Archives by: John Buren

Beat The Guru

Designate someone to be the “Guru” (or master, or superstar, whatever name you like best), personally I think it works best when the Guru is an adult leader. Then take volunteers of challengers who will attempt to “beat the guru” and some minor tasks (stand on one foot the longest, trashketball, catch more popcorns in your mouth, tic tac toe on the marker board, etc). If they can beat the guru in the task, then can win a little treat.

A variation: Beat the Guru: Casino Style
Same game as above, except give each student a cup or baggie of M&M’s or Skittles, and before they challenge the guru, make them make a wager of candies. If they bet 5 candies and they win, they get 5 more. If they lose, they must pay up!

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Find That Teddy!

I made up this game 30 minutes before youth group. It requires very little supplies and set-up. It is a great game to play in a building with many rooms and cabinets to hide things.

Take a teddy bear (or any stuffed animal, or any object you want, really) and have one person hide it, while the rest of the group waits in another room where they can’t see the person hiding the teddy bear. When the bear is hidden, unleash the students to find that teddy. I say if a student finds it in less than 2 minutes, they get a cool prize like a 2-liter bottle of soda. Between 2-5 minutes, an energy drink. After 5 minutes, maybe they get a candy bar or something. It is easy and everyone can play it!

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