PREP TIME- Minimal (everything is done before your meeting starts)
ITEMS NEEDED- 6 Colored Markers (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple – like a rainbow)
GAME TIME- 10 Minutes
Before people enter in, stop each person and have them draw a colored ring around (like a pen tattoo) their right index finger. You will need to make sure that you rotate colors so that you have even amounts of every color.
Once everyone has a colored ring on their finger, they will need to form groups based upon their colors. They key is arrangement.
For instance, if you said “rainbow,” they would need to create a color wheel with their fingertips (see picture below) in the order of: red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple. You may also say something like red, red, blue or whatever color pattern you desire.
The person with the red ring would touch fingertips with someone who has orange, who is touching someone with yellow and so on until the end, in which purple (the last color) would be connected to red (the beginning). The key is accuracy, speed and an ability to find others to work with.
The first team to correctly Ring It Up (create a color wheel) must then lift their fingers up and be verified. Make sure to have someone watching for groups and another person to verify that they are in the correct order.
If they are successful, each person in the circle receives a rubber band. Whoever has the most rubber bands at the end of the game wins.
1. Have several designated “ring makers” who are ready to draw rings on people as they come in.
2. If you don’t want to use markers, use colored tape. Make sure to pre-cut strips beforehand to expedite the process.
3. Have some fun mingling music and let them walk around the room. When the music stops, call out the order for the next group of colors.
4. Write down what you say (so it can be verified easier) and make sure to do small and large group color wheels (4-20).
Mixers are a great way to introduce your group to one another. While I don’t usually share mixers on the blog, I have had some requests, so I will be sharing a few of my favorites over the next month.
PREP TIME- None
ITEMS NEEDED- A list of groups to reorganize in to (see below)
GAME TIME- 5-10 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS- Everyone divided into groups of 10-20 (larger groups, larger teams)
This is about as simple as it gets when it comes to games. Teams will race against one another to see who can successfully organize themselves from beginning to end based on the topic given. Then it is time to Move It or Lose It!
Will They Say It? is an exciting game that you can play anytime and anywhere as long as there are people around! It’s especially great for anytime you’re traveling, as it will really help pass the time.
If you are a group leader, it’s also a creative way to encourage people to move beyond their comfort zones by having fun in a unique, and albeit, challenging way.
PREP TIME- None
ITEMS NEEDED- A code word (see list below for suggestions)
GAME TIME- 1-3 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS- 1 Participant (you can play in teams of 2) & an Innocent Bystander
Will They Say It? is incredibly simple. First of all, select someone who is willing to participate. Their only goal is to get someone (preferably someone they don’t know) to say the code word you assign to them.
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PREP TIME- None – 10 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED- 7 Boards (2″x8″x12″)
GAME TIME- 5-7 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS- 2 Teams of 15 (or add more teams!)
Before you start, select two (or more) teams with 15 people. Select 7 pairs who will function as the moving plank and one person (the smallest person!) to be the person to walk the plank.
Peeling Pairs is a fun game that pairs individuals in a race to peel the most bananas in the shortest period of time.
PREP TIME- None
ITEMS NEEDED- 7 Bananas per Team
GAME TIME- 3-5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS- 4 Teams of 2 (or more)
Pair teams of two together and hand them 7 bananas. Each pairing is then instructed to peel the 7 bananas as quickly as possible. The catch is that each team member can only use one hand each.
PREP TIME- None
ITEMS NEEDED- Package of Oreos for every team (5-10 people per team)
GAME TIME- 3-5 Minutes (less time for larger teams, more time for smaller teams)
PARTICIPANTS- 4 Teams of 5-10 people (you can include everyone as well with more packages of Oreos)
Select and provide each team with a package of regular Oreos. You will also need to give them a small area to work that can get a bit messy. A table or a covered area on the floor will do the trick.
PREP TIME- 20 minutes
ITEMS NEEDED- 2 Kiddie Pools (or two hoses as an alternative), Pile of Sponges, Towels & Extra Clothing (socks, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc.)Strong Tape, 2 Clear Buckets
GAME TIME- 15 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS- 2 Even Teams (add more teams for very large groups)
Soak It Up! is the extreme version of Don’t Squeeze Me Yet. Before you begin, fill two kiddie pools full of water and evenly divide two large piles of sponges, towels, extra clothing & a role of duct tape at equal distances from each group.
PREP TIME- 10-20 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED- Plastic Cups with varying amounts of Water, Empty Plastic Cups (clear works best)
GAME TIME- 5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS- Groups of 5 (everyone can play)
Before you begin, place plastic cups with varying amounts of water in a central location on the field. You will need to have 15-25 cups per team.
We know it’s still spring, but that means that summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to bust out our Summer Camp Games! With that in mind, here is a list of our 50 of our favorite up-front, group and outdoor games:
MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES (TOP 20)
To see our entire list of games, check out our archive. We’ll be sharing some more Summer Camp Games as summer approaches! Stay tuned for more great games and tips by subscribing to our blog, liking us on Facebook & following us on Twitter @stumingames!