MORE No Prep Games

youth ministry gamesEarlier this week I shared a fun “no-prep” game, the kind that you can do on the fly to fill a void or liven up a party or event.

The nice thing about no-prep games is that you don’t  have to run to the store really quick and buy 100 balloons, cut 100 pieces of string and pass them out to everyone (although Ankle Balloon Pop is a great game).

Here’s another one I saw this weekend. Youth worker Bekah Miller ran this with her youth group- an old classic game with a fun twist:

Rock, Paper, Scissors Fan!
The game is a crowd game. Everyone plays. You tell everyone to grab a partner and play rock, paper, scissors– best two out of three. The winner moves on to battle someone else. The loser becomes their fan! The fan must cheer for their winner in the next battle.

Then, of course, after the next two battle, the winner will have three fans as he/she moves onto the next battle. Then seven fans… etc. Eventually half the room is cheering for one person, and half for the other (kind of like Ro Sham Bo Train).

A great quick game with literally no prep.

I love it. Other no prep games I love:

I need a shoelace (for any sized crowd)

The big squeeze (for big crowds)

Silent Animal Circle (for small groups of like a dozen or less)

In fact… here’s a list of my TOP 20 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, and 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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