The Story

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Stand or sit in a circle. Go around the room assigning the name of a person, place or thing to each person. The first person in the group begins to tell a story that they make up. Within 10 seconds (longer or shorter is okay) that person must mention the person, place or thing assigned […]

Spell It

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The person starting speaks a letter. The next person speaks that letter and adds another letter. The trick is not to spell a word. Exclude people who spell a word. People must have a word in mind when they are adding a letter, or they can bluff. If a person challenges someone as to what […]

Silent Animal Circle

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This game gets difficult with more than twenty people; it is better for groups of 15 or so. Everyone gets in a circle and is given an animal in which they are assigned a hand motion that represents that animal.

Hand Motions (a few examples):

Elephant- hang one arm down with your other arm wrapped around it, […]

Name Game

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You start with a name (Tom Cruise). The other team must come up with a name starting with the last letter of the name (Edward Scissor-Hands). We had it going for a long time until we ran out of names for Y’s and got into arguments over whether or not people really existed. We did […]

Guess the Leader

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Everyone gets in a big circle. Pick a volunteer to leave the room after you explain the game. Once that volunteer is out of hearing range, pick a volunteer in the room that wants to be leader. Everyone must slyly watch this person and imitate what they do when the other volunteer comes back into […]

Fizz/Buzz

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Fizz is the name of any number with a five in it: 5, 10, 15, etc. Buzz is the word for any number with a 7 in it or any multiple of seven: 7,14,17,21,27, etc. Have everyone in a circle start with one and count upwards, inserting fizz or buzz as required. People will be […]

Zip Zap Bop

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Played like Newspaper Name Nail with a few changes. Everyone is to learn the names of the persons to their left and right. Zip means left and Zap means right. The person in the middle says a persons name and either Zip or Zap. The person called must say the name of the person to their […]

Your Number Is Up

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Instruct your whole group to walk randomly around the room. About every ten seconds or so, call out a number. Everyone in the game must immediately form a group hug, made up of the number of people that you called. This sometimes leaves some people unable to form a group because they don’t have enough […]

Torpedo

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This game is a gym- version of the pool game “sharks and minnows.” Using a basketball court or marking your own, you need a large rectangle. Two kids are chosen as the “launchers” while the rest of the group (anywhere from 15 to 50 kids works fine) lines up outside one of the short sides […]

Shoe Toss and Find

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You have everyone (up to 200) in large circle. Everyone sits down. Everyone takes off his or her right shoe. You then pass the shoe to the person on your right (you always get a large number of kids making fun of smelly shoes). You then pick one unsuspecting leader to go stand in the […]