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Airplane Game Revisited

The Airplane Game is a HUGE sucess at our Church. Here is a great spin on it. Instead of giving all the youth a typical ailment (no legs, deaf, mute, blind). Give them really fun ailments like (multiple personality, their life’s ambition is to find their marbles, they think they are Peter Pan, they think their head is on fire, they faint every time someone touches them) and so on. Be creative, think outside of the box. It is a great way to help them work together and be a role they are not usually. Also, it is a hoot.

Airplane Olympics

Give each child printer paper or other thin paper that will make sharp creases when folded. Have them make different airplanes ( a good idea is to check out some books on paper airplanes from the library to use as guides, particularly for younger kids)

Once each child has made a variety of airplanes, lead them to the Olympian arena (should be set up before hand)

The first competition will be to test Aim: A large bull\’s eye can be painted, drawn or made with hoops on the ground. The object is to get as close to the center as possible. Let kids know very slim streamlined planes will work best for aiming.

The second competition will be to test distance: each child lines up on a line and throws their plane(s). Whoever\’s plane flies farthest wins.

The third competition is to test Endurance: Each child will fly their planes one at a time and be timed on it. Whoever\’s plane stays up longest wins. Tell kids that the planes with the most surface area generally stays up longer.

As a tie-in, you can use each competition to exemplify a virtue of Christ:
1. Aim: Walking with Christ means always staying true to His ways and words and aiming to be like Him above all else.

2. Distance: Sometimes as Christians we have to go the distance by doing things we\’d rather not because they are the right thing. Discuss some times the kids had where they had to go through a tough trial that seemed to go on forever.

3. Endurance; Sometimes, it is easier to go with flow and do what others are doing instead of sticking out and working to do the Christlike thing. Talk with kids about how enduring hard times when it is so easy to turn is a good thing, and how it can result in great things. Try using personal examples to drive the point home.

For prizes, you can do low-cost items or maybe allow the winners to pick out ice cream flavors for an ice cream social to finish the event.

Airplane Ride

This is a great initiation activity. A chair, a blindfold, and two helpers are all that’s needed. We would ususally send all of the people to be initiated out of the room and bring them in one at a time. The victim sits on the chair. The two helpers stand on either side of the chair facing it. He or she is told that they are going to go for an airplane ride. Explain as you are blindfolding the victim that the helpers are going to fly the plane. The victims hands are placed one on top of each head of the helpers. The helpers lift the chair off of the floor and hold it about waist high. Their job is to “fly” the plane by moving it up and down, back and forth with pretty subdued smooth motions. The idea here is for the victim to be a little nervous, but not really feel endangered. There can be little bumps thrown in here and there as the helpers comment on how they are swerving to avoid hitting birds or trees. After a little bit of fun, make the comment that there appears to be a mountain coming up, and that they are going to have to reach a higher altitude. The helpers are now to keep the chair at the same height (waist-high) while slowly lowering their heads. They can make comments like “watch the ceiling, I can’t go much higher” as eventually the top of their heads are about even with the seat and they are crouched down beside the chair. The victim at this point feels like he are she is five or six feet in the air. Suddenly, of course, they hit turbulence, and the chair really starts moving around. The prank ends when the helpers tilt the chair forward and dump the victim off. The look on their face as they drop one foot while expecting five is priceless.

Note submitted by EGAD! User: Airplane can be fun but just follow a few simple proceedures. Have someone in front of the person so that they can catch then if they fall to far forward. Also, don’t use a chair with a back on it. The back on the chair pushes the individule forward. Better to use a 2×6 or 2×8 board. We had someone fall to far forward and got a concussion because we did not do these few simple things to prevent it…it does work though so enjoy…with out dropping a kid on their head.

Alibi

There was a crime committed. Make it as real and convincing as possible. For example, tell the youth that $220 was stolen from the pastor’s office. Everyone else in the group has had a convincing alibi except for Patricia and Maria who were together at the time of the theft. They have 5 min outside the room to come up with an alibi. They can write down whatever they want. Meanwhile, the rest of the group will be policemen. They will devise some questions to ask both Patricia and Maria in order to stump them and create inconsistent alibis. Each person will be questioned separately. Depending upon how through they were during their 5 minutes outside, the group, after questioning them, will declare them guilty or innocent.

Alien

This game works best when playeed indoors in a building with many hiding spaces and room to run, and multiple levels helps.

To start, you pick out two kids to be “aliens.” All of the other kids will be humans. These aliens take two weapons — a flashlight, ping-pong paddle, plastic bowling pin, or other similar objects work well — which are shown to the group, out of the room, and hide them anywhere in the building that will be semi-visible, and not require the searchers to open anything.

As the two aliens are off hiding their weapons, two of the remaining humans are selected to be “medics.” The aliens should not know who the medics are, as this adds an element of fun to the game. When the aliens return to the room, the humans are sent off to hide and search for the weapons. After a minute or so, the aliens are sent out to find the humans.

The aliens will run around and try to tag the humans; if a human is tagged, they are “dead.” Only medics can heal dead humans (who are lying on the ground where they were tagged), and can do so by touching them. If both medics are dead, then no one can be healed. If a human finds a weapon he can then touch an alien with the weapon, and the alien will die. A weapon can only be used once, and a used weapon will be given to the alien that it killed. There is no way for a dead alien to come back to life.

The game is over when one of two things happen:

1) All of the humans are dead.
2) All of the aliens are dead.

This is a great game, and I think you’ll really love it. I know we do.

Alien Game

First of all this is a large indoor game.

You will need the following items to play:

1. Glow Necklaces (different colors for two teams and one color for leaders)

2. Balloons

3. Poker Chips (about 10 – 12 100 packs)

4. Spooky Music to pipe through the church

5. Special Lighting and Fog Machines

The game is played in the dark and all over the church except we don’t use our sanctuary.

Game Play:

1. All the youth must be split up into two teams with different color glow necklaces.

2. The leaders will be in charge of keeping the game running smooth ensure people don’t really battle it out.

3. Each team will establish 1 Queen which can be boy or girl

4. The teams will then blow up a bag full of balloons (medium size so they pop better) and place them in the queen egg sac (garbage bag and head down to the teams designated fortress area

5. They will wait until the ok to start the game.

How the Game is played:

Each Alien (youth) will have a life essence which is a balloon tucked under their shirt on their back. When their balloon is popped by the other team they will go back to their queen to get a new life essence.

The goal of the game is collect life orbs (poker chips) that are spread out all over the church. Each one represents a different point value. Also to destory the other team by popping their life essences.

The game is played until one team is destroyed or a time limit is reached.

This game is very popular with our group and the youth really love to play and compete each other.

As a precautionary measure, we usually give our leaders walkie talkies and flashlights for safety because the game get really physical we also do guys vs guys and girls vs girls for game play otherwise the girls take a beating for the guys in a small group setting it will work for mixed but you just need to watch the youth more carefully.

Alien vs Predator

This game works best in large buildings with many hiding spots!!
This game is a variation of Hide and go seek. At the beginning explain that everyone is going to go hide. You need two volunteers to be Aliens, and one volunteer to be a Predator. Everyone else are unwitting humans that will be captured. The premise is that the humans hide. The aliens need to find the humans and take them to their nest (prison, holding place whatever), The Predators Job is to hunt the Aliens and to rescue the humans.

How it works:
Let all the humans go hide, give them a few minutes then you let the aliens go “hunt” them. If a person is found by the Alien, the alien takes them to the nest where they are stuck until they are rescued.
Give the Aliens a minute or two, then release the Predator. The predator’s job is to catch the aliens. Once the predator has tracked down and tagged the alien, the alien has to sit out. The Predator also has to free all the humans. To do this the predator goes to the nest and can only take one person at a time to a different designated spot.

How to win:
– If all the humans are caught and are in the nest aliens win
– If both aliens are caught the Predator wins

Depending on the size of the group you may need more aliens and predators, but the minimum is two Aliens and one Predator, otherwise it is too easy.
Games very in length, but usually last 20 min.

Aliens – Medic Variation

Same game as Aliens, but with two medics. We found that the smart Aliens quickly ganged up to identify and kill the medics, so the Aliens always won.

Here’s the switch:
When a medic heals a downed human, the healed human becomes the medic in their place. That way, the Aliens have a much tougher time identifying the medics. Be sure the kids understand there can only be two medics at any one time (no cheating!) and that when a medic is killed, their healing capacity dies with them (i.e., even if they are brought back to life, and thus become the new medic, the team is still down to one medic). Sounds complicated, but once they play this variation a few times, they quickly “get it.”

ANOTHER VARIATION to even up the odds with small groups: The Aliens cannot run, only walk.

Aliens – Variation

As a variation on the game “Aliens,” use two flashlights as the ray guns and hide them in the church, switched on. Whoever finds one uses it to tag the alien out. It is possible for an alien to tag someone with a flashlight (e.g. from behind) to get them out.

Alka Seltzer Pop-off

You will need:
Generic Alka Seltzer tablets (cheap is good)
35 mm film canisters (Fuji cans works best)
water in paper cups

The activity involves breaking up the Seltzer tablets, putting them in the film canisters and putting in a little water. Snap the lid shut and wait….
The seltzer will fizz and pop off the lid with a loud noise. Make sure the canister is being held pointing away from faces and other people. Make the activity more of a science experiment by allowing the kids to experiment with different amounts of seltzer and water to determine the best ratio of ingredients. Finally, have a “pop-off” where the kids attempt to get the longest distance from their lid when it pops off. Have the kids make markers to show how far their lids have gone, so you can see who achieve the greatest distance.

This activity works well as singles or in pairs. Water will get onto the floor, so avoid doing this in carpeted areas. Also, drying off the lip of the lids and the canister between experiments helps prevent premature popoff.

Alka Seltzer Rockets

This is based on the Alka Seltzer pop-off. As an added extra we issued the group with paper, scissors, tape etc. and they had to build rocket bodies to go over the film canisters. They were given 15 minutes to design, decorate and fix the bodies. Points were awarded for sytle, aerodynamics and decoration as well as height gained.

We also used baking soda and vinegar as propellants. It gives a much better fizz, smells disgusting and stings like mad if you get it in your eyes or any cuts. Maybe alka seltzer is a better option 🙁

Alka-Seltzer Tag

Just one I didn’t see on here yet:

Each kid gets an Alka-seltzer that has been pre-drilled and put onto a string. They must wear it like a necklace. The each kid either gets a styrofoam cup or a squirt gun depending on how you play. Split the kids into two teams or play every man for himself. The object is to melt the opponents tablet first, thus they are out when the tablet falls off the string. The tables must be in full view and cannot be touched.

At the boundary (whatever you determine) corners place 5 gallon buckets full of water or trashcans full of water (which ever work best for your version) to refill. This is a fun one that can be short or a longer game depending on how it’s played. Make sure the kids wear clothes that can get messy because the depending on the flavor you bought or the alka-seltzer itself, sometimes there is a stained area still left after washing!!

All Around the World Dinner

The All Around the World Dinner is a great fundraiser that includes meals from all around the world. Everyone in the youth group (works well in pairs) picks a country e.g. China. They then decorate a room to represent that country and make foods honouring it (stir fry, wonton soup, etc.). It is a lot of fun at tickets sell really well! Some locations we did were: Hawaii, Italy, China, Thailand, Holland and Mexico.

All Run

This is a fun game and the students loved it.

First, set up a line of cones at each end of the field to mark end zones. The two end zones should be far apart, but not too far. A big field will work great for this.

Second, place five hula-hoops in the middle of field. Make sure that they are equal distances from one another, not clumped together as one. Also, make sure one hoop is directly in the middle of the field.

Select one student to be the “tagger.” At the beginning of the game, the tagger will stand in the middle hoop, while everyone else lines up at the end of one end zone. The goal of the game is to run from one end zone to the other end zone without being tagged. The tagger cannot leave the middle hoop until the first person makes a run for the other side.

Once the game begins, the tagger does not have to return to the middle hoop. If a person is tagged while trying to run, that person becomes a tagger along with the first tagger. When another person is tagged, they become taggers too. The game will continue until all people have been tagged. The last person to be tagged will start off the next game as the first tagger.

This cycle will continue until your designated time is up. As for the hula-hoops: they will act as safe zones for the people who are trying to run from one end to another. If a person can make it to a hoop and stand in it, he/she cannot be tagged. Once they set foot out of the hoop, they are back in the danger zone. Also, designate someone who is not playing to call out “ALL RUN!” everyone few minutes. When this is called, everyone has to run, no matter where they are. This will keep the game moving, and keep it exciting. Have fun.

All Things Are Possible With Christ

This is a great way to illustrate the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
First you take an index card and ask everyone if they think you can cut a hole in it big enough to fit anyone through it. Then, while teaching the lesson fold the index card in half the fat way. cut thin lines up and back never cutting through the folded side. The lines should zig-zag up and down. When finished turn it so the folded side is up and cut through each fold across the top except the first and last fold. When you open it up it should be a huge circle that anyone can fit through. If it doesn’t work the first time try it again, because it is tricky. Practise it at home first!

UPDATE:
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OK, I have gotten some emails concerning the first submission of this illustration. I will try to explain a little better.

Hold index card the tall way. Fold from top down, keep folded for the whole process. Start by cutting a thin line from the top to the bottom, but don’t cut through the bottom. Then go from the bottome up slightly over from the first line. You should try to fit like 13 or 14 lines across. End with a top to bottom cut. Now hold the card the way you started, (fold on the top), and cut under each fold except the first and last, (they will hold the circle together). You cut through the folds by tucking your scissors under the fold, so the scisoors are horizontal and the fold is still on top. When you have done this, you should be able to open it up carefully, and have a very zigzaggy circle! Hope this works better!

All Things New

Great message for the new year…

How many of you make New Year’s resolutions? People make them because they feel like the new year is a new start, a fresh beginning to start over again.

But with God everything and every day is new!

Read Titus 3:3-7

‘Washing of Rebirth’ – NEW CREATION

Humans are a 3 part being…spirit, soul, and body.
Let’s examine this through the eyes of a computer geek. I’ll explain it in computer terms…
The outer case of the computer is the body.
The hard drive is our soul.
The operating system is our spirit.

When we are born again (rebirth, new creation), we still have the same case (body) we still have the same hard drive (soul) with all the mess on it, but God wipes out the old operating system and gives us a new one. This new operating system works far better than the old one. If we follow the manual that comes with our new operating system (the Bible) we can start to clean up our messy hard drive and get things straightened out. And the cool part is that we have 24-hour, on-site tech support!

Read Ezekiel 36:26 and 2 Corinthians 5:17

The word in the Greek that is used here for ‘new’ does not mean ‘new’ as in something new in time like, “I bought a new car, it’s a ’95.” The word means new as in new in nature, something completely different and far better. Like a caterpillar becomes something new when it becomes a butterfly. Before the metamorphosis, it was a slow moving caterpillar that was bound by gravity to walk on the ground. If it wanted to travel 1 mile it could take weeks, even months for it to get to it’s destination. But after its ‘rebirth’, it comes out a completely new creature. No longer bound to walk on the ground. It has a new freedom like it’s never had before. It can fly! It can soar high about the ground that once held it captive. If it wants to travel that same mile, it can probably do it in less than an hour. Its whole life has completely changed.

‘Renewal’ – NEW THINGS EACH DAY

God is not like a video game that you buy for your computer, play it for a while, beat the game and then just kinda get bored with it. He has a new expansion pack ready for you to download every day! He has new things to share with you every day to help you face whatever may be ahead.

Read Matthew 13:52 and Romans 12:2

The important thing to remember about this expansion pack is that you don’t just wake up with the expansion pack ready to play. You have to be willing to set aside the time to go on to the Internet and download the expansion pack.

Well, the same thing with God, you don’t just wake up renewed everyday. It takes some work and discipline on your part. You need to set aside that time with God every day to read, pray and just talk with God, and as you do that, He will show you new things, teach you new things, and help you in whatever way you need.

Mercy – NEW MERCIES EACH DAY

Another cool thing is that God has given us a reset button. If our computer crashes because of all the junk on our hard drive, God has shown us how to reboot our computer, run a scan disk to find the problem and then he’ll tell us how to fix it.

Read 1 John 1:9 and Lamentations 3:22-23

End by giving an invitation for salvation, rededication, or just a general renewed commitment…

Alphabet Game

Fill a cup with strips of paper, each with a funny sentence written on it. Each sentence must start with a different letter of the alphabet. (Aardvarks sure do look tasty. Boy do you look terrible! …) Fill another cup with numbers. Everyone picks a number. The two people who picked the 1 and 2 go first. “One” picks out a slip of paper and reads it. Two must respond with a sentence that starts with the next letter of the alphabet AND makes sense. For example, P1 “Stop! You have a turtle on your shoulder.” P2 “That turtle is my pet.” P1 “Under what circumstances should you have such a strange pet?”… The first person who either responds with a sentence that does not start with the following letter of the alphabet or who can’t come up with a sentence within the time limit (like 10 seconds) loses. Persons 3 and 4 battle one another. When all people have gone, have the winners battle one another. You could also do this with two teams going against one another.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

We made a twist on an ordinary alphabet scavenger hunt. In order to “grow our group” and let others in on what our group was all about, we did this scavenger hunt as follows:

When everyone arrived, I had sheets of paper with all of the letters of the alphabet listed down the side with a line out to the side of each letter.

I gave one sheet to each team and told them we were having an alphabet scavenger hunt. But, instead of finding items, they had to find people. They were to contact persons for each letter whose first name began with the letter they were needing. ie: Contact an Aubrey for A, Bob for B, etc. They had to get the persons to come to the church and sign on the line next to the letter of their first name in order for them to get credit for each letter. Each scavenger who came in could only sign one team’s sheet. Each team was given an hour time limit to get as many there as possible.

It was a blast for them to do. Cell phones popped out very quickly as they got to work trying to coax people to join us. As well, teams stole each other’s people as they arrived by getting the person to sign on their paper instead of the team who called them.

When time was up, we served dessert to everyone there and gave prizes to the team with the most person’s signatures on the line. We more than doubled our attendance that night and had a great time getting to know new “scavengers”!

Alphabetical Mall Scavenger Hunt

This hunt works like a grand shopping trip. Take your youth group to a mall and divide them into teams. The object of the game is for the teams to locate and purchase items beginning with each letter of the alphabet (maximum of 26) with the least amount of money. The maximum allowable amount to be spent on items is $10.00. We usually give the teams 2 hours to complete the shopping adventure. Depending on the size of the mall you can limit the number of items purchased from each store. We have Dollar Stores in our area so we only allow one (1) item from that store. Each item presented to the judges at the end must be accompanied with a sales receipt. Some malls have stores in them that would be objectionable to youth groups to go in. We make these stores off limits. No one is allowed leave the mall proper and if the mall is an indoors mall, no one is allowed to go outside the mall doors. The judges award points for the largest object, the smallest object, the funniest and the most unique. We will usually pre-tour the mall a few days in advance and select items that are high point mystery items. If the teams are lucky enough to buy one of these items they receive the extra points. The winning team is treated to treats from the mall food court. This is easy on the adult leaders, great any time of the year and is a lot of fun to see just what the kids will come up with.

Alphabetical Scavenger Hunt

This hunt works basically the same as any except; the objects that are being searched for can be anything. The only stipulation is that the teams must find one object beginning with each letter of the alphabet (that would be 26).

The way we did it was split up into teams and had a two-hour time limit. We used volunteer adult drivers to reduce the risk (we photocopy the driver’s licenses and insurance cards just to be safe). The teams can go anywhere to get items, just so long as they are not stolen and the team is back to the starting point before the time limit. At the end of the hunt, we have a table set up for each team and the teams display all of their items on their table. It is fun for the team (and leaders) to see what the other teams came up with during the hunt.

After all of the teams had their items displayed and everyone had a chance to look at the other teams tables, we had a group of our adult leaders serve as judges and independently judge each group on completeness (having an item for each letter) and on creativity. After the judges scored individually they got their heads together, compiled the scores and then announced the results (we had prizes for each place). A huge lighted Santa (the city used to hang from the light poles downtown) for S and a golden Lab Named Zack for Z were some of the items we ended up with were just to name a couple. This is the easiest hunt I have ever done, as there is very little prep work and definitely the most fun!