5 Fun and Easy Group Games
Who am I?
Place a name tag on everyone’s back as they come in the door with a famous person’s name on it (a well-known music artist, athlete, actor, book or movie character, biblical person, etc.). Have everyone ask yes/no questions of each other until they can guess whose name is on their back. Give extra clues to anyone who is stuck for too long.
The Vegetable Game.
Go around the circle and have each person say the name of a vegetable without letting their teeth show as they speak by keeping their lips curled over their teeth. No repeats. Keep going around until you can’t think of any more vegetables or people expire from laughter.
I Like/You Like.
Take turns going clockwise around the circle each saying something you like. It could be a food, an activity, a place, a movie, a book, a game, a music artist, an actor, something people do, etc. This will often generate discussion, with others who feel the same or feel differently speaking up. Go around the circle a few times without repeating any items. You could keep it as simple as that, or you could add complexity by then going counterclockwise around the circle and trying to say something that the person on your right previously said they like! (You like …)
True For You
Objective: Find something you have in common with someone else so you can sit in their spot.
Gather a loose circle of seats so there’s a spot for everyone to sit except you.
Have everyone else sit down while you stand in the middle of the circle.
Explain that you will say something that is true for you (that they would not know just by looking at you), and then everyone else for whom the statement is also true will need to stand up immediately and find a different seat.
When people get up to move, you try to sit in someone’s spot.
Whoever is left without a chair stands in the middle and makes the next true statement about themselves. It can be anything true that you can’t tell by looking at them: I like strawberry ice cream; I’ve been to Colorado; My favorite color is blue; I enjoy swimming; I have a brother; I don’t like pickles, etc.
You’ll learn what things various people in the group have in common, and you’ll get people laughing and active as they jump up and compete for seats. Continue as long as people are having fun.
Ping Pong Air Hockey
Objective: Keep the ping pong ball from falling off the table in your territory by blowing it away from you!
You’ll need one ping pong ball and a table your group can gather around.
Move chairs away from the table (a dining room table is perfect). Everyone stands or kneels evenly spread around the table and claims their fair part of the table edge with their hands placed to either side of where they are standing. The more people, the smaller each person’s territory will be. Each person will have the backs of their hands up against the backs of the hands of the person to their left and right, on the edge of the table.
Place the ping pong ball in the center of the table, and on the count of three everyone starts blowing toward the ball, to keep it away from their section of the table edge.
If the ball falls off the table between your hands, you’re out. You may not lean any part of your body against the table to block the ball (your hands only mark the border of your area). Once the ball has gone off the table, that one person steps away and everyone adjusts their hands to take a little more area so it’s evenly shared again.
Keep playing until there are two people left and they each have half the table. Others who are watching can mark the boundaries with their hands for the final round because the remaining contestants will probably not be able to reach. May the strongest lungs win! Congratulate your winner and play again with everybody back in again.