Instruct each of your youth to tear off a small piece of newspaper and place it in their shoe. They then must walk around with it for the rest of the evening, which will likely cause discomfort. Use this discomfort to inspire conversation. When we truly engage with problems in our world, it's uncomfortable and inconvenient. But we can't just push our feelings of discomfort away. Great for discussions about "taking up the cross".
This is a funny game to help bring home an important lesson. Give the group a banana to peel and cut into equal parts. When they're done, tell them they have to put it back together as best they can. They can use needles, staples, tape--whatever they think might work. The lesson? It's much easier to take something apart (such as an important relationship in our lives) than it is to put it back together. Materials: banana(s), supplies to put it back together
The Big Squeeze
Another fun one for learning teamwork, cooperation, and closeness with others. Divide into two or more teams (this one works better for larger groups), and announce that each team will be racing to squeeze into the shape of certain items, as they would be seen from above. What kind of items? Here are some examples:
A map of the USA
Which team does a better job?