This week we share with you some more heart-felt and exciting games to keep your youth group enthralled during the winter season.
This week snow has been falling in Southeastern Pennyslvania, and there's no better way to do some group bonding than by playing games in the snow! Here are some fun, outdoor snow games you can use with your youth group. You can play these games during your normal youth group time, or as a part of a special "snow day" celebration!
Invite youth to partner up. Have youth stand face-to-face with their partner, about three to five feet apart. A good way to set this game up is by inviting youth to stand in two lines, face-to-face. Have one of the partners make a snowball. Then, challenge your group to toss the snowball back and forth, without dropping it. You can make this game more challenging by telling the two lines to step one step away from each other each time they toss the ball, forcing there to be more distance between the lines. When a pair drops a snowball, they are out of the game. The last pair standing wins.
Another variation of this game is to play it as one large group. Have youth stand in a circle and toss a snowball around. As the game progresses, add more snowballs to the circle. See how long the group can keep all of the snowballs going. This version of the game is a great team builder!
You can also play this game indoors, if you would rather not be in the snow. Just subsitute the snowballs for any throwable object (tennis balls, beanbags, etc.). You can even use hard-boiled eggs for an even more exciting game!
Word of warning: This game could easily turn into a snowball fight. That is okay!
Winter "Mini Golf"
Create your own mini golf course in the snow! Pat down a course of snow. Every few feet, bury empty tin cans halfway down in the snow to create the "holes." Mark the holes with mini flags (or with sticks that have pieces of fabric tied to them). Then, line your group up and send them through the course, using a ball and a "club" (you could use a broom, or even the back of a shovel, to hit the ball). See who can make it into all of the holes! You could make this game more competitive by setting it up as a relay race.
Materials: Empty tin cans, flag markers, balls, golf "clubs" (brooms, shovels, or anything else that can be used as a golf club).
Before your group meets, fill spray bottles with water and color the water with food coloring. Then go out in the snow and use the powdery white as a blank canvas for artwork! See who can come up with the most creative artwork in a variety of categories (for example, draw a famous building, draw a specific animal, draw something abstract, etc.). Each player can play this game individually, or you can play this game in groups as a team building exercise.
Materials: Spray bottles filled with water, food coloring