Game: Find 4 things in common Materials: None How to Play: In this game, students should be divided into groups of four to five. The goal is for students to ask each other questions to find things in common. The first group to find four things that everyone in the group has in common wins…Continue reading Game: Find 4 Things in Common
Game: Healthy or Unhealthy? Telephone Charades Note: This could also be played in a traditional charades format, with one student acting out the suggested phrase for their team to guess. How to Play: Instruct students to stand in two separate lines, forming two teams. The first team should stand with everyone facing forward in one…Continue reading Game: Healthy or Unhealthy? Charades
Games are an essential part of a Crossroads club. After a long day in schools, kids need the chance to be physically active, and it actually helps them to refocus and learn better. Also, kids can benefit greatly from opportunities to learn teamwork and cooperation in a safe, structured environment. Most importantly, children connect best…Continue reading Games 101
Crows and Cranes Objective: To race to your team’s safe line without getting tagged Materials: No materials needed How to Play: Divide students into two teams and have them stand facing each other across the centerline of the gym, or any marked boundary line in the center of your playing area. Assign one side to…Continue reading Game: Crows and Cranes …Continue reading Game: Crows and Cranes
Good Seeds Relay Objective: To be the first team to plant your seeds in good soil without dropping them! Materials: Seeds or small objects such as a pom-poms to represent seeds, an equal number per group Spoons, one per student Two boxes or buckets Divide the students into two teams and have each team…Continue reading Game: Good Seeds Relay …Continue reading Game: Good Seeds Relay
Wise Men Mystery Gift Materials: A small gifts wrapped in multiple layers of paper A hat and scarf A set of oven mitts Wrap a small gift in multiple layers of wrapping paper. If you have a large group, you will want to have two gifts and split your students into two separate groups for…Continue reading Game: Wise Men Mystery Gift …Continue reading Game: Wise Men Mystery Gift
Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit You need at least 5 people to play. You start with everyone in a circle. One person is the “bunny rabbit, bunny rabbit.” This person starts the game. Now, everyone in the circle chooses an animal, such as: “iguana, iguana,” “cat, cat,” or “shark, shark,” etc. Along with the animals, each…Continue reading Game: Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit …Continue reading Game: Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit
Fierce Lion Object of Game: To avoid being tagged by a lion Equipment Needed: None How the Game Is Played: The object of the game is to avoid being tagged by the lions. The last student tagged will be the winner, and his or her team will earn points. The games leader designates a “lion’s…Continue reading Game: Fierce Lion …Continue reading Game: Fierce Lion
How many lions in the den? Materials: None How to play: Have the children run around the room in a circle (in a gym around the edges of the basketball court works well.) You will call out, “How Many Lions in the Den?” and then shout a number. For example “Three lions in the den!”…Continue reading Game: How Many Lions in the Den? …Continue reading Game: How Many Lions in the Den?
Objective: Be the first team to have all players pass through the hula hoop without breaking the chain. Materials: Hula hoops, one per team of 6-9 players How to Play: Divide children into equally sized teams of 6-9 each. Instruct the team to form a circle facing inward and holding hands. Give a hula hoop…Continue reading Game: Hula Hoop Hurrah!
Keep it up! Objective: Keep your team’s balloon from touching the ground. Materials: Inflated balloons, one per group of 6-8 players How to play: Divide children into teams of 6-8 players. Each team should form a circle with players facing inward and holding hands. Give each team an inflated balloon and on the signal “go,” all teams must…Continue reading Game: Keep it Up!
This is a fun first day of club activity to get kids talking to one another in a small group or large group setting. The activity template can be downloaded and adapted for your club or group, or used as is. Materials: Copies of the Icebreaker Bingo sheet, one per child Pens, pencils or other…Continue reading Icebreaker BINGO for kids
Be Free From Anger Objective: To avoid letting anger get a hold of you (don’t get tagged) Materials: None How to Play: Choose one student to be “it” and stand in the middle of the playing area – they are representing anger, so they have to make angry faces and motions during game play. The rest of the…Continue reading Game: Be Free From Anger Tag …Continue reading Game: Be Free From Anger Tag
Rainbow Lineup Object of Game: To score points by kicking the ball across the opposing team’s line. Materials: A dodge ball, colored stickers (optional) How to Play: Divide the students into two teams. Have each of the two teams stand on opposite baselines of the gym. Have a leader designate players on each team to…Continue reading Game: Rainbow Lineup …Continue reading Game: Rainbow Lineup
Creation Catch Objective: To avoid being in the middle. Materials: A dodgeball or beach ball (if you have a beach ball decorated like a globe, that is ideal) How to Play: Have all students stand to form a circle. Choose one student to stand in the center of the circle. The students in the circle…Continue reading Game: Creation Catch …Continue reading Game: Creation Catch
Game: Ask, Seek, Knock Materials Needed: Masking Tape How to Play: Mark out masking tape on the floor in your game playing area according to the diagram below. (If you have more than 20 students, you should break students into two groups and set up two areas for play.) Before play, teach students the motions…Continue reading Game: Ask, Seek, Knock …Continue reading Game: Ask, Seek, Knock
Everyone’s It! Object of Game: To avoid being tagged Equipment Needed: None How the Game Is Played: This game is very much like regular tag except that, true to the name, everyone is IT. On the “go” signal, all players run around trying to tag everyone else and to avoid being tagged themselves. Once tagged,…Continue reading Game: Everyone’s It! …Continue reading Game: Everyone’s It!
There are two great ways to use Minute-To-Win-It Games in your club. Minute-To-Win-It Carnival Stations Set up different Minute-To-Win-It challenges around the room and have each leader monitor a station. Kids can go around to the stations of their choice, and every time they successfully complete a challenge in a minute or less, they get…Continue reading 3 Christmas Minute-To-Win-It Games …Continue reading 3 Christmas Minute-To-Win-It Games
**FOR TEAM LEADERS** For instructions on using coaching sheets, click here: How to Use Coaching Sheets. Coaching Sheet: Leading Games Effectively Use the following coaching sheet and leader’s notes to guide your team through a discussion on how to enhance the quality of your game time in club. Leading Games Effectively Leading Games Effectively (Leader’s…Continue reading Leading Games Effectively (Coaching Sheet) …Continue reading Leading Games Effectively (Coaching Sheet)
Glow Stick Relay Materials: Glow sticks, one per team of 6-8 players How to Play: Divide students into relay teams of 6-8 players have them line up in their teams. Then, send half of the team to the opposite side of the gym or playing area, with all teams lined up equal distances apart. The…Continue reading Game: Glow Stick Relay …Continue reading Game: Glow Stick Relay