Instead of using arm links, the children of our church just hold hands. And here, we call the game H20. In this version of the game, if both the people who link arms are guys, they will have to find a gal to fill the empty seat and vice versa. In the event where the people who link arms are of the opposite sex, they get to choose either a guy or gal to fill that seat. (This is why we call the game H2O).
Have the kids start collecting their or their family’s spare change in a can or something. During youth outings, etc gather up the spare change & give to the many ideas listed here — like “Pay People’s Parking”, “Free Lunch”, etc.
Ok, think Who’s Line is it Anyway? Select a group of 6 teens to line up shoulder to shoulder. Have them face the rest of the group. What we do is put up something that must be acted out on our TV screens that the audience can see and that the 1st person is allowed to then look at (the rest of the kids CANNOT peek!). Whatever is on the screen is what the 1st kid must act out without talking. Now make the kids all face to one side of the room so they cannot see the person behind them (they are looking at the back of the person in front of them).
The 1st kid now taps the shoulder of the person in front of him/her so that they turn around. Whatever was on the screen is acted out and 2nd teen must interpret what it is as best they can. When they think they got it, that turn around and tap the person in front of them. Etc Etc til it gets to the end person.
What happens is wacky wild charades that change throughout the course of the game. The last person must guess what they think was on the screen. I usually have the rest try to guess as well and then let them know all together. Much laughter from the audience from this one. The more creative the ‘clues’ or ‘guesses’ the better.
Ones that have worked for us – “A Rabbit playing baseball,” “Cutting someone’s hair…on a rollercoaster,” and my personal favorite “Jack Sparrow as Spiderman.”
We have a very successful plan of raising money for missionaries.
We select a different missionary, evangelist, or an organization that we feel that is need of help. (Such as Problem Pregnancy Center, Orphanages, Clothe a Child)
We divide the children’s church into teams, Boys against Girls.
We have 2 baskets one for girls and the other for the boys. It is a good idea to label these baskets.
We have designed a wooden scarecrow, with 2 arms that are set like weights.
Whoever has the most money by weight. The arms of this guy will move down.
We call this guy, ” Cheeri-O” He represents the cheerful giver.
After each month we collect the change and count it and send a check to whom we support. Of course the kids are anxious to find out how much they have given to help people in need.
The kids love it especially when they receive a letter back from the missions. It makes them feel like they had a part of helping others.
Another incentive to help bring in the money : Which ever teams wins, their names are put in a basket and one person from the team can win a prize.
Another funny idea: If the boys win, The Youth Pastor squirts Ms. Youth Pastor with a super soaker and if the girls win, Ms. Youth Pastor soaks Mr. Youth Pastor. The kids love it.
This has been a lot of fun, and we have supported several missions. We have about 25 kids in Children’s church and they bring in over $100 a month.
Get several bags of cheese puffs (Wise or any brand.)
If you bite a small piece off the end of a cheese puff and a small piece off another cheese puff, it is possible to stick them together by licking the bitten ends and fusing each cheese puff together. Once you have the pieces stuck together bite the end off and add another cheese puff to the already fused pieces. The object is to see how long you make your cheese puff. I have sen them get pretty long.
This is a great icebreaker game.
Get several bags of Cheese Puffs any brand. Can be done in teams or individually.
Take one cheese Puff and nibble a little bit of one end away. Then,take another Cheese Puff and do the same. Now,moisten the nibbled end of one of the Cheese Puffs and stick it to the nibbled end of the other cheese puff. They will stick like glue and remain that way. Now keep adding to the fused Cheese Puffs to see how long you can make a bunch of Cheese Puffs. This is a riot and a very tasty game.
2 pie pans
2 bowls or cool whip
a jar of cherries
Place an even number of cherries in each pan and cover with cool whip so cherries cannot be seen.
Get two volunteers to compete against each other. This could be 2 youth or a youth and an adult youth worker etc. When you say go the first person to get all the cherries out of the pie wins. Here’s the catch. They can only use their mouth to get the cherries out. VERY MESSY but a lot of fun! Prizes could include a jar of cherries or a piece of pie.
This is a great fundraiser. It’s called Chicken Q because you cook chicken. Find the cheapest place in your area where you can get alot of chicken. My youth group runs between 15 and 25. We usually order about 250 chickens. we sell Chiken Q tickets for about 3 or 4 weeks ahead of time and see if we can sell all of the chicken…if not don’t stress it. You can sell the chicken on the same day you cook it. Call everyone in your entire area if you can, including gast stations, grocery stores, mechanics, and all businesses. THEY WILL WANT SOME BBQ CHICKEN! On the tickets we sell it tells the people what they will get : A half of a chicken, baked beans, mashed patatoes, coleslaw, and a desert. Get your church to donate the deserts. Ask your local Mrs. Winners or whatever chicken place you have to donate the little cups for coleslaw and baked beans. A lot of places will donate if you just ask. We sold these plates for 5 bucks a piece.
Our group had a fund-raiser in which we collected pennies. We made it into a contest the guys versus the girls. The loser’s punishment was a blast. We took all of the youth out to a local restaurant for an “All you can eat wing night” we didn’t tell them what was going to happen there, only that this was going to be the night the guys received their punishment for losing. When each guy arrived at the church they were given a fresh white t-shirt which they had to wear as they served as the girls napkins for the evening. Anything was game from the waist up. It was a blast and the guys kept their shirts which will be a memory they will never forget.
Everyone finds a partner and the make 2 circles facing eachother…one inner circle and one outer. Then the outer circle and the inner circle start moving in opposite direction and the leader yells out one of the three commands and the 2 partners need to run and find each other and do the action.
Chicken – Jump on partners back and flap arms and makes chicken sounds
Cowboy- Partner gets on all 4’s and other partner gets on his/her back and acts like a cowboy
Conqueror – One partner lays on ground while the other steps on his her her back doing a conqueror pose.
So much fun! Try doubling up commands, such as Chicken-cowboy… where you have one partner riding the other partner and flapping and squaking!
Tell me how it goes!