And the best part about these games is this: they don't require any extra materials (except for maybe things to set boundaries)!
Play this game in a large, open space. Set two boundaries on either side (when doing this, using jump ropes, cones, or other objects visible to the eye works best. Choose one person to start as "it." Have "it" stand in the middle of the space and invite all other participants to stand on the other side of the playing field. Have participants run from one side of the playing space to the other. "It" tries to tag people as they run. Anyone who "it" tags sits down in the place they were tagged. Then, have participants run back across the playing space. This time, those who are sitting down can tag from the place they are sitting on the floor. These people can't move their rear. The game continues until everyone is sitting down.
Note: For this game, watch participants and make sure no one is tripping anyone!
Streets and Alleys
In this game, players line up in parallel lines at an arms length apart, forming rows by holding out their arms. These rows are called "streets." During this game, the group forms "alleys" when everyone turns to the right. The leader calls out "streets" or "alleys." When the command is given, the players in these lines turn according to the direction. Pick one person to be "it" and one person to be the chasee. The goal of the chasee is to run through the streets and alleys without being tagged by "it." If "it" tags them, then they become "it" and the other person become the chasee. Spice things up by calling "streets" and "alleys" at different times.
Check back on the blog next week for some more new youth group games!
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