Posts Tagged ‘outdoor games’

All play: Ice Cream Extreme

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! It doesn't get much better than a whole night centred around the deliciousness that is ice cream. This theme night is a great treat for summer, but works equally well any time of the year.
Start by getting your group into teams, and get them to... See more

All play: Sheep Rescue

Rescue the lost sheep! This simple team game is great to play as an introduction to a session on Psalm 23, The Good Shepherd or the parable of the Lost Sheep.
Put your group into two teams, and number them off. Teams line up and sit on each side of a rectangular area. Place a ‘sheep’ in the... See more

All play: Egg Catcher

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This classic egg catching competition is a great one for Easter!
Play in pairs. Each pair is given an egg that they must throw and catch between them without breaking.
Start 2 metres apart and with each successful throw, extend the distance they must throw between, until you have one pair... See more

Team games: Balloon Crab Soccer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

It's soccer, but not as you know it. Teams play on their hands and feet, using a balloon instead of a soccer ball! See more

Team games: Birds Nest

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split youth into teams. They must choose someone to be the ‘birds nest’. The birds nest then gets a new hairdo of shaving foam on top of their head. The others are given cheese balls or marshmallows to try and land on their head from a certain distance. Whoever has the most ‘eggs’ when... See more

Up Front Games: Bucket of worms

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Prepare some large bowls or buckets of chocolate flavoured/coloured water. In each bowl or bucket place a certain number of sour worm lollies. Youth have to retrieve the most worms they can within a set time limit using only their faces. You might want to wear a bib... See more

Team games: The Face

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

An extremely messy game for indoors or outdoors. Split your group into teams, lined up single file. Each team chooses someone to be 'The Face’. 'The  Face' has to sit in a chair at the front of their team's line. Players must race into the designated playing area and find items to collect to... See more

Team games: The Gauntlet

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Like an obstacle course, teams have to navigate through a gauntlet style course where each team member has to perform a key task before tagging the next player.
Good tasks inclue sculling, speed eating, shooting a basketball, swimming, dressing up, jumping or climbing through obstacles,... See more

Team games: Plank Race

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams line up on the edge of a large rectangular area. They are each given 3 planks to use. They must navigate from one side to the other fastest without touching the ground. The first team to do so wins.
The trick is to make the planks a length that ensures the teams will find it tricky to... See more

Team games: Obstacle

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Set up an obstacle course with unique situations for players to navigate through. Include challenges such as over under, climbing, speed eating station, jelly bath tub, rope net, car push, spread the toast, monkey bars and can scull. Teams can either race side by side or you can time each team as... See more

Team games: Swiss Ball Tennis

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Create a mock tennis court inside a hall or use a court outside and play team tennis... with a giant ‘Swiss’ ball!
It is heaps of fun. You can add 2 balls for even more carnage.
Also works with volleyball, soccer and rugby. See more

All play: Chicken Run

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

2 teams line up on opposite sides of a large playing area and choose a rooster each to wait in the middle. When the leader calls ‘chicken run’ each team has to swap ends without being tagged by the other teams rooster.
If tagged, a chicken must freeze until a fellow chicken frees them by... See more

All play: Snake Tag

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

A good old fashioned tag game. Once the person who is ‘in’ has tagged someone, they become part of the snake (by linking arms) until everyone is tagged and the game begins again.
Add 2-3 snakes for more pace. See more

All play: Spotlight

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Spotlight is a classic night game. Play in teams or as individuals.
Set up a glowing goal that youth must get to from a designated starting point some distance away.
Youth must try and navigate through the dark to reach the goal without being ‘spotted’ by leaders weilding flashlights... See more

Team games: Teddy

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

The soft toy version of ultimate Frisbee. 2 teams, 1 old teddy.
Mark out a rectangular playing area either inside or outdoors, with a goal line at each long end.
Teams must throw and pass the teddy to other team mates with the intention of passing it to a team mate behind... See more

Team games: Rob the Nest

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Play with multiple teams in a large outdoor setting. Each team creates a nest (using a rope circle 3m in diameter) with 3 eggs in it (use larger balls) which they must guard.
They are not allowed within their own nests circle but to the opposition this is the ‘safe zone’. Teams must... See more

Teaching Games: Bible Netball

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Test your youth group's knowledge of the Bible with a game of Bible Netball.
You will need: a netball or volleyball, a hoop (we used a rubbish bin strapped to a chair), and a Bible for each team. Make sure you have enough space to pass the ball around relative to your size group.
How to... See more

Team games: Cabbage Soccer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Play this game with multiple teams. Give each team a bucket and gather in a circular playing area with a cabbage positioned in the middle.
Each team numbers off and gathers behind their bucket awaiting to be called in. Call in numbers, or ‘all in’ if you’re bold.
Once called in,... See more

All play: Sardines

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This classic game is the opposite to Hide and Seek. At the start, 1 person is chosen to go and hide somewhere. The rest count to 100 and then must individually try and find the hider. If they do, they then hide with them, waiting for someone else to find them and squishing into the hiding... See more

Team games: Woolly

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Youth are split into multiple teams depending on numbers. The object of the game is to seek out stations and bring to home base different coloured pieces of wool from each station.
Assign a leader to each station with a ball of wool. Each different coloured piece of wool is worth a certain... See more

Team games: Splat Volley

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

To play Splat Volley, you'll need two teams on each side of a marked out court area separated by a volleyball net. Instead of a ball, teams must lob water filled balloons of various sizes over the net to the other team.
Lobs must be underarm. If the other team catches the balloon, they... See more