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Christians can have fun and represent Jesus.  Miss Cher always shows the joy of being a Christian to her students.  Here are some of the games that she has shared with her classes throughout the years.  Some are a bit messy, but they are a lot of fun to play and watch!  Be sure to take lots of pictures for these activities!
 
Games are a great way to promote teamwork.  However, not all people like to play all kinds of games.  Some people like to watch a game being played first before they feel comfortable enough to join in on the fun.  Select a variety of games for everyone, and have a safe time.  Be sure to have an adult supervise all games.  Get approval for all games prior to playing them.  Allow for clean-up.
 
*We generally do not use food because it is wasteful.  In the popcorn game, the children actually eat the food, and are eating from their own bowl.
Make sure you have a camera and/or video camera!
 
Party Game to Select teams:  Noah's Ark
I have found that there are some people who never get picked until last.  This game picks the teams for you, and no one gets picked last!  This also keeps the teams from being stacked by playing favorites.  
 
You need: A room full of people, names of animals written on paper (do this before the party), 2-4 lists of animals listed on teams written on a paper to post to the wall.  (Don't make teams too big.)
 
1.  Determine how many teams you will have by knowing ahead of time the approximate number of guests (if possible).
 
2.  On a small piece of paper, write an animal for each person to pretend to be.  Example: a cow
 
3.  Give each person a paper with a name of an animal on it.  They are not to show anyone their paper.  Make sure that their is two of each kind of animal that you have selected.
 
4.  Each player must find their mate by only making the sound that the animal
makes.  Example: a cow sound might be: "moo"; a duck sound might be "quack, quack."  When the two have found one another, they are to go to their team line that is identified on the team paper posted on a wall in the room.  Other games may begin when all animals have found one another and teams are set.
 
Sample teams to post:
 
Team 1: (2 of each) Chickens (hens), pigs, cows, ducks
Team 2: (2 of each) kittens, puppies, birds, horses
Team 3: (2 0f each) snakes, roosters, owls, donkeys
 
Another Party Game to Select teams:  All in the Family
 
Use this game to select teams. You can combine families to make larger teams. *Use the same format as the first party game to select team to get started with games.  List the family Name on poster and post it in the room for members to see who is on a team.  Remember to give each person a paper
with a name on it.
 
4 on team
Family Name: Father of Faith (Abraham)
4 Members on team: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Ishmael
 
Family Name: Israel (Jacob)
4 Members on team: Jacob, Rebekkah, Joseph, Benjamin
 
5 on a team
Family Name: First Family (Adam)
5 Members on team: Adam, Eve, Cain, Able, Seth
 
Family Name: Father of Faith (Abraham)
5 Members on team: Abraham, Sarah, Lot, Isaac, Ishmael
 
Family Name: Israel (Jacob)
5 Members on team: Jacob, Rebekkah, Joseph, Benjamin, Judah
 
Family Name: Noah
5 Members on team: Noah, Mrs. Noah, Ham, Shem, Japheth
                                (8 members if you include the sons wives)
 
6 on a team (or 3 and 3)
Family Name: Son of God
6 Members on team: Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Zechariah, Elizabeth,  
                                John the Baptist
 
12 on a team (or 3's or 6 members)
Family Name: Sons of Jacob (Israel)
12 Members on team: Reuban, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali,
                                   Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin
 
Family Name: The Apostles of Jesus
12 Member on team: (no one should be Judas Isacriot)
                                 Simon Peter, Andrew (his brother), James and
                                John (sons of Zebedee), Philip, Bartholomew,
                                Thomas, Matthew (the tax collector), James
                                (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon the
                                Zealot, Judas (Matthew 10:1) Matthias (replaced
                                Judas Iscariot found in Acts 1:12-23)
 
Party Game #1:  Popcorn Eating Contest
 
You need: large bowls the same size; popcorn, water,  broom to clean up!
 
This game is really funny to watch, and anyone who likes popcorn can play it.
 
Select a few people who really like to eat popcorn.  Make sure to have water on hand for each contestant.
 
1.  Place a very large bowl of popcorn on the floor in front of each person who is in the race. (The bowls all have to be the same size in order to be fair.)
 
2.  Each person has to kneel on the floor and hold their own hands together behind their back.  Have them hold their wrists.
 
3.  Popcorn has to be eaten from the bowl without using their hands to hold the bowl in place.  Leave plenty of room for them to move the bowl around the room.
 
4.  The person who can eat the most popcorn in one minute wins.
 
(Team Relay) Party Game #2: Pass the Balloon
 
You need: water balloons (but they don't have to be filled with water.  Air is fine and less messy.)
 
1.  Select 2-4 teams with the same number.  If their is an odd number of players, someone has to go twice.
 
2.  Form lines for players, single file.  
 
3.  Have the first person pass a water balloon to the person behind them by only using their chin.  No hands!  If the balloon falls, they have to pick it up and continue the race.
 
4.  Reverse the order by passing the balloon back to the front of the line (under the chin). The first team to pass the balloon back to the first person, wins.
 
(Team Relay) Party Game #3: John the Baptism
You need: 10 ounce plastic cups, water, mop, paper towels
 
1.  Select 2-4 teams with the same number.  If their is an odd number of players, someone has to go twice.
 
2.  Form lines for players, single file.  
 
3.  Resting the filled cup of water on their own head, have the first person pass a filled cup of water over their head to the person behind them, without turning around or looking behind them.
 
4.  The person behind then reaches up and takes the water cup off of the team mates head and places it on their own head.  Each person takes the cup off the other persons head that is in front of them.  The cup must rest on the head of each player.
 
5.  When the cup reaches the last person in the line, they have to put the cup on their head and run to the front of the line.  When the first person in line is once again the first person, that team is the winner.  They must have (some) water in their cup to be a winner.
 
(Team Relay) Party Game #4: Meet Me at the Well
You need: 10 ounce plastic cups, water, 4-8 buckets/pails, mop, paper towels  (You need something that easily spills. If you don't want to use water, use something light like confetti or styrofoam peanuts...but it's not as much fun.)
 
1.  Select 2-4 teams with the same number.  If their is an odd number of players, someone has to go twice.
 
2.  Form lines for players, single file.  
 
3.  Place an empty bucket/pail about 20-25 feet in front of each team/line formed.  Each team needs 2 buckets/pails to serve as their well.
 
4.  Have a filled bucket at the feet of the first person in line to each team.  Give the first player to each team an empty 8-10 ounce cup.
 
5.  Have the race begin with the first person in line filling the cup of
water from their own "well" in front of them.  Each team member has to place the filled cup of water on their head and run to the empty bucket at the front of their line.  They must keep the cup on their head and walk (or run) relatively fast.
 
6.  The team member empties their cup of water into their team well bucket
and races back to their team, handing the empty cup to the next player.  Each member has to continue this process until every one in line has emptied a cup of water into the team well.  (The last player must return to their team to be declared the winner.)
 
7.  The team with the most water in their well wins!  A tie goes to the fastest team.
 
Party Game #5: Bowl full of Fun
You need: 10 large cotton balls, soup spoon, bowl, blindfold
 
1.  Have the group sit on the floor.  Select a person to go first.
 
2.  Give the first player a soup spoon, and put the empty bowl in front of them.  Place the ten cotton balls on the floor.  Make sure they are separated from one another.
 
3.  Blindfold the first player.  Without using their hands to feel where the
cotton balls are, have the player try to pick up the cotton balls with the spoon
and put them into the bowl.  (It is always fun for those watching to see the player think he/she is putting it into the bowl.)  Encourage those watching to cheer on the player, but not to tell them where the cotton balls are, or if they actually have one on the spoon.
 
4.  Object: to see how many cotton balls each player can get into the bowl within one minute.  The player with the most cotton balls in the bowl wins.  
Tie goes to the player with the best time.
 
(Team Relay) Party Game #6: Clouds A Float
You need: 2-4 large cotton balls, 2-4 soup spoons (you need one for each team.  You can have as many teams as you want.)
 
1.  Select 2-4 teams with the same number.  If their is an odd number of
players, someone has to go twice.
 
2.  Form lines for players, single file.  
 
3.  Make a goal line 20-25 feet away from the front of each line.
 
4.  The first member of each team places a cotton ball on their spoon.  The relay begins with the first member of each team walking fast to the their goal line, crossing it, and turning around to walk back to their team, with the cotton ball on their spoon.  They cannot use their hands to hold the cotton ball on the spoon.  If it falls off, they have to pick it up and put it back on the spoon and continue the race.
 
5.  Each member returns to their team and hands the spoon off to the next player.  Continue the relay until the last person in the line has ran the relay and they are back to the first person who ran the race.
 
6.  The first team to successfully run the relay wins the game.
 
(Team Relay) Party Game #7: Winner by a Nose
You need: 2-4 large plastic toy eggs (not filled)
 
1.  Select 2-4 teams with the same number.  If their is an odd number of
players, someone has to go twice.
 
2.  Form lines for players, single file.  
 
3.  Make a goal line 20-25 feet away from the front of each line.
 
4.  Place an empty plastic egg on the floor in front of each team.  
 
5.  Have each player get down on their knees to roll the plastic egg with their nose toward the goal line and back.  Continue with the relay until each player has rolled the egg.  Players cannot use their hands to touch or control the way it goes.  They must use their nose and try to stay in a straight line.
 
6.  The team who finishes first wins.
 
(Team Relay) Party Game #8: Joseph's New Clothes
You need one set of each: clean, adult oversized articles of clothing for each team (hat, scarf, gloves, rain boots, tee-shirt, sweatshirt or sweater, coat, sun glasses)
 
1.  Select 2-4 teams with the same number.  If their is an odd number of players, someone has to go twice.
 
2.  Form lines for players, single file.  
 
3.  Make a goal line 20-25 feet away from the front of each line.
 
4.  Place one set of clothing in a pile at the goal line for each team.  Each team
must have their own set of clothes.
 
5.  Have the first person in each team run to the pile of clothes and put on all the articles of clothing (over their own clothes), remove them, put them back in the pile and return to their team as fast as they can.  The next person does the same, etc. until all members have done the relay.
 
6.  Each member of the team must put on all the articles of clothing as fast as
they can to determine the fastest team and winner.  The team that finishes
first is the winner.
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