college travels

Friday, October 31, 2008

Four On A Couch Game

With over 100 graduates serving in children's and youth ministries in all sorts of places, we often hear good tips on what people are doing in youth ministry. Here's something from Michael Hyam, one of the bunch of inaugural students at the College.

Mike Hyam - "I have been playing this new mixer for a few weeks at youth and it is really good fun with a little strategy. Seems complicated at first but give it a go!"

Four on a Couch

Depending on the size of your group, this game could work as an Up Front Game (for a large group—the group watches while a few do the activity in front of the group, entertaining the rest) or as a Mixer (for a small group—in a group of 8-12 kids you could involve almost everyone).

Create a circle with chairs and one couch, enough seats for everyone playing plus one extra seat. 2 girls and 2 guys start off by sitting on the couch, while everyone else sits in the chairs. Give every person playing a paper to write their name on. They are to turn their names in to you.
Mix the names up and redistribute them back to the youth, making sure no one gets their own name. They are not to tell which name they have.

The purpose of the game is for the guys to get all 4 guys on the couch and the girls to get all 4 girls on the couch.

The person to the left of the empty seat calls out a name of someone in the circle. Whoever is HOLDING THAT NAME (not the one whose name it is, i.e John calls Amy's name, and Jeff is holding Amy's name) gets up and sits on the empty chair.

The person who called the name and the person who sat on the chair, then exchange papers with names on it (that way the same name does not stay with the same person, it makes it more challenging).

The person to the left of the new empty seat calls a new name. (the same name cannot be repeated twice in a row).

Again, the purpose is for the guys to get the 2 girls off the couch and vice versa. This is a really fun game but it can last a long time.

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  • This is a really fun game!
    We did it at our youth group (probably works better with older youth) and they loved it.
    However we found for the game to work best you need a fair balance of guys and girls.

    By Anonymous Rebecca M, at 11:00 am  

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