Here are another 9 Youth Group Games that you might like to play. So far I have written about youth group games that you can play with no resources and some balls, and the list below are 9 youth group games that you can play in a gym.
Now your youth group may not have a gym, but you can still use these games. But before using these games, think through how they will best work at your youth group, and plan out resources that you may need. The numbers of people for each game are given as a guide, please don’t feel constrained by them. PLanning beforehand will hopefully help you to have tons of fun with the kids in your youth group! So here are 9 spectacular youth group games to play in a gym.
- Human Fooseball
- Human PACman
- Glow In The Dark Soccer
- Dead Ants
- Elfs, Giants and Wizards
- King Characticus
- Streets and Lanes
- Newspaper Hockey
Continue reading below for an explanation of how to play these spectacular youth group games.
1. Human Fooseball (30-100 people)
If you have played fooseball on a table before then you will know exactly how this game works. Divide your youth group into lines with 4-10 people in each line, have around 6-10 lines depending on your youth group size. You must however have an even number of lines on each time.
Set up a soccer field inside your gym and set up goals at each end. Each line needs to line up across the field, facing a goal, and every second team needs to turn around. Ensure that the line right before the goals is a defensive line.
Each line can only move across the field and cannot move forwards or backwards, just like in real fooseball, the team with the most goals at the end wins.
2. Human PACman (10-50 people)
This game requires a gym that has lines for courts painted on. Ideal if their are both netball and basketball courts painted on the floor.
One or two people, depending on the size of the group are in, and you play a big game of tip. The trick is that people must stay on lines. When somebody gets tipped, they must sit down on the line where they were tipped, and they now become a block. Other people are not allowed to go past them now. The people who are in however may go past them.
3. Fresh (10-50 people)
Split your youth group in half and ask each team to rest against opposite walls in the gym. This is again a game of tip, this time with a team focus. The aim of the game is to tip every person on the other team. For an explanation of how to play fresh, please watch this video below.
The basic idea of the game is that the last person off the wall can tip others. You need to be fresher than someone to tip them. You then take them to gaol where they can then be saved by their teammates, but just watch the video above.
4. Glow In The Dark Soccer (10-30 people)
This game works best at night, in fact, it only works at night. Imagine soccer, but with a glow in the dark ball and glow in the dark people. That’s what this game is.
Buy lots of glow sticks, preferably the long thin ones, and wrap them around the ball with sticky tape attaching them, and them give at least 5 glow sticks to each person to wear. Then play soccer. It is best if each team has their own colour as well.
Please be careful when playing this game as running around in the dark can be dangerous.
5. Dead Ants (15-40 people)
This is another variant of tip. This time you need to have 1 or 2 people in, depending on the size of your group. When they tip someone, that person must lie on their back with their hands and legs in the air. They are now a dead ant. To be saved, two people must come and grab the dead ants hands and legs, and they then carry them to a safe zone.
Once two people are carrying a dead ant they cannot be tipped. However if only one person is holding a dead ant and waiting for another person to come and help them, they can be tipped. Once you are at a dead ant, you are stuck to them until somebody else comes to help you. Tricky eh?
6. Elves, Giants and Wizards (10-70 people)
This is a massive game of scissors, paper rock. Two teams line up against each other, and must collectively either decide to be wizards, giants or elves (You can make up actions for each). On the count of three, each team does their action, and the winning team (elf beats wizard, wizard beats giant, giant beats elf) chases the other team back to their wall, and tries to tip as many people as possible. When somebody is tipped they then join that team for the next round.
This is repeated until one team has every single person.
7. King Characticus (16-100 people)
One of the classic youth group games. This game involves setting up lines of chairs, with the line of chairs at the front turned around. This is team number 1, each team is then numbered 2 onwards based on the row of chairs that they are in. The game then flows as such.
Leader: King Characticus has lost his thinking cap, some say this, some say that, I say team number 1 (could be any team) stole the hat.
Team 1: No sir not I sir
Leader: Then who sir?
Team 1: Team number 3 sir
Team 3: No sir not I sir
Team 1: Then who sir?
Team 3: Team number 5 sir
Each time a team stands up, they must have interlocking arms, and all stand up and speak in unison, if they do not, then they are out and go to the back of the rows. Each team then moves up and becomes a new team number. This is tricky as in each round each team changes number. Each team must also not say the team who just accused them, so if team 1 accuses team 3, team 3 cannot then accuse team 1.
Fun and chaos for all!
8. Streets and Lanes (20-100 people)
In this game, there is a cat and a mouse. The cats aim is to tip the mouse, the mouse must try to to be tipped.
Everyone else is lined up in a grid. The leader then calls out streets, and everyone stretches their arms out either side of them facing the front. The leader then calls out lanes, and everyone turns 90 degrees. The leader then calls out lamp posts, and everyone puts their arms up in the air. This creates the streets and lanes.
While the cat is trying to catch the mouse, the leader calls out streets or lanes in order to make it harder for the cat. The cat and mouse can only move up and down the streets and lanes, and can’t go past peoples hands.
9. Newspaper Hockey (10-30 people)
This game requires a 2 or 4 newpapers rolled up and bound by masking tape to make hockey sticks, 2 chairs to act as goals, and a tennis ball.
There are two teams and each person on each team is given a number. And then they sit down the sides of the hall. The leader then calls out a number (or 2) and those people go to the centre, pick up hockey sticks, and try to get the tennis ball in between the chair legs.
The team that has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Well there are another 9 youth group games for you to play. I’ve still got a lot more games to share with you so hold your breath until I write about another 9 youth group games. But for now, how about you let me know about some of your favourite youth group games.
What are your favourite youth group games to play in a gym?