This fun, active game is a sort of grown-up version of Duck-Duck-Goose. Divide the group into pairs of two. Have the pairs sit across from each other and in a line with the rest of the pairs. Partners should sit with their legs extended and touching their partners’ feet creating a human ladder on the floor. The group is then divided into two teams, one side of the ladder versus the other. Each pair will get a number (one person on each team). The leader will call out numbers to indicate it is that pair's turn to stand up, run through the remainder of the ladder, run around to the other side of the ladder, come back up through the other side of the ladder and find their seats. The first person to reach their position and sit down wins a point for his/her team. This is a great game to get people moving and laughing!
School is back in session, and so is Youth Group! This game, taken from Programs 2 Go by Ken Moser, is great for bringing groups back together and getting to know new members. The game is played in rounds, and in each round members of the group need to find their twin and ask 3-4 set questions. The leader of the activity gives a direction for how each person is to find their twin in each round ie. Round 1- find someone who is the same height as you, round 2- find someone who is in the same year at school, round 3- find someone who likes the same type of music, etc. When everybody has found their twin they ask each other the 3 or 4 set questions (ie. What’s your name? How would you spend your last $10.00? What’s the best thing about youth group? etc.). A fun variation of this game can be played by adding a “swap” element. After finding their twin and asking the questions for that round, have players swap one item with each other (ie. shoe, sock, necklace, hat, keys, etc.) and then move on to the next round. At the conclusion of all the rounds you should have a collection of items from the people you met. Ask a few people in the group to stand up and share what items they have, who they’re from, and some things they learned about the other person. After a few people have shared, make sure everyone returns the items.
Play this fun, new version of tag that requires players to rely on others to keep them in the game. Plus, it is just plain funny! This game is best played in a field or large area. One person will be “it” and they have to chase other people. When a person gets tagged, they have to lie on the floor with legs and arms sticking up so that they look like a dead ant. If four people tag each of the ants limbs, this ant will come alive again. Ants should lower a limb once he/she has been tagged so other players know which limb to rescue. If a person is a dead ant more than 2 times, they can’t come back to life and are now “it”. For a more intense game, you can have more than one person to be “it”. This can add even more fun and mystery when it’s hard to keep track of who is “it” and who isn’t. This fun game will go on until players get tired!