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It's not a new game, but newer. Variations of the popular children's game, Hungry Hungry Hippos, started showing up youth ministry blogs and instagram accounts a couple of years ago. I myself have been wanting to play the real-life version for quite a while! This past week we finally had our chance!
The once popular children's game is simply; feed your colored, plastic hippo by pushing down on the lever. Upon doing so, the oversized head would extend out and lift up to engulf one or more of the little white marbles that were rolling around in the playing area. It was a great game and I remember playing it as a kid. It was actually a favorite, just I'm sure I have played the game over a couple hundred times!
But then the live-action version hit...
watch our version of the game here
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The premise isn't that difficult. Get as many balls as you can before the game is over. The only difference is, students are the hungry hippos and a basket or bucket is the big mouth.
You will need a few items for the game. Scooters durable enough and large enough to carry junior high and high school students, a bunch of plastic balls, and 4 baskets, buckets, or bins.
For the game that I put together, I went to Amazon for most of my supplies. Here they are...
Game Play & Variations
Playing the game is pretty simple. One student lays down on the scooter holding the basket out in front of them. A second student takes the legs of the first student and uses them to push the student around. I would suggest bike helmets as you could have head to head collisions.
On "GO", the team pushes out to collect as many plastic balls as possible in the allotted time. The team with the most balls wins. We thought of a few variations for game play.
Some things I learned
We had a blast playing Hungry Hungry Hippos and can see us playing often throughout the year, especially as we create new and different variations of the game. I would caution or recommend the following.
Hope this helps as you continue to create fun moments for your student. If you have any questions, variations of the game, ideas, or comments, please share them below. I'd love to hear how you may have played the game, and what you have learned along the way!
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the student ministry director at a church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.