15 Christian Icebreakers

Pastors, Christian youth groups, and women’s and men’s fellowship leaders at one time or another need quick ideas or activities to provide a little relaxation, inspiration and stimulation for their members or group participants. Icebreakers are one way to get the juices flowing no matter the makeup of the group or the topics to be studied or covered. There are a number of Christian-oriented icebreakers that can be used with almost any aged group and 15 suggested ones are listed here.

1. What Makes Me Blessed?

In order to put group participants at ease and to help them get acquainted with others in the group, particularly with those who may only know one another casually, good Christian icebreakers initially involve getting to know others and creating a level of comfort for whatever the group is going to be discussing or the time allotted.

One of several ways way to do that is to ask everyone in the group what makes them blessed? Ask them to write out the first letters of their name on a colorful piece of paper or on a white erase board. If need be, let each person pair off with another in the group so they can strategize for words with their names that equate with being blessed, such as the name Joan = joyful, Fred = fortunate, Aaron = anointed.

The same idea can be used with how the letters of a given name describe the person personally. Tom = Talkative, Objective and Motivated. Provide dictionaries and thesauruses for extra word help.

One more twist on this icebreaker is asking group members whether their first or middle names have major significance in any way such as whether their first or middle name was taken from another family name or family tradition of assigning and carrying on names.

2. The God Question

Asking God questions is another good approach to easing awkwardness in a group setting as everyone wants answers to questions that remain unanswered, particularly in the most blatant of circumstances and situations. This activity could be done individually, with a partner or as a group with everyone providing an answer and an appointed person writing out the questions on a white erase or chalkboard with discussions that follow.

3. The Lottery

Winning the lottery and what a person would do with the winnings seems to be a universal kind of icebreaker. The question could be administered individually or done on a group basis with everyone providing answers as to what a person would, should or could do with a major win. A second part of the question could include whether a winner should tithe (10%) of the winnings to a Christian organization?

4. Bible Character and Scripture Matching

Christian icebreakers usually involve activities affiliated with the Bible and scriptures, and one idea that is always enjoyable to use with members of younger groups is identifying bible characters through specific scriptures and actual character cutouts.

Biblical characters, such as Moses holding the Ten Commandments, can be placed on a magnetic board and a scripture attributed to them matched with the character. Ask group members to identify the character and put the right figure with the quoted scripture. Mix and match a number of characters and scriptures to make the activity varied and fun. For example, take the scripture from Exodus 9:1 “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” In this case, the character being instructed is Moses.

Another take off on scripture matching is to provide more prominent scripture passages with a significant word or words left out one within the scripture. Ask group members to fill in and provide the missing word. This activity can be accomplished more quickly in pairs using a white erase board and access to scriptures with a matching word list for access with the appropriate fill in words.

5. Miraculous Happenings

If you could be part of any miraculous or other happening recorded in Christian history, what would it be and why? For example, how would you feel if you were in Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus, or in the midst of the parting of the Red Sea or amongst those who were miraculously healed at the Grotto in Lourdes, France in the 19th Century and beyond?

6. God Thoughts

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of God? This could be another activity where everyone participates on both an individual and group basis with either writing out the answer on a separate sheet of paper or on a white erase or chalkboard with answers being given in a spontaneous fashion. A twist with this activity would be what was your first thought of God as a child?

7. Greatest Christians (past and present)

Who do you were some of the greatest Christians alive today or from the past. With this question, the answers can span from the time of the New Testament to the 21st Century. Examples could include great pastors, prophets, theologians, saints, etc. For example, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa and Norman Vincent Peale. Try to come up with at least ten (10) individuals from the past and present that have had major influences in Christianity.

8. Me, Myself and I

In looking at yourself in general, what are three things you really like about yourself? Another twist on this same topic could include what would you change about yourself that would help you become a better Christian?

9. Testimony

What event, occurrence, or circumstance in your life led you to become a Christian? Was there a major turning point that led to acceptance? This could be either an individual or group activity that would help to put others at ease and to compare answers that might be similar in nature.

10. What’s My Line

The old television program from the 50’s and late 60’s provides interesting input for Christian icebreakers. Everyone in the group is asked to jot down three different things about themselves and their line of work or vocation that is unknown to the others in the group. At least two of the items are true and one is not. Each group member presents their facts to the group and then everyone takes a vote as to which item about the person is not true. This activity can have surprising turnarounds as well as help others to get to know one another. It can be done with an erase board approach or with individual note cards or colored paper.

11. Christian Books & Movies

What Christian book or movie that you read or viewed recently, or in the past, would you recommend to others in the group that best represents Christian life today and true biblical history? Let the whole group brainstorm and come up with the top five books and movies that have had a major impact on Christians and others.

12. Biblical Person Encounter

If you were able to visit heaven, what biblical person would you talk to besides Jesus? For example, the Apostle Paul would be someone from the New Testament era that would provide hours of dialogue and inspiration.

13. Christian Influence

What Christian person that you have met and known has had the most influence in your life and why? That person could be a pastor, close friend, stranger, or mentor. Think about whether that individual caused a turning point in your Christian walk.

14. Christian Church Dilemmas

Today’s Christian church faces many problems. If you were able to have influence over just one of those problems, what would that problem be and how would you try to change it? Many would probably want to talk about the persecution that Christians face around the world today, the banishment of prayer or the tearing down of Christian monuments.

15. Weekly High-point

Looking back on your week (or the past few days), what was the most enlightening event or encounter that struck you as memorable and lasting? Perhaps a smile, handshake or a few encouraging words brought a feeling of well-being and confidence to your week. Maybe interfacing with a less fortunate person in a positive way or helping someone facing difficulty would be a reminder of what a Christian outlook can do for others outside of your inner circle

There are hundreds of ideas and variations of ideas and activities that can be used as icebreakers for most any Christian gathering. They usually take up a small amount of time at the beginning of a get-together but are meant to put those in attendance at ease and more comfortable with the subject matter that is going to be discussed or studied later on in the meeting. One way to help people to intermingle with one another and know more about each other is with the use of short and interactive activities, and some of those listed here can help get a group get off to a good start.

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Greedy Dice Game

Greed is a dice game that is also known as Tora. It is a great game for the whole family. It is also a great way for kids to learn advanced concepts of addition and multiplications. Greed uses a point system that reaches 10000 points or more by Rolling 10 dice. You may throw dice in groups for instance of 3 and whatever they land on is x 10 you could then for instance for the remainder of the 10 die and multiply that score by 10 as well. By adding each individual toss of the die together the object of the game is to exceed 10,000 points. Once a player exceeds 10000 Points each other player gets to roll at least one more time to try to exceed the points of the winning player. The strategy of the game ball groupings of numbers such as 3 of a kind in multiplying them. You may keep the total from the first roll and put it aside and then keep the total from each subsequent roll and multiply them together to get your total.

If a 1 is rolled out of the 10 then you get 100 points, and a single 5 is worth 50 points. Doubles don’t earn points.Triple 1s are worth 1,000 points. Triple 2s are worth 200 points,triple 3s are worth 300 points, triple 4s are worth 400 points,triple 5s are worth 500 points, triple 6s are worth 600 points.

If you roll four of the same number, then it’s the score is three times the digit of the roll. So if you end up with four 3s, then you have 300 points multiplied by three for 900 total points. If you end up with five of the same kind, then you would multiply the three scores of the roll by a multiple of four no matter what you are left with on the dice. If you get six of the same numbers on the dice, then you take the three scores you have and it would then be multiplied by eight. If you roll six 1s then you will get a total of 8,000 points. If you happen to get a single roll with three pairs then you will get 800 points. Finally, if you roll the same on six or more of the six-sided dice then you will earn 1200 points.

Variations to Greedy Dice Game

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The great thing about Greed is that it challenges you to make decisions and see just how far you are willing to go to win. Hence, the name Greed. Greed is a wonderfully fun way to spend time with friends and family while also being incredibly entertaining. You can have an exciting evening get together based around this dice game. All you need is a little bit of space, a pencil paper, and ten six sided dice.

There can be different variations on the way that the game is played too. You can have each person take a single turn and work your way around in a circle. Each time everyone takes a turn it is referred to as a round. Players take turns from the left. You can play taking multiple turns and only throwing part of the dice per throw. If it is decided that everyone will play using one single throw, all ten of the dice should be thrown at one time.

The basic factor that really outlines this game is the fact that when a single person wins by reaching the predetermined amount of points, all of the rest of the player will throw the dice one more time and add whatever they throw to their total score. If someone gets more points than the winner, then they become the new winner. No doubt, this games takes planning and strategy and can be a whole lot of fun.

If you enjoyed this game, make sure you check out our list of fun dice games.

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5 Fun Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Bounce houses have come a long way in recent years.  They now have elaborate designs with slides, obstacle courses, tunnels, splash pools, and even basketball hoops!   Kids can do much more than simply bounce up and down — they will have years of fun inventing new games to play inside their feature-packed bounce house.

Bounce houses are available in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes.  You can find the perfect bounce house to suit your backyard and the types of games that your children enjoy playing.  This article will list the reasons why you should buy a bounce house, provide some information for choosing the right one, then highlight 5 of the best obstacle course bounce houses on the market!

Why Buy an Obstacle Bounce House?

Some of the best reasons to buy an obstacle course bounce house include:

Obstacle course bounce houses are the ultimate party activity!

An obstacle course bounce house can provide hours of entertainment for your children and their friends.  If your home is often the location for children’s parties or family get-togethers, the bounce house will regularly be in use and be a highlight for visitors.  Your children’s friends will love coming over and spending time playing in your bounce house — your children will be the most popular kids on the block!

An obstacle bounce house has many activities on offer​

Modern bounce houses are designed like activity centres and have many games to play.  In addition to bouncing around, children can have races through the bounce house, use the slides, use the pillars like punching bags, hang off the ceiling, playing in a ball pit, set up the bounce house like a stage to perform a concert, add a sprinkler to cool off and much more.

Bounce houses are great for exhausting your kids!​

Do you have some very energetic children who are constantly running around at 100 miles per hour?  If you buy an obstacle course bounce house, they will have hours of fun while expending their seemingly boundless energy.  That means you get to enjoy some peace-and-quiet while watching them happily exhaust themselves.

You can reposition and store your bounce house very easily​

Unlike bulky swing sets and playhouses that constantly take up room in your backyard, you can deflate the bounce house to make more room in your yard.  This is handy if you want to have a party in the back yard or the bounce house is only used in the summer months.  You can deflate it and pack it up very easily.  It is also simple to move a bounce house around the back yard.

A very cheap form of entertainment​

An obstacle course bounce house will provide your children with hours of entertainment over many years.  They provide excellent value-for-money!

They keep your kids fit!

Your kids will be very active when they are playing on the bounce house, which helps them stay fit.  Playing on a bounce house is a much better past time than being glued to a television screen or spending hours on the Internet.

Tips for Buying an Obstacle Bounce House

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Buying an obstacle course bounce house can be quite confusing because there are so many choices on offer.  The build quality, size, durability and value-for-money of different bounce houses varies greatly. 

Here are some important bounce house buying tips:

Buy a bounce house that is the right size for your backyard

Is it a residential bounce house or a commercial bounce house?

Is the bounce house as big as you think?

Double check the weight

Get a bounce house with a good warranty

Double check the slide stoppage area

Check the country of manufacture, materials and craftsmanship

Ask the kids what kinds of games they want to play

Consider safety

5 of the Best Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Here are a few of the best obstacle course bounce houses currently on the market.  They can provide years of fun for your children and their friends!

Inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce House


Bounceland Bounce House Inflatable Bouncer Obstacle Pro-Racer Combo…

  • [Specification] Inflated size: 19’Lx9’Wx7’H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes, repair kit and…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

19’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H

Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars

This is a well-constructed obstacle bounce house featuring heavy-duty puncture-proof materials and double to quadruple stitches.  It is an excellent choice for households with small children because it is lower to the ground than many other bounce houses.

The obstacle course is set up to allow two children to race one another.  They crawl through tunnels, hang off a beam, run between pillars then fly down a slide.  The powerful 0.7 HP UL blower can inflate the bounce house in less than a minute, which makes it a great choice if you need to transport it to parties or move it around the yard.  The blower has a long fill hose, so you can safely secure the mechanical components well away from the bounce house.

This bounce house has 9” ground stakes to firmly secure it into the ground and comes with a large carry bag.  Up to 4 children weighing up to 100 pounds each can use this bounce house simultaneously.

Ultimate Combo Bounce House


Ultimate Combo Inflatable Bounce House

  • [Specification] Inflated size: L 12 ftxW 10 ft xH 8 ft, Package includes: bounce house, blower,30 colorful play balls,…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple stitches 2) Half way velcro opening…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

12’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H

Features: 

Huge slide, pillars, secure bounce area, ball pit, basketball hoop

This bounce house is perfect for kids who love going down slides!  The Ultimate Combo Bounce House features a massive curved slide with a long landing pad and high rails for safety.

This bounce house is made from PVC coated Terylene/Laminated Oxford Terylene, with mesh segments surrounding the main bounce area.  The Ultimate Combo Bounce house comes with 30 plastic balls, a basketball hoop, a UL certified blower, repair kit and carry bag.

Inflatable HQ Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide


Cloud 9 Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide 100%…

  • Approximately 17 x 16 x 15 feet total inflated size
  • Complies with the Lead Free Toys Act
  • A 2 HP blower is required for use and not included

Manufacturer: 

Inflatable HQ

Size: 

16.5 L x 16’ W x 15’ H

Features: 

Castle design, slide, pillars, huge secure bounce area, climbing wall

This is one of the largest and most durable residential obstacle course bounce houses on the market!  It features a large bounce area with mesh windows and two seperate ramps — a small one for the toddlers and a large one for the bigger kids.

It is constructed from high-quality 100% PVC vinyl and is capable of holding up to 8 children, weighing up to 100 pounds each.   The super-thick PVC, heavy-duty stitching and reinforced stress points ensure that this bounce house will deliver many years of fun.

Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer


Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer

  • [Specification] Inflated size: 15 ft W x 13 ft Lx 8.3 ft H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes,…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

15’ L x 13’ W x 8.3’ H

Features: 

Stage area, 7ft slide, basketball hoop, secure bounce area

This is a fantastic bounce house for children who like to put on a show!  In addition to features a large bounce floor, slide and basketball hoop, it can be used as a stage.  The kids could have some fun acting out movies, singing songs and much more.  The bounce floor is toddler friendly, with mesh windows and a closable velcro opening.

Yard Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer Obstacle Course Super Combo


BESTPARTY Obstacle Course Inflatable Bounce House Castle with Large…

  • Approximately 18’x8.2’x7.2’H(in), total inflated size
  • Features 3.5’H large slide available for two racer, two crawling tunnels, two climbing walls
  • Bright and colorful Tall walls with mesh netting surround Easy to set up and store

Size: 

21.5’ L x 9.3’ W x 7.9 H

Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars, climbing wall

This is a large obstacle bounce castle that is set up for races!  It starts with two tunnels that go into the bounce area, onto a climbing wall then finally down the slide.  The bouncing floor and slide surface are made from commercial grade PVC that is guaranteed to deliver years of fun.

The YARD inflatable bounce house includes ground stakes, a powerful blower and extra long blower fill hose.  Being a larger bounce house, it has a bigger capacity and is capable of accommodating up to 8 children.

So what are you waiting for?  Buy your kids a quality obstacle course bounce house and watch them have the time of their lives! Make sure you check out our adult obstacle course ideas as well.

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Balloon Popping Games

Have you ever tried to host a party, whether for children or adults, only to find that you have no way of keeping everyone entertained? As a party host, you should find a variety of games that you guests will find both fun and entertaining. Of course, if you are working on a budget, you need to make sure the supplies you need for your game do not cost too much. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun balloon popping games that both children and adults will love and the cost for supplies is cheap.

1. Balloon Darts

Balloon darts is a fun game for both adults and children. You will need a package of balloons, a package of darts, thumbtacks, and a large, thick poster board. Blow the balloons up, tie them and secure them by their “tails” to the poster board using thumbtacks. Make sure you space the balloons out a bit so they are not pushed up against one another.

Stand the poster board up by leaning it against a tree or placing it on a chair. Mark a spot on the ground so everyone knows how far back they need to stand when throwing their darts. Ask your guests to line up and give each person three chances to throw a dart. You can opt to give children more chances if you wish.

Make sure you keep score whenever someone pops a balloon. Tally up the scores when the last balloon pops. The person who popped the most balloons wins the game. If you really want to make things fun, award the winner with some sort of prize. For kids, you may want to have some sort of grab bag full of cheap prizes they can pick from.

2. Balloon Pop Game: Stomp the Balloon

Stomp the Balloon is yet another hilariously entertaining balloon pop game for both children and adults. For this game, you will need balloons, string, and ground chalk. If you choose to play this game indoors, you will not need the ground chalk. For outdoor play, draw a large circle on the ground to designate as the play arena.

Give each person the same colored balloon. For instance, if you have four children, you can give one child all red balloons, the other all blue, and so on. If you have a large group of children, or adults, you can assign teams. Each team member gets the same color. Once you assign colors to each person or team, blow them up so they are nice and large and tie three balloons around each person’s ankles.

You should have three balloons on one ankle and three balloons on the other for a total of six balloons. Have everyone enter the “battle arena” and instruct them to stomp as many of their opponent’s balloons as possible while protecting their own at the same time. The person or team with the least popped balloons at the end is the winner.

3. Balloon Pop Game: Water Balloon Toss

Water balloon toss is a fun outdoor game to play no matter how old you are. It is also a great way to cool down on a hot day. Make sure you let your guests know that you are hosting water games so they can prepare themselves and dress properly. To play this game, you will need water balloons. Split your guests into teams of two and fill enough water balloons so each team has one balloon.

Have team members line up so they are facing one another. Hand a filled water balloon to the players lined up on one side and instruct them to toss the balloon across the way to their team member. To begin with, team members should stand a little more than arm’s distance away from each other. The teams will continue to toss their balloon back and forth, taking a step back from one another between each toss.

As the distance between the teams begins to widen, it will become harder and harder to keep the balloon from breaking. If a team breaks their balloon, they are out of the game. The last team standing with an unbroken balloon is the winner. If guests seem like they are having fun, you can always play a few rounds as long as you have enough water balloons to go around.

4. Water Balloon Piñata

When it comes to water balloon piñata, there are no winners. Instead, everyone gets to have fun and enjoy the game. This game is best suited for children rather than adults. To play this game, you will need at least 12 feet of thick rope, water balloons, and a decent sized stick. Secure the rope between two trees if possible or string it up like a clothes line.

Fill the water balloons – but not too much – and secure them so they hang from the rope. Line children up, hang them the stick and have them take turns whacking a balloon. A good enough whack will pop the balloon and send water splashing down onto the laughing children below. If you have enough trees and string, you can hang several balloons up for even more water fun.

5. Water Balloon Crush

Water balloon crush is a fun party balloon pop game game for kids of all ages. You will need plenty of water balloons and a kiddie pool to play. Fill the water balloons full of water and place them in an empty kiddie pool. Instruct children to stomp on the balloons so they can pop as many as possible. If you choose to play it this way, there is no winner, which makes it a fun balloon popping game for small children.

If, however, you are playing with older kids, you will need a package of water balloons for each child in attendance. Have children enter the kiddie pool one at a time. Give each child the chance to pop as many balloons as possible in a given amount of time. For instance, you can give each child one minute. Make sure you remove all broken balloons and refill the pool with a package of fresh balloons for each child.

Keep score so you know how many balloons each child broke. The child who managed to break the most balloons in the allotted time is the winner. You may choose to celebrate the winner with a prize or perhaps a homemade crown depending on the age of the children.

6. Back-to-Back Balloon Pop Game

Back-to-back balloon pop is a fun game for young and middle-aged children. Older children might find this game a bit too immature, however. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Have children split off into pairs of two and blow up enough balloons so that each pair has one balloon. Stand the children back to back and place a balloon between them.

Instruct children to squeeze against one another in an attempt to pop their balloon. The trick is that no child is allowed to use their hands. If the balloon falls, the pair will have to begin again. The first pair to break their balloon wins the round. You can continue playing, if you wish, until there only two teams remaining and have them square off together in a balloon pop.

7. Blow Up Balloon Race

The blow up balloon race game is yet another game that is best suited for children rather than adults. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Hand each child and deflated balloon and instruct them to blow up their balloon until it pops. The first person to pop their balloon wins the blow up balloon race.

If you have a large group of children, let them continuing blowing up their balloons until only two children remain. Let the last two children face off against one another to see who can inflate and pop their balloon the fastest. Keep in mind that children may become very winded so it is likely better to avoid this game if you have small children in attendance.

8. Balloon Pop Face-Off

Balloon pop face-off is a great game for middle-aged and older children to play. It requires a large playing area so it is best played outdoors. Split children into two teams such as a red team and a blue team. Hand the red team an inflated red balloon and the blue team an inflated blue balloon. Set a base for each team and have them secure their balloon to their base, such as tied around a tree.

The goal is for one team to try to get to the other team’s base to pop their balloon while protecting their own. This game is a great icebreaker since children must work together. Children can use stealth to sneak to the other team’s base in an attempt to pop their balloon. However, they must also designate at least one person to keep an eye on and protect the balloon that is on their base.

The first team to pop the opposing team’s balloon wins the game. If children appear to like the game, you could always opt for different rounds. For instance, children can play a best out of three or best out of five game. For additional fun, play the game at night with some white Christmas lights to provide minimal lighting so kids can sneak around to the other team’s base in the dark.

9. Hop and Pop

If you are looking for a fun balloon popping game for small children, hop and pop is what you need. You will need enough balloons and enough chairs for each child. Secure one balloon to each chair using string and tape if necessary. Instruct children to stand with their back to the chair as though they are about to sit down.

Tell children to sit on their chairs to try to pop their balloon without using their hands. Children may have to wiggle and squirm to get their balloon to pop so they can use their hands to steady themselves. However, children should not try to pop the balloon with their hands or pull themselves down onto the balloon. The first child to pop their balloon wins.

10. Balloon Treasure Hunt

Kids are sure to enjoy balloon treasure hunt. For this game, you will need plenty of balloons and a few packages of candy or other small treats of your choosing that will fit inside of a balloon. Place a couple of treats inside of each balloon and blow them up. Make sure you do no blow them up too large since you will need to hide them.

Hide the balloons in various places inside and outside if the weather permits. Instruct children to find the hidden balloons and pop them so they can claim their treasure. Keep tally of what child finds and pops the most balloons if you wish to declare a winner. If you have smaller children playing, every child is a winner since each child will have the reward of receiving candy.

11. Pin the Diaper

Pin the diaper is a fun game to play for a baby shower for both men and women. Supplies you will need to play this game include enough balloons, cloth diapers, and blind folds so each person has one, and plenty of safety pins. Blow up the balloons and hand one to each guest in attendance. Give each guest a few safety pins and a cloth diaper, too.

Instruct guests to tie a blindfold around their eyes. Once their blindfolds are in place, ask them to pin the diaper on the “baby,” which is the balloon in this case. If a person pops their balloon, they are out of the game. The first person to secure the diaper to the balloon without popping it wins the game.

Each of the games mentioned above will keep your guests laughing and entertained. In return, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a great party host without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, there are plenty of other fun balloon popping games you can play as long as you have the imagination to do so.

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Lawn Games for the Entire Family

Summer can pose a problem for families in search for new and fun things to do. So much free time can lead to boredom. Finding fun, inexpensive, and innovative ideas that keep everyone interested is hard to do. Lawn games are a perfect way to get the family outside and to spend time together. With so many options, there is a lawn game for everyone to enjoy.

Lawn Twister

To set up this easy game, begin by painting a “twister board” onto the lawn. It is best to cut a template of a circle out of some leftover cardboard. Use ground marking spray paint on the grass because it washes off easily.

Tug- of-War​

This classic game includes the entire family as well as friends or neighbors. Get a long and sturdy rope, and either some colored tape or marker to mark the center of the rope. Split into two teams and begin pulling. One fun twist to the game is extending the rope across either a stream or water sprinkler. Tug-of-War is not only about strength, but it is also a lot of fun, and there are many variations of the game that can be played.

Frozen T-Shirt Race​

This game is easy to set up and even more fun to play. To start, grab a single t-shirt for each player and soak it in water. Once it is thoroughly wet, squeeze out any extra water and fold it up. Place all t-shirts in a plastic bag with wax paper in between the different shirts. When they are completely frozen, distribute the shirts. The winner is the first person who can completely unfold their t-shirt and put it on.

Badminton​

This is a traditional lawn game that the whole family can play together. The net can be set up in any open space. The only materials needed are the net, racquets for each player, and a shuttlecock.

Water Balloon Toss

Grab five different buckets. Set them up in a line on the driveway or pavement. If different sized buckets are used, place the larger ones closer to the start and the smaller ones at the end. Label the closest bucket 25, then the next 50, 75, 100, and 500. Use filled water balloons to toss into the buckets. The winner is the one that can score the most points.

bucket of green water balloons next to legs of small child wearing shark shorts and crocs

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Bean Bag Ladder Toss​

For this game, all that is needed is a step lapper and some bean bags to toss. To start, label each rung of a step ladder with different points. Normally, the top rung will be the highest number. Throw the bags between the rungs to score points.

BAGGO

BAGGO is a classic lawn game that is loved by the whole family. Design a BAGGO board that has a theme that represents the interests of the family. To start, set up the boards opposite from each other. Split the players up into teams of two and give each team four bags. The opponents will alternate the tosses until all of the eight bags are thrown. The team that reaches 21 points first wins the game. Ask friends and neighbors to bring their portable BAGGO boards and set up a BAGGO tournament in your yard.

Jenga

This game requires a little more preparation, but it will last for many summers to come. Buy several 2×4 boards that can be cut into 48 ½ inch pieces. The boards can be cut by hand or at a local lumber yard. After the pieces are cut, sand the edges so each piece is smooth and can be easily slid across the other pieces. To add some creativity and color, paint the ends in different colors. There is no need to seal the wood because it may cause the wood to stick and the pieces will not slide as easily. Once the project is complete, you can begin playing the game. Store the pieces in a garage during wet weather to prevent warping.

Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag​

For fun after the sun goes down, try a different take on a classic game. Divide up family and friends into two teams. Use different glow stick colors as the flags for each team. Give each player two glow bracelets which match the color of their flag. The objective is to find the opposite team’s “flag” and bring it back to their side. The winner is the team who successfully captures all of the other team’s flags.

Outdoor Bowling​

Fill 2-liter soda bottles with water or sand, and use a rubber ball as the bowling ball. Adjust the length of the lane according to the ability and age of the players.

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Slide and Toss

Slip and Slide is a yard activity the whole family has enjoyed for many years. To make it into a game that involves scoring points, gather a tarp, duct tape, and Frisbees. To set up the game, cut different shapes into the tarp and reinforce the shapes with the duct tape. Give different point values to the shapes and then hang the tarp at the end of the slip-n-slide. To play, slide down the slide, stand up, spin around four times and throw Frisbees to gain points. The winner is the person or team with the most points at the end of the game.

Blanket Run​

This easy and fun game only requires blankets to play. Simply have one person sit on the blanket while the other stands and holds the other end. The winner is the one that can pull their partner across the lawn to the finish line first.

Playground Games​

Playground games such as jump rope and hopscotch are fun, too! They can provide hours of outdoor family entertainment and require very few materials.

Final Thoughts

Summer is an exciting time for creating lifelong memories. Summer entertainment does not have to be expensive and should include the entire family. It can be as simple as making bubbles and hula hooping, to creating competitive games. Whichever activities your family chooses to participate in should be fun!

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Human Knot Icebreaker Game

The human knot icebreaker game is a great one to play when you are thinking of ways to make friends at a meeting or a party. There are people who have never done this before, or they might have only seen a description of it. You have to get in your mind how much fun it is going to be to play, and then you are going to be able to get to know people while you are playing. You might see some people say that you can do this with a really large group, but you are going to get better results by breaking up your group into chunks of about ten people.

Starting Out

Starting out is a very simple process, but you have to be willing to break people up into groups. The groups that you make for all the people around you are going to be helpful because they will have just a few people together that can learn each other’s name as they go. Make sure that everyone has a name tag on, and then make your own human knot.

Holding Hands

Everyone needs to be holding hands, and you need to make a knot that connects people in a twister sort of fashion. The twister setup that you do for the game is going to be easy to untie, but you have to make sure that you have done all that you can to make the knot complex. Everyone is going to keep holding hands, and they will need to untie themselves. This is where everyone has to get to know each other because they have no choice.

The first step for making the knot is to make sure that you do not turn anybody around while you are doing it. They might have to twist and turn when they are untying the knot, but they kind of need to be facing each other as you start the game.

Starting the Game

You are going to ask everyone to start to untie the knot, but they are not going to be untie the knot unless they keep holding hands. Holding hands is going to be hard for everyone to do when they do not know all the names around them, but they are going to share their names when they are untying the knot. This might be kind of hard for some of the people in the group, but it is hard to keep untying the knot when people do not know names.

Waiting

You have to remember that they are going to wait sometimes when they do not know how they are going to be able to get the job done. They have more time to talk because this game can get kind of complicated. These people know that they are going to have to work hard at it to get it done, but they might take a break just to talk. This can be kind of helpful, but everyone is going to learn names as they go.

Pushing the Group

There will come a time when you need to push the group because you know that they are going to have to actually finish. It might be funny to leave everyone in knots, but you might need to have them to keep working on the knot. You can actually show them what to do, and then you can let them keep going on their own to get done. This means that they can get the knot finished with some help, but these people already know each other’s names.

A group that moves really fast is going to have a chance to go back and try a harder knot, and that could be really fun because it is your first chance to get them to do something that is even harder. You might not have an idea if they can do the bigger knot, but it will be fun to try. People are going to learn names, and they are going to have a chance to work out their brains on something that is really complex.

Doing it Blindfolded

You cannot do the whole game blindfolded, but you can blindfold every other person or even just one person in the group. This means that the people who can see have to give direction to the people that are blindfolded, and you also need to remember that it is going to be easier for these people to learn names because they have no choice.

You are going to have a lot of fun playing the human knot icebreaker game at every meeting, and it is still going to work when you are trying to get your team to work together. The person that is going to be the best at this is going to be good at problem solving, but the people that like to socialize will enjoy it just the same.

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How to Play Egyptian Rat Screw

Egyptian Ratscrew, also known as French Slap and Egyptian War, is a fast-paced card game for two or more players. To play the game, you’ll need a standard deck of 52 cards (or multiple decks for more players).

General Gameplay

To begin, the deck is shuffled and each player is dealt an even number of cards face down. At no point during the game are the players allowed to look at their own cards.

The person to the left of the dealer begins the game by flipping the top card of their pile and placing it face up in the middle to start a center pile. The player flips the card away from themselves so that all players may see the card at the same time. The play of Egyptian Rat Screw continues around the circle with each player placing one card face up on the center pile until a face card or an Ace is played.

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When this occurs the next player or “challenged” has four chances after an Ace is played, three after a King, two after a Queen, and one chance after a Jack to place another Ace or face card. If the player completes the allowed number of chances without placing the correct card, the play continues.

If the challenged player manages to place a face card or an Ace, then that player becomes the “challenger” and the next player is given the same number of chances to place a correct card. As long as an Ace or face card can be placed, the game will continue to the next player. If not, the challenger takes the pile and begins a new one. Once a player collects all the cards in a deck, the Egyptian Rat Screw game is won.

Slapping

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Certain combinations of cards agreed on beforehand allow players to slap the pile and claim it. Some examples of slap combinations are a Double, any two cards of equal value; Sandwiches, a Double that has a card of different value between the two cards of equal value; Big Mac’s, a double that has two cards of different values between the two equal cards; consecutive runs of at least three cards, ascending or descending; wild cards, generally Jokers; and Marriage, a King and Queen on top of each other.

The person who slaps the pile the quickest is able to claim the entire pile. If two players slap the pile simultaneously, the one who has contact with the most number of cards wins the slap.

Player Elimination & Penalties

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A player is eliminated once he or she has no more cards to flip. If the player’s cards run out while challenging an Ace or face card, then either of two situations can occur. The next player may use the remaining chances to try and counter the challenge or the challenger can collect the pile and begin a new one.

One or more penalty cards must be given if a player slaps the pile on a combination that is not set forth prior to the game beginning. The cards must be placed face up at the bottom of the pile so that the play may resume with the last card played. If a player incorrectly slaps more than five consecutive plays, then they are out of the game.

Even without any cards left, a player may still slap at appropriate card combinations. If, however, they slap incorrectly they are given a strike. Three strikes and they may not slap until the next game.

Wrap Up

There you have it, the step-by-step process on how to play Egyptian Rat Screw. Enjoy this fun card game with family and friends. Check out the rest of the site for more fun cards games.

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