This week is the first in our series on winter games. We will be providing you with heart-felt and exciting games to keep your group enthralled in the upcoming months. Here are some activities you can try, indoors or outside!
For young people, snow days are some of the best days of the year. Get your group together for an impromptu gathering, or encourage families in your parish to spend the day together at home. Have a snowball fight, or see who can build the best snowman. Then, head indoors to warm up and enjoy some cocoa or soup. You can even make and decorate paper snowflakes during a snow-filled day off!
If you would rather stay indoors on those chilly winter days, here are some other game options:
Break your youth up into small groups of four or five. Give each group a handful of dry spaghetti noodles and some marshmallows. Challenge them to create a structure using the spaghetti and the marshmallows. You can make the game even more challenging by telling them to build a re-creation of a famous building (like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building), or by making it a competition to see which group can build the highest structure. This is a great team-building activity for your group!
Mitten Match Relay
For this indoor relay race, grab a bunch of different gloves or mittens (you can even use the ones worn by your group members... just take them when they walk in the door). Make a large pile of the mittens at one end of the game space. Mix the mittens up so the pairs aren't together. Behind the pile, hang up a large sheet of paper or use a paper pad and easel or a dry erase board. Split the group into two teams. Have the groups line up at the other end of the room. During game play, one member of each team races to the pile and digs for a matching pair of gloves. After putting on the gloves, the member then must write their name on the paper or board. After doing this, the member runs back to their team and tags the next person to go. A team wins when everyone has completed the relay.
Materials: Mittens or gloves, paper and markers or dry erase board and markers
Thanks for sharing these games with us, John! Check the blog again next week for more winter youth group games!