Stationary Games Archives - Group games, team games, ice breakers
Celebrity Game

Celebrity Game

Summary: A game in which players attempt to guess the celebrity via clues (Round 1), charades (Round 2), and one word descriptions (Round 3). Ages: All. Recommended # of people: 10-15. Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: Timer, small slips of paper, pens/pencils, bag or hat. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Celebrity Game The Celebrity Game is a guessing game similar to the Bowl Game. It features a lot of good variety in gameplay and works well with medium sized groups. Supplies: 1 minute timer, small slips of paper, pens/pencils, a bag or hat to hold the slips of paper. Setup: Distribute three slips of paper for each player. Each player must think of three celebrities or famous people (living, dead, real, or fictional) and write these on a slip of paper (one name per slip). Divide the group into two teams. There needs to be a scorekeeper to keep score. Each team will have 1 minute per turn. For each turn, the person who is “it” (the clue giver) and must use verbal clues or gestures (charades) to try to get their team to correctly guess what is written on the slip. The goal of the game is to have your team correctly guess as many clues as possible. The winning team at the end of the game is the team that has the most points. First Round – Verbal Clues. For the first round, the person who is “it” must use descriptive clues in a way that is similar to board games like Taboo and Catchphrase, i.e., saying anything that might get their team to correctly guess the word...

Reaction Game

Summary: A funny icebreaker/stationary acting game in which a person randomly chooses an event (e.g. winning the lottery or being surprised by an wedding proposal) and must act out his or her reaction to this event. Based on this reaction, team members try to guess what the event was. Ages: All. Recommended # of People: Groups or teams of 6-12 people. Messiness Factor: Might break a small sweat. Materials Required: Sheets of paper, pens, a container to hold the paper. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Reaction Game Form groups of six to twelve people. If playing this game with a very large group as an icebreaker, you can also choose four or five volunteers and have them go to the front of the room. The first step is to ask players to create some events. Give each player small sheets of paper and pens. Ask each player write some events. Encourage creativity. Some examples of events: Being attacked by a shark while fishing Hitting a home run to win the World Series Watching the lottery and realizing that you have the winning number Being presented a large engagement ring and proposed for marriage Going on a first date with an attractive person After people are done writing events, collect the sheets and place them in the container (a hat or small bag will do). Within groups, choose three or four people to act for each round. Ask the players to randomly draw an event from the container. Without giving away what the event is, give each player 30 seconds to 1 minute to act out a reaction to the event they received. They may act out using charades rules, and they can also make noises...

Team Story Game

Summary: A funny storywriting game that involves creating a story as a team. Each player adds the next line of the story. Ages: 8 and up. Recommended number of players: Teams of at least six. Messiness factor: No mess! Materials required: None – just a great sense of humor! Team Story Game The Team Story Game (also known as the “Once Upon a Time…” Game is a funny game involving creativity and a group of people making a story together. Setup Form teams of at least six players. You can prepare a theme in advance if you wish. For example, you can require all stories to be about a certain topic (e.g. Christmas, or food, or relationships). Have everyone form a line. Playing the Team Story Game Each team will construct a story. Each person is only allowed to say one sentence and must continue the story. The first player in line begins the story by saying “Once upon a time…” and completes the sentence. The next person in line must continue the story and have it make sense. This process continues until it reaches the last person in the team’s line. The last person in line must conclude the story in one sentence as well. Have team create a story. If you wish, judges can decide which story is the best. This game is a silly game that usually leads to hilarious...
Categories (a.k.a. Scattegories)

Categories (a.k.a. Scattegories)

Summary: A quick thinking game of brainstorming unique items within categories! Ages: All. Recommended # of People: Small groups of 5-10. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: Pens and lots of paper. Recommended Setting: Indoors in a not-too-noisy environment. Categories (Also known as Scattegories) Have you heard of the famous party game called Scattegories? You can play this on your own at parties or hanging out with friends. Set-Up Prepare a list of categories. This can include embarrassing items, sports, snacks, movie names, or anything else you wish. Give each player a writing utensil and a sheet of paper. Randomly choose a letter of the alphabet. Note that the letters Q, U, V, Z, Y or Z are usually too hard, so you may wish to avoid those letters. Set a countdown timer for one minute. Playing the game You receive one point for every unique (not shared by any other player) word that starts with the given letter and fit into the given category. Start the one minute timer. Write down as many valid words (those that fit the category and start with the correct letter) for the category as you can. When the timer ends, stop writing. Go clockwise and have each player read aloud their words. If someone else has the same word, both players cross out that word (no points are earned). If a word is read that doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the category, the other players vote on whether to accept the word or cross it off. In the case of a tie, the word is disqualified. Each word that remains is worth...
Bowl Icebreaker Game

Bowl Icebreaker Game

Summary: A rapid-fire guessing game in which players write many clues and place them in a bowl. Ages: All. Recommended # of People: 10-20. Messiness Factor: No Sweat. Materials Required: Bowl, lots of paper, and pens. Recommended Setting: Indoors. The Bowl Game How to Play The Bowl Game is a personalized guessing game useful for parties and other gatherings. To prepare for the game, cut paper into small pieces, yet big enough to write on. Have the players write down virtually anything that can be used for guessing: objects, famous people, movies, places, anything that comes to mind. Fold the pieces up and put them into the bowl. Divide into two teams. Each team has one minute to describe as many pieces of paper from the bowl as possible without saying the word on the paper. Each team gets one pass per turn and after that it is minus one point for every pass. Whoever has the most points when the terms in the bowl run out wins.Variations include: Doing charades with the same set of clues for the second round, followed by being allowed to say one word only for the third round....
Signs Game

Signs Game

Summary: Signs is a simple party game involving stealth, silliness, and not getting caught! Players seated in a circle attempt to “pass” a sign (hand motion or gestures) to each other while a guesser tries to catch the person who currently has the sign. Ages: 12 and up. Recommended # of people: Groups of 10-20 people. Messiness Factor: No mess! Materials required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors. Instructions for the Signs Game The Signs Game is a fun game involving stealthiness that tends to work well with medium to large sized groups. This stationary game works well with both kids and adults, and in many settings: parties, youth/college group settings, camps, etc. Setup for the Signs Game Have everyone sit in a large circle, facing inward towards each other. Every player seated now must choose a “sign,” some kind of movement or motion that is unique to them. A sign must be easily detectable by others, although not too obvious to attract a lot of attention. Good examples of possible signs could include: waving your right hand squeezing your nose patting the top of your head twice sticking your tongue out making two thumbs up Once everyone has created a sign, he or she announces and demonstrates their sign to the rest of the group. You’re now ready to play the game. Playing the Signs Game The goal of Signs is to be stealthy and to try to keep passing signs to other players as long as possible, without getting caught by a guesser who must stand in the center of the circle. The guesser tries to figure out where...
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