This game is a great game for getting to know you, first-time group meetings. I like to use it when confirmation classes first join the Sr. High ministry or when a small group first starts up. It takes a little prep, but is an easy, fun game.
Have everyone write 2 things that are unknown to the rest of the group on slips of paper. Tell them that the more unique, the better. Collect the slips and put them into a hat/bucket/hollowed out book/peg leg. Then, add a few additional slips of your own creation, things that are odd but believable. I’ve listed a few examples at the bottom. Then, one by one, pick a slip and read it allowed. The group then has to guess who’s it is, or if it’s no one’s. The person who wrote it’s goal is to not be picked; the goal of everyone else is to guess correctly; your goal is to get the group to guess the goofy ones for one of the youth.
Depending on the flow, you can use each of these slips as a mini-conversation starter, talking briefly about each, hopefully creating connections between the youth present and getting people talking.
Possible Decoy Slips Examples:
I was born with a tail.
I only eat the green M&M’s, and only 2 at a time.
My favorite toy growing up was an old sock with lips drawn on it.
I have an acute allergy to the glue on Post-it notes.
My first nickname was “Glue Face”.
*The decoy slips should be silly/goofy, but not something that’d be offensive if someone were to guess it about another teen.*