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Team and group games

There are as many team games as there are fish in the sea. It is always an advantage to have some good team games which are feasible and easy in the bag of tricks.

Team and group games
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Playing as a team is always fun. Such games are also suitable for groups and can be carried out without much preparation and without many resources. Team games and can be implemented in the open, the group room and in summer, when you are outdoor, it’s almost needless to say, you have a lot more possibilities available. However, for the indoor game night, there are plenty of good ideas too.

The classic team games are, for example, ball games. There are many games suitable, for instance, dodgeball, burn ball, basketball and of course football. Handball and volleyball are popular team games. Especially popular with children and young people are fighting games in which there is a competition between two players or two groups. A simple example of this is the tug of war. For this game, you only need a thick, sturdy rope and a referee.

Team and group games
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Catching games have always been popular with children. There is a reason even very young children start catching each other all by themselves and have tremendous fun in doing so. You can take up this idea and alter it accordingly so that it is suitable for older children as well and no one gets bored. For a trip to the lake or the sea, there are various other water games which at the same time are suitable for team games.

For some games, it is ideal if the members of the group know each other a bit better. However, even if the group is newly established, those games will help the kids to get to know each other and to build trust. It is up to the youth worker to organise groups in a way to ensure the power balance. For example, if older and younger kids play together, the age groups should be equally distributed. That also helps to integrate younger children playfully into the team, without anybody feeling overwhelmed or disadvantaged. In addition, the teams should be set up in a way, so that each participant alternately takes on one passive and one active role.

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Team games | Games for teams or sides

  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingClothes chain

    A chain of clothes is made using the clothes/materials.

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingChaos game or scavenger hunt

    The game is very hectic, very loud and for this reason, is often called the chaos game.

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingChain caterpillar

    Each team stands in a double row back to back and holds hands through the legs with two other players. Then the caterpillar tries to walk.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingMad house

    The other players keep giving answers which do not match the questions.

  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing (or some terms)Screaming – Blaring - Screeching

    A message is passed on by shouting. The opposing team tries to stop the message being passed on by screaming loudly.

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: chalk, obstaclesTeam game

    Complete a distance with X minus Y feet.

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing5 hands and 2 feet

    As few hands and feet as possible have contact to the ground.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingAnd So it Goes…

    Which team out of the group can put on the most clothes?

  5. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: cotton wool or paper, strawsCotton Ball Vacuum

    A cotton ball is vacuumed with a straw and passed on to the second player

  6. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: matchboxesWooden Match-Matchbox-Relay

    The first player lights a match, blows it out and places it back in the matchbox and passes the matchbox to the next player.

  7. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: matchboxes or cotton woolBlowing a match box

    A match box on the table is pushed along as far as possible with strong blowing.

  8. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: per team 2 bottles minimumSwapping bottles

    The contents of a bottle must be transferred several times.

  9. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfoldsShow your Legs

    Players are blindfolded and must guess whose legs belong to whom

  10. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: balloons, cut-offs of carpetSitting football

    The players are however sitting on old cut-offs of carpet and try to bring a balloon into the opponent’s goal.

  11. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blanketsUpside Down and Back Again

    The blanket must be turned so that the underside is on the top without the players leaving the blanket.

  12. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: clothespinsHunting Fever

    Each player pins 5 clothespins to his clothing and try to grab the other players clothespins.

  13. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: clothespins, blindfoldsFind The Clothespins

    Find blindfolded 10 clothespins by the other players.

  14. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: cotton wool, playing fieldCotton Ball Battle

    Each group throws cotton wool at the other group into their field or onto their clothes.

  15. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: matchboxChopstick Training

    Each player must put all the matches back into the empty matchbox using two of the matches.

  16. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: tokensFox

    Players throw tokens from a distance of 3-4 meters as close as possible to a wall.

  17. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: tokens (white and black)Far Shot

    Each team tries to shoot their tokens from the nearest side to the farthest side of the tables.

  18. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: tokensSki Shot

    Using a table held as a slope, playing stones are rolled down the ski jump into a tub.

  19. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing (or well prepared catchphrases)Presenting simple catchphrases

    Simple catchphrases are presented on a piece of paper to the chosen player, who must then present the catchphrase to the audience.

  20. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper, stop watch, measuring tapePaper Airplanes

    The self made paper planes are tested for their flight distance and time they spend in the air.

  21. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper, rubbers, candles, coins, bowl, matchesSwimming competition for paper boats

    The self made paper boats are tested for their ability to swim and their strength.

  22. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paper, rubbers, gummi bearsShooting gummi bears with rubbers

    Gummi bears must be shot down with rubbers

  23. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: newspapersTied Up Together

    2 player run through an obstacle course while tied together with a newspaper without the paper ripping.

  24. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: matchboxMatchbox On Your Nose

    A matchbox is placed on the nose of the first player who passes it to the nose of the second player.

  25. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: beer or drink coasters, chalk or a bowl, measuring tapeBeer mat discus

    Beer mats are thrown into a paper basket or circle of chalk from a distance of 3-4 metres.

  26. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: cork, tennis ball, chalkCork skittles

    2 parties try to push the opponent's corks in their direction with a tennis ball.

  27. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfold, ropeRunning blind on the rope

    A blindfolded player must now walk along a snaking rope.

  28. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: playing cards, bottleFalling Playing Cards

    A pile of playing cards is put on the top of a bottle. Each player must blow one or more cards off of the pile.

  29. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: MarshmallowsPassing the marshmallow

    A marshmallow is passed from one player to the next with the mouth.

  30. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: rubber gloves, chewing gumsChewing Gum and Rubber Gloves

    Take the gloves, puts them on and takes the next piece of chewing gum and chews it.

  31. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: chewing gumsChewing Gum Art

    Create an artwork with chewing gums.

  32. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: (tennis)-ballBall Race 1

    A ball must go in one pants leg and out the other leg.

  33. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ballBall Race 2

    One player must roll the ball up to the face of his partner without using his hands.

  34. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfolds, clothesGet Dressed

    Blindfolded and within 60 seconds, players get dressed.

  35. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: funnel, coin, waterIn the Funnel

    A coin is placed on his head. He must try to get the coin into the funnel.

  36. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: FrisbeeFrisbee catching

    Throw and catch a Frisbee.

  37. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ballSpider football

    4 players make up one football player. With their backs to each other they must hold each others hands.

  38. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing (or some things as scores)Over the border

    A smuggling game in the sports hall.

  39. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ballSitting football with place change

    Similar game to seated football but once the players have chosen a place to sit, they must stay there.

  40. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: polystyrene balls or cotton woolThe indoor snowball fight

    An indoor snowball fight with paper balls, polystyrene balls or cotton wool.

  41. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: toilet paper, measuring tapeWaist Measurements

    Guess the smallest and the largest waists from…

  42. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: newspapersNewspaper Battle

    Each team makes balls out of the newspapers and throws them to the opposing teams side.

  43. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: cotton wool and VaselineVaseline beard

    Each child smears some Vaseline onto their chin, sticks his head in the bowl of cotton wool balls and runs back.

  44. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: measuring tape or meter stickLong, bigger, emptiest…

    Different measurements are taken.

  45. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ropeThe circle of power

    If the group leaders need a good night’s sleep, this game for 6-20 players should tire the kids out.

  46. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: clothespinsPinned Together

    Two players use 5-10 clothespins to attach themselves together and go through an obstacle course.

  47. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: bowl, coins, plate, water proofed markerThrowing coins into the bath tub

    Coins are thrown into a tub which should land in a marked out circle.

  48. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: shaving foam, water pistols, plastic foilSoaping off

    Two players sit opposite each other and try to squirt some shaving foam off the opponent’s face with water pistols.

  49. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: blindfold, various objects, ropes, chairsTaking care of the blind

    Several blindfolded members of the group guard 3 stools each with an object under them. The rest of the group tries to sneak up.

  50. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: 10-100 corksGames Using Corks

    Some games with using corks

  51. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: newspapers, strings, scissors, sticky tapeNewspaper designer

    Costumes and fashion show with designer clothes made from paper.

  52. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: newspapers, chairs or tables, tennis ballNewspaper hockey

    Instead of hockey sticks and puck, a rolled up newspaper and tennis ball will be used

  53. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: 2 filled water plastic bottles, 2 ballsShooting bottles

    Shoot the opponent's bottles over and stand your own bottles back up if they are knocked over.

  54. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: balloon or ballThe 3 Person Dream Team

    A game without using hands.

  55. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: 6-10 toilet brushes, ball as a puckToilet brush hockey

    A hockey game using toilet brushes as hockey sticks.

  56. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: potato sack, rope, cartonsHandicap

    The pair stands back to back, either tied together and must build a tower.

  57. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: sticks (upturned sweeping brushes), ring, 2 goalsRing hockey

    Ring hockey is a team game which is suitable for a large recreational room, sports hall or corridor.

  58. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: long balloonsBalloon Hockey

    Long balloons are used as hockey sticks and the round balloons are the pucks.

  59. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: balloons or newspaperThe Group Worm

    Each member on the team gets a balloon which is placed back to belly between the teams players.

  60. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: for each team: shirt, jacket, pants, socks, hat and glovesChange Clothes

    The first player puts on a shirt, jacket, pants, socks hat and then gloves. When finished, he takes them all off and gives them to the next player.

  61. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: various objectsSupermarket game

    The winning team is the first team to have all special offers.

  62. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Medicine balls or other heavy ballsHeavy Ball Fight

    Throwing heavy balls into the other teamís field while keeping the own one clean.

  63. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: BallsBall Fight

    Participants try to free a certain space of balls while the other team does its best to prevent just that.


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