Miscellaneous

Cheese Puff Challenge

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.

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Sundae School

On the last day of our Vacation Bible School (VBS), we had each child write down five (5) things that they learned during VBS. Then, we presented each child with a pass to go to “Sundae School”. Each child was allowed to make their own ice cream sundaes in “Sundae School”. We had ice cream, fruit, marshmallows, gummy bear, nuts, M&M’s, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, caramel, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

It was a fun way to end VBS and we were able to relate it to the Bible.

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“D.U.I.” Awareness

During a fellowship activity, we made an unannounced stop at a local vehicle towing garage. While there we looked over up close and personally the selection of vehicles that had been involved in collisions where the driver had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The owner of the towing service met us there and shared some of the heartfelt stories of the people and how their lives had been impacted by the bad choice of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. We later prayed for those people and the owner. The experience was one that neither the advisors nor the youth will ever forget.

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Vine And The Branches

After your kids read John 15, select a broad, blank wall. Have the kids paint the wall with a high quality background paint. After this dries, sketch a vine, as they think it should look, across a portion of the wall. Leave room for the vine to lengthen, and room for verse 5 to explain to viewers what is being attempted. Have your young people paint the vine in colors appropriate for vines, writing verse 5 in large letters, and leaving space around the vine for the names of all your kids, both now and in the future. Have your young people write their names in charcoal, attached to the Vine where the students think is best. Go over the letters in high quality black paint. You will have a visual representation of the relationship youth groups are trying to build.

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Core Youth

This idea is to stimulate youth to youth outreach, witnessing, and a youth groups core leaders. At as many youth events as possible, ie: Camps, concerts, bible studies, mission trips, allow the core leaders, the group of youth that you rely on most, to lead as much as possible. Let them plan the events, schedule the concerts, and lead the bible studies. As leaders we should provide steering and mentoring in addition to our Biblical teaching. If we allow the youth to be seen as the Church of today we will spread Christ’s love all the more.

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Sticky Scriptures

This is a great game for getting the Youth/Children listening, intently, to a chosen bible passage. The leader must cover his/her face with Squirty Cream or Shaving foam, and tell the group they will be asked questions about the passage. The leader then reads the passage in sections, asking a question after each section. If the group get the question right they are armed with a corn puff each; they then have to throw it at the leaders face. The aim of the game is to get the corn puffs to stick on the leaders face. Repeat this for each section of the passage. At the end, count up the amout of ‘sticks’ and if it matches the desired total, give rewards.
They group loved this game and I had baby soft skin for hours after. (Best to wear sunglasses tos!)

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I’m Taller Than You

I am 5’3″ and many of the middle school youth love trying to get taller than me. I finally remembered a friend of mines family tradition, which was when the kids get taller than the mom, they have to buy her dinner. So I created the knew rule for youth group. Now, when they get taller than me, they have to bring breakfast. I also give them a certificate that says: “I’m finally taller than my youth leader”. They love being taller than me, it makes them feel so special, but at least I get breakfast out of it! 🙂

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“E-Mail”

In order to create more unity and fellowship and love amongst our teens we thought up the idea of sending mail to one another that would solely be encouraging mail. We added a twist however, and decided to update the idea for the 90’s. We made up a shelf that had a slot for each person in the youth group (including the adult sponsors, and myself) and also made up slips with room to write these letters of encouragement on. The whole system is called e-mail for encouragement mail, and we have found that the youth have caught on to the idea well,and every week almost, everyone gets an “e-mail!”

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Water Decathlon

Great idea for a swimming party. Teams have 10 members each and 10 places around the pool are marked for each team’s station. >>> Sample events: 1.) Swim across the pool with an egg balanced in a spoon. If the egg falls, the swimmer must retrieve it and continue. 2.) Dive to the bottom of the pool and retrieve a brick. 3.) Swim across the pool with a tether ball tied to each ankle. 4.) Dive and swim underwater across the pool 5.) Dunk the youth leader in the pool. The contestant must hit a target of some sort and if he/she does, the youth leader is pushed off the diving board.

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Do You Have Your Marble

Do you have your marble is a great way to teach youth about responsibility and also raise money – just simply give each teen a marble tell them they are responsible to keep the marble on them at all times. If you see someone that you know should have the marble (maybe at the mall, school etc.), ask them “do you have your marble?” If they don’t, they give a donation to the youth fund – you can set a price like a buck or fifty cents. Real fun!

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