Games We Played Last Month

Spring_Watercolors_01Finding good games for your student ministry can be a very time consuming thing. In order to help other youth workers save time in this area I want to share the games we played this past month in our student ministry. All of these games went pretty well and were fun for our students. Be sure to click the game title to download the game graphic or purchase the game content. As a side note, you will notice many of these games come from Download Youth Ministry. I love DYM and the amazing content they are providing for youth workers. If you find yourself using their stuff often you should look into getting a DYM membership. You get tons of member only content as well as $20 store credit monthly for games and other content! One of the games we did this month that isn’t listed below was a game that was only available to DYM members. So become a member and get cool member only stuff too! Now to the games. Here are the games we played last month.

Whip or Nae Nae
How it Works:
All your students know the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” They probably also know the dance moves to go along with it. This is a simple game where the crowd must pick a move – the whip or the nae nae. The game content comes with a video that will have both moves rotating and then when you are ready you can stop it by clicking which move you want it to stay on. Whoever picks that move is in (or out depending on how you want it to work). The games continues until there is one person left.
Supplies: Game content from DYM (click game title to download)

Poop Deck
How it Works: This is a classic game that is always a hit. Divide the room up into three parts: low deck, mid deck, and poop deck. Everyone starts in one of the decks and must run to whatever deck the game leader calls out. Last person into that deck is out. You continue until there is one person left. You can also throw in “man overboard,” which means everyone must go touch a wall and “hit the deck,” which means everyone must drop to the floor and lay on their stomachs.
Supplies: Something to divide the room into three decks. We just tape down lines on the floor.

Lady, Knights, and Horse
How it Works: Students split up into groups of two. They each start on separate sides of the room and when the game leader calls out one of the three positions they must get in that position with their partner. “Lady” means one must jump into the arms of the other. “Knights” means one must get on one knee while the other sits on their knee. “Horses” means one must get on both hands and knees while the other sits on their back. Last group to get into position is out and the game continues until there is one group left.
Supplies: None!

Ninja, Gun, Gorilla
How it Works: This a twist to the classic game paper rock scissors. Students find an opponent and must stand back to back. When they turn around they must pick one of the three things: Ninja (get into a ninja stance), Gun (make a hand gun), or Gorilla (beat their chest). When someone wins they find other winner to play. Game continues until there is one person left.
Supplies: None!

Turkey Bowling
How it Works: We did this at our Thanksgiving night with our high school students. We put down two rolls of painters plastic to act as “lanes.” We then used 2 liter soda bottles for the pins. We decided the group up by girls and guys and had them bowl with frozen turkey breasts. It was awesome!
Supplies: Painters plastic, 2 liter soda bottles or real bowling pins, and frozen turkey breasts or turkeys.

Cell Phone Shootout: Truth or Dare
How it Works: This is one of my favorite games from DYM! It has a few different versions and this truth or dare version was my favorite so far. The game content comes with a video that has a various truths and dares that rotate very fast. Your contestants must use their cell phone to snap a picture of the video screen. After they snap a picture look at their phone and find out what truth or dare they took a picture of. They then have to either answer the truth question or perform the dare.
Supplies: Game content from DYM (click game title to download)

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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