About Up Front Games

Up front games are for just a few players, but everyone gets to enjoy the fun. Perfect for a large group or camp.

Peg Face

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 6 March 2017

This challenge involves an element of pain. Players must stand at a table with an evenly distributed pile of spring clothes pegs in front of them. Whoever can peg the most pegs to their head within a set time limit wins the challenge. See more

Straight Face

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 3 November 2016

Prepare some interesting food items beforehand and invite participants to take on the straight face challenge. Players must stand in a line facing the crowd, down the food item and try to keep a straight face the longest.
Food items can include wasabi spoonful, chilli sauce, lambs tongue,... See more

Eat it

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 5 September 2016

This challenge is pretty adaptable. Simply invite youth to participate and give each ‘eater’ something to eat the fastest. It could be a hot chilli, wasabi spoon, lambs tongue, bowl of chocolate pasta, baked beans - whatever you wish. You can always make a 3 course meal of it or... See more

The Wall

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 1 August 2016

A competition of leg strength. Ask participating youth to stand against a wall in a line up. When you give the word, they have to assume ‘the wall’ position, which is as if they are sitting on a chair with their back against the wall—except there is no chair...
...Do your legs... See more

Blender

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 4 April 2016

Arrange a table of nice and not so nice foods. Give each food a number from 1-6.
Each player roles a dice twice to see which foods they must blend.
Put the corresponding foods into a blender and give it to the youth to drink.
If they drink it down they win!
For another great... See more

Lungs of Power

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 15 June 2015

Participants must be the first to inflate a balloon until it bursts...
Variations include rubber gloves and water balloons. See more

Tongues of Fire

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 27 April 2015

This icebreaker is great as a small group starter and doesn’t actually involve fire.
Give the invitation to take on a selection of ‘tongues of fire’ challenges. Categories could include: Speed alphabet recital, speed count to 30, speed reading a set passage, longest “Aarrgh”... See more

Back to back

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Start out with two people sitting back to back. They have to stand straight up without using their hands.
Add one person every time they stand up successfully. The students will be amazed at how it works! See more

Spell my feet

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Take five people and have them take off their shoes and socks. Take a marker and write a large letter on the bottom of each of their feet so if they sit facing you and hold their feet in the air, you can read the letters. On the first person put an A and a N (one letter on each foot), on the next... See more

Blend ‘O’ Rama!

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Blend 'O' Rama is a great up front game that is very entertaining to watch. Find 2-4 students who have strong stomachs.  You know the type - the students that claim they'll do anything!
Place a blender each on a table up front. Have several different edible items placed in a lunch bag for each... See more

Lemonade

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Get 4 volunteers up front and have them sit down facing the rest of the group. On a low table in front of each of the volunteers, have the ingredients for lemonade: half a lemon each, a tablespoon of sugar, and a glass of water.
Announce that this is going to be a race to make lemonade. When... See more

Frozen to a T

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

An hour before-hand, get two t-shirts, soak them in water and wring them out to a good damp (if they’re too wet this won’t work). Fold them up nicely and place them on wax paper inside your freezer.
Ask for two volunteers. Pull the t-shirts out of the freezer. When you say “go” they... See more

Stud Walk

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Take 3 guys out of the room. One at a time tell them to walk in with music playing with their studliest strut while the crowd is clapping and cheering. Each one is to sit down between two girls on a make shift couch (consisting of two chairs and a blanket). There is no chair in the middle where he... See more

Balloon Blow Up

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Get three volunteers to stand in front of the group and have a race to blow up a balloon - till it bursts! See more

$10 Jump

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Hold up a $10 note and offer it to anyone who can perform a simple task. Bring the volunteer up the front and tell them that the $10 is theirs if they can simply jump over it the way you designate. Lay the note on the ground. Have the person stand with their toes to it. They must bend over and grab... See more

Baby Burp

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Three girls put a towel around three guys, sit them on their lap and feed them a baby bottle of fizzy drink. Then make them burp. The first guy to burp wins. See more

Chocolate Drop

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Prepare beforehand by spreading out plastic on your stage area. Try to find a place where everyone can see someone lying down.
Get 2-3 pairs to come up front. Have one partner lay down on the plastic and the other to stand above them with a small cup of chocolate syrup. The "dropper," standing... See more

Clothes Pegs Face-off

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Get four students up front with a bucket of clothes pegs. They have 1 minute to put the pegs all over their face. The one with the most pegs on their face after a minute wins. See more

Quick Draw

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 9 February 2013

Have two challengers face each other with their hands behind their back. On “Go!” they are to whip both hands out in front of them with a random amount of fingers sticking out. The first one to yell out the total number of fingers their opponent is sticking out, is the winner. See more