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Games without winners or losers

Games without winners or losers are especially important to start a new group.

A question bears to be asked here: Does a game always have to be a competition as well? Meaning does there always have to be a winner and loser. It certainly does not. There are quite some games where there is no winner. That of course also means that there are no losers either. So, when are those games appropriated?

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There are many constellations and situations where it is necessary to organize a game without winners. For example, when groups just came together. To promote and strengthen the bond of the team members with one another, those are just some examples where games without winners and losers are the means of choice. Thus, the relationships in the group can develop independently and are not predetermined by who are winner or losers.


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Games are without a winner, are important to promote self-confidence in children and adolescents. Not everyone is physically and mentally capable of losing several times in a row. Games which have distinguished winners and losers might create unnecessary barriers between group members, which are often extremely hard to eliminate again. Also, there are several factors at play which cannot be directly influenced. Eg. the physical constitution of the individual participants.

Games without winners are primarily to bring enjoyment to the participants. They are particularly suitable for youth camps and outdoor fun in the summer when everyone is in good spirits and not willing to spoil the good mood. When selecting the suitable game, a few things should be considered. It is important to tailor the game always to the weakest participant so that he has a real chance to experience success. Of course, this team or participant does not need to be pointed out. It is sufficient if the group leader keeps track on it and makes the appropriate decisions by himself.

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  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingStay firm

    The members of team A now tries to make the members of team B laugh.

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingWidest smile, most evil grin

    Which member of the group can pull the widest smile?

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingGhosts

    The ghosts now try to stand behind a child for 10 seconds without being noticed.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingOpposites -Similarities

    The group should split into pairs of opposites.

  5. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing (only some appropriate questions)The split second answer

    Simple question must be answered within 2 seconds.

  6. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingThe sculptor and his shapes

    The sculptor must make shapes from the rest of the group members by putting them into position.

  7. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingEverything in slow motion

    A scene is played in slow motion.

  8. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingEvolution

    In this game the aim is to develop through the stages of evolution from egg to chicken, dinosaur, monkey to human being.

  9. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsThe blind and the seeing

    A player must sneak past two blind peoples.

  10. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfold, alarm clockThe ticking alarm clock

    An alarm clock is hidden in the room, which the blindfolded player must locate.

  11. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: cards with numbersThe hunt for understanding

    The player is the middle tries to steal one of the free seats.

  12. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: bonbons, sweetsFrank, Johnny and Walter

    A running game.

  13. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing or: paper, pencilsDrawing phrases on the back

    A picture is drawn on the back of the next person in the line (with the finger) who then draws it on the next person’s back.

  14. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ropeSkipping rope

    A rope is swung around in a circle and the others must jump other the rope.

  15. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsFrogs

    The frogs in the middle now grab their ankles and both try to find the way out.

  16. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsWithout direction

    All players close their eyes and only make movements according to the instructions of the group leader.

  17. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ropeBlind Rope shapes

    The blindfolded group must make the shapes which are called out.

  18. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: sticks for each playerPole ballet or the wandering stick

    On the signal, everyone lets go of their stick to the right and catches the stick on the left.

  19. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ballI have never done that before! But I have!

    This is a funny game with brilliant claims.

  20. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: hula hoopHula hula

    All of them dance at the same time and all of the hoops are moving.

  21. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: balloons, tasksRisk

    If the balloon bursts, they must perform the task.

  22. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: spoons, bowls with muesli, The group feeding

    The neighbours feed each other.

  23. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneHousehold servants and digits

    A reaction game with a lot of fun

  24. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneMemory with a difference

    The objective is that always two kids take on a certain pose. Who can identify those two kids?

  25. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneMannequins Ė finding the difference

    Three people pose like mannequins. However, each pose is slightly different. One chose kid is to find out what the differences are.

  26. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneSchnick - Schnack - Schnuck XXL

    Schnick-Schnack-Schnuck only the Knight, Dragon or Princess.

  27. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Two small objects which fit easily into the kidís handsDetectives are on their way

    Pretending to pass something on from person to person. The detective has to find out if there is truly something passed on.

  28. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneHuman Memory

    Always two kids imitate an animal. Who can find out which pairs belong together?

  29. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: String, plastic cups, cubes, bucketsThe cube cat and mouse game

    The well-known reaction game Spitz, pay attention.

  30. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: HourglassThe egg timer bomb

    This is a circle game. The child holding the egg time when it goes off, leaves the game

  31. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: A small bag with an objectCatching the Fox

    This is a well-known catching game

  32. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Pillow, crownKing for a few minutes

    The King may issue commands and everybody has to obey.

  33. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: BlindfoldsWarriors and Indians

    Half of the group sits blindfolded in a circle. The rest tries to sneak up without being heard.

  34. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: BlindfoldsShepherd and sheep with little problems

    All players are blindfolded and led around in the area. They have to find their stable by listening to the noises around them.

  35. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: List of tasksChaos in the room

    Finding little notes with tasks written on them which have to be fulfilled.

  36. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Ribbons paint, etc. to mark several placesJourney to Jerusalem with detours

    In a large area places are marked - always one less as there are players.

  37. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: String, ribbons, about 90cm longChained together

    Two candidates are linked to each other. They have to come up with a trick to break free from each other.

  38. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneEvolution

    Similar to the game Stone - Scissors - Paper you can play various games

  39. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: NoneGive me a song

    Finding a song to a certain letter and sing it out loud

  40. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Gloves, hat, scarf, several chocolate wrappings, knife, fork, diceHot chocolate

    A piece of chocolate is wrapped up in several wrappings and has to be unpacked with knife and fork.

  41. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Chestnuts, crayons, permanent markersChestnut faces

    Participants decorate chestnut like faces.


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