Banana Pass

banana pass

Summary: A high-paced, messy relay race in which players pass a banana using their feet and the last person must eat the mushy fruit.

Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of People: Teams of 7-10. Messiness Factor: Quite messy! Materials: Bananas, at least 1 per team. Setting: Outdoor.

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Thirsty Straws

thirsty straws

Summary: A funny relay race in which players must quickly drink as much water as they can and then pass it on to the next person.

Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of People: Teams of 4.  Messiness Factor: Better have a bathroom available!  Materials Required: A liter of water per team, straws long enough to reach the bottom of container.  Recommended Setting: Outdoor

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Ultimate Ninja Game

Summary: An action-packed, fast paced, hilarious game in which the object is to become the “ultimate ninja” — the person with the quickest reflexes! Dodge the other player’s attacks and get the others out.

Ages: 10 and up.  Recommended # of people: 6-12.  Messiness factor: Might break a sweat.  Materials required: None!

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Drip, Drip, Drop Game

drop

Summary:  An action game that has some similarities to Duck, Duck, Goose.  It involves guessing and potentially getting a cup of water dumped on you!

Ages:  8 and up.  Recommended number of players: 5 and up.  Messiness factor:  People will get wet.  Materials required:  A large cup and water.

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Follow the Leader

Follow the leader game

Summary: A hilarious copycat game in which people try to imitate one leader’s actions, and the person in the center attempts to identify who is the originator of the actions (the leader).

Ages: 8 and up. Recommended # of People: One group of 8 to 16 people. Messiness factor: Might break a sweat. Materials: None. Setting: Indoors or outdoors.

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Giants, Wizards, and Elves

giants wizards elves

Summary: An icebreaker / action oriented game good for medium and large sized groups.  Similar to a game of rock, paper, scissors, two teams face off and decide to become either “giants,” “wizards,” or “elves.” Giants defeat elves, elves defeat wizards, and wizards defeat giants.

Ages: 10 and up.  Recommended # of People: 20 and up (large groups work fine too!).  Messiness factor: Might break a small sweat!  Materials Required: None.  Recommended Setting: Indoors or Outdoors.

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Amoeba Game

amoeba

Summary: An action oriented game where people hold hands and form an amoeba-like shape, and try to get others out of the game.

Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of People: 10-20. Messiness Factor: Sweaty.  Materials Required: Safe, Durable Object. Recommended Setting: Indoors or Outdoors

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Wall Ball

wall ball

Summary: Wall Ball is a classic playground game that involves throwing the ball against a wall, catching it without fumbling the ball, and trying to get others out! Many variations exist for this simple group game.

Ages: 8 and up. Recommended # of people: At least 4. Messiness Factor: Get ready to break a sweat! Materials required: A small bouncy ball of some sort (e.g. a racquetball, tennis ball, etc.). Recommended Setting: Outdoors or in a very large room with a flat wall (e.g. side of a building) and a hard, flat floor.

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A Thousand Blank White Cards

Summary: A unique open-ended activity that lets players create the rules on white cards! Ages: All. Recommended # of People: 5-6. Messiness Factor: You’ll move around. Materials Required: pens, blank white cards, an open space. A Thousand Blank White Cards How to Play A Thousand Blank White Cards is a fun game that will ask players to … Read more

Mother May I?

Summary: Mother May I is a classic kids’ game in which kids request to take a certain number and type of steps (baby, normal, giant, etc.) towards the “mother”.  Kids must remember to ask “Mother May I?” The first to touch the mother wins and becomes the new mother.

Ages: Younger kids. Recommended number of people: Less than 10. Messiness factor: Might break a little sweat. Materials required: None. Recommended setting: Outdoors.

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Sardines Game

sardines game

Summary: Sardines is like the game Hide-and-Seek, only in reverse! one person hides, and the rest of the players look for the one hidden person. When someone finds the hidden person, they quietly join them in hiding — after a while, the group begins to look like sardines!

Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of People: 15-30. Messiness Factor: No Sweat.  Materials: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors with ample space, but not open space.

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Dragon Tag

dragon tag

Summary: Dragon Tag is an action-based game that is like tag, but with a twist!  Teams of 4-8 people form “dragons” by linking elbows and attempt to grab the “tail” of another team’s dragon.  Last team remaining wins.

Ages: 12 and up.  Recommended # of people: Groups of 4-8 people.  Messiness Factor: Might break a sweat!  Materials required: One scarf or bandana for each team.  Recommended Setting: Outdoors.

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Pulse Game

Pulse

Summary: An action oriented icebreaker that works especially well with large groups of people.  A game of quick reflexes and passing on the pulse!

Ages: All.  Recommended # of People: At least 40 people.  Messiness Factor: Might break a small sweat. Materials Required: A coin, a chair, and any small object like a tennis ball.  Recommended Setting: Indoors.

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Ghost in the Graveyard

Summary: An action game that is typically played outdoors at night. One person is the “ghost” who hides. The others search for the ghost and when he or she is discovered, he or she yells “Ghost in the Graveyard!” and everyone must try to run back to base before the ghost tags them.

Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of people: At least 5 players. Messiness factor: Hiding and a lot of running involved. Materials: None, flashlights optional. Setting: Outdoors at night, a safe, large outdoor area to play in.

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Capture the Flag

flag

Summary: A team based action game in which the goal is to locate and recover the opposing team’s flag before they do the same. A “jail” houses those who have been caught (tagged by the opposing team).

Ages: 10 and up.  Recommended # of People: 20+. Messiness Factor: Sweaty. Materials Required: Two flags (any durable, safe, and noticeable object). Recommended Setting: Outdoors.

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SPUD Game

Summary: SPUD is an action game that incorporates some elements of dodge ball. The ball is tossed up high, someone catches it, yells “SPUD!”, take three big steps, and tries to get someone out!

Ages: All. Recommended # of people: At least 8 players. Messiness factor: Lots of running and throwing. Materials required: A soft ball that does not hurt when thrown. Recommended setting: Outdoors.

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Chubby Bunny Game

chubby bunny

Summary:  A hilarious action game that involves stuffing marshmallows in your mouth and trying to yell, “Chubby Bunny!”

Ages:  10 and up.  Recommended number of players: 3 and up.  Messiness factor:  Have a trash can and paper towels ready for a marshmallow mess.  Materials required:  A few bags of medium to large sized marshmallows.

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