9 Fantastic Youth Group Games That Will Leave You A Bit Messy

April 8, 2010 — 18 Comments

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Messy games are some of the most fun games you will ever play at youth group!

Where else in your life will you have an opportunity to throw baked beans over each other, or to get egg through your hair legitimately? Messy games are great fun!

Paint SplashHowever, as with all games, you need to be careful when it comes to safety, and this is especially true with messy games. Please when playing messy games, thinking through the safety of each game and how it will work with your particular youth group. Messy games require a lot of planning, but will lead to a lot of fun.

So here is the list of 9 fantastic youth group games that will leave you a bit messy, read past the break for a detailed explanation of each game.

  1. Home Made Lemonade
  2. Ox Tongue Tag
  3. Ultimate Banana
  4. Paint Mines
  5. Touch Melon
  6. Catch An Egg
  7. Cheesels Beard
  8. Find The Smartie
  9. Paint War

1. Home Made Lemonade (10-100 people)

This is an amazing game! It is a relay in it’s basic form, and will get stomachs churning for sure. Divide your group into teams and get them into lines. Then one at a time they must do a series of tasks.

Firstly they get a spoonful of sugar (using disposable spoons), then they take a bite of lemon, followed by a gulp of water. They then must run to a leader about 20 meters away and do 10 star jumps with all this in their mouths (in order to mix the ingredients), finally they run back to their teams and spit out the lemonade into a jug. The team with the most lemonade in their jug at the end wins.

2. Ox Tongue Tag (10-30 people)

To play this game you will need to purchase an ox tongue from your local butcher. One person is in, and they hold the ox tongue, they then need to tap people on the ankle, and when somebody gets tipped they are out. The last people standing win.

For an extra challenge, those people who are running away can make goggles out of their hands and wear them so as to reduce peripheral vision. Lots of fun!

3. Ultimate Banana (14-24 people)

Have you ever heard of ultimate frisbee? Well this is ultimate banana. There are two teams, and the field is set up with an endzone at each end. The aim is to catch a banana in the end zone.

You can throw the banana however you like, but when you catch it, you can’t move (like in netball). If the banana is dropped then it is a turnover. Easy. And if the banana gets destroyed, sub in a new banana, or keep the biggest piece.

4. Paint Mines (8-15 people)

For this game you will need many paper plates and paint. Each paper plate is covered in paint, and then placed in a field.

Split your group into two or more teams of about 4 people. 1 person is blindfolded, and the rest of the team has to successfully guide their team mate through the field without them stepping on paint. The fastest team wins, and if you step on a paint mine then you have to stay still for 10 seconds.

5. Touch Melon (14-22 people)

This game is exactly like touch football, except you play it with a melon (rock or honeydew, your choice).

You must pass backwards and the aim is to score a try by putting the melon down in the endzone, if you don’t know what touch football is then visit here.

6. Catch An Egg (2-100 people)

Eggs are fun to play with. Divide your youth group into pairs, and then give each pair an egg. Start the pairs 2 meters apart, and ask them to throw and catch the egg, when they catch it, take a step back. The pair that can throw and catch the egg the furthest, wins.

7. Cheesels Beard (6-30 people)

Divide your group into teams with about 3-5 people on each team (make sure the teams are even). Get one person from each team to sit on a chair, and put a garbage bag around them (make sure there’s a hole for their head). Then spray shaving cream over their face, being very careful not to get any in their eyes or mouth.

The rest of the team then stands behind a line with a packet of cheesels, and throws one cheesel at a time at the persons beard. The team with the most cheesels on the beard at the end, wins.

8. Find The Smartie (3-8 people)

This is a great game for a small group or bible study. Pill up a mound of flour on a tray, and place a smartie in the middle of it. Each person then takes it in turns to cut away a small amount of the flour with a knife (butter knife), then person who causes the smartie to fall off the pile at the end then needs to pick up the smartie with their mouth, without using their hands.

9. Paint War (20-80 people)

A paint way is an ambitious game to embark on, but when carefully planned it can be a lot of fun!

For the paint you need to have a number of colours equal to the number of teams you have. Use water based paint and make sure it is safe to use. Then dilute this paint in buckets and use whatever you can to spray the paint in a controlled way at the other teams. Things to use include: Empty tomato sauce bottles, water bombs (filled by the sauce bottles), sponges, water guns, small medicine syringes, ping pong balls dipped in paint.

In order to see who has been hit by paint, each person needs to have a piece of white A4 paper masking taped to their front. If this piece of paper gets paint on it, then it has to get taken back to base and changed for a clean one.

The pieces of paper are then counted and whichever team has the most of their colour on the other teams pieces of paper wins.

You can also add balloons full of sand as targets to get from other teams bases, like capture the flag. You get extra points for each target you get. If you get hit while carrying a target then you have to go back to base.

As I said, planning is so so important in making a paint war fun, so make sure it is well planned, prepared and explained, otherwise it could quickly descend to chaos.


So there are another 9 games for you to play at your youth group. Remember to plan them well and they will be a lot of fun.

Do you have any messy games that you want to add to the list?

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18 responses to 9 Fantastic Youth Group Games That Will Leave You A Bit Messy

  1. My favorite of the series.

    Number 1 is just gross…

    Another one that is more violent than messy is

    Lolly Man:
    pick the fastest kid and dress them in a pre-prepared garbage bag with lollies stuck to it (and holes for arms and head). Then the game is basically like hide and seek where they get a time limit to run (and possibly hide) before a hoard of kids try to either grab a piece or strip them of the bag.

  2. Nice Pat, like the idea. Have you ever played it before?

  3. I have… never as the Lolly Man.
    btw, Catch the Egg is a very serious festival game in the Philippines. There’s also one game where a team has to climb this greased-up bamboo pole and get to the top to win the prize. Also a possible OH&S hazard :P

  4. We took the ultimate frisbee concept one step further and used a dead octopus… it was hilarious!!! Also have done a number of other games on this list with great success!

  5. Patrick: the first game is not gross at all (you obviosly don’t drink the lemonade) we played it with our youth gruop and it was a huge success! best game of the night… i think the second one is gross, what kind of person wants to touch and ox toung?

    • Homemade Lemonade can get pretty gross if people can’t hold it in their mouths while doing star jumps! And yes, an ox tongue is incredibly gross.

      Actually, all of them are pretty gross! That’s why they’re messy games!

      Thanks very much for commenting Kennedy.

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