Most camps and youth groups I know of play some version of Mission Impossible. Kids love it. It’s arguable the most popular night game for large groups. The game I’d like to introduce you to is Mission Really Difficult – since it actually isn’t impossible.
Kids love wide games. They can participate lots or they can participate little. They can go it alone or with a group of friends. While one is running wildly through the bush, another is carefully hidden beneath a pile of leaves. They are a fabulous way of maximizing the fun factor for everyone. Wide games give kids the freedom to have a lot of fun on their terms. So without further ado, here are six wide games kids love.
This is the second in the Proverbs Bible study series. It could be done as a stand-alone, but would be best to follow the preceeding study.
A great opening game for this game is some sort of treasure hunt. Since I originally did this study in my home, I hid a variety of treats all around my house – under cushions, on bookshelves, in cupboards, on windowsills, and anywhere else someone might possibly look. Having kids searching through every nook and cranny in your house may seem intrusive, but it really helps to make them feel at ease and welcome in your home.
When kids feel at home in your home, it’s way easier to build relationships with them and build into their lives. Having said that, you may want to declare certain rooms off limits for privacy sake. (ie. bedrooms)
This is a very simple game that works great for a group of people who know each other relatively well. The basic idea is for one person to try to identify other people in the group in a variety of unusual ways.
This is the first in a series of Bible studies on the book of Proverbs that I wrote for my group of 15 – 20 teens from camp that I discipled. I always started the night with a game or two, a check-up on how their relationship with God had been that week, then the study and prayer time, and ended with snack and hang out time. I found this to be a very effective format.
This game for 6 to 15 players takes about 15 minutes to play. It requires two dice, a deck of rook cards, and an impressive volume of prizes (ie. candy, chocolate bars, etc…). Everyone sits in a circle facing each other, either around a table or on the floor depending on the size of your group. The leader begins by choosing a candy that everyone will be trying to win this round. (There are multiple rounds – usually start with a smaller candy first and get bigger and bigger as the game progresses.)