Tips for Leading Games Well

Youth Specialties
October 12th, 2011

It's a tried and true part of almost every youth ministry — Games.  Leading games is not always as easy as it sounds.  We've all had them crash and burn from time to time.  Here are 9 tips to help make your Games as sucessful as they can be:

  1.  Make sure you understand the game you are about to lead.  Read the instructions carefully, make sure you have all the equipment you need, and if possible do a dry run.
  2. Explain the game in less than a minute.  It’s not a bad thing to get a game started before every kid fully understands it.  They’ll catch on as you play.
  3. If it’s a game that involves only a few of the kids make sure the game has good spectator value and get the action up where everyone can see it.
  4. Eliminate the advantage of elite athletes by modifying the game somehow.
  5. Make sure your adult leaders are participating.  Playing with kids is a great way to make connections.
  6. Zeroes are free – hand out lots of them.  Never give 10 points for a win when you can give 10,000.
  7. Keep the score close.  Give bonus points for enthusiasm.  Remember this is about kids having fun, it’s not a national championship on the line!
  8. Quit before they’re tired of it.  Shut a game down when kids are really into it rather than waiting until everyone is sick of it.
  9. Think Safety – Is there any way I could get sued for this?  Will someone be missing a limb when we are done?

What did we miss?  Let us know in the comments.  

GamesAlso if you are looking for some new games to play, check out our new games resource: Games: Video Edition.  This resource contains a huge supply of how-to ideas for your youth ministry. This DVD is based on The Ideas Library and will provide you with an easy tool to get your group excited about games.

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