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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Clothespin Opinion Poll

A unique way to get your kids to share their opinion s. Hang a clothesline across the meeting room. On one end have a sign that says, “Strongly Agree” and the other end says “Strongly Disagree.” Mark the centre of the clothesline for reference. Get wooden clothespins and allow the youth to decorate them as they wish so they’ll know which are theirs. Each week at the close of your youth meeting, read a strong statement to the group. Ask your youth members to think about, talk about and research the statement during the week. At the beginning of the next meeting, have each member clip a clothespin on the line where it best reflects his or her opinion. Spend the first few minutes of the meeting discussing the results. The topic can be independent of the meeting’s main lesson or it may be used as a great intro to a relaxed subject.

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Toilet Paper Torches

Great for lighting night time events. Cut out the front of a #10 tin can; nail the can to the top of an 8-foot pole. Place a roll of toilet paper in the can and soak it with kerosene. The lighted torch will burn for about 15-20 minutes.

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Scrapbooking

A wonderful thing to do for your group is to keep a scrapbook for them. I take a camera to even the smallest youth events, and take LOTS of pictures. I do one album for each school year. In the front are all the kids school pictures, with a brief bio on each kid. This doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Even the boys love looking through the albums, and looking for pics of themselves. Plus, it’s a great way to preserve and journal those special memories.

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Balloon Sunday

Have the class bring in two balloons each. Bring in a helium tank and fill the balloons up and tie a string on the ends. On the balloons, have them write the name of a person that needs to be saved. Take them outside and let them go. Tell them by doing this, they can use it as a way of giving the person up to God in prayer. If your church has very small tracts or cards you can attach those to the string.

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Happy Meal Frenzy

This is the funniest thing when you see the youth’s faces. Ask for volunteers before you do anything. Establish that they must at least try this game. When they agree, pull out a blender (This is eher they start to get nervous). Then pull out a Cheeseburger Happy meal from McDonalds. Put it in the blender, drink and all (I’ve found Rootbeer is the best!) and blend it up right infront of them, then pour it in individual cups and just watch their faces as they first taste it.

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Death Drum

This idea works well in a worship service stressing hunger and starvation in the world. According to statistics (need to be updated) someone dies of starvation every eight seconds. During the worship service, have someone beat a drum every eight seconds to symbolize another death taking place. The drum interrupting the normal course of the service dramatically illustrates how often we try to ignore the problem of hunger in the world but it just won’t go away unless we do something about it.

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Truth Or Lie – Banana Edition

We had fun with this as a “get to know you better” activity on a van trip. Materials needed are bananas for every passenger and pens that will write on unpeeled bananas (felt or plastic tips work best). Each passenger (note the driver HAS to do this in advance) writes his/her name and three things about him/herself no one else knows on an unpeeled banana. Two of the statements are true, one is false. Object is to make the statements obscure enough that it is hard to discern what is truth and what is lie. Bananas are collected and redistributed to different passengers. In turn, each holder of a banana reads the author’s name, the three statements, and then guesses which is the lie. Winner (author if lie is not guessed, reader if it is) gets to decide whether to eat the banana, or make the other person eat the banana. Bring a trash bags — don’t leave banana peels on the bus! This would probably work as a crowd-breaker in almost any setting. No one is at risk of having to eat more than two bananas, and everybody gets a dose of potassium!

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Big Girl/Little Girl SleepOver

My husband and I work with the junior high kids at our church. We to offer activities that build relationships with each other and within the church body as much as possible. I think junior high kids are often mis-labeled as having bad attitudes and being difficult to work with. We believe this age group is the best age to set a foundation of what real friendships are, how to encourage each other, how to build others up, how to look at other’s needs, etc. That’s how
this idea began.

The Big Girl/Little Girl Sleep Over was an overnight at the church where each girl in the youth group requested a younger girl in the church to ‘buddy up’ with for an overnight event. The girls who didn’t know any little girls or who didn’t go to our church regularly, I assigned a little girl to them. First I got a definite list of Big Girls for the night. Then I personally called the mothers of the little girls to explain what we were doing and to invite them. That way, it came from one adult to another and if a little girl wasn’t available, I could substitute a new little girl with no hurt feelings.

The event went from 7pm until 10am the next morning. We held it at the church because there was more room for everyone! All the girls brought the regular stuff for a sleepover. The big girls brought their makeup and hair stuff. The little girls brought their favorite board games and favorite book to be read aloud and videos.

We made sure it was 1 big girl to 1 specific little girl. The big girl took complete charge of the little girl the whole time. We had a couple little games to help them get to know each other, then snack time, then we turned them loose to do the make up stuff! First the big girls did the little girls make up and hair and fingernails and toes. Then the little girls did the same for their big girls! We took videos and pictures of each pair. They surprised us and spent about 2 hours doing that! And they ALL loved it!

Then the big girls played the little girls’ board games. It was wonderful to watch the junior high girls playing “Pretty Pretty Princess” or “Clue Jr.” and interacting with these little girls (all about 4-6 years old). Big girls were in charge of getting little girls in PJ’s and getting sleeping stuff all ready. The girls even slept by each other.

Video time got most of the girls quieted down and ready to sleep. Then we let the big girls enjoy some time together after the little girls were all tucked in and asleep. In the morning the big girls got little girls fed and dressed and packed up and ready to go.

Both big girls and little girls loved it. It taught the big girls about mentoring and the little girls were enthralled that a teenager gave her so much attention. The parents of the little girls were thrilled with the junior high girls and the parents of the junior high girls were so proud of them. It was a positive experience that really touched a lot more lives than I expected.

We’ve decided to make it an annual event and the girls are already talking about next year!

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