Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Up Front Games: Straw Race

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

For this challenge, get 3 or 4 volunteers up the front. Each person puts one end of an ordinary drinking straw in their mouth. Their challenge is try to get their mouth from one end of the straw to the other without using their hands... only mouths and tongues allowed! See more

Up Front Games: Rollerball

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Challengers must stand and balance on the designated object while holding a tray that has 3 pool balls on it. If they drop any balls, they’re out. Last person standing wins. See more

Team games: Pop it

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams number off and stand on each side of a rectangular area. Place 2 different coloured balloons in the middle of the area. When their number is called, players must try to be the first to pop their team's balloon for the point.
Mix it up by having a single balloon ‘first to grab it’... See more

All play: The Loudest

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

See who of your youth is the loudest at something. A great up-front challenge for a large group, or an all play challenge for a smaller one.
Good challenge categories include: loudest clap, finger click, burp, rooster crow, mouth pop, yell, car revving noise, foot stamp, whistle, wolf howl,... See more

Team games: Stacker Battle

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Divide your group into two teams within a square playing area. Each team has a table, a stack of paper or plastic cups and a couple of old newspapers.
Each team designates two ‘builders’. The rest of the team become ‘throwers’ or ‘defenders’ within the area. Teams must attempt to... See more

Up Front Games: Peg Face

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Up Front Games: Straight Face

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Up Front Games: Eat it

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Up Front Games: The Wall

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Social Events: Dessert Pizzas

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Crank out the oven and pizza bases and make dessert pizzas.
The twist? Run team games around acquiring ingredients or even visiting people's houses to collect the toppings.
Great toppings include chopped fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, nutella, biscuits, ice cream, whipped cream,... See more

Team games: Toothpaste

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams line up side by side and must choose a member to be the ‘catcher’. The catcher's job is to lie on the ground and place a small cup on their forehead. The team must then take turns to race and fill the cup by standing on a high chair and releasing the toothpaste over their... See more

Up Front Games: Blender

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

All play: Mexican Weet-Bix Stand Off

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Give each youth a dry Weet-Bix to eat. Youth have to stand in a row facing each other either playing as individuals or as teams. First to finish their dry Weet-Bix while staring out the person opposite wins.
Can also be played with multiple food items, saving the Weet-Bix for last. Also... See more

Up Front Games: Lungs of Power

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Team games: Toothpick

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Arrange your youth in two lines so that they are standing facing each other. Give each person a new toothpick.
Challenge them to see which line can transport whatever item you present the quickest using only their toothpick in their mouth - no other assistance.
Great items to use... See more

Team games: Design a Game

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Explain to the youth that you’re fresh out of ideas and need to design a new game.
Split them into groups and give them a list of what they can use to design the world's next best new game — as well as a few safety guidelines.
Set a time limit and see what they come up with. They... See more

Teaching Games: Tongues of Fire

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

All play: Speed Bible

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

A great game for small groups. Sitting in a circle, give each youth a copy of the exact same Bible to use. Bibles must be face down on a table to start.
From your Bible, say out loud a book, chapter, verse and word number for them to find, for example "Genesis, 1:1, 3". Then say,... See more

Christmas & Easter: 40 Day Lent Challenge 2015

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Anglican Youth Ministries has created a new 40 Day Lent Challenge for 2015! This year's challenge consists of 40 simple and fun tasks designed to show teenagers what it looks like to love God and love their neighbours.
The team at AYM have stepped it up a level this year too, with an... See more

Team games: Rescue

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Divide your group into two teams, and set up play within a rectangular area, and include some obstacles around the space.
Give each team 3-4 sturdy chairs that they must use to stay off the ground in order to collect or ’rescue’ items around the area. Items could include random... See more

Christmas & Easter: 40 Day Lent Challenge

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

A 40 Day Lent Challenge designed especially for teenagers!
It encourages young people to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as they journey toward Easter with daily challenges for home, school and the weekend.
We love the 'Foto Friday' photo challenge every Friday, and the Sunday readings from... See more

Team games: Trivia

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Ask a series of trivia questions about any topic, such as history, science or geography.  Most correct answers wins points for team.
Here's a sample quiz - feel free to download & use this! Countries Quiz (PDF, 73KB) See more

Team games: Definition

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Display a word on the screen and a few definitions to choose from. Correct answer wins points for his or her team. Play a couple of rounds. See more

Team games: Scattergories

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Divide your group into a minimum of three teams. Teams are given a list of subjects e.g. Country, Girls Name, Food, Sport, Job etc… Pick 9-10 categories.
The leader calls out a letter and in 2 minutes the teams have to write down examples of each category that start with that letter. E.g. if... See more

Team games: Back to back

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Up Front Games: Blend ‘O’ Rama!

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Up Front Games: Lemonade

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Up Front Games: $10 Jump

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Up Front Games: Clothes Pegs Face-off

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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