This game is best played around Halloween.
- Lots of candy
- Plastic hockey masks (sold around Halloween at places like Dollar Tree)
- Duct Tape or Packing Tape
- Before the game, cover the outsides of the hockey masks with the tape so that the sticky side is out and the players can’t see through the eye holes. Cover the whole mask for maximum stickiness.
- Ask for two volunteers who are willing to follow directions.
- Send the volunteers out of the room where they can’t hear what’s going on.
- Set up an obstacle course in your space (gym or fellowship hall) using chairs or even other students as obstacles and at the end of the course put two tables with trays of candy on each table.
- Split the kids remaining in the room into two teams, one for each volunteer that left the room. If the volunteers that left are Johnny and Molly then one team is Johnny’s and one is Molly’s.
- Explain to the kids that Johnny and Molly are both trying to get candy stuck to their mask for their team to share, so one person from each team should volunteer to lead Molly and Johnny to the candy.
- After those volunteers are chosen explain that Molly’s team doesn’t want Johnny to get the candy, so someone from Molly’s team is also going to give Johnny directions but they will be the wrong directions. Someone from Johnny’s team should also volunteer to lead Molly in the wrong direction as well.
- Take all four “direction-giving” volunteers out to meet Molly and Johnny.
- Instruct Molly and Johnny to put their masks on and say, “Everyone in the room is either on your team or on the other team, but you don’t know who is who. Also, you will have one person on your left telling you where to go, and one person on your right telling you where to go. But only one of them is on your team. The first person to find the candy and stick their mask in it gets to split the stuck on candy with their team.”
- While Molly and Johnny are getting instructions from their “helpers” have the students scattered around the area (best if there are obstacles in the way) shouting directions to the players. Things like “Don’t listen to her, she’s not on your team” or “No, Johnny, that’s the wrong person” or “Listen to him!”
- The first person to get candy stuck to the mask wins.
- The game can be played with new volunteers and splitting into different teams.
For Johnny and Molly:
“Was it easy to find the candy? Why or Why not?”
“How did you know who to listen to?”
“Was it easier or harder when everyone else started shouting as well? Would it have been easier if you only had one voice?”
To the Group:
“How many voices are telling you where to go or what to do each day? Talk with a partner about the voices you have to listen to.”
*Use the rest of the discussion time to talk about discerning what voices to listen to in our lives, and how to discern God’s voice in all the noise.
SARA GALYON is the Episcopal Youth Community Director for ST MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH in Madison, AL. She has been working with youth in some capacity for 15 years, and has an MA in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary. She is a wife to a fellow youth minister, mom to two boys and two dogs, and underfunded world traveler.
This post was originally published by weedandnerfdarts.com.