ANTLER UP

antler-upAntler Up is a fun new Christmas game that you can play today! With some pantyhose, balloons, and a little lung power, you’ll be on your way!

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – Panty Hose & 20 Balloons per team

GAME TIME – 3-5 minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 2-4 per team, play with as many teams as you want

INSTRUCTIONS

We love games that are high energy and impact with little preparation, and Antler Up falls into this category!

Before you begin, pick up your materials (pantyhose & balloons) and set them out for each team to grab. Once you’ve assembled teams, simply explain that they will be constructing reindeer antlers using the balloons and pantyhose in front of them.

To do so, they will blow up the balloons and stuff them into the pantyhose. The catch is that they only have 3 minutes to do so (you can give them longer if you feel necessary). You can then either award the winner based upon who completely fills up the pantyhose legs first or judge based upon who you think has the best antlers.

Oh yeah! They need to put the antlers on one of the team members heads for it to be complete. It’s a ton of fun and you’ll get plenty of laughs out of Antlers Up!

BONUS TIPS

1. Play some upbeat Christmas music. We suggest Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry- it’s about 3 minutes long.

2. The “antlers” work better if you stuff smaller balloons in at the ends and get bigger as you move along. Of course, the design is up to the competitors!

3. Use Christmas colors for balloons.

4. Take plenty of pics and video and share on social media.

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An Awkward Christmas

awkwardAn Awkward Christmas is absolutely hilarious and super simple. Not only is the game amazing, but you can build a whole night around the game and make it an awkward Christmas party!

ITEMS NEEDED – Awkward Christmas Photos, 1 Phone Per Team, Area with People

GAME TIME – 30-60 minutes (depends on size of group)

PARTICIPANTS – Teams of 3-5

INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare, you need to find 10-20 awkward Christmas photos. You know, the kind of photos that make you either laugh or cringe. Find your own photos our use these Awkward Christmas Photos.

Once you’ve selected the Awkward Christmas photos you want to you use, text them to at least one person on each team. Their job is then to recreate as many awkward Christmas photos as possible with their team, but there is a catch!

Each team must include at least one person they do not know in the photo (many photos require them to have several extra people in them). Their job is to recreate photos to the best of their ability. These photos will be given points, which break down as follows:

# of People in Photo from Team- 1 Point

Strangers in Photo – 2 Points

OPTIONAL ***

Best Overall Photo Re-Creation (of each photo you sent out) – 3 points (some photos may only have one re-creation depending on the amount of teams, so award them the points)

Give teams 30-60 minutes to go out and do their best job to find people to recreate the photos with. Simply look at the photo, get into place and then have someone snap a picture of your recreation on their phone. Have them text you the photos when they are done and score them.

We highly recommend that you put together a slideshow of photos taken alongside the original for everyone to see. If you have time, show them later that day or post them on social media for everyone to enjoy.

Whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner!

We just played this game and our group absolutely loved it! Make sure to share your favorite re-creations with us. We’d love to hear from you.

BONUS TIPS

1. If you’re unable to play in an area with a lot of people, you can simply have teams work together with other teams to recreate photos. Encourage them to have different groups of people in each photo.

2. Throw an Awkward Christmas Party! Have people show up in ugly Christmas sweaters, decorate ugly gingerbread houses and make awkward Christmas trees.

3. Award winners with some delicious Christmas treats!

4. Take pics and video and share the best ones on social media.

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Bust A Move

Bust A MoveBust A Move is an awesomely fun and hilarious group game that is guaranteed to be a hit at your next party or gathering. If you you’ve ever played the Simon Says electronic game, you know that they test your mental quickness and memory. Bust A Move is similar, except instead of touching colored panels, players will have to repeat dance moves!

PREP TIME – 3 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – Timer (5 second timer or someone with a stop watch)

GAME TIME – 5-15 minutes (depends on size of group)

PARTICIPANTS – 10 (minimum of 5 to start, but can do more than 10)

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin, write down some simple dance moves on pieces of paper and distribute one to each player. Make sure that they don’t look at each other’s, as that will give them an advantage. You will distribute the papers after each round, so just gather them up and hand them out each time.

Bust A Move begins with everyone standing in a circle. Select someone to start and have them perform the dance move on the paper (if you don’t think people will know the moves, you can demonstrate each one before you begin). After they perform the move, the next person in line will repeat the first dance move and then the one on their paper. This goes on, each person repeating every dance move, until someone either forgets, performs a move out of order or runs out of time (5 seconds).

When a round ends, the person who made the mistake is eliminated. You will then work down to two people, who will have to take multiple sheets of paper and perform the moves against each other until one finally makes a mistake. The remaining dancer is named the winner.

It looks something like this…

  • Dancer 1 – Whip
  • Dancer 2 – Whip, Superman
  • Dancer 3 – Whip, Superman, The Worm
  • Dancer 4 – Whip, Superman, The Worm, Sprinkler
  • Dancer 5 – Whip, Superman, The Worm, Sprinkler, Robot

When you are down to two dancers…

  • Dancer 1 – Moonwalk
  • Dancer 2 – Moonwalk, Spin
  • Dancer 1 – Moonwalk, Spin. Kick
  • Dancer 2 – Moonwalk, Spin. Kick, Twist
  • Dancer 1 – Moonwalk, Spin. Kick, Twist, Lawnmower

Some other dance moves could be…

  • The Swim
  • Chicken Dance
  • Dougie
  • Cabbage Patch
  • Yule
  • And a million others!

Feel free to use them all or just a few. You can reuse dances if you have a large group. The challenge of the game is remembering the moves. Don’t get to caught up in excellent execution. Let you group have fun and give them permission to laugh with one another!

Epic Dance Battle Tournament

If you have a really large group, break into multiple groups and let your best dancers compete in a super group in front of everyone!

BONUS TIPS

1. Get some great upbeat dance songs and play them during the game.

2. This is also a great up front game if you know you have some great dancers in your group. You might be shocked by how awesome some people are!

3. Find a fun trophy or award an iTunes gift card to the winner so they can go get some more great tunes to dance to!

4. Take pics and video. This is great for SnapChat or Instagram Stories!

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Random Things Dominoes

Random Things Dominoes

Random Things Dominoes is a sure fire way to get your group up and working together. It’s a fantastic team game that requires creativity, patience and careful planning. The great part is that you can adjust the magnitude of the game simply by providing different items. Get ready for some domino mania with Random Things Dominoes!

PREP TIME – 2 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – Random Items (suggestions below), Open Space to Play, Measuring Tape (optional)

GAME TIME – 2-5 Minutes per round

PARTICIPANTS – 2 Teams of  4-6 (play tournament style with more teams), 3 Judges

INSTRUCTIONS

Depending on what items you use for Random Things Dominoes, you may need to clear out a larger open area. The great thing about the game is that it allows you to include your entire group or just have a few people come up front to compete against each other.

The goal of the game is simple, use the items you are given or selected to reach further than the other team by creating a domino effect. It’s not as easy as it sounds and you will definitely want to encourage them to practice the individual steps from one thing to the next so they know that it will actually reach and work.

This game is a bit more challenging because you won’t have a bunch of similar items, but random items that vary in size and weight. A few suggestions are:

If you want to go really big, you can use:

  • Refrigerator boxes
  • Suitcases
  • Couch Cushions
  • Empty Garbage Cans
  • Chairs

The great thing is that your option are endless. The winner is the team that uses the most creativity and covers the most distance. The judges help select a winner by awarding teams points (on a 1-10 scale) for creativity (33%), distance (33%) & teamwork (33%). If scores are tied, let the judges select a winner.

Just for Fun:

Have everyone work together to try and create one giant row of dominoes. See what your group can accomplish by working together and even use it as a lesson to talk about how you can go further faster when you choose to work together.

BONUS TIPS

1. Test the items before you select them. It’s okay to have some quirky or weird objects, but you want to make sure they’re actually usable. A bit of a challenge is good, but the game will be more fun if they can actually succeed with the domino effect.

2. If playing rounds, you can adjust the time to create a sense of urgency.

3. Give each a team one “re-start” meaning that if their random things dominoes stopped at some point, they get to push the item that was missed down by hand to re-start the domino effect.

4. Take pics and especially video. Create a simple montage video and put it on social media or play it for your next meeting for everyone to enjoy!

5. Award Domino’s pizza or a Domino’s Pizza Gift Card to the winning team!!

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Save the Whales Relay

Save the WhalesSave the Whales Relay is an epic relay race that serves as a great way to cool your group down! Save the Whales Relay is an awesome summer game that you can bust out for your next event or camp. I mean, who doesn’t love giant inflatable whales, kiddie pools and slip n slides?!?!

PREP TIME – 10-30 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – 5-10 Inflatable Whales (or other water creatures) per team, Slip’N Slide (use plastic sheeting with plenty of soap and water as an alternative), Kiddie Pool (optional)

GAME TIME – 5-10 Minutes per round

PARTICIPANTS – 2 Teams of 5-10 (play tournament style to get the most out of it!)

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin, purchase all the inflatables and materials you will need. We HIGHLY recommend that you get an air compressor to blow up the inflatable whales (or other animals you choose), but make sure you don’t fill them so full that they pop.

Your next step is to lay out the slip n slide area. If possible, lay out two lanes for teams to traverse, but if you can’t do that, make sure it is plenty wide enough for two teams to be on at the same time. You can also set up a two kiddie pools for the teams to put their “rescued” creatures into.

Now that it is all set up, pull your teams together and explain that they will be sliding down the slip n slide to go and rescue one of the whales and then bring it back to safety by putting it in the kiddie pool. One person from each team will go at a time, racing against their opponents.

Once they have slid down, grabbed one of the inflatables, brought it back, and dropped it in the kiddie pool, they will then tag the next person in line and they will go. The first team to rescued all their whales and friends is the winner!

Alternative Method:

If you have a pool, you put the inflatables in the water and have your group dive into get them and then pull them out. With this method, you can use pretty much any size inflatables since the real work is in swimming out to it. Make sure to have a lifeguard on duty if you choose to use this method.

BONUS TIPS

1. Play tournament style with at least 8 teams and work it down to the championship. Have everyone gather round and hype it up. You can even present an inflatable as a trophy to the winning team.

2. Make sure to keep water running on the slip n slide and put down more soap after each relay.

3. Don’t let participants walk or run on the slip n slide. They can run up to it, but it’s far to easy to fall and you want to make sure they are safe. Sliding on their knees or stomach seem to work best.

4. Take tons of pics and videos! Splice together an amazing video with plenty of slow-mo, bubbles and action-packed fun for everyone to enjoy in the evening.

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