Below you will find some name games that you can use to help your group bond. These, along with icebreakers, will help your group build community and bond.
Each person writes on a blank index card one to three statements, such as favorite color, interest, hobby, or vacations (have them write new and interesting things about themselves). Pick up the cards and pass them back out so that everyone gets someone else’s card. Have everyone find the person with their card and introduce themselves.
Materials: Index cards, pens
Have the group stand in a circle. Have everyone each choose an action for each syllable of their name. For example: The name Simon has two syllables, so Simon would clap on the "Si" and jump on "mon." Once Simon has done all of his actions, the group repeats. Then, the person next to Simon introduces him/herself with actions. Everyone repeats the actions of the second person, then repeats the actions for Simon's name. Continue around the circle until everyone has introduced themselves.
Split the group into two teams. Hang a bed sheet inbetween the two sides (or have two people hold the sheet). Each team sits on one side of the sheet, hidden from the other side. Have one person from each team sit facing the sheet, while everyone else sits facing away. Lower the sheet. When the sheet is lowered, the team that says the name of the person on the opposite side steals the player onto their team. The game continues until everyone is on one team.
Another variation of this game would be to, instead of using a sheet, have everyone close their eyes. Tap the heads of one person on each team, and have those players open their eyes and play the round.
Materials: Bed sheet
Check back on the blog next week for more fun and exciting youth group games!