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This is probably more appropriate for children rather than youth, but I have included it on the website anyway as we have a lot of children’s workers who visit.

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  • In this Christmas Party Game, participants must dance to the Christmas Holiday Music until it stops. When

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Use this Super Bowl themed game with youth as an introduction to the idea of the game of football as a metaphor for living the victorious Christian life.

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We just celebrated Chinese New Year here in Asia, which gave me the idea of games using chopsticks. Chopsticks always come in pairs and work together to pick up items. It reminds me of the Helper, the Holy spirit, who always works along side us to accomplish God's purpose in our lives and the world.

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Foil reminds us that as Christians we are destined to be conformed to the image of Christ, reflecting Him in all that we do. It's not just being seen as Christlike, but God moulding us and shaping us into the image of His Perfect Son.

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This week's lesson is centered around bubble gum. When I think of bubble gum there are a couple of things that come to mind. First, when you unwrap it and first place it in your mouth, it's kind of hard and not very flexible. But when you chew on it a while it becomes not only flexible, but you can then fill it with air and expand it to make huge bubbles. Chewing the bubble gum for me is a lot like meditation on God's Word.

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There is going to be a tug-of-war in our spiritual life because God is always in the process of transforming us. Change causes tension and we are stretched. This week's lesson uses rubber bands for games and as an object lesson on the topic of being stretched by God.

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The new year is often represented by a new born baby because a baby represents a fresh beginning. Jesus described Salvation to Nicodemus in John 3 as being "born" again. Both physically and spiritually, we begin as babies. But we don't stay as babies - we must grow. The Bible tells us to "grow in grace in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).

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A person's feet tell us two very important facts about someone: where one's standing and which way someone is going. A firm stand and a consistent walk are both traits we admire in others. During the New Year we often look back at the journey that has brought us to where we are now as well as make decisions about where we want to go in the upcoming year.

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It's not the bow that is important, but the gift it adorns. It is sad that so many people are enjoying all the wrappings of Christmas and the decorations, but they have forgotten about the gift - God with us - Emmanuel - the birth of Christ.

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The first Christmas ornaments were fruits and nuts that were placed on Christmas trees and later eaten from the branches as part of the Christmas feasting. Over time other ornaments were added that brightened up the tree and added additional meaning and significance such as a star or an angel.

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The candy cane can teach us a few things about the true meaning of Christmas and can be used in a lot of Christmas Party Games too.

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We are attracted by extravagantly wrapped gifts with red bows and colorful paper. But its not the wrapper we treasure but the gift. God sent his greatest gift - an innocent, defenceless, vulnerable baby, wrapped in cloths, not wrapping paper.

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After the first year of the Plymouth colony, only half of the 102 settlers were still alive. Times were hard. At a later harvest, after a particularly tough winter it was said that each person had only 5 kernels of corn to live on each day. Yet they still gave God thanks in spite of the difficult circumstances.

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The games in this lesson use feathers, not only because they are associated with Thanksgiving, but also because there are places in the Bible where God is compared to a protective bird who covers us with his wings.

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Use these games with gummy worms as an object lesson to talk about Jesus' call to his disciples to become fishers of men.

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In this youth Bible Study, Paper airplanes are used to remind us that we also do not have to be weighed down, but can fly to great heights in our relationship with God.

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It's not just Halloween that people wear masks. If we are honest with ourselves, most of us put on masks from time to time. We put on a mask any time we are not honest with others or don't want to reveal some aspect of who we are. Anytime we try to make ourselves come across as something we are not, we are putting on a mask.

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Candy corn is the top-selling Halloween candy and the most talked about candy during Halloween, but it is also talked about as the worst candy for you. Candy Corn isn't real corn. It is almost pure sugar - a sweet imitation of the real thing which isn't good for us in any way. So it's good, but it's bad. How do we decide what things are good for us in our Christian life? The most difficult decisions are often not between what is good and bad, but between what is permissible and what is beneficial to us.

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Pumpkins are closely associated with Halloween, Harvest, and Thanksgiving and are most likely native to the Americas. In this week's lesson you'll find a lot of game ideas using pumpkins, and also a reminder that God looks at the inside and not merely whats on the outside. He wants us to have a clean heart. Like a like shining from inside the pumpkin, he also wants us to shine out to the world.

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Even if you don't want to be involved with Halloween, you'll want to grab at least one of those plastic or paper Halloween skeletons for this object lesson and games.

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A Lump of clay is chosen with a purpose in mind. The potter envisions a vessel that will be useful to its final owner and a credit to the potter's craftsmanship and experience. The potter applies pressure to the clay in different ways shaping and forming it until the final product he imagined is realized. The Bible tells us Adam was made from clay. God describes his relationship to us as a Potter. We are the clay. Like clay we can be mouldable, or we can become hard. The choice is ours.

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Bananas are enjoyed all around the world. They are full of goodness, but they are easily bruised and can quickly turn to mush. Like many fruits, they can be extremely sweet and a delight. But they can also be easily bruised and turn rotten. They make a great object lessons on how we look at the outside to judge the inside and also on how we treat one another, how we express the fruits of the spirit to others, or we cause hurt to others.

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When you were younger did you have a teddy bear or another cherished possession? Did you hold it, talk to it, hug it close? Did it comfort you, give you courage? If you couldn't find it, did you turn everything upside down looking for it? Teddy Bears remind us of a childlike faith. They remind us of the sense of security and comfort we gained simply by their presence. God loves us more than any beloved Child's possession. And His constant companionship reminds us of the comfort, the security, and love that can only be found in Him.

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LEGOs are one of those toys that are universally loved around the world by all ages. They are simple building blocks in a variety of shapes and colors, but with a little creativity and imagination they can be put together in unlimited combinations to create masterpieces. They are a great metaphor for each of us in the body of Christ. And if we follow God's instruction we can be used to create and do incredible things.

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It's back to school time. Time to get all your school supplies and meet new friends. These games all have a ruler as the central prop and serve as a discussion start for measuring up to God's standards. I remember the days of using a ruler to create a growth chart on the door frame. But how do we measure our growth as Christians?

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Is the excitement of serving God a whole lot of Hoopla - unnecessary excitement and fuss? These games using Hula Hoops are sure to create excitement but can also be used to create discussion on living as a Christian youth within God's boundaries.

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Our spiritual walk is in many ways like a game of tag. There are three key components to any game of tag: 1) You chase or pursue 2) You flee or run away 3) People get tagged. Spiritually, because of our disobedience to God we are tagged as sinners. And like those in the game we are stuck in our current position and unable to break ourselves free. Only when Jesus frees us are we able to be truly free. Unfortunately, sin often touches our lives again and we find ourselves back in the same condition. Because of this the Bible gives us a number of things we should flee. But at the same time it gives us things we should chase after, things we must pursue. So are you ready for a game of tag?

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A common summer game is beach volley. But you don't have to be at the beach to enjoy the sport. You don't even have to be outside. Besides the official rules, there are also an infinite number of variations and other games that use the volleyball net, ball and court. And after you have played a game, there's a lesson on what it means to be filled with the things of God so he can use you for the purpose he created you for.

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Beach balls are great for the beach, but you don't need to be at the beach to play these games. The final game explores both personal spiritual goals and goals for the church youth group.

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These games are all played with a flying disc which also goes by the brand name 'Frisbee." Supposedly the name was derived from the Frisbie Pie Company whose round metal pie tins were used as toys by Yale University students. Over time the metal edges would become sharp so plastic versions were created in the 1940's. Fred Headrick is credited with creating the modern day frisbee in 1967.

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You can't have summer without at least one water balloon fight. Water Balloons have a purpose - to be filled with water. As God's creation each of us also has a purpose. Pascal said that all men were created with a God shaped vacuum - an emptiness in our lives only GOD can fill. When we try to fill that emptiness with things other than the Living Water, we will always feel empty. We will always be thirsty.

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Beat the hot days of summer with a frozen T-shirt contest for your youth. The objective is simple - Unfold a frozen t-shirt and wear it. But it's not quite as easy as it sounds. It can be played as a team effort or you can have one frozen tee for each youth. Add a few additional ice games to get things moving before you have the final T-shirt thaw.

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"My cup runs over." A cup is used quite often in the Bible to represent a person's fate, a person's destiny. The cup could be one of blessing or of judgement. Is your cup empty? Half full? Overflowing? In a place where water was scarce an overflowing cup implied abundance. This weeks lesson is great for summer in that the youth will get a little wet while learning about what is means to be filled to overflowing with the blessings of God.

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The main purpose of a sponge is to soak things up. When you squeeze a sponge, whatever is inside comes out. Both of these characteristics of a sponge provide metaphors for our hearts. Some of us have hard hearts and unlike a sponge, things just stay on the surface and never affect us while other have receptive hearts to God. When we are under pressure, we truly get to see what is in a person's heart. These games are great for a little wet time during the hot summer and provide a nice illustration for the condition of our hearts.

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Watermelons are almost synonymous with summer - cool, refreshing, and great on a hot summer day. Watermelons can also be used for a variety of fun, and sometimes messy games, though the cost could be a bit prohibitive for some youth groups. Here are a variety of games using watermelons as well as some ideas for spiritual lessons using this popular summer treat.

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We often talk about a person's walk with Christ. That's because the feet tell us two very important facts about someone: where one is standing and which way someone is going. A firm stand and a consistent walk are both traits we admire in other Christians. This Object Lesson uses shoes as a reminder of the need for youth to walk daily with Christ.

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Almost everyone has some string lying around the house. Most often, string is used to connect things. As such, the string games below can be used to introduce a great object lesson on being connected to Christ and others.

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Decks of cards are easy to find. And everyone knows a card game or two. With this icebreaker, cards are used to sort people into different groups as well as discover a little about each other! They can also be used to explore integrity, doubts, honesty, and personal character.

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Everyone loves soap bubbles - Preschoolers, Children, Youth and Adults. They gleam and sparkle in all the colors of the rainbow. They float along and drift in delightful and unexpected ways. They come in all sizes and shapes, and can be caught or set free, alone or connected. But one thing is true of all bubbles. There will come a time when each bursts and is forever lost. Bubbles do not last forever. They remind us to focus on this things that last forever.

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Bandana's are one of those multipurpose items that should be in every youth minister's tool kit. They can be used as blindfolds, to replace a short length of rope, as flags and to identify teams. They can be bought in bulk relatively cheaply or if you have someone in your church with a sewing machine and a little time they can be made from a few yards of cloth or even cheap sheets. If you can't find bandanas, you can always substitute cloth handkerchiefs, washcloths, or cloth napkins. Get enough for your entire youth group to have one each, and in different colors so they can easily be used to identify different teams.

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In 1912, Clarence Crane, a chocolate manufacturer in Cleveland Ohio, USA invented Lifesaver's as a summer candy that could withstand heat better than chocolate. The candy's name is derived from its similarity to the shape of the rings used for saving people who have fallen off of ships. But this candy, with the empty hole in the middle, can also be used as an illustration of the emptiness we experience inside without God as the center of a person's life.

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We often use the term "spoon fed" to refer to babies. It is also used for people who have been given so much by others that they never learn how to think for themselves or take care of themselves. Scripture uses a similar term to describe some Christians. Like a spoon fed baby, some Christians have never grown up in their faith.

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This lesson uses ping pong balls to remind us that as Christians we can be easily tossed around, unstable, blown off course if we lack faith. But through prayer and belief we can be strong enough to face and stand strong in any difficulties and circumstances we might face as Christians.

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This object lesson for youth uses eggs to make the Easter message of the empty tomb memorable and fun while re-creating, the emotions felt by Christ’s disciples upon finding the empty tomb on Easter morning.

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This idea centers around toilet paper. All you need to do is show a few rolls to youth and the giggles will start. But sin is no laughing matter. While at first it seems innocent and not a threat, it quickly binds us and hinders us, preventing us from doing and being all that God has planned for us.

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There are lots of games that can be played using only newspapers, but a few have been selected to illustrate the idea of unity and working together. In most of these games the players are designated as penguins and the newspaper is an iceberg.

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Balloons are enjoyed not only by children and youth, but by people of all ages. We see them at birthdays and celebrations throughout the year. And like many things we enjoy in the world around us, they can be metaphors for spiritual lessons as well.

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A clothespin is used to attach clothes to a clothesline. It can also serve as a reminder that we need to cling to our lifeline - we need to cling to God (Deuteronomy 13:4). And clothes aren't the only thing that needs washing. We need to be washed clean as well. And God washes us white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18) The scriptures lists a variety of things we should cling to, things we should hold on to, but in reality most of those other things listed have the same purpose - to help us to cling to God.

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Candy Conversation Hearts, commonly available near to Valentine’s Day, have been around for close to 150 years. In this youth idea, you'll get several games to play using the candy hearts as well as ideas to use the messages written on the hearts to tell about God's Love.

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This popular icebreaker game is a great discussion starter for Valentines Day and introducing the concept of God's unmerited love for us. As people, we often place conditions on our love. "I will love you if" "If you love me you will" "I love you because.." We usually love people because of who they are or what they do. But God's love for you completely transcends who you are and what you do. He, who knows you best, in all of your sinful actions, unclean thoughts, and hurtful words, loves you most.

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We are attracted by extravagantly wrapped gifts with red bows and colorful paper. In this game, participants will try to guess the objects that have been wrapped up as Christmas gifts. But the gifts are probably not what they will expect - they are simply things that are very ordinary. The gift of the first Christmas was not wrapped the way the world expected either. The Jews wanted a mighty warrior with a sword in one hand and King's crown in the other. But instead, God sent an innocent, defenceless, vulnerable baby - just a seemingly ordinary baby boy.

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Thanksgiving is an American Holiday where people set aside a day to remember what God has done for them over the past one year and praise Him and give Him thanks for the works He has done in heir lives. This game plays on the idea of looking forward yet being able to recognise and picture what is behind. It serves as a metaphor for us, also looking forward to the future, but taking some time to picture and recognise what God has done in the past.

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Most youth have played the game "Rock, Scissors, Paper". This well known game serves as an introduction to 2 Timothy 2:22 and what the Bible teaches about fleeing from sin and pursuing godliness.

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In this crowdbreaker game, youth are given a list of statements and must find another youth whose dad fits each statement. We each know our Father best. We know what he likes, what he does, and common characteristics about him. But we should also know our heavenly Father just as well.

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It's going to be Valentine's Day in a couple days, when everyone gets all romantic. While chocolates, flowers and candlelight dinners have their place, it is also a great opportunity to discuss the topic of love. Love isn't just for romantic relationships, but for our relationships in the family, among fellow Christians, and in our relationship with God. So this week we have a memory game which serves as an object lesson on the topic of love. God so loved the world that he sent his Son (John 3:16) God is love. They shall know that we are Christians by our love. Have a great weekend! Love God with all your heart. Love your neighbour as yourself. So here's to Love!

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This learning game is a great way to introduce the concept of obedience to God. It can also be used for famous Biblical personalities that practiced hearing God and obedience to Him.

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Using the game of “Earth!” “Water!” “Air!” or “Fire!” youth will discuss how our actions affect our testimony for Christ. The game will stimulate discussion regarding some of the issues regarding Christian freedom, God's forgiveness, and our our actions, words and attitudes affect our testimony as Christians.

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In this Christmas team building game for youth, each team of youth will form a circle holding hands with each person on the left and right and then pass a wreath around the circle as quickly as possible without letting go. The fastest group wins.

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This game is great to burn off a little energy in the youth group. As typical in any game of tag, it is a game of pursuit. This lends itself to a discussion of the things we pursue in life and what the Bible says we should pursue.

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There are times when we have fun, draw closer to one another, talk about all kinds of things, and experience the joy of being together. Other times though it seems that the things we say, or things that are said to us seem to hurt even more when it involves our families. We often hear it said that the people we hurt the most are often the ones that are closest to us. There are times I wish I could have taken back the words the moment I've said them, but it's often too late; damage done. In all our relationships the things we do can say can either build up or tear down. This wacky youth group game presents the same choice to teams of youth.

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This is a simple messy game for youth and children with the mess coming from a whipped cream.

Resources

  • Pie tins (or paper plates) for each team
  • Bubble Gum for each team
  • Whipped Cream
  • Damp towels for clean up

Preparation

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When you think about the Olympics, you can’t help but think about the challenges the athletes face in pursuit of the gold, bronze, and silver medals. Many of the athletes have faced tremendous personal challenges simple to be at the Olympic games. They will be challenged by the best athletes in the world. They will be challenged by world records.

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Just for fun. In this mad lib, you replace some of the words of the “Night Before Christmas” with words written by youth and chosen at random.

What you need

  • Slips of paper and something for youth to write with.
  • A print out of the modified “Night

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The “Unwrap the Gift” game is similar to the Pass the Parcel Game with the difference being that this one gives you a phrase that determines which youth gets the gift next. While you can use this for Christmas, it can also be used for birthdays. Why should the birthday teen be the only one who gets a gift?

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Introduction
Hit a balloon toward a goal and it doesn’t always go where intended. The same is often true in our pursuit of goals in life. But with teamwork and concerted effort we can make progress toward the goals God has laid out for us.

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At Easter, instead of using decorated hard-boiled eggs for your Youth Easter Activities, you can sometimes use just the egg shells with the contents removed. Here is a simple way to empty the contents of an egg without creating too much of a mess — and it leaves most of the egg shell intact.

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Description
Youth will find the Easter basket by following the string.

Resources

  • String
  • Easter basket

 

Preparation
Run and Loop strings throughout the playing area with the Easter basket on the end of the string. Go under chairs, cross over other strings, etc. Have one string and basket for each youth or groups of youth working as a team..

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The youth that correctly guess the number of Easter eggs in the Easter basket wins a prize.

Resources
Easter eggs of various types and a large Easter basket

Preparation
Fill the big Easter basket with eggs of different colors and sizes. Use real eggs as well as chocolate eggs, etc.

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This Easter Games in a combination of a classic treasure hunt with a traditional Easter Egg hunt.

Resources

  • Easter Eggs
  • Treasure Maps

Preparation
Make a treasure map for your egg hunt. It doesn’t have to be to scale and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Add important details like flowers, bushes, tress, etc to indicate hiding spots.

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The Easter Basket will be discovered after all the Easter Eggs have been collected.

Resources

  • Plastic Easter eggs with clues inside that lead to other Hidden Easter Eggs
  • The last Easter Egg Clue reveals the location of the Easter Basket.
  • Easter basket

 

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Description
This classic high energy game for youth has been adapted for an Easter Party and given an added message of evangelism for the lost.

Resources
No resources are needed except for an open space large enough to accommodate your group of kids or youth and some room to run around.

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Description
The youth will find Easter eggs with numbers written on them. After a designated period of time, the youth will add the numbers written on the Easter eggs they have found and the youth or team with the highest score wins.

Resources
Easter eggs with numbers written on them and a special prize for the winner.

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Description
In this Easter Egg Hunt, Bible references are used as clues for youth to find the Easter Eggs.

Materials

  • Colored, blown out eggs
  • Rolled up paper notes with Bible references as clues – one in each egg. Bible reference ideas can be found below:

 

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Description
Easter Egg Bowling is an Easter themed variation of “Lawn Bowling” but on a smaller scale. It’s suitable for youth, children and adults of all ages.

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Description
In this variation of the common Easter Egg hunt, each youth will find an Easter egg with his or own name on it.

Resources
Easter eggs with each person’s name on one. You’ll want to have one egg for each person and maybe a couple extra prize eggs.

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No Stress Thanksgiving Party Games for the Whole Family to play as they are sitting around the dinner table

Thanksgiving A to Z
– Use this Thanksgiving Activity along with ABC’s of Thanksgiving to encourage family and friends to consider the things they should be thankful for.

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Christmas Game Description: This Christmas party game idea is played like the traditional game known as “Hot Potato”. A candy cane is passed from person to person around the circle while someone plays Christmas music. The candy cane is passed to the youth right next to you who then passes the candy cane to the youth next to him or

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Here’s a collection of party games for the Thanksgiving Holiday that can be used for family gatherings, youth groups, and other Thanksgiving celebrations

Pumpkin Bowling
– Use small pumpkins for this wild and potentially messy variation of bowling as one of your Thanksgiving Party Games.

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Scavenger hunts are a wonderful way to spend time with your family. They are not only fun, but they can also be great opportunities for children, youth and adults to learn important life lessons and life-skills. They are great as a stand alone event or as part of the entertainment for a party or holiday celebration. Depending on the rules,

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egg.jpgIntroduction to this Easter Game

  • Can you follow all the actions of the leader without dropping your Easter Egg?

Description of this Easter Game

  • Youth must follow a leader while keeping an Easter egg balanced on a spoon the entire time.

Materials

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Description
In this Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt, youth must find a series of valentine’s by following a set of clues. When they reach the final Valentine the youth will also find a very special Valentine Gift.

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Description
Take the youth to the local Bowling Alley for a little dress-up fun! Use Halloween costumes or if you are adverse to the idea of doing something related to Halloween, have Biblical costumes or wacky clothing items available.

What to do

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Materials
A list of Christmas movies printed on name-tags or address labels. (One title per name-tag)

Icebreaker Description
In this icebreaker / crowdbreaker game, youth will have the name of a Christmas Movie pasted to their back and will wonder the room asking yes or no questions to other youth in an attempt to discover the title of the Christmas

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Description
Halloween Party Game: Bobbing for apples is a common Halloween tradition in which youth try to take a bite out of an apple floating in a tub of water.

Resources

  • Large tub of water
  • Towels
  • Apples with all stems and leaves removed

What to Do

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Game Description
In this outdoor water game, youth must perform a task while precariously balancing a bucket of water over their heads.

Game Materials
One bucket of water for each team of youth. You also might want to have a tarp or beach towels upon which youth can lie down.

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Youth Game Description
In this youth game idea, a person in the center of a group of youth must identify the leader who begins an action that everyone else in the youth group imitates.

Game Materials
None

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Game Description
Teams of youth move toward the finish line in small hops, connected like a caterpillar with many legs.

Game Materials
No additional game supplies are needed.

Optimal Group Size for Game
Any number of youth

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Number of Players: two equal teams of any number
Location: open area able to accommodate the entire group
Materials: clothesline, clothes

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Number of Players: equal teams of any number
Location: open area able to accommodate the entire group
Materials: clothespins and dog biscuits

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Game Description
Use this Active Game as a discussion starter for youth on the topic of “forgiveness”. What does it mean to forgive? It can also be used as an Easter related activity to introduce youth to the resurrection of Christ and the forgiveness we receive as a result of His death on the cross.

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Description
An icebreaker game for your next family focused youth event.

Resources
None

Preparation
None

What to do

  1. Organize the youth into a circle facing outward with siblings standing together.

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Game Description
This is a classic Valentine’s Day game where the objective is for the girls to catch a guy or vice versa!

Materials
Chairs for everyone

What to do

  1. Seat all the guys in a circle.
  2. Leave one chair empty.

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Materials
Love songs to play while the youth are enjoying this game.

Game Objective
Don’t Laugh!

Game Play

  1. Everyone sits in a circle.
  2. From this point forward, you may not show your teeth.
  3. To speak, you must pull your lips inward around your teeth to hide them.

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Introduction
Use this Christmas Gift Exchange Game with more mature youth as a serious time of affirmation and thanks for the various members of the youth group. Include the adult sponsors as well.

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Introduction
In this Christmas variation of a game of dodge-ball, you can still play even if you have been eliminated.

Game Description
In typical dodge-ball fashion, players try to eliminate others by hitting them with a dodge-ball.

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Introduction
Everyone knows how Santa Claus looks right? The red hat, the black belt, rosy cheeks… But how well can you draw him?

Game Description
The objective of this Christmas Party game is to draw the BEST Santa Claus. The catch is that you draw it together with the rest of the team and cannot see what they have already

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christmasgiftgrey.jpgMaterials
A gift from each participant

There are many different variations of the gift exchange at Christmas. This is merely one of them.

How gifts are exchanged:

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Have a blank flip chart or sheets of newsprint prepared with all the letters of the alphabet from A to Z. Ask participants to fill in a holiday word or phrase that starts with each letter. Here are examples for you to use. Give bonus points for the letters Q, U, V, and Z.

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Introduction
This is a classic game that has been around for ages. The key prop for this game is an orange. Oranges, along with apples, nuts, and other fruits were the original Christmas Tree Ornaments. For many families, an orange in the Christmas stocking is still an important Christmas tradition. Oranges are also a common treat in Asia, especially around

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Introduction
Use this Christmas Party game involving the popular Christmas tune “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to raise the energy level and get everyone involved.

Game Description
Participants will stand up when the “Twelve Days of Christmas” verse corresponding to their birthday month is sung or heard.

Game Materials

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