This month’s theme for games focuses on ideas to try at your up and coming Christmas events. Additionally, the first two hone in on the theme of being unique and individual. Feel free to use as opening activities to the Bible Study featured this month: Redesigning the Created Human Being.
The third idea is just good clean fun!
A good supply of each of the following
Beads that fit on pipe cleaners
Glue, Glitter, Markers, Construction Paper, Scissors
Yarn, Popsicle Sticks, Rubber Bands
Handkercheifs/Blindfolds (one for each participant)
Your favorite Christmas music and a device for playing it
Set up a table or two where you can place all the supplies, and set up chairs around the tables so that everyone has access to the materials.
After the time, ask a couple participants to share what they made. Additionally, you may ask:
How did your creation differ from what you were picturing blindfolded?
How did your creation reflect your personality/uniqueness?
What was the experience like?
Save time at the end for participants to create ornaments again, but this time they can see.
Hang the ornaments in your youth room/area as a reminder of uniqueness.
Instead of ornaments, have different shaped sugar cookies set out with a frosting and sprinkle bonanza. Eat and Repeat.
Snowflake Frisbee Toss
Card Stock 1 piece for each participant
Have more than one round. The second round involves throwing behind your back, the third is between your legs. Or try it with your non-dominant hand, cross-eyed, standing on one leg, on your knees, etc.
Turn it into a relay, where you have to throw your snowflake, then go to it, pick it up again, and keep throwing until it gets to a common end point. Then throw it back until it gets back to your group.
Christmas Songs: Unplugged
Cones or other boundry markers
Craft Bells one for each participant
A deck of cards (or more, if you have more than 52 participants
Clothes Pins one for each participant
At least 2 hula hoops
Buttons one for each participant
Set up a square with four cones, and place the pile of bells in the middle
Set up another square, with the cards scattered all throughout
Another square with the clothespins
Another square with the buttons in it
Set up 2 cones marking the boundry of an imaginary line
Set up another imaginary line
Set up a station with the hula hoops briefly spaced out
Silver Bells Run to the square with the bells, pick one up and shake it
Deck the Halls Run to that square, pick up a card from the ‘deck’, and hold it on your forehead
Rudolph Run to the square with the clothes pins, and clamp one on your nose (or just hold it above your nose)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Run to one of the lines, and lay down
O Holy Night Run to the hula hoops, and place at least one foot inside one of them
I Saw Three Ships Run to the other imaginary line, sit down, and begin rowing
Frosty the Snowman Run to the square with the buttons, and place one on your nose
Play some rounds so that the participants get the hang of it, then begin to eliminate those who get to the station last. Continue to eliminate until you have a winner.
To ease on your budget, consider cheaper versions of each of these. For instance, instead of shaking a bell, run into the square, sway, and yell “Ding Dong”. Instead of wearing buttons as a snowman, stick one hand against your nose, and point your finger (like a carrot)
Instead of yelling out the name of the song, have them on a mix, and randomly change the songs.
Focus a devotion on a common hymn, focusing on some of the meaning and intention behind it.