Aaron Waid
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Your youth will have a blast playing this detective game that requires no prep, no materials, and can be played anywhere. This is a flexible game that can be used as an ice breaker or in multiple rounds as a full-featured game. Sherlock is one of those games that you’ll want to memorize the instructions for and be ready to play at any time because your youth are going to love it!

Number of Participants – 4 minimum
Materials and Equipment – None.

Sherlock Game Instructions (Read Aloud To Group)

We’re going to play a game called Sherlock! To begin this game, we will all gather together. The game begins when one person is selected as “Sherlock,” and they will be the detective for that round. Each round, “Sherlock” will spend 30 seconds examining everyone in the group, then they will leave the area. While they’re gone, a major change will take place within the group. For example, a person in the group will put a jacket on or take it off. Two people will change places. One person will put their hair in a ponytail or take it down. All that matters is that the change is easily noticeable. A change can take place among one person in the group or multiple people can join in. For example, everyone in the group could untie their shoes for a round.

After the change is made, “Sherlock” returns and attempts to guess the change. If they don’t have a major clue within a minute, the group can decide if they want to give a hint.

Sherlock Game Instructions | No Prep Youth Group Games | Youth Ministry