Indoor Youth Group Games

Balloon Crabs

First off, blow up enough ballons for all your youth and put a strip of tape (packing tape works well) around each youth’s waist sticky-side out. Divide the Youth into two teams and place enough balloons for each member on each team, opposite them. Then all at once (or relay style, if you like) the Youth crab-walk BACKWARDS towards their balloons, stick a balloon onto the tape on the BACKside of them, (without using their hands) and run (or crab-walk) back to the starting point to pop their balloons. (again without hands) The first team to have popped ALL their balloons wins! 😀

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Balloon Sticky Man

You will need a whole bunch of pre blown-up water balloons (air, not water), some tape, and some no-hands noisemakers. (Kazoos?) Divide everybody into two teams, and one person from each team is selected as ‘sticky-man’. Each ‘sticky-man’ has tape (packing tape?) wrapped around them sticky side out. Each team must then choose a special sound that the sticky-man will make with their noisemaker. The Group then lines up with their share of balloons, and relay-style, blindfolds themselves, grabs a balloon, and heads toward their sound and when they find it, sticks it on their sticky-man. The sticky-men can move around, making it more difficult if they want. The first team to stick all their balloons on their sticky-man wins.

PS. You might want to consider having the ‘sticky-man’ be a boy if you have a co-ed group…you’re sticking balloons on people, blindfolded. Ahem.

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Balloon Volleyball

This game is played using four rows of chairs. Place the chairs with two rows back to back in the middle, rows 2&3 and the other two rows on the outside facing in spaced far enough that the players feet almost reach the middle players feet, rows 1&4. Rows 1 & 3 are on one team and rows 2&4 are on the other team. The score keeper tosses an inflated balloon over the two middle rows to start the game. The team that hits the balloon over the other team gets the point. You are not allowed to get up out of your seat.

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Balloon Volleyball

There are three rows of chairs, all back to back. all the chairs facing one way are on a team and the chair facing the other side are on a team. You will need a trash can for each end. Fill three or four balloons with a little water (for weight). Toss a balloon “into the crowd”. teams try to pass the balloon to each other without the other team intercepting. the teams try to get the balloon into the trash can. whoever is playing cannot sit up from their chair, or the other team gets a free throw.

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Balloonz

Everyone splits into two teams. Everyone has a balloon around his or her ankle that contains a word out of a Bible verse. At the count to three, everyone tries to pop their opponents balloon and the first team that manages to piece together the Bible verse wins.

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Banana Bluff

Ask for three volunteers and place a peeled banana in front of each one. Blindfold each player, making sure to blindfold the middle player last. After the middle player is blindfolded, QUIETLY remove the blindfolds from the other two players while casually explaining the rules (keep hands behind back, eat banana without using hands). Try to keep other youth standing around from revealing the secret. After saying, “Go!”, cheer on all three players as if they were all playing. The look on the middle player’s face is usually priceless when they remove their blindfold and find the other two bananas uneaten.

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Banana Rumble

Give everyone a banana. Everyone puts a mark on their banana to be able to identify their’s. All the bananas are put in the middle of the room in a big pile. Everyone is in chairs in a square around the room around the pile. Be sure to be in a square shape because each side of the square is a team…4 sides–4 groups.
When a signal is given, everyone rushes to find their banana. The team that has their bananas and is sitting down first wins. [Doing this game several times is likely to get a few squished bananas out of it so make sure you have quite a few extras.]

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Banana Showdown

Everyone has a banana in good enough condition to eat. 2 teams face each other in parallel lines. The people have to put their banana in a pocket. When the signal is given, the people must draw their bananas like guns and instantly peel it and eat it as fast as they can. Whoever has their banana eaten first wins.

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Banana Slurpie

We came up with this idea because our kids love jello games so much. The prep: Make three different color jellos and pour them over banana slices on three different platters. Let the jello firm up and make sure to have the same amount of slices on each tray. You can pick three students or six and have teams of two, and give them each a knee high stocking to put over their head. when the music starts, they must slurp the jello through the stocking to find the bananas and spit the slices into a bowl. The first one to get all their slices off the platter wins! This is a great photo op.

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Banana Tag

Divide up into two teams. Sit in parallel lines across from each other. Make sure the 2 lines are about 15 feet apart. Put a banana in the middle. Number the people off.
One line: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9…
Other line: 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1…
So that the same numbered people are diagonal from each other.
The leader will call out a number. The two people with that number run up to the banana. The object is for one of the people to get the banana and get back to his/her seat without being tagged by the other person. [This is very hard, since both people are standing right next to each other.] Once one of the players picks up the banana the other player can tag him/her. If a person is tagged, the banana must be put down and another number called. Whoever tags earns a point for the team. Whoever gets to his/her seat without being tagged earns a point for his/her team.

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