Tunnel Rats

November 30th, 2017


2 cones (*or consider using a foam “Wisconsin cheese head”, it is what I use)


Quick explanation: A combination between a race and steal the bacon. Players will have an assigned number, when their number is called they must race to the back of the line and crawl like “rats” through their team’s legs forming a “tunnel”, in order to the first person to get the “cheese” (orange cone)

Before the Game 
No set up is needed


  • Divide up in 2 equal teams.
  • Line teams up in single files, facing forward
  • Give the “quick explanation” and rules
  • Give each player on each team a number from 1 to how many each players there are on each team.
  • There should be a corresponding numbered player on each team.
  • Place a cone at the front of each team’s line a few feet away from the first player in each line.
  • Start the game by announcing a number.
  • The players with that number on each team will run to the back of the line and they crawl as quickly through their team’s legs to get to the cone first.Rules:
  • Player that are crawling must go through every player’s legs.
  • All players on the team must spread their legs giving the crawling player room to crawl through.
  • For each “rat” (player) that get to the “cheese” (cone) first they get a point for their team.


The winning team is the team that has the most points at the end of time allotted time or rounds played


  • This game is best played when everyone is wearing pants or shorts, obviously girls in skirts should not play.
  • For larger groups consider 3-4 teams, or even more!
  • For extra challenge after a few rounds, add a second in front of each team, and announce two numbers at a time.

dan.DAN ISTVANIK is the 5th to 8th-grade pastor at Victory Church in Lancaster, PA. He has been working in youth ministry for over 20 years serving churches in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Virginia. Besides serving in the local church setting he is also the youth ministry content writer for Parent Ministry.Net, along with being a contributor to a variety of other great youth ministry resources like Youthworker Journal, Group Magazine, Download Youth Ministry, and more. Additional he shares daily Jr. high/middle school ministry specific resources, and hints on his own blog “The Middle Years” at   WWW.MIDDLEYEARSMINISTRY.COM


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