Thursday, January 24, 2013

MINUTE TO WIN IT combined activity


I used this idea for a homeschool group party and it went great - this is an idea that I have on the back-burner for Mutual and we hope to be able to use it very soon for a Combined YM/YW activity. I found the ideas for the games from various sources, but adapted each of them to have a specific scriptural theme. 

UPDATE: We played this game for our combined YM/YW activity this week. Updates will be added to this post in red font.

“Minute to Win-It” COMBINED Activity*
Break the group into 2 teams (mixed YW & YM) and have representatives from each team take turns going up to compete in the games while their teams cheer them on. There are 5 different games, but they can be performed more than once (back to back) to give more people a chance to play. The winner of each game will get a point.

Each of the games has a scriptural theme, like “the iron rod” or “tower of babel”. Bonus points will be given to the team that can find the scripture reference that goes along the story being referenced in each game. Teams can look through their scriptures and try to find the scripture being referenced and earn the extra points while games are being set up.

*could also be used for a joint (all-girls) activity if you have a larger number of girls

REMEMBER TO HAVE ALL OF THE YOUTH BRING THEIR SCRIPTURES! To drum up interest, I announced that we were playing Minute to Win It style games (and described some of them so they would know they were fun!) and told them that they could earn extra points IF they brought their scriptures. 
 
GAME #1- “The Tower of Babel” (scripture reference: Genesis 10, 11:4)

One contestant from each team stacks ding-dongs to make a tower on their forehead. See which contestant can stack the most (wrapped**) ding dongs on their forehead. To win the point, the stack must stay on your head without your hands touching it for 3 seconds.

REQUIRED ITEMS: ABOUT 20 DING-DONGS**

**The photo shows unwrapped ding-dongs, but I've done this game with teens before and they all wanted to eat the ding-dongs, so I thought it would be best to keep them wrapped. Works fine! PS- I couldn't find Hostess Ding Dongs anywhere, but I was able to find store-brand versions of the same thing at Walmart. However, they were not wrapped in foil, they came in a puffy plastic pouch that was unsuitable for stacking. So I unwrapped each "ding dong" and wrapped them in small squares of foil. Worked great!
Here is a photo of some of our youth playing the game at our recent Mutual activity. As you can see, some of them figured out that they could make a larger stack if they laid down on the ground. If you want to prevent this, you should add it to your rules before the game starts. We allowed it.







GAME #2- “The Iron Rod” (scripture reference: 1st Nephi 11-12)

2 players from each team complete together. They work together to transfer 3 empty soda cans from one table to another, using only a (DRY) fettuccine or spaghetti noodle (no hands allowed)


REQUIRED ITEMS: 6 EMPTY SODA CANS, BOX OF DRY FETTUCCINE OR SPAGHETTI NOODLES, 4 TABLES


Here is a photo of some of our youth playing this game:



GAME #3- "Samuel the Lamanite Stack Game" (Scripture reference: Helaman 16:2)

One player from each team will complete 4 tasks:

  • #1- make a “wall” using 15 cups (none "doubled-up")
  • #2- Once the wall is constructed, place a Samuel the Lamanite* toy on top
  • #3- stand behind a line on the floor and try to knock Samuel off the top of the wall (by throwing m&ms at him).
  • #4- Player must then collect all the cups put them back in their original stack

First one to complete the entire series of 4 tasks wins.

REQUIRED ITEMS: 2 SAMUEL THE LAMANITE TOYS (you can purchase toys like the one shown at stores like Deseret Book, or use generic Native American style toys or other action figures), 30 PLASTIC OR PAPER CUPS, 2 BAGS OF M&MS, 2 TABLES


*I couldn't find my Samuel the Lamanite action figures at the last minute this time, so we ended up using veggie tales toys. It doesn't matter at all! 
 Here is a photo of some of our youth playing this game:






GAME #4- "The upright waters" (Scripture reference: Doctrine & Covenants 61:16)

One person from each team will stand behind a line on the floor (about 5 feet away from a table) and try to toss a water bottle (that is only 1/3 full of water) so that it lands upright on the table. First person to land a water-bottle right side up wins the point. If they run out of water bottles before time runs out, they can run to retrieve the bottles they have already thrown.


REQUIRED ITEMS: 6 BOTTLES OF WATER (WITH 2/3 OF THE WATER POURED OUT), 2 TABLES

None of our youth were able to accomplish this, though 4 people tried. I suspect that we had too much water in the bottles? Maybe try it out a few times to see if it seems like it could work and adjust water level as needed?

GAME #5- "Brother of Jared Stone Stacking Game" (Scripture reference: Ether 3)
This is a timed game. One person from each team will attempt to stack golf balls within the 60 second time limit. The golf balls must be stacked freestanding, no hands or anything else propping them up. Any team that can stack 2 golf balls together within 60 minutes wins a point. Extra point for each extra golf ball stacked at once (ie, 3 balls stacked at once = 2 points, 4 balls stacked at once = 3 points)

REQUIRED ITEMS: 8 GOLF BALLS, 2 TABLES, TIMER OR PHONE WITH STOP-WATCH



This turned out to be really fun activity and since went ahead played each of the games multiple times (with the scripture-chase game in between games), the whole thing took about 45 minutes, then we had just enough time for refreshments!

This activity took a bit of prep work. I printed out instructions for each youth who was running a game (the class and quorum who were in charge of the activity) and another copy of every game's instructions for the timer/score-keeper (also a youth). I was there early to set everything out, but they set up the chairs, announced/explained the games, set them up, cleaned them up, kept score, and made the final calls on who got the points.

Explaining the rules to the Brother of Jared Stone Stacking Game

I encouraged all of the youth to cheer for their competitors. There were also "prizes" awarded to the winning team - olympic-looking gold medal necklaces that I bought at Walmart (in the party favor section) - they were 8 for 97 cents. We had an award ceremony at the end and the Mia Maids presented the necklaces to the winning team.

Here (below) is the information I printed out for the Scripture-Chase game that went on in between games (so we didn't lose the attention of the youth and so that the Mia Maids who were running the games had time to clean-up the old game and set up new game). This game could easily be managed by one of the youth, but I ended up doing it for our activity because one of the Mia Maids wasn't able to be there.


Scripture chase game
(ongoing game that happens in between the other games while the next regular game is being set up)

Each of the games has a scriptural theme, like “the iron rod” or “tower of babel”. Bonus points will be given to the team that can find the scripture reference that goes along the story being referenced in each Minute to Win-it game. Teams can look through their scriptures and try to find the scripture being referenced and earn the extra points while the next Minute to Win-it game is being set up.


Everyone will need to keep their scriptures under their chair during the Minute to Win-it games. If you are in charge of the in-between game scripture chase game, you will stand up and tell everyone that its time to get their scriptures out and start trying to find the scripture reference being referred to in the previous game.

THEY MUST GIVE YOU THE CORRECT SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (AT LEAST THE NAME OF THE SPECIFIC BOOK AND CHAPTER (OR SECTION) WHERE THE STORY IS. THERE MAY BE OTHER CORRECT ANSWERS THAN THOSE SPECIFICALLY LISTED HERE, SO PLEASE CHECK IF SOMEONE COMES UP WITH A DIFFERENT ANSWER THAN WHAT IS LISTED.
 
Examples of correct answer types:
“Alma, Chapter 5”
“Genesis, Chapter 2”
“the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 4”

Examples of incorrect answer types:

“the Book of Mormon”
“Alma”
“The Old Testament”

IF PEOPLE ARE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THE ANSWER, YOU CAN REMIND THEM OF THE NAME OF THE GAME THAT WAS JUST PLAYED. NO OTHER HINTS!


FIRST TEAM TO GUESS CORRECTLY WINS 1 BONUS POINT FOR THEIR TEAM.

GAME #1- THE TOWER OF BABEL (scripture reference: Genesis Chapters 10 and 11) – saying either one of the chapters counts as a correct answer


GAME #2- BROTHER OF JARED STACKING GAME (scripture reference: Ether Chapter 3)

GAME #3- THE IRON ROD (scripture reference: 1st Nephi Chapters 11-12) saying either one of the chapters counts as a correct answer

GAME #4- "Samuel the Lamanite Stack Game" (scripture reference: Helaman Chapter 16)


GAME #5- “The Upright Waters” Scripture reference: Doctrine & Covenants section 61) -
this one is DIFFICULT - I offered 2 bonus points for this one - and somebody finally got it, with the help of their topical guide or index!


PURPOSE: Uniting the youth in teamwork, giving them opportunities for leadership of the group and speaking in front of others, some scriptural emphasis.

COST: Around $15.00, not including refreshments. I borrowed golf balls and brought empty pop cans from home, so the only things I needed to buy were cups, ding-dongs, 2 packages of m&ms, spaghetti noodles, 6 bottles of water, and the necklaces for the winners (which is really optional).

7 comments:

  1. this is great!! I can't wait to use it!!

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  2. How many youth did you have in your ward? Just trying to figure out how many activities I should plan so our groups aren't too big...

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  3. What fun ideas - thank you for sharing! These would also be great for family home evening :)

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  4. I hope I get called into YW's someday. I would love to use some of your ideas! Thank you so much!

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  5. Some interesting/fun ideas!.... Just wondering: aren't a couple of these things a bit of the wrong focus? I get that it's a scriptural theme, but it's going about it the wrong way. Being the ones to try to knock the prophet off the wall or building the Tower of Babel would make you the bad guys, right? I would try a different approach- something to the effect of see how strong you can build a wall and liken it to spiritual fortification; or build a temple. Don't focus on the WICKED things in the scriptures, but the GOOD! :-D

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    1. Boy! Talk about missing the point. The point is for this to be FUN and MEMORABLE!

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  6. I love it! and this blog - i'm 1st counselor and i am NOT creative so I need help with activities! THANKS! What did the team win at the end with their points?

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