The point of these games is to ham it up as much as possible. Most of the time, the solution is actually quite simple. But, the less obvious you are about the solutions, the longer these games will keep participants occupied.
A word of warning...
If you are reading this blog, you'll know the solutions to all of these games. And, once you know the tricks, there's no going back!
For this game, you need two spoons (or any two of the same object that could replace spoons, like pencils/pens, chopsticks, etc.). Hold up the spoons to the particpants either crossed or uncrossed (the spoons really don't matter). Ask participants whether or not they are crossed. They will get really confused when you hold up two crossed spoons and you say that they aren't really crossed.
Solution: The spoons are crossed when some part of your body is crossed (for example, arms or legs... finger's don't quite do the trick).
Materials: Two spoons (or other objects that can be crossed)
This is one that can drive people crazy for days! The leader puts up their hand, fingers spread apart. They say "Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Whooops Johnny, Whoops Johnny." While saying this, they touch the tip of their finger when they say "Johnny" and and slide a finger between the outstretched fingers while saying the "whoops." It doesn't really matter what the leader does, just stay consistent and give them the impression that how you do it matters. Then, after you are finished, clasp your hands together. Ask participants to repeat what you just did. Have them repeat the action until they do everything that you do.
Solution: The participants do it right if they clasp their hands after doing the action.
Do you have a favorite mind game or trick that keeps youth occupied? Tell us about it in the comments section below! Check back next week for more fun youth group games!