Posts Tagged ‘team games’

Team games: Crazy Waiter

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams line up single file at the starting point (point A). Give each team a waiters tray with items such as cups, plates etc.
Players must navigate through an obstacle course to point B without dropping items before returning to tag the next player. See more

Team games: Pumpkin

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams line up side by side at point A. At point B, mark out three concentric circles for each team. The outer circle is worth 25 points, the inner circle is worth 50 and the centre circle 100. Players have to bowl three pumpkins into the circle to try and score for their team.
Keep a tally of... See more

Team games: Squish

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Map out a square on the floor with masking tape. Split the group into teams. Each team has a shot at squeezing everyone into the square you have created. No body parts can be touching the ground outside the square, people can piggy-back, stack or be held. The team must hold their positions for 5... 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

Team games: Iron Stomach

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

For this relay game, teams line up at point A. At point B is a table with items of food set up for each player. Players run, eat an item, and then run back to tag another player. First team finished wins. Items can be nice... or not so nice! See more

Team games: Human Board Game

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Using masking tape, old boxes and paper, set up a human board game on the floor with humans as pieces. Base it on Trivial pursuit, Ludo, chess, Monopoly (using local street names), or you can make up your own crazy game! See more

Team games: Dodgeball

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Two teams have to try and knock the other team off the court by throwing soft-style balls, without crossing the centre line.
Start the game with teams lined up against their wall with 3-4 soft balls placed on the centre line. A person is out if they are hit A) anywhere or B) below the head or... 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: Transporter

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split youth into teams. The aim of this relay is to ‘transport’ whatever is to be transported from a container at point A to a container at point B, filling it to  the marked level first in order to be the winner. Teams must transport using whatever methods or objects you designate.
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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

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

Teaching Games: Miss Inner Beauty

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


The 'Miss Inner Beauty' pageant is a fun teaching acitivity to explore character and virtues such as the Fruit of the Spirit:
"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no... See more

Team games: Tallest Tower

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split youth into teams and give them the same pre-prepared bundle of objects - such as newspapers, paper cups, toothpicks, straws, tape (choose some random and funny objects too).  Their aim is to build the tallest ‘tower’ in a set time limit with whatever objects you have given them. Make... 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: Pudding

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split youth into teams and assemble them side by side at the edge of the playing area. The object of the game is for each team to send out 2-3 people at a time  into the playing area to retrieve (in order) items assigned for making pudding. Make sure you have at least 5 or more ingredients (such... See more

Team games: False Teeth

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

In this relay game, teams must line up single file behind a dressing station. At each station have some pre organised ‘grandma’ clothes, wigs etc, and sets of lolly false teeth (found in most dairies or supermarkets).
Players have to get dressed at point A, insert the false teeth into... See more

All play: Superhero

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This is a thinking/strategy game. The youth are grouped on one side of an imaginary divide and must cross it to survive. The only way they can cross is if the ‘superhero’ (with a super prop of some kind) is carrying them.
However, once the superhero has crossed once, they can no longer be... See more

All play: Stomp

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Play as individuals or in teams. Each person receives a balloon (or 2) and a piece of string. Each person blows up their balloon(s) and ties it to their ankle. When play begins, the aim of the game is to pop other players balloons to take them out of the game using your feet (or feet and... 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

Social Events: Wild Goose Chase

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split your youth into teams and hand them each a sheet of items they must collect and bring back to the youth area after time. You can either use vehicles or walk on foot.
Items are worth various points based on difficulty and can include things like: cafe cards, fast food wrappers,... 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

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

Team games: Body Guards

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This game is best played in a hall with a halfway mark. Divide your group into 2 teams. Each team has a certain number of cones or plastic buckets set up at their end of the playing area in a straight line, evenly spaced apart (5 works well).
By throwing soft balls, teams have to try and knock... 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

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

Team games: Hail Storm

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Divide your group into two teams. In the middle of a rectangular playing area,  set up a makeshift wall that is high enough that the teams can’t see over it (approx 1 metre high). You will need 3-4 soft balls.
Teams lay low on either side of the wall, and attempt to avoid being hit by... See more

Team games: Chairball

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This game is just like netball, except you use a person standing on a chair within a circle instead of a goal. They have to catch the ball for a goal to be scored. If the ball touches the ground it’s a handover. The goalie swaps each time a goal is scored. Players aren’t allowed into the... See more

Team games: Paper Stick Hockey

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Divide your group into 2 teams, and have them stand on opposite sides of a rectangular playing area, with a small goal at each end. Number everyone off and give each person a rolled up paper stick made with newspaper and masking tape. Place a small ball in the centre and call in a... See more

Teaching Games: The Law: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "The Law" is part 4 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: Being obedient, living the way he requires
Passages you could look at: Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:17-20, John 14:15
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Teaching Games: The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

If you're teaching on Exodus, then here are some activities you can use to help your youth to relate to the story. “The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire” is part 2 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: God’s presence with us & his guidance by the Spirit
Passages you could look...
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Team games: Lolly Scramble

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Lolly Scramble is a fun way to quickly get your youth to form teams for games or group activities. 
Bring a few distinctly different types of wrapped sweets (e.g. Minties, Éclairs, Fruit Bursts etc...) and have a lolly scramble. But tell them they can only grab one kind of... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Pictionary

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Teams gather round a table with 10 pieces of paper each.
In turn, a person from each team is shown one of the Christmas phrases below (or make up others) and has to draw it while the rest of their team try and guess what the phrase is.
With larger groups use two whiteboards back to back... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Carol Sing-off

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Divide into groups of 3-5. Give each group a few minutes to make a list of as many Christmas Carols as they can think of.
After time is called, each group takes turns singing a few lines of one of the Christmas Carols on their list. No group can sing a Carol already sung by another group. If... See more

Teaching Games: Human Christmas Tree

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

For this game, divide your group into teams of four or five: one person will be the 'Christmas tree' and the others will be the decorators.
Our youth group loved it when they got to decorate the leaders. And yes, this is me covered in tinsel in the photo!
Give each team a decorating kit,... See more

Social Events: Supersize Me

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Each team will be given an identical item that is small and doesn’t have much value e.g. a paper clip. The aim of the game is to supersize that item by making a series of swaps so that they have the biggest/most valuable item at the end of the event. Assign an impartial judge to decide on the... See more

Social Events: Click and Grab

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

A scavenger hunt where each team has a digital camera and a vehicle (with responsible driver!) to get around your local area. Give the teams a list of items which they are to either ‘click’ (take a photo of) or ‘grab’ and bring back to your designated meeting spot. Note: Nothing can be... See more

Social Events: Mall Hunt

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Split your group into teams and give each team a $10 note (note: this is a great activity for a small youth group e.g. 2 teams – otherwise it will get very expensive!)
Give each team a list of items that can be found or bought in a mall (see below). The aim is to collect as many items on the... See more

All play: Spell my feet

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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