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This is a new spin on an old youth group classic. Suck it, also known by a bunch of other names, is a classic. The premise, with a straw, suck up a marble and move it from one container to another container. Halloween Suck It has the same goal only we're using coco puff cereal instead of marbles.
To win the game, students needed to have the most coco puffs in their bucket. So out the end of each round, we counted up the coco puffs and declared a winner.
It's such a simple game yet our students had a blast. Using the pumpkin buckets and the coco puff were a great halloween twist.
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Thanks to my friend and co-youth worker, Dave N. Dave is a great "gamer". He creates and finds some of the best games we've played with our students. So happy to be able to work with him.
Be sure to keep checking back as I add more and more games, ideas and resources.
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Today I am heading out to meet with a group of youth workers from our denomination. I love meeting with youth workers to hear what God is doing in their youth ministry. Networking is an important part of being a youth worker. We need to have those relationships to encourage, challenge and support each other.
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It's one of my favorite games for the Halloween/Fall season. It's a little messy, a little gross, and a whole lot of fun! Pumpkin Puzzles! Easy to prep. Easy to play. And so much fun to watch.
The Halloween season can be a fun time with Halloween and Fall themed games. This month of October, we are bringing in the seasonal fun with games that use some of the items we think about when we think Fall.
One of the first games is one that I came up with a number of years ago. I was planning a pumpkin themed costume party for our students. I wanted every game to utilize a pumpkin ins some way. I surfed the internet for ideas, but I could find enough game ideas that would fill our time or involved more than simply smashing, rolling, or pitching. So I cleared my desk and just started thinking.
1. Get your pumpkins
You're going to need a number of large, jack-o-lantern style pumpkins that are approximately all the similar sizes. In the Fall, pumpkins are in ample supply. Just run to your grocer or local farm. I purchased my pumpkins at Aldi's for about $3.00 each. Since this game is best played with teams, be sure to have one pumpkin per team.
Before the students arrive, cut the pumpkins up into puzzle-like pieces with unique angle or Tetris-like features. Don't make the cuts too small or intricate. You might find the pumpkin difficult to take a part and reassemble. keep track of how many pieces you cut so that each pumpkin has the same number of pieces to reassemble with. Don't worry about the contents, they can stay adding a gross, slimy aspect to the game.
Note: to help with set up and clean up, I covered the tables with plastic table clothes and used hard plastic trays for the pumpkins. If you are on carpet, you might want to put down drop clothe to keep the deacons happy.
2. The Game
Set up for this game is pretty easy. I think it took me 15-20 minutes to cut up four large pumpkins into 11 piece each. Just have a sharp knife on hand to cut through the pumpkin skin. to give your students an incentive to complete the task, award the winning team with a prize like Reese's Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter pumpkins, or Bach's Pumpkin Candies!
Clean up is fairly easy as well. If you cover the tables with plastic, simply roll everything up in the plastic and put it into a trash bag. But don't leave the trash in your building. Make sure it reaches a dumpster. You don't want the pumpkins rotting and smelling up the church or your youth room.
Here's a short video our my students playing Pumpkin Puzzles!
If you decide to play the game, let me know what you think! How did it go? What did you learn? Any fun variation you created? Share in the comments below! And thanks for reading the blog! There are plenty more ideas, games, resources, and content coming in the future! And, subscribe to the YouTube channel for more videos and content for your youth ministry!