Early and Mid Adolescents

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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Angels Unaware

Ask each of your young people to identify someone at school who doesn’t attend any church. For the 12 weeks have kids each commit to becoming that person’s “undercover angel.” Weekly, have kids each slip a card into their person’s locker at school, leave a gift for him or her in the office, write a note of encouragement after a poor grade, or offer some other kind of secret encouragement. Each week in the youth group meeting, have kids each report on what they did and what their person’s reaction has been. Weekly reports will help keep the motivation and interest high. After 12 weeks, kids can choose a new person to reach out to. Encourage kids not to reveal themselves to their secret person, even after they’ve moved on to a new person.

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I Can Play The Stick Game

Have everyone sit in a circle. The first person to start the game knows how to play, and the object is to figure out how to correctly play the game. The first person says, “OK, I can play the stick game, can you play the stick game?” This can be said in any manner, and for effect the stick should be moved about randomly to throw people off. Then, the person hands the stick to the next person in the circle to see if she/he knows how to play the game. The next person must attempt to play the stick game correctly by doing exactly what the previous person did. The trick? You must say, “OK,” before you say “I can play the stick game, can you play the stick game.” Anyone who does not say, “OK,” has not played the game correctly, and must pass the stick on to the next person. Continue at least once around the circle.

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3-on-3 Tourney

Plan and run a 3-on-3 basketball summer league. Have your youth share short 5 minute devotionals on relevant issues. Have a tournament ending banquet, with a special guest speaker (local Christian sports celebrity). This is a great way to reach out to the community!

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Keep It Up!

Have kids stand inside a circle of chairs or cones. (If you use chairs, make sure the seats are facing the outside of the circle to avoid injury.) Make sure the circle is large enough for all the kids to lie down in it at the same time. Begin the game by having children stand inside the circle, then toss a balloon into the air. Kids must work together to keep the balloon in the air, inside the circle. If the balloon goes outside the circle or touches the ground, the kids must all kneel on their knees and play the next round from there. Each time the balloon touches the ground or goes outside the circle, kids must assume a new position. The positions, in order, are: Standing, Kneeling on Knees, Sitting, Lying Down. Our children and youth of all ages enjoy this game, and it teaches teamwork and unity.

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Gross Olympics

Make sure the kids wear grungy clothes for this activity!! They will get very messy!! Divide kids into two or more teams. Have the kids come up with a unique name for their team. Teams score points based on coming in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each event. First place – 1 pt, 2nd – 2 points, 3rd – 3 pts. Lowest score wins.
KETCHUP BRIGAGE – supplies: a gallon of ketchup and an empty bucket for each team.
Kids form a line with ketchup on one end, empty bucket on the other. First kid scoops up a handful of ketchup and passes it onto the next person. Using only their hands, kids fill their bucket with ketchup.
SPAGHETTI GORGE – supplies: bowl of spaghetti for each team. Have kids line up in relay fashion. First kid runs to table and eats 3 mouthfuls of spaghetti without using their hands. Runs back, tags next person. First team to eat whole bowl of spaghetti wins.
SPRAY DOWN – supplies: 3 cans of ginger ale per team. One person from each team comes up front. Another team member shakes up one can of ginger ale then runs to team member and sprays him with ginger ale. Runs back to team, another kid shakes up can, etc. First team to completely soak their team member with ginger ale wins.
SPAM TOSS – just like an egg toss only you use a can of Sspam. Very gross!!
EGG BASEBALL – give each team a dozen eggs and a baseball bat. One kid pitches, the other bats. Team with most hits wins.

I have 3 or 4 more games we did. If you want them, e-mail me (by clicking the name above). This was by far the most popular event we did last year! The kids want this to be a yearly event.

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Cereal Box Pick Up

You make a circle and put a cereal box (one that you cut a little bit before) in the middle. Everybody has to pick it up from the floor without using their hands and without putting anything else than their feet on the floor (no knees etc). After each round you cut another piece of the cereal box till it’s totally flat.

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This game will require about 20 water balloons, it’s just a safe amount. You will need to fill these balloons up before your meeting.

What you do is you get together with your group to talk about how Jesus died for our sins and that He was the sacrifice for all our sins.

Then, have volunteers form two teams that will have some form of race. Any type of race will do. This worked great with a relay race. Now, the team that wins will have to talk amongst themselves to choose someone to sacrifice. The person that they choose gets to be hit by a water balloon by his/her teammates.

Not everyone wants to get wet, so the person the team chooses takes the balloon instead of everyone else.

This worked great for outdoor VBS games.

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Celebrity Bible Chair

A mix of Musical Chairs and Celebrity Head. Play the Musical Chairs game like you normaly would but with every person wearing a paper hat with a photocopy of celebrity’s face on it. You call them by their name (eg. Winnie the Pooh, Tiger Woods or Nicole Kidman). When the music stops, the person without the chair has to answer correctly a Bible question. Do a celebrity wild card every couple of questions where the person left standing has to answer a question about “themselves” instead (eg. What do you love eating Winnie?”) If he or she answers correctly then he or she gets to stay in the game. Keep on going untill there’s only one person left.

Meantime, if anyone drops their hat they are out. Winner gets 1 million points for their team. Bible questions will have multiple choice and be fairly easy. eg:
1. Who was the strongest man in the Bible?
a. Gideon b. Samson c. Goliath

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Eye of the OWL

One person is selected to go up to the front. Everybody else will just stand up. That one person will examine everybody standing up. Then that person will leave the room, and three people will be selected to change their spots or dress different. Then the one person will come back in and if he/she finds the three people that changed he/she will change spots with some one. If he/she does not find the three he/she will get out of the game.

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