Waffle Mania – 5 Fun Waffle Games

Waffle ManiaToday we present Waffle Mania – 5 Fun Waffle Games. These are 10 simple games that you can play with your group for one event or over the course of several weeks. Play them all or pick your favorites, either way, Waffle Mania is coming your way!

PREP TIME – Varies

ITEMS NEEDED – Varies (all games include waffles)

GAME TIME – Varies

PARTICIPANTS – Varies

GAMES & INSTRUCTIONS

In a slight departure from our regular set up, we are going to share 5 great games you can play with waffles. If you are going to play multiple waffle games, give it a name. You can hold your own Waffle Olympics or Waffle Mania Night!

Game 1 – Waffle Toss

See who can toss a frozen waffle the furthest. Play individually or as teams (2-4). For teams, an individual will toss the waffle and the next person simply picks it up there and tosses it again. Whichever team or individual has the longest distance is the winner.

Note: The more cooked and harder they are, the further they will travel.

Game 2 – Waffle Ball

Set up two goals and a field of play. Split the group into two teams and let them know that the goal of the game is to toss a frozen waffle into/through the goal. They must toss the waffle to each other up and down the field. They are only allowed to take three steps with the waffle before they either shoot or pass. If they fail to do so, or if a team does not catch the waffle, it goes to the other team.

Introduce more waffles into the mix as the game moves along.

Game 3 – Waffle Shot

Grab a few empty storage baskets and set them up around the room/field. Participants will attempt to shoot frozen waffles into the baskets. Whoever gets the most points is the winner.

Alternative Game Play:

1. Place your group into teams and have them compete as a team.

2. Play an around the world version. Teams of 3 must work together to make one waffle into each basket, starting with the closest and then moving to the furthest away. Everyone is allowed to shoot their waffles at the last basket until someone makes it. Time teams and then let them compete against each other.

Game 4 – Sweet Waffles

Select a 4-8 people to come to the front and eat two or three waffles soaked in syrup… without their hands. First person done is the winner. If you have teams, award points in accordance to where they finish.

Make sure participants can be seen by the audience.

Game 5 – Waffle Pop

This waffle game is all about quickness. Place one letter of the alphabet on each card (one card per letter) and set the pile an equal distance away from each team (5-10 feet). Split into two teams and have them stand in two single file lines (if you have more teams, have them line up next to each other, equal distance from the index cards).

Place a toaster up front and let them know that their timer is the waffle. Once it pops up, time is up. Their goal is to name as many things in their category that begin with the letter written on the index card, which they will grab one at a time. For example, if the category is breakfast foods, team one will run to the cards, and select one. If it is “P”, then they would say “pancakes” and the next team can then run and grab a card. This goes on until the waffle pops.

Some category suggestions are:

  • Breakfast Foods (no cereals)
  • Cereals
  • Cartoons
  • Things You Should Do Before Noon
  • Articles of Clothing
  • Restaurants (Fast Food or Sit Down)
  • Schools (Colleges or Local Schools)
  • Superheroes
  • TV Shows (no cartoons)
  • Celebrities
  • Items in the Kitchen (no food)

Whichever team has is still attempting to guess loses, and the other teams are awarded a point. The first team to five is the winner. If you have a tie, you can have them compete against each other in an elimination round.

We suggest that you leave few letters out to keep the game moving. “Z” & “X” are most problematic.

BONUS TIPS

1. Host a Waffle Mania game night and have a waffle bar for all who attend.

2. Give away waffles or a waffle maker as a prize.

3. Take lots of pictures and make sure to come up with a fun hashtag for your event!

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Back Up

Back UpIf you are in a hurry, Back Up is a fun no prep and no set up game. Find some willing participants and you’re ready to go!

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – None

GAME TIME – 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – Start with Teams of 2 (add from there)

INSTRUCTIONS

Chances are, you have either played or seen some version of Back Up before (also called Back to Back). Pair everyone up in groups of two. Have them sit on the floor, with their backs to each other and knees up in front of them. They will also link arms (elbow to elbow).

Once they are in position, have each pairing try to stand up by leaning back into their partner. Generally speaking, it’s not too hard for just two people, but this is where you begin to step it up. Have each successful pairing find another group and repeat the game, but now with four (one facing each way).

The only rule is that they must back up to stand and can not use their hands and are not allowed to go to their knees to stand.

Keep the game going to see how many your group can do. As you get larger, you will need to get into a more rectangular shape. I’ve seen groups get into the teens and heard of others who have been able to get up to 25!

We’d love to see a video from your group, so feel free to share a link in the comments section!

BONUS TIPS

1. Have some upbeat music on in the background to create a fun atmosphere.

2. If you have a really large group, have multiple large groups (15 or more) that try to compete against each other.

3. Use the game in a lesson to talk about the power of team work.

4. Award your winner(s) a back scratcher and let them know you “have their back.” (yep, we just got super cheesy!)

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16 No Prep Games

16 No Prep GamesSome of our most requested games are not actually games themselves, but rather, games with little to no set up or prep time. With that in mind, we want to share 16 No Prep Games.

These games may be fast and easy, but they are still packed with plenty of fun. We know that life is busy, so we have included 11 interactive games and 5 of our favorite PDF Downloads. So the next time your short on time, check out the list below!

DON’T BE A PUSHOVER

FAST FINGERS

HAND TO HAND

I LOVE YOU!

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT

POCKETS & PURSES

SAY ANYTHING (play with or without tape)

SECRET SIGNALS

TIME TO UNWIND

WILL THEY SAY IT?

YOU MOVE ME

PDF Downloads:

CANDY CONNECTION

CEREAL SLOGANS

FACT OR FICTION: GOVERNMENT GONE CRAZY

WHO AM I? CELEB EDITION

WHO DAT?

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

Why Did the Chicken Cross the RoadWhy Did the Chicken Cross the Road puts a fun spin on the popular game Sharks & Minnows.

This is a high energy game that requires room to run, but the good news is that it takes absolutely zero prep, so if you’re in a pinch, this is a great game?

Of course we know that the chicken wanted to cross to the other side, and that’s the exact same goal players will have for this game.

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – Room to Run

GAME TIME – 10-30 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – Everyone

INSTRUCTIONS

In the event you are unfamiliar with Sharks & Minnows, the basic premise of the game is to successfully run (the minnows) from one side of the room to the other without getting tagged by the person is designated as the shark.

If the shark tags a minnow, the minnow must sit down on the floor where they were tagged and can then tag people who pass by, but they can not get up (nor can they get on their knees or lay down to extend their reach) as they are tagging people.

As mentioned above, you will need a large space to run from one side to the other. If you have a gym, just use  baselines from the basketball court. If you don’t have designated lines, put down some tape or a couple of items to show where the start and end lines are. That will be where the minnows line up and where they must get past. If they are tagged in between the lines, they must sit down. If they make it, the game flips around and they must get back to the other side. Whoever is the last person standing is the winner.

The shark lines up on the other side of the room and approaches the minnows once you say go for each round.

The difference in this game is that you are going to add some action to the game. Instead of simply running from one side to the other every time, they are going to travel side to side using some different moves. This is where, “How Did the Chicken Cross the Road” comes into play.

Start each round off with a simple sprint from one side to the other by saying, “Why Did the Runner Cross the Road?”. After that, substitute other moves where the word runner is. Make the “shark” do the moves as well, it’s fun to watch! Some suggestions are

  • Whip/Nae Nae Dancer
  • Running Man
  • Chicken (they must motion and cluck like a chicken as they go across)
  • Crab
  • Horse
  • Gymnast
  • Boxer
  • Runway Model
  • Stanky Leg Dancer
  • Yule Dancer
  • Superman
  • Duff Dancer
  • Bop Dancer
  • Speed Walker
  • Cowbell Player
  • Air Guitarist
  • Drummer
  • Head Banger
  • Mime
  • One-legged Man
  • Cowboy Riding his Horse
  • Disco Dancer
  • Break Dancer
  • The Person with a Wedgie
  • Skater
  • Tennis Player
  • Mom Pushing a Stroller
  • Car Backing out of the Parking Lot

There are endless options, but some great ideas can come from animals and dance moves. Creativity is the key here. You can even award some bonus prizes to the best impressions as they play.

BONUS TIPS

1. Have someone who can show them the moves if you think you’re group might not know some of the moves (or if you don’t know the moves!).

2. Take some videos and post them on social media. Use creative hashtags that fit the game.

3. Give away a chicken stuffed animal to the winner of Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road!

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Lend Me A Hand

Lend Me A HandLend Me A Hand is funny game from Hollywood Game Night that your entire group can get in on. The best part is that it doesn’t require any set up and minimal planning!

PREP TIME – 3 Minutes (if you choose to do your own clues)

ITEMS NEEDED – List of Items to Act Out (suggestions below)

GAME TIME – 10-15 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – Divide into two teams

INSTRUCTIONS

While Hollywood Game Night plays one quick round of Lend Me A Hand, you can play multiple 60 or 90 second rounds depending on how much time you have.

To start, each team will need to select two people. One person will be in front and place their hands behind their back. The second person will stand behind them and act as their arms by sliding them through to the front. (see picture above)

Note: To avoid awkward situations, we suggest that you have a guy in front.

Once they are in position, they will be given a clue that they must act out to their team. The key is that the person in front can not use their hands and the person in back can not use their face to help the team (only their hands) guess.

Some suggestions are:

  • Dribbling
  • Quarterback
  • Baseball Bat
  • Swimming
  • Straw
  • Pizza
  • Napkin
  • Pour
  • Hat
  • Belt
  • Juggling
  • Boxing
  • Phone
  • Computer
  • Drive
  • Bicycle
  • Hair
  • Glasses
  • Ring
  • Socks
  • Scissors
  • Dance
  • Sing
  • Headphones

If they are successful, they receive a point and move to the next clue. They can also pass on clues (set a max number of 3-5 depending on the length of the round) without losing points).

For the next round, select two more actors for each team. Whoever has more points at the end of all the rounds is the winner!

BONUS TIPS

1. Have some music in the background and a clock showing the countdown. It provides a little extra drama.

2. Personalize some clues to get a bigger laugh and make it fun for your group.

3. Use a scoreboard to keep track of where you’re at and let teams know how many points they need. It provides an extra layer of drama.

4. Take some videos and post them on social media for everyone to see!

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