SUPER FUN ONE PERSON UPFRONT, SEATED GROUP GAME.
GREAT LEAD IN TO TOPICS OF “SPEECH”, “WORDS”, or “COMMUNICATION”.
• Pack of index cards
• Egg Timer or multimedia countdown clock
Teams will have to guess a word, phrase, or other assigned item that an upfront team member is mouthing by only reading their lips.
Before the Game:
Write out a variety of words, phrases, or items on your index cards
• Split the group into at least 2 teams. Consider guys vs. girls.
• Give the players the “Quick Explanation” and rules
• Start off by ask for 1 player from the first team to come to the front
• Have them face their team and show them their assignment on the card
• On “Go!” player will have 30 second to a minute to mouth the word or phrase while their team tries to guess.
• Continue the game with each team taking turns and have new upfront players each round
• Teams get 1 point for each correct guess
• Upfront players are only allowed use their mouth. They can not speak, make sounds or act out the clue.
• The guessing team only has the allowed time to guess, if they cannot guess it correctly the opposing team has 1 guess as a team to “steal” and get the point.
• Do not announce category, unless you would like. It will make it a bit more fun and difficult
Winning team is the team that has the most points at the end of the assigned rounds.
• Easy: Balloon, Watermelon, Volleyball, M&M’s, Potato Salad….
• Medium: Popular Movie Titles, Song Titles, Celebrity Names, Famous Places… (Star Wars, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Taylor Swift, Paris France)
• Hard: Popular phrases, full sentences, well-known Bible verses, …. (You can’t teach a dog new tricks, For God so loved the world…)
DAN ISTVANIK is the 5th to 8th-grade pastor at Victory Church in Lancaster, PA. He has been working in youth ministry for over 20 years serving churches in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Virginia. Besides serving in the local church setting he is also the youth ministry content writer for Parent Ministry.Net, along with being a contributor to a variety of other great youth ministry resources like Youthworker Journal, Group Magazine, Download Youth Ministry, and more. Additional he shares daily Jr. high/middle school ministry specific resources, and hints on his own blog “The Middle Years” at WWW.MIDDLEYEARSMINISTRY.COM