No-Prep Games

heads or tailsAs a youth worker, I always like to have two games “in my pocket” at any given time. You never know when you need one. Even if you are NOT in youth ministry, you never know when you might need something fun to liven up a dying New Years Eve party (or Arbor Day party).

Last weekend I spoke at the Recharge event in the greater Twin Cities area of MN—a great event with 600 area youth leaders. My friend Tiger McLeun was at the helm and he ran a classic simple crowd game that was really fun. The game was called Heads or Tails.

It’s like this:

HEADS OR TAILS
The MC pulls out a coin and instructs everyone to put their hand either on their head, or on their “tail.” Everyone in the crowd puts the hand on their head or on their butt. Then the MC flips the coin, announcing heads or tails.

If you were correct… stay standing. If you were wrong… sit down.

They kept repeating until only a few were standing. At the Recharge event, it came down to two people. They brought them on stage for the final showdown, and the winner got a prize.

Fun stuff. I love simple games like this.

I’ll do another one later this week!

In the meantime, check out this fun blog post from last July where people chimed in with some of their favorite games. Or check out our fun game page with literally over a thousand free game ideas!

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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