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Alexis has a Master's degree from Denver Seminary and a Bachelor's degree from Colorado Christian University. She has been in professional ministry for over 15 years. She has served in ministry positions such as co-pastor, youth minister, and spiritual director.
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50 No Prep Youth Group Games

Don’t you absolutely hate it when you’re looking for youth group games, but all you find is games for huge youth groups or ones that take a ton of prep? Well if you have a small youth group and you didn’t have time to plan out a game for your youth group meeting that starts in an hour, this list is for you! This is the list I always wished I had for my youth groups, but never had. That’s why I made it!

These youth group games are perfect if your group is:

  • A small youth group or in a small gathering. Some of our games listed below only need 3 people to play!
  • If you have little time to prep for a game.
  • If you have little funds to buy items for games.
  • If you need a game to play right now.
  • If your sick of playing the same old games at youth group.
  • If you need other ideas than dodgeball 🙂

Don’t forget – if you have a small youth group, make sure you are playing these games with the teens, they might need the extra body to play!

It should be noted that these are just games and not theologically-based. If you’re looking for specifically Christian/Bible games, there are none on this list, well maybe one or two 🙂

Without further ado, here are the 50 no prep youth group games:

Oh and if you are running short on ideas for youth sermons check out our massive, epic, organized list of 450 topics for youth sermons. We also have a big list of small group questions for youth group that can get your students really talking.

50 No Prep Youth Group Games

1.  SPUD

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

My personal favorite and a standard default game I played with my youth groups. 

Equipment: Just need a ball and an open space.

2.  Crab Soccer

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

Playing soccer in a crab position.

Equipment: Open space, ball, and something to distinguish goals.

3. Zip and Bong

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

“An elimination game involving funny noises and not showing one’s teeth.” A note I would change the word bong to something else for obvious connotations. 

Equipment: None.

4. Psychiatrist

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

“The psychiatrist has to figure out what’s wrong with the group.”

Equipment: None.

5. 21 Football

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

“The object of the game is for teams to score 21 points by completing passes in different areas of the field.”

Equipment needed: Football, open space, and something to distinguish boundaries.

6. 60 Second Objects

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

Small groups form an object like breakfast, a car, a washing machine, a fire, etc. They have only 60 seconds to work as a team to replicate the item. You modify this game to be like group charades and have the opposite teams write down objects for the other teams to act out.

Equipment needed: none.

7. Follow The Leader

Participants needed: 8 or more.

Game Instructions

“A hilarious copycat game in which people try to imitate one leader’s actions, and the person in the center attempts to identify who is the originator of the actions (the leader).”

Equipment needed: none.

8. Sneak

Participants needed: 10 or more

Game Instructions

“The goal of the game is for a team to be the first team to capture 9-10 balls from the other team.” Youth will love the strategy this game brings. 

Equipment needed: 2 hula hoops and 10 balls.

9. Walk Together

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

Your group will learn to read cues to silently walk and stop together. Could be a great activity for bonding!

Equipment needed: none.

10. Screaming Vikings

Participants needed: 8 or more.

Game Instructions

“A stationary game in which players are seated in a circle, and one person points to someone in the circle and instructs them to act out a “screaming Viking”, a “smurf”, a “chia pet”, among other humorous things.”

Equipment needed: none.

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11. Cone Guardian

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

Each team tries to knock over the other team’s cone by throwing a ball.

Equipment needed: hula hoops, cones, and balls.

12. Giants, Wizards, and Elves

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

“Giants, Wizards, and Elves is an icebreaker that is similar to Rock, Paper, Scissors — except more hilarious!”

Equipment needed: none.

13. Two Truths and One Not

Participants needed: 3 or more. This can be done in pairs or with the whole group.

Game Instructions

Each person tells two truths about themselves and one fib. Others guess which one is the false truth. While we do not encourage our youth to lie, this is a great game for helping kids open up and share when they might otherwise wouldn’t. A follow up could be a discussion on how well people know you or do you purposefully mislead people in getting to know who you really are, 

a perfect game for an identity lesson. 

Equipment needed: none.

14. Grandma’s Footsteps

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

One person is trying to catch the others before they tap their back.

Equipment needed: none.

15. Dragon Tail

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

“Dragon Tag is an action-based game that is like tag, but with a twist! Teams of 4-8 people form “dragons” by linking elbows and attempt to grab the “tail” of another team’s dragon. Last team remaining wins.”

Equipment needed: none.

16. Whoosh Ball

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

An imaginary ball is passed around a circle using different words and motions. 

Equipment needed: none.

17. Human Knot

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

“A good icebreaker or teambuilding activity for new people to learn to work together – in close physical proximity! The goal is to figure out how to untangle the human knot without letting go of hands.”

Equipment needed: none.

18. I Was Walking Down The Street…

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

A game where you have one person start by finishing the statement I was walking down the street. The point is for the person to begin crafting an imaginative story of their walk down the street and what the see or experience. When the student has completed a couple of sentences and got the story going, say freeze and point to another student to pick up the story right where the previous person left off. Continue doing this until you let everyone go or the story simply unravels. For an extra obstacle add the challenge that when they pick up the story they cannot say “um,” it needs to be seamless. 

Equipment needed: none.

19. Alligator Swamp

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

A game where players try to get across the playing field without touching the lava.

Equipment needed: an open area for playing, potato sacks or towels/sheets or cardboard.

20. Manhunt

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

Hide and go seek in reverse. Where everyone goes and hides and there is one seeker. A current favorite of our youth group!

Equipment needed: none.

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21. Human Sculptures

Participants needed: groups of 3, so at least 6 people minimum.

Game Instructions

“Human Sculptures (also known as Human Clay) is an icebreaker group game that involves posing people into large human sculptures based on predefined topics. Two versions exist: a competitive version based on a guessing game, and a version that is more about coming up with a creative interpretation.” It should be noted, it would be a good idea to gender-based groups due to the placement of body parts in this game.

Equipment needed: none.

22. Pass The Emotion

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

A game where everyone passes the same emotion around the circle. 

Equipment needed: none.

23. Wink

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

“A secretly-selected player is able to “kill” others by winking at them while surviving players try to identify the killer.” 

Equipment needed: none.

24. Ultimate Ninja

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

“An action-packed, fast-paced, hilarious game in which the object is to become the “ultimate ninja” — the person with the quickest reflexes! Dodge the other player’s attacks and get the others out.”

Equipment needed: none.

25. Poop Deck

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

A fast-paced game where youth run to different parts of the “ship” as fast as they can to avoid elimination. 

A personal favorite of mine for middle school youth because they love yelling out poop deck! It’s a good game for high school students too.

Equipment needed: open space and boundaries markers.

26. Change Places If …

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

“Test the listening skills of your group while getting to know more about them.”

Equipment needed: none.

27. Trust Walk

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

Great game for building unity and trust in a group.

Equipment needed: blindfolds.

28. 4 Square

Participants needed: 4 or more.

Game Instructions

Okay, if you’re in youth ministry and have not played this epic game, you have been depriving your students of this beloved game! Not only will you love it, so will they. I think it’s in their DNA or something. All you need is some chalk or tape to make your court and a ball. Get ready to create a new tradition and a game that will be requested all the time!

Equipment needed: open space, boundary markers such as tape or chalk, a ball.

29. Back-to-Back Get Up

Participants needed: 4 or more.

Game Instructions

Youth work in groups of two and try to cooperatively sit down together and stand up with their backs pressed together.

Equipment needed: none.

30. Blob 

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Play in a field, gym, or empty room. One player is “it” and they try to catch someone. When they touch someone the other person becomes part of the blob. The two students link arms or hold hands and running together to catch another student. They keep adding to the blob as they catch more people. The game ends when all are caught.   

Equipment needed: open space.

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31. Sardines

Participants needed: 3 or more.

A twist on hide-and-go seek where one person hides and everyone seeks. When someone finds the hider they then hide with them. This continues until the last one seeking finds the whole youth group hiding in one place. This is a beloved game of many youth!

Equipment needed: none.

32. Penny Chinny

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Everyone gets a penny and they must balance the penny on their chin. While they are doing this they are also trying to knock pennies off other peoples chins. Be aware to tell the youth that they cannot hit or be forceful in this game, but rather strategically try to knock the pennies off their opponents chins!

Equipment needed: pennies.

33. Grog

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

Youth have to find a disassembled flashlight that’s been hidden in various places in the church.

Equipment needed: Flashlight and a dark area.

34. Telephone Game

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

Equipment needed: none.

This is a great game for how gossip spreads or how we can often misunderstand or mishear things told to us.

35. Laughing Game

Participants needed: 3 or more.

One person is the jokester and they try to make each person in the circle laugh. They can tell jokes, make funny faces, and so forth. Set a time limit for each person. The winner is the one who made the most people laugh.

Equipment needed: none.

36. Who Am I

Participants needed: at least 5.

Game Instructions

A great game for your youth group to know each other better.

Equipment needed: Paper and pens.

37. Bippity-Bop-Bop

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

A fun and no prep game.

Equipment needed: none.

38. Faker

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Game Instructions

“The objective is for the “faker” to run past the “tagger” and reach the opposite baseline without getting tagged.”

Equipment needed: cones for boundaries and an open space.

39. Charades Relay

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

“Teams compete against each other trying to be the first to guess all of the items on the list.”

Equipment needed: none.

40. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

Participants needed: 4 or more.

Game Instructions

A fun follow the leader type game.

Equipment needed: chairs for each person playing.

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41. Red Rover

Participants needed: 10 or more.

Game Instructions

A classic game that youth always enjoy!

Equipment needed: an open area.

42. Seven-up

Participants needed: At least 14.

Game Instructions

This game is beloved and youth beg to play it. It’s a great guessing game!

Equipment needed: none.

43. Musical Chairs

Participants needed: at least 6.

Game Instructions

Okay, I know what you might be thinking, this is too juvenile for youth, but you’d be mistaken. They absolutely love this game. The boys get super into it, trying so hard to get that last seat. It’s a sure winner.

Equipment needed: Music, you could play some contemporary Christian music like Toby Mac and some chairs.

44. Kick The Can

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

An outdoor game of tag and release.

Equipment needed: open area and a can.

45. Capture The Flag

Participants needed: enough to form two teams.

Game Instructions

A great game involving strategy and teamwork.

Equipment needed: two flags and an outdoor play area.

46. The Floor Is Lava

Participants needed: 6 or more.

Game Instructions

This is like the game above, alligator swamp, but has a twist.

Equipment needed: none.

47. Split The Difference

Participants needed: at least 4.

Have all students line up in a straight column facing you. Then, ask a “divisive question” such as, “Oreos vs. Chocolate Chip Cookies,” or  “Pizza vs. Burgers.” Then, direct those who favor one choice to the left, and those who favor the other choice to the right, so that they will then be facing one another on opposite sides of the room. Ask them to defend their decisions and debate with one another. Mix it up by thinking of hilarious questions, like “Would you rather be forced to go all day without washing your hands or have to wear the same clothing continuously for 4 days?” After a few rounds, invite a student to lead the game and come up with the questions.

Equipment needed: open space.

48. Hit The Door

Participants needed: 3 or more.

Game Instructions

This is a version of Ghosts in the Graveyard.

Equipment needed: open area, best played at night.

49. Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

Participants needed: 10 or more

This fast paced game is a blast! Have all students pair off and play one another in Rock, Paper, Scissors using the standard rules. Each winner advances, while the loser moves to the side to cheer on. The students continue playing one another until only two competitors remain, who face off to determine the champion. To extend the game, have each Rock, Paper, Scissors match be a Best of Three to determine the winner. You can also replay the entire tournament multiple times (as long as its even numbered) to have a final “Champion’s Round” where all the tournament winners face off.

Equipment needed: none.

50. Sherlock

Participants needed: 5 or more.

Assemble students in a line and have one person be Sherlock. Sherlock leaves the room and the students remaining change one thing about their appearance. They can pull their hair up or down, put on a jacket or take one off, put a sticker on, and so forth. Sherlock reenters the room and tries to identify as many changes in the appearance as they can.

Equipment needed: none, other than random items they can use to change their appearance which they should be able to find in the youth room.

That’s all of the youth group games I have for you. I hope you found some new games to play with your group. Remember youth love to have fun and they love to be silly, whether they let on or not.

Additional Resources

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Youth Group Games

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