Build Up


On overnights, retreats, lock-ins, lock-ups, lock-downs, pretty much any type of lock-related events, I like to pull this little gem out for the youth. It’s a great team-building activity, a little out-of-the-box, easy and fun.

Divide up the youth into groups of 2-4 and present the group with a box of graham crackers and frosting and challenge them to build the tallest tower in the amount of time you give them. You can add different items into the mix, like spaghetti noodles, ice cream cones, anything out-of-the-box of traditional construction materials. I like to give the youth a paper plate to build on and either a spatula or several plastic knives to spread frosting, but none of them can be used as construction/structural materials.

Have something ready to measure the structures, as they are usually VERY unstable, and may not stand long. I use a yard stick myself, but that’s because I like having it to poke at stuff throughout the evening, too. If you can, have a camera handy, because this will produce great pictures, guaranteed or your money back.

P.S. At the end of this event, these structures, though edible, should probably not be consumed. For real.

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