Ring It Up

Ring It UpRing It Up is a great mixer that can be modified for any size group.

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

PARTICIPANTS- Everyone

INSTRUCTION

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.

fingertips

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.

BONUS TIPS

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).

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Move It or Lose It

Move It or Lose ItMove It or Lose It is a fun and really easy game to play anywhere at any time.

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)

INSTRUCTION

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!

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Will They Say It?

Will They Say ItWill 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

INSTRUCTION

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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Walk The Plank

Walk The PlankWalk The Plank is amazing game that we were first introduced to at an Arizona summer camp a few years back. While we played on a grass field, the game is great for the beach as well.

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!)

INSTRUCTION

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.

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