Games always make for a merrier celebration whatever the occasion may be. Whether it’s a birthday or a reunion, be sure to include Wrecking Ball in your to-play games. This volunteer game isn’t just fun to play, it’s also fun to watch!
To start off, you need to prepare about 8 to 10 water bottles for each person participating. The bottles should not be opened. You also need to prepare a pantyhose and a baseball for each player. The baseball should be placed inside the pantyhose, and the pantyhose should be worn by the player, i.e. it should be worn like a hat. The water bottles should be lined up neatly in front of every player. Make sure that there are equal bottles for each player in the entire row.
Now, the player should attempt to knock down the water bottle by swinging the pantyhose and hitting it with the water bottle. Whoever knocks down all of the bottles first is declared winner.
Easter egg hunting is a way of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection during Easter Sunday. This year, to make your Easter egg hunt even more enjoyable for the kids and the kids-at-heart, it’s time to put a twist into this usual activity. How about a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt?
For this activity, you will need a few items – glow in the dark stick bracelets (alternatively, LED lights), tape, and large Easter eggs. A great alternative to using glow in the dark bracelets is using LED lights, which also serve the same purpose. If you’re using the bracelets, be sure to buy plastic eggs that are larger than the ones usually used so the bracelets will fit into the eggs.
Make sure to activate the bracelets before you put it inside the eggs. To prevent the eggs from opening, secure it with the tape. And then you’re good to go!
Facebook has redefined the way people connect with each other, and it also significantly changed the social media field. Facebook has become a phenomenon since it was launched. People want everything that has to do with Facebook – even the font it uses. If you’re one of the people who’d like to use the font style that Facebook uses, you’re in the right place.
Facebook Letter Faces is one such font style that many people want to use. This font style is a typeface designed to look just like the letters of the Facebook logo. Designed by Bogdan Balatchi, this font style has a complete set of uppercase and lowercase letters plus Arabic numbers.
With Facebook Letter Faces, you can now use the font Facebook’s using on your cover photo or wherever you like. It can both be used for commercial and personal purposes. The Facebook Letter Faces is free for use as well!
The people at Younglife is fond of playing Train Wreck. This group game is sure to bring in lots of laugh and fun to your gathering.
The only thing you’ll need in this game are chairs. The number of chairs should be enough to cover the number of players. Then, divide the players into two team and line up the chairs opposite of each other equally. The players can then sit. There should be a leader for each team who will be in-charge of removing a chair each round.
At the GO signal, the members of each team should run at each other and find a vacant chair at the opposite side where the other team was sitting. As soon as the players of each team leaves their seats, the respective leaders should also remove one chair immediately.
At the end of the game, there should be two winners, one player for each team!
Note: Make sure that the players don’t get too rough on each other as they meet in the middle of the room and scramble for their seats.
For non-profits, it’s quite normal if money is tight every once a while. But this shouldn’t be a reason why you can’t prep for the holiday season or why you’re foregoing putting up that Christmas tree. There are so many alternatives to store bought decorations that look just as pretty and creative as the ones in stores.
Do you know that there has been an increase in the popularity of DIY paper craft lately? If you’re up for the challenge of creating these beautiful paper crafts perfect for Christmas decorations, gather around your members and start creating it.
Also, Adidas has also joined the bandwagon of DIY paper craft, and they’re providing this shoe printout that can also be used as a decoration.
DIY paper crafts are not only economical, but they make for a perfect and unique Christmas ornament this holiday season! Start making with your group now!
Put a twist to the ordinary Frisbee game, and turn it into something more fun and exciting! Have you ever heard of the Tron Ultimate Frisbee Night?
Tron, the sci-fi Disney hit film, is almost everywhere right now. Even long after the movie and its remake have been out, it’s still going to be a hit and talked about. Use the Tron popularity and the energy it brings, and have that Tron Ultimate Frisbee Night with your group!
To play this awesome twist on ultimate Frisbee, you’ll need several glow-in-the-dark sticks, glow-in-the-dark Frisbee, glow-in-the-dark markers, and tape. The rules of the game are pretty much the same as ultimate Frisbee, only the materials used slightly differ.
The glow-in-the-dark sticks should be activated and securely taped on each player. Line your fields using the glow-in-the-dark markers too. When you’re done, you’re set to play the Tron Ultimate Frisbee Night and have the best time with your group!
Thank you so much Sarah Andrews! Sarah leads Zion Lutheran Youth Group in Farmington, New Mexico. We love, love, love to see youth leaders sharing. I take your ideas or favorites and create a graphic for it that you can use in programming, link to your site if you like, and spread the Stash to our community.
Sarah wrote this in her submission…
We did this in college once, and I also led it last year with my youth group. It’s good for around the holidays.
You will need: one frozen turkey (smaller is probably better) per lane, one set of bowling pins per lane (kiddie pins are fine), enough tarps or plastic drop clothes to cover the floor (unless you do this outside) plus duct tape to keep it down, plastic or latex gloves for participants, grocery bags to cover the feet of all participants (if playing indoors so that participants can remove bags to step off of the covered area cleanly, i.e. potty breaks), and a couple cans of Crisco lard.
Volunteers are needed to keep score (provide score sheets) and set the pins up after each frame.
Set up: Cover the floor for enough space for bowling lane(s) and a standing/sitting area behind so participants can keep the Crisco mess on the tarp/drop clothes. Set up your lanes and pins. Rub Crisco over the lanes (participants can help) and some on the frozen turkeys. Warn participants that the floor will be slippery.
Play! Bowl as usual, but using the turkeys!
Clean up means throwing away all the gloves, plastic drop clothes, and grocery bags, then cleaning off the bowling pins and tarps, probably with Dawn or something that will clean the greasiness well.
We joined this activity last year with a thanksgiving meal and a devotion about blessings. This game is also fun because it sort of equalizes things since no one is good at bowling with a turkey. It also encourages appropriate tough as participants help each other balance on the slippery surface.
For the past few days we’ve been resourcing you with thoughts, ideas, and encouragement in creating energy for serving the families in your group or student ministry. It’s part of a conversation I wanted to have with you about the Orange Conference. I hope you’ve enjoyed the worksheets that help families think about communication in the home. Now let’s give you a tool to get communication rolling.
It’s pretty simple if you’ve ever done a scavenger hunt. The only twist is that families drive from place to place stopping to take a picture and have a specific conversation. They meet back at a central location for a global get together with participating families or for a meal and more fun. You decide how you want to award pictures taken. Most creative, fastest team, best photo, etc are some of the ways to award and have fun with your families.
When the families start it’s very important to encourage them to explore the topic as fully as they can. To keep them moving you have to set a time limit at each spot to take the photo and ask the question. Then ultimately you have to give them a time limit and return time so that everyone gets back. Each family needs a camera and the questions below.
Drive to the park and take a picture of your family on some park equipment. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
What was your favorite toy growing up? What was or is your favorite game to play as a child? Why?
Drive to a bridge and take a picture of your family with the bridge in the background. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
What was the most difficult thing you ever had to do in your life? Explain. What is one thing you wish you could do that you never have done?
Drive to a post office and have your family take a picture with everyone hugging the mailbox. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
What was your favorite vacation or trip that you’ve ever had? If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Drive to a bank and have your family take a picture with a bank lobby employee or in front of an atm. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
What is the most valuable thing to you and why? If you had a million dollars what would you do with it and why?
Drive to a field and take individual pictures of your family smelling a flower. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
What is the greatest thing that ever happened to you in your life? Why? What makes you happy? How can our family be a better family?
Drive to your child’s school and take a picture of your family with the school in the background. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
What was it like for you (parent) when you were in school? If you (parent) could go back and change one thing what would you change and why?
Drive to a church or back to your group gathering spot and take a photo with the church in the background. Ask this question after the picture and continue the conversation in the car. Everyone answers the question.
How can I be a better parent, son, or daughter to you? How can we love each other well as a family? Explain Is there anything you want to tell me?
Have fun with your families and try to think of more destinations. I bet you can do a better job than me. Obviously the goal is for the families to have fun. Create a memory and have significant conversation.
Alright I’ve got some field work for you and a sweet tool to use to help you dig up what’s below the surface in the way you are equipped to help families. It’s a one page worksheet for your team to get them thinking and moving toward help and hope for your students and their families. Here’s why…
One of the resources that we sometimes fail to think about is the home itself. Amidst all of our programming, dreaming, thinking, and pursuing the one constant that are students have in their life is the family.
Even though the family may be broken, together, or in pain at every corner, the more we partner with the family to get to the root problems the better the lives of our students will be. One of the resources that I’ve encountered in seventeen years of pursuing and loving students is the Orange Conference.
This week I’m putting together along with our games and usual good stuff some resources specifically for the family that you can utilize. I will also be talking about the Orange Conference as a resource you can experience to help you in reaching the family.
So without further delay take a look at the worksheet you can use to help your team lock in on what is really affecting families in your community and whether or not you’re even positioned to help.
I adapted this survey from an experience I had through the Leadership Network.