This week on the Youth Ministry Blog, we are preparing you and your youth group for the upcoming long winter afternoons and nights. And there’s no better way to spend these days than with some hot chocolate and some good board games with friends. From classic board games like Monopoly to the intricate strategy of Settlers of Catan, board games have various objectives from fellowship and community building to creating a competitive atmosphere in your group.
Whether around friends or strangers, board games give us all an opportunity to
greet new people and new show them a few competitive or friendly characteristics. So check out a few of these board games, or test a few from what your youth are playing, but we would suggest staying away from Dungeons and Dragons.
Here are some of our suggestions of board games you can play with your group:
If your group includes huge movie or television buffs, then you should check out Scene It. It’s an interactive board game that comes with a DVD full of
movie clips, questions, puzzles, and brain teasers
about your favorite movies or television series. The best part is when the answer is not just on the tip of
your tongue, but most of your friends tongues too and you all yell it out at the same time. This game will keep you on your toes! This game has many different versions.
“Spell, puzzle, act,
hum, or even sculpt!” This game allows you show off your God-given talents. Played in teams, your objective is complete the color-coded activities within the time frame. The first team to reach the Cranium Central wins.
There are two goals to this game: One, be the first player to collect a set of four of the same card. And two, don’t be the last player to grab a spoon. Before the game begins, gather enough spoons (or another object that could substitute a spoon) for each player, minus one. For example, if you have six players, you would gather five spoons. Place the spoons in the center of the table.
Each player receives four cards, but doesn't look at them. After the cards are dealt, players continually pass cards (one at a time) to the person on their left face down. Each time a player receives a card, they pick up the card, look at it, and either decide to keep it, or pass it on to the next player. Each player should only have four cards in their hand at all times.
When a player collects four of a kind, he/she takes a spoon from the center of the table. Once a spoon is taken, the other players must do the same. The player without a spoon is eliminated, and the game continues until there is a one player remaining. This game is best to play with 3 to 10 people, but try not to exceed 15.
A word of warning: this game can become chaotic sometimes, especially when you play it with a large group. Set boundaries and ground rules before you play, or someone could get hurt!
There are many other board and card games that work well with groups. These are just some of our favorites. Some other popular games include Apples to Apples, UNO, Scattergories, and Pictionary, among others. There are many board games that include Bible editions, too.