In this unusual variation of soccer, players can only move around like crabs, with hands and feet on the floor and bodies facing upwards. Use this game to teach about running the good race.
Noisy Youth Group Games
Warning: Some of these games can get extremely loud.
But these noisy youth group games can be very effective in helping youths learn important Bible truths.
Also great for camps and for helping your students burn off excess energy before settling down for more serious studies.
In this absolutely chaotic game, one team tries to turn cups right side up, while the opposing team tries to turn them upside down. Use this game to teach about the God’s upside down kingdom.
Be prepared for noise and chaos, with half of the group shouting and the other half trying to listen out for the correct voice to follow! A great way to introduce the topic of discipleship and following the Good Shepherd.
Have fun mimicking your assigned animal to find your counterpart! Use this game to introduce a lesson on Creation or Noah’s Ark. You can also use this game as a general ice-breaker game or to break a large group into pairs.
In this minute-to-win-it game, players try to move cookies from their foreheads into their mouths using only their facial muscles; no hands allowed. Use this game to introduce the Bible story of Daniel in the Lions’ Den.
Cross a pretend river using pieces of paper as stepping stones. Use this game to introduce the Bible story of Jesus and Peter walking on water, to teach that God will help us in times of trouble, or as a teambuilding game.
Work as a team to move tennis balls using strings tied to a rubber band. Use this game to introduce the Bible story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man, to teach that God wants us to get along with each other or as a teambuilding game.
Give each player a handful of random colored M&M’s. Players must go around and exchange them with each other to get all M&M’s of the same color. Use this game as an icebreaker or to introduce a lesson on the handling of conflicts and disagreements.
In this game, players must scatter and randomly move around the room. But when the leader shouts a number, they must quickly form groups of that number with other players. Use this game to teach about friendship and being a friend of Jesus!
Teams must quickly line up according to specific criteria given. For example in order of shoe size, with the smallest shoe size in front and the largest shoe size at the back. A great game to help players get to know each other and to teach about salvation and the kingdom of heaven.
Volunteers open boxes containing bizarre items and choose to either describe it truthfully or lie about what’s in the box. The audience votes on whether he’s telling the truth or not. Use this adaptation of a popular talk show game to teach about doubting faith.
Blindfolded players try to ignore noisy distractions to stay focused on their teammates’ instructions to retrieve crushed papers balls. Use this game to teach about silence and solitude.
In Forbidden Words, also known as Bible Taboo, players use verbal clues to get teammates to guess a word. The word itself or any of the forbidden words listed cannot be used. Play this exciting game to learn about the power of the tongue or love in action.
Players stand in a circle and toss a ball among themselves. Whoever catches the ball must say the name of the next book of the Bible before tossing it to another player. Play this quick game to see if players can recall the names of all 66 books in the correct order.