Paint Mine Field

This is a fun new spin on an old favorite. Partner your youth up and give them a blindfold. Each group will work together to traverse a “minefield” to get to the other side unscathed. One will be blindfolded, the other will direct them verbally (meaning no touchie!) through to the other side. This is…

Noodle Balloon Race

If you don’t have a set of pool noodles yet, get some. There are so many applications, for the low, low price of a dozen noodles, your games will get real awesome, real fast. An example of one such game is this: Noodle Balloon Racing. I usually do this as a team relay, so all…

Blind Partner Tag

Looking for a fun, fast-paced game to get your youth riled up AND build some team-work? That’s a tough combo, but look no further… This game is a short-term battle between two partners, blindfolded and holding hands, and the rest of the group in a circle holding hands around them. The partners’ job is to…

Leading the Blind…

This one is an oldie, but I was talking to someone the other day, and they had never heard of it, so here we are. I like to use this activity to lead a group to a prayer session on retreat or into a more serious activity on mission trip. It works well to focus…

Group Lunch

This team-building game is an easy add-on to any retreat or overnight. It’s little prep and low-cost. You will need a bandana per person and a meal to eat. I usually have the teens pack a lunch or if you are in a cafeteria setting, that works too. Ordering pizza is less of a challenge,…

Epic Blind Counting

This one is a great team building activity for any size group, but especially large groups. It’s no set-up, no prep, and can be a great activity to do on the fly. Have the group circle up facing outward. You can have them link arms or touch shoulders, but it doesn’t matter, as long as…

Balanced

This game was born out of a fallen tree outside our retreat center several years ago. I am always looking for good team-building activities, and this panned out nicely. I had all of the teens stand on the log in a straight line. From that position, they had to reverse the order of themselves on…

New Car Wash Smell

Every summer, we strive for new and exciting service projects to help instill a servant’s heart in a group of teens that like keepin’ it fresh, too. One of the services we have such success with is a Police Car Wash. We usually do this as part of our VBS: After Hours, a program we…

Puff Suits

This activity is an amazing relay/team race activity that, with a little prep, can amp up your next overnight, retreat or party. My teens love it, and it usually fills 10-20 minutes, depending on the group size, number of rounds, enthusiasm, etc. Go to Walmart/K-Mart/Target/Costco/local retail venue? and purchase a few sets of the largest…

Dye It for Dinner

I did this for St. Patrick’s Day, but you can do it for any old occasion. A few drops of food coloring in the water when you make pasta will change the noodles in a very dramatic way! I used an Alfredo sauce with a few more drops, which really made the whole dish come…