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New eBook: 40 Incredible Scavenger Hunts

40 Incredible Cover - 2We  are excited to offer you another  new  eBook,  40 Incredible Scavenger Hunts: Ready to Go Scavenger Hunts that Work.

The book is loaded with themed scavenger hunts that will work for anytime of year. It’s great for a weekend event or road trip and will definitely help you fill your calendar if you’re short on events or need something to do with minimal preparation and cost.

40 Incredible Scavenger Hunts

Pick up a copy and get your hunt on!

Spaghetti Scavenger Hunt

Spaghetti Scavenger HuntSpaghetti Scavenger Hunt is a simple game that gets a little messy, but provides a whole lot of fun!

 

PREP TIME- 30-60 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Spaghetti Noodles (8-10 lbs), Spaghetti Sauce, 4 Large Plates, 4 Small Bowls, Random Food Items to be Placed in Spaghetti, Plastic or Tarp (optional, but recommended for indoors)

GAME TIME- 3-5 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- 4

INSTRUCTION

Spaghetti Scavenger Hunt requires a bit of prep work. You will need a minimum of two pounds of cooked spaghetti noodles per participant (more is usually better). Since cooking noodles can take a little while, we recommend that you have a leader or parent cook them for you and simply bring them in Ziploc bags. This will save you time and money while allowing you to focus on the game setup.

Once you have the spaghetti noodles, add some sauce and then start adding some food items for participants to dig for. They will be using their teeth (no hands!) to dig, so feel free to get creative. Some items we recommend throwing in the mix are:

  • Gummy Bears
  • Atomic Fire Balls (make sure to provide goggles if you use these!)
  • Life Savers
  • Small Cookie
  • Chocolate Coins
  • Over-sized Lego (to avoid choking hazards)
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Caramel Pieces

Once you have all your items, throw them place each participants spaghetti on a large plate, mix in the items and pour some spaghetti sauce over the top. Place the 4 plates on a table (have this done beforehand, this way you can just bring the table out while you are selecting participants) along with the 4 small bowls.

Explain to the contestants that they will need to find as many items in the spaghetti noodles using only their mouth within 90 seconds. Once time is up, you will tally the items and declare a winner. If you would like to assign point values to each item, you can also let them know what those are at this time.

Whoever comes up with the most items (or points) is declared the winner and awarded the winner of the great Spaghetti Scavenger Hunt!

BONUS TIPS

1. If you’re looking for candy items, just hit up the bulk section at a local grocery store. You’ll save some money and avoid spending time looking up and down the candy aisle for ideas.

2. Elevate your participants. If they are playing on a table, try to get them up on a stage or platform so everyone can easily see what is going on.

3. Take lots of pictures! Take some before, during and after. If you have bibs to throw on the participants, it’s a great touch for your photo op.

4. Have fun music in the background. Use something current and upbeat.

5. Award a prize. Whether it’s a gift card to a spaghetti place or a jar of sauce, let the winner walk away with something to remember their victory by.

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Fast Food Frenzy

Fast FoodFast Food Frenzy is guaranteed to be a blast for your group. There are several versions in which you can play, which we will outline below.

PREP TIME- 2 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Printed “Fast Food Frenzy” Sheet  & Pens or Papers with FF Restaurants & Slogans (Ultimate Fast Food Frenzy will require more preparation & items)

GAME TIME- 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- Teams of 10 (can be played individually as well)

INSTRUCTION

As we mentioned before, Fast Food Frenzy can be played multiple ways. Below, you will find each option:

1. Printable “Fast Food Frenzy” Game Sheet (individual)

The easiest and quickest way to play is to simply download the Game Sheet below:

Fast Food Frenzy (Word Doc)

Fast Food Frenzy (PDF)

The Word Doc allows you to customize the Fast Food locations with their slogans, or you use the PDF and simply print and play.

We have placed a tie breaker on the game sheet, but should two people get it correct, the person who turns it in first is the winner. Simply mark the sheets with a number at the top as they are received, then simply look for the lowest number to identify your winner.

2. Printable “Fast Food Frenzy” Game Sheet (team)

Same as above, only group them into teams of 3-5. You can also add more fast food locations and slogans, using more obscure places.

3. Fast Food Frenzy Relay

Print the names (or pics of) the fast food restaurant on 10 sheets of paper (1 restaurant per sheet) along with the slogans on 10 separate pieces of paper.

If you have room, tape the restaurants to the wall and have them match the slogans by taping them underneath the corresponding restaurant. Each person on the team will be handed a slogan and the team must line up single-file. When the game starts, one person will go at a time until all ten are placed. You will then have a leader (with an answer sheet) tell them how many they have correct. If they do not have all ten, the next person in line can make one switch, followed by another who can do the same and so on, until all ten are correct.

First team done wins!

4. Ultimate Fast Food Frenzy

A few years ago, we played Ultimate Fast Food Frenzy and had an incredible time! You can see the picture below to help understand what we are going to explain.

Fast Food Frenzy Match Game

For this game, we went out to different fast food restaurants in our area and simply asked for empty food containers or item associated with the restaurant. Almost every store obliged and it was also a great conversation starter.

We then set up two tables with table clothes and carefully stacked them on each other. For our game, we had six teams, which meant twelve tables (and six of each item) set up across the room. We set them up  before the evening began so we didn’t have absolute chaos.

Once teams were situated, we had them form a single file line, with papers face down on the ground. The back of each paper had tape on it so that the slogan would adhere to the table cloth. We did relay format, so once the first person matched the slogan to the item, the next would follow suit. At the end, we had a 15th person (this is optional), who was allowed to act on behalf of the group to move any incorrect slogans to the appropriate place.

First team done, wins!

BONUS TIPS

1. Play fun music in the background as groups are guessing.

2. If there was ever a game that called for a gift card(s), this is it. You could also give away a kids meal(s) or toy(s) from one of the restaurants.

3. Post a picture of the winner(s) and engage social media by posting some of the more difficult slogans and asking for people to take a shot at guessing the restaurant.

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New eBook from StuMinGames!

Game On CoverWe are excited to offer you our new eBook, Game On! 8 Steps to Maximizing Games in Youth Ministry. 

Simply click the link below and head over to Amazon to pick up your Kindle version for just $2.99.

Game On! 8 Steps to Maximizing Games in Youth Ministry

The book is a great tool if you are looking to maximize your gaming experience by giving you tools to enhance your group and up front games. The book will help you discover how to effectively leverage games with practical tools and gain keys insights into the art of leading games.

Whoever your game leader is, make sure to put this in their hands! Have them work on a chapter a week and watch your games go to the next level.

If you like it, please help us out by leaving a brief review! Thank you again from StuMinGames!!

Leftover Letters

Leftover LettersLeftover Letters is an amazing game that can be played with teams or as individuals. The game is fast paced, fun and high energy.

PREP TIME- 2 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Index Cards or Pieces of Paper with Letters of Alphabet (A-Z)

GAME TIME- 10-20 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- Everyone, Timer (1 person), 1 Judge (recommended),

INSTRUCTION

As mentioned, Leftover Letters can be played with teams or individuals can battle each other. Either way, you will need everyone to stand in a circle (if you have a large group, you can have several circles and work your way down as teams/individuals are eliminated). Teams will need to rotate players (i.e. 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2).

When everyone is in position, place the letters in the center (either on the floor or on a table). Next, select who will go first and start your timer. Each person will have 10 seconds from the time the person before them named something. The timer will need to keep a close eye on the clock at all times. If they are unable to come up with a name, a point is awarded to the other team. The game will begin when the host calls out the category and the person whose turn it is must grab a letter from the pile and name something that starts with that letter from the category. For example, it the category was ice cream flavors and a “v” was left in the middle, they could say “vanilla.” Example categories are listed below.

  • Ice Cream Flavors
  • Super Heroes
  • Movies (Christmas Movies, Disney Movies, Sports Movies, etc)
  • Cereals
  • Green Things
  • Colleges or Local Schools
  • States (make sure to remove letters that are not represented by a state)
  • Animals
  • Cartoon Characters
  • Common Items in a House
  • Things in the Room

The goal of Leftover Games is to be the first team to 5 points, but if they are having fun, feel free to keep it going!

BONUS TIPS

1. Remove certain letters to make the game a bit easier. Q, X & Z or common letters to remove.

2. Award a price to the winning team. Anything Alphabet oriented will suffice.

3. Take pictures and post them on social media. Never miss a moment to share the fun with others!

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20 Games To Ring In The New Year!

20 Games To Ring In The New Year2015 is just days away, and it may well be that you are still planning the finishing touches (or the entire event!) for your New Year’s Eve Party. If so, we’ve got you covered with 20 Games To Ring In The New Year!

Here is a list of some of our favorites from the last couple years…

20. BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

19. RING IT UP

18. WHO DAT?

17. SHADOW CHARADES

16. MIX IT UP

15. WATER WAR

14. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE

15. MOVE IT OR LOSE IT

14. OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

13. ULTIMATE OREO

12. SOCKBALL

11. HUNGER GAMES

10. EGG ROULETTE 

9. STUFF IT!

8. HAND TO HAND (also check out DON’T BE  A PUSHOVER)

7. YOU MOVE ME

6. WILL IT FLOAT

5. 3-BALL

4. STUFF IT!

3. SAY & STAY

2. KING OF THE CONES

1. SCAVENGER HUNT (also check out FLASHLIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT)

You can also check out some other lists:

MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

MINUTE TO WIN IT CHRISTMAS GAMES

GIANT ANGRY BIRDS

TOP TEN RELAY GAMES

Make a Meme

Make A MemeAs 2014 fades into the past, why not remember the year with some memes? Make a Meme can be played just about anywhere as long as you have some good pictures. Make a Meme is great way for your group to show off their creativity and wit, all while having some fun. Enjoy this game as you ring in the new year!

PREP TIME- 15 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Pictures of your group (on sheets of paper), pencil/pen

GAME TIME- 20 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- Everyone, Groups of 5 to 10 each & 3 judges

INSTRUCTION

Select ten pictures that everyone will use as their base. These should include a few from your group and a few pop culture images as well. Make sure they are all from the year you are playing. From there, the group will select 3-5 (will vary based upon time available) to write out a funny caption to finish out their meme.

If you need a few ideas to start with, check out imgflip.com

Once time is up, teams will turn in their meme the three judges will select the top memes (top 3 or top 10, depending on size of group). Show and read them to the group and enjoy the hilarity that is sure to ensue!

BONUS TIPS

1. If you have the capability, show the images you have while read the meme. It will add to the effect.

2. Lay out some parameters on what is acceptable and what is not for your group.

3. Post the best memes on your Facebook page or Instagram account. Why not share the laughter with everyone?

4. Award a prize to the group with the best meme. This will help stir their creativity!

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Problem Solved?

Problem SolvedThis week we will be sharing 5 brand new Christmas games! You can also check out some of our past Christmas games here.

Today, we start with a our Christmas Edition of a game we call “Problem Solved?”. It’s a great game that can be played with a group of any size, no matter where you are. Even better, all you need to play is a pen, paper and a few minutes to play. Oh yeah, did we mention this won’t cost you a dime!

PREP TIME- 5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Pen or Pencil, Strips of Paper

GAME TIME- 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- Everyone

INSTRUCTION

Distribute a pen and piece of paper to each person. Task half of the group with writing down a problem that may be encountered on Christmas. Encourage them to be creative and funny. Make sure they keep them to one or two sentences.

The other half will then come up with a solution to a problem, however, they will not know what problem they are solving.

Once you have enough problems and solutions, start by reading a problem out loud, followed by one of the solutions. While not everyone of them will be funny, some will be hilarious and I guarantee that they will be repeated afterwards!

BONUS TIPS

1. If you have a smaller group, you can have them write a problem and a solution. Just make sure to mix them up so the problem and solution come from different people. You can also have your leaders write some down to ensure that you have plenty of viable options.

2. Have the group write problems on green sheets of paper and the solutions on red to make sure you can easily tell the two apart, plus it’s Christmas-y!

3. Make sure to have some fun Christmas music for the few minutes they are coming up with ideas.

4. Post some of your favorite problems and solutions online and tag the authors.

5. Play this game year round by simply changing the scenario. It’s great to play on road trips as well!

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