by using their heads as imaginary pencils to spell the words on the wall. Play several rounds so each team member gets a turn at writing on the wall. The team that’s able to guess the correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins

 

Pinball Soccer

* Source: Play It! – Great Games For Groups,

New way to play soccer indoors! Just like regular soccer except that each person, including the goalie must stand on a piece of paper. They must keep one foot on the paper at all time and cannot slide or move the paper. The players need to be scattered evenly across the playing area. The effect is like a giant pinball machine.

 

Learn the books of the Bible  Web Bible Fun

      Here’s a twist –Bible Tic-Tac-Toe : Divide kids into two teams–boys vs girls or mixed groups. Everyone must have a Bible and it must be closed before game begins. Teacher calls out a scripture verse. The first one to find the verse and starts reading it first gets to mark their x or o for their team on the board. This encourages the kids to learn where the books of the Bible are and helps them get over their fear of reading aloud. You can give hints from time to time, like whether it is in the old or new testament, etc.

 

Standing Jump

Contestants stand behind a line on the ground. Both feet must be behind the line. Without mving their feet before take off, jump as far forward as possible (i.e. no run up, steps, or any other foot movement before the jump). The distance from the line to the closest point that ANY part of their body touches the ground is the distance jumped.

You may wish to break this age and gender groups to be really fair to everyone

 

Seated “Chair”Against the Wall

This is an event for the real he-men in your youth group. There is no equipment required, except a blank patch of smooth wall.

Line up against the wall, with your backs right against the wall. Slowly move down the wall, “walking” your feet out, until you are in a sitting position – i.e. your thighs are parallel to the floor, and your kness are at a 90 degree angle. Your back should still against the wall. Your hands should be on your thighs or knees. The winner is the last person who can remain in this position

Disqualification occurs when you lift a foot off the ground; when you touch the wall or floor with your hands; when you touch the floow with any part of your body other than your feet; when you move your back off of the wall completely, or when you scream out in pain and fall into a heap of muscle spasms.

 

Coin Catching

For South Africans, use old 2c or new 5c coins for this event. These coins are 2.1 cm in diameter, and 1.5mm thick.

Take your hand, and place it palm upwards on your shoulder. Your elbow should now be pointing out in front of you. Take a pile of these coins and place them on the end of your elbow (you will find a nice flat spot there). Now pull your elbow down quickly and your hand over the top and grab the coins in your hand. Count the number of coins you managed to catch – this is your score.

 

Cotton Wool Ball Shotput

This is a new event, so if you do it, please tell me the size of the coton wool ball.

Contestants stand with their feet behind a line. They flip, throw, spin, toss the cotton wool balls across an open space. The distance measured is where the ball ENDS UP (not necessarily where it lands) to the throwing line. Cotton Wool balls cannot be torn, bent, folded or changed in any other way, and cannot have anything added to them, especially not water or any other liquid.

  
Have a scavenger hunt where each team is given a banana and a list of things to measure with in banana lengths:

Sample items:
The height of a stop sign 
a garage door 
the length of a Chevy 
Height of a Staff person 
width of a sidewalk 
someone’s waist 
the banana area of a window 
(window banana length x window banana width)

 

Down a Can of Coke

Sorry to all those Pepsi, Cola, etc, fans, but there just isn’t anything like a can of Coca Cola. The cans are 350ml, and are not punctured in any way. The cans are opened by the contestants just before the command to begin drinking.

This is another good combined event, either for everyone (if your budget can handle it), or for volunteers. The contestants stand in a row, and each is given a can. On your command they open the cans. On your next command they begin to drink. When finished drinking, they must place the can upside down on their head, to prove that there isn’t anything left inside.

Watch for the funniest sight in youth ministry – Coke coming out through the nose of a contestant!!

 

House of Cards

Use a number of packs of standard playing cards. Try to get the laminated ones, that are 9cm long and 6.5cm wide.

On a secure base, build a house of cards, by stacking the cards up. Each completed level of the house (it is complete when it has at least one card flat on the top) is counted. The cards can be put on their ends, or on their sides at each level.

 

Paper Plate Frisbee Discus (outdoor)

The paper plates used in this event, are standard paper plates, preferably without the laminated or plastic coating. They are cardboard, with crinkled edges, round and about 25cm in diameter.

Contestants stand with ther feet behind a line. They flip, throw, spin, toss the plates across an open space. The distance measured is where the plate ENDS UP (not necessarily where it lands) to the throwing line. Plates cannot be torn, bent, folded or changed in any other way.

 

Plastic straw Javelin

 

Plastic straws, about 25cm in length, and 4mm in diameter are used. Try to find ones that don’t have that bendy bit in the middle.

Contestants stand with their feet behind a line. They flip, throw, spin, toss the straws across an open space. The distance measured is where the straw ENDS UP (not necessarily where it lands) to the throwing line. Straws cannot be torn, bent, folded or changed in any other way. Note especially that nothing can be put inside the straw before it is thrown

 

Ski Race

Take two 2×4 pieces of wood six feet long. Nail four pair of shoes (four shoes on each board). Put people in the shoes. On “go” the team must race 20m to a traffic cone (or other marker), make a turn around the cone and come back to the starting line. The course should be a lane 12m wide, 30m long, the cone should be 20m from the start/finish line and in the middle of lane.

 

Standing Jump

Contestants stand behind a line on the ground. Both feet must be behind the line. Without mving their feet before take off, jump as far forward as possible (i.e. no run up, steps, or any other foot movement before the jump). The distance from the line to the closest point that ANY part of their body touches the ground is the distance jumped.

You may wish to break this age and gender groups to be really fair to everyone

 

 

 

Amazing Numbers!

You will need a calculator for this:

Take the number of the month you were born,

multiply by 4,

add 13,

multiply by 25, subtract 200,

add the day of the month on which you were born,

multiply by 2, subtract 40, multiply by 50, add the last two digits of the year in which you were born,

subtract 10,500.

Notice anything funny about your answer?

 

 

 

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