Games for Youth Groups 1000 Games for Youth Groups

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The games have been sorted into different categories in which they are classically played. However as an example, one or two relay race games can also be modified and played at a birthday party. The categories serve as a general direction pointer.

When you look at a game in detail, the category the game belongs to is displayed in the navigation bar and is marked blue.

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Category view

In the category view, all of the games are presented by title and include a short description. If you move the mouse over the title, the materials required are displayed. Click on the game title for a detailed description.

At the same tine, symbols will be shown which give you a possible choice and an assessment of games with respect to some chosen game criteria.

Explanations of the symbols

  • Game materials:   How much material must be bought to play this game? Hold the mouse over the symbol and the materials required are shown.
    No materials required  No materials required. The game can begin straight away.
    This game requires a little material  This game requires materials, even if it is just a balloon.
    More materials must be bought for this game  More materials must be bought for this game and preparation is required.

  • Preparation time:   How much time is required to set up the game? Some games can obviously be planned simply or more complex. The time shown here does not include the time needed to put the materials together. That must already be prepared.
    you can start the game  As long as the materials are available the game can begin straight away.
    you need 2-3 minutes preparation time  You will need 2-3 minutes to set up one or two things.
    Several things must be prepared in good time.  Several things must be prepared in good time.

  • Number of people:   How many players are ideally required to play the game?
    Up to 5 players:  Up to 5 players: The game can be played if a few volunteers are found.
    Up to 10 players  Up to 10 players: 8-10 Kids (=1-2 teams) should take part.
    From 10 players upwards  From 10 players upwards: Some games only work with a larger group.

  • Game type:   There are games with fighting spirit and some which are quieter. There are games with winners or simple games which should simply be fun to play. The allocation of a game to a specific category is not always possible.
    Quiet games  Quiet games: Does not require a lot of action, usually without a competitive character.
    Skill games  Skill games: These games require a certain level of skill.
    There are fun competitions and those with winners and losers  Competitions: There are fun competitions and those with winners and losers.
    Fight games  Fight games: These are a little rougher. There are winning and defeated players.

  • Game location:   Some games can be played indoors in the house, some can be played outside. Some can only be played outdoors and some require water.
    Indoor games  Indoor games (obviously some can also be played outside).
    Outdoor games  Outdoor games – they are not suitable for indoors.
    Water is needed for these games  Water is needed for these games (tap, stream or lake)

  • Length of game:   How long does a game, or a round of a game, take? Of course, some games can be repeated x-times or until everyone has had a go. The time required should therefore be measured differently for these games.
    5-10 minutes  5-10 minutes: A quick game including time for explaining the rules and the game itself.
    15 minutes  15 minutes: The game can take/can be played for 15 minutes.
    30 minutes  30 minutes: The game can last 30 minutes/follow another game.
    Over 60 minutes  Over 60 minutes: A whole group session can be covered with these games.

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Detailed view of the games

When you look at a game in detail, the relevant category is marked in blue and shown in the navigation bar.

In each detailed view, a short description and a detailed description, possible variations and the judging of the game are given.

The pages are printable using the optimal print function of the browser. Navigation and pictures will not be printed out.

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Printing game lists and game files

Game lists

You will receive a game list when you print out the individual category overviews. The category overviews can be printed out simply by using the normal print function of your browser. In order to save ink, the navigation, pictures and symbol icons will not be printed out. The short description included should be enough to be able to manage the game.

Game files

Additionally, you can also set up a games file by printing out the detailed descriptions. The print format has been chosen so that (almost) all games fit onto a card measuring 14 x 10cm. Space has been left on the left margin in case you would like to use a hole punch and file the cards in a folder. Alternatively you can cut out each description using the lines shown and stick them onto a file card. In doing this, you will have a little game file with over 1000 short, quick games.

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I have tried to fulfil the considerable criteria for an accessible web site, which are described in the access guidelines for web contents 1.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0) of the World Wide Web Consortium from 5th May 1999. The catalogue of criteria can be viewed here:

The websites can be understood without the use of JavaScript and practically all contents can be observed.

Screen readers can be applied. All of the pages are available in text format.

Web site layout

All of the web sites are built using the same principle. The navigation is to be found at the top of the screen for graphic browsers, but at the end of the text for navigation with source text. A skip marker at the start of the page helps you navigate and to skip over the contents area. This is mainly for screen readers and language browsers of significance.

Page navigation and link referrals

The control of the navigation elements can be done without the use of a mouse with the help of the tab key (jump key). All links are mentioned with a title attribute. Using this, you will receive extra information on the link destination which, depending on your browser, might be shown in different ways, as a speech bubble, in the status bar or at the bottom of the window. A new window will be opened for external links.

Text size

The size of the text can be individually adapted. Using your browser, you can adapt the text to meet your requirements. The technical layout of the pages has been provided in a normal-middle (100%) type size. Here are the steps for the following browsers:

Web standards

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The web sites have been tested with the current common browsers such as Internet Explorer from 5.5, Netscape from 6.0, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox. The pages are validated by XHTML 1.0 strict or transitional. The contents and layout have been separated with the help of a css. Should you find a mistake, I am grateful for all indications.

I have waived the use of Flash. I have not used JavaScript. Solely the e-mail addresses have been encrypted with JavaScript due to SPAM. An alternative reference in plain text for manual entry of the e-mail address can be found in the non-script area.

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