50 youth group games to ignite the fun

Dive into our ultimate list of 50 games, tailored for indoor, outdoor, and even virtual settings.

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Oct 5, 2023
50 youth group games to ignite the fun

Greetings, youth group aficionados! If your gatherings have started feeling like an endless loop of the same ol' stuff, then this list is your lifeline. We're delivering a mega-list of 50 games designed to turn any meetup into a memorable fiesta. Let's go!

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Mind Games

1. Trivia

Flex those brain muscles and show off your random knowledge!

How to Play:

One player acts as the quizmaster, posing questions from various categories. The participant with the most correct answers wins.

2. Two Truths and a Lie

Can you spot the fib among the facts? A game that tests how well you know—or don't know—each other.

How to Play:

Each player takes turns saying two true things and one false thing about themselves. The group votes on which statement they think is the lie.

3. Would You Rather

A game of hypothetical choices that’s bound to stir up debates. Choose wisely; there’s no turning back!

How to Play:

One person presents two options, both equally appealing or unappealing. Players choose their preference, often sparking fun debates.

4. Riddles and Puzzles

Top view of wooden box and pile of blocks for playing in jenga tower game arranged on floor carpet

Riddle me this, puzzle me that, show me a brainiac who can wear any hat! A mental workout session where participants tackle a series of riddles and puzzles.

How to Play:

Prepare a list of riddles and puzzles in advance. Participants can play individually or in teams. They take turns solving each riddle or puzzle. Correct answers score points; most points wins!

5. 20 Questions

The ultimate guessing game that’s one part psychic vibes and another part logical genius.

How to Play:

One person thinks of an object but keeps it a secret. The other players take turns asking yes-or-no questions to determine what the object might be. You've got 20 questions to figure it out!

Board Games

6. Chess

A two-player, square board game involving various pieces with different roles and abilities.

How to Play:

Players take turns moving pieces to capture the opponent’s king while protecting their own.

7. Scrabble

A word-building board game that's a true vocabulary test. Turn your word power into points!

How to Play:

Players take turns creating words on the board, connecting them to existing words. The goal is to earn the most points.

8. Monopoly

A real-estate board game where you buy, trade, and develop properties. Amass properties and bankrupt your friends—virtually or otherwise.

How to Play:

Players move around the board, buying or trading properties, building houses, and collecting rent. The last person not bankrupted wins.

9. Settlers of Catan

A strategy board game where players collect and trade resources to build roads, settlements, and cities to earn points.

How to Play:

Players roll dice to gather resources, which they use to build structures on the board. The first to reach a set number of points wins.

10. Risk

A game of strategy, negotiation, and luck, focusing on territorial control. World domination has never been so board-friendly.

How to Play:

Players use armies to attack and defend territories on the board, aiming to eliminate other players and conquer the map.

Adventure Games

11. Scavenger Hunt

A search game where players seek out specific items or complete tasks given on a list. Unleash your inner detective and find those hidden treasures!

How to Play:

Provide a list of items or clues. Participants must find them within a set time. The person or team with the most completed tasks wins.

12. Obstacle Course

A physical course with different challenges that players must navigate. Jump, crawl, slide—whatever it takes to reach the finish line!

How to Play:

Set up various obstacles and time each participant as they go through. The fastest time wins.

13. Treasure Map Adventure

brown and beige ceiling lamp

A scavenger hunt that uses a map to guide participants to hidden treasures. Argghh you ready to find some buried treasure?

How to Play:

Create a map marking various "treasure" locations. Divide participants into teams and hand out maps. The first team to collect all items and return wins.

14. Capture the Flag

A team-based game where the objective is to capture the opponent's flag while defending your own. Time to unleash your inner ninja or secret agent—or both!

How to Play:

Divide players into two teams and assign each a territory with a flag. The aim is to capture the enemy's flag and bring it back to your territory without being tagged.

15. GeoCaching

An outdoor recreational activity where players use GPS to hide and seek containers, known as "geocaches." Real-world treasure hunting? Count us in!

How to Play:

Equip each team with a GPS device containing coordinates for hidden treasures. The first team to find and log all geocaches is the winner.

Ice Breakers

16. Getting to Know You Bingo

Ice Breaker bingo is the ultimate chill-breaker for teens! Say goodbye to awkward silences and hello to new friendships, all while marking off boxes on your bingo card.

Break the ice with one of our pre-made ice-breaker bingo templates below, or use them as inspiration to create your own bingo card!

How to Play:

Each player grabs a bingo card filled with fun challenges or questions. Walk around, mingle, and perform the tasks or ask questions to fill the squares. First one to complete a row shouts "Bingo!" and wins a cool prize.

17. Speed Dating For Friends

Who says speed dating is just for romance? Fasten your seatbelts; it's time for whirlwind friend-making!

How to Play:

Seat everyone in pairs, facing each other. Start the timer. Participants have 3 minutes to introduce themselves and chat. When time's up, one row of people moves to the next seat, and the process repeats.

18. Who Am I?

A guessing game where players find out who they are based on clues. Am I Beyoncé? Albert Einstein? The suspense!

How to Play:

Each player has a card with a famous name on their forehead. They ask yes-or-no questions to narrow down who they might be.

19. Charades

A game where players act out a word or phrase without speaking while their teammates try to guess what it is. Who needs words when you've got the power of pantomime?

How to Play:

Divide players into teams. One person from a team acts out a word or phrase while the rest of their team tries to guess. Each correct guess earns a point.

20. Pictionary

A drawing and guessing game where you have to, well, draw what you're trying to say. Let's sketch our way to glory, one doodle at a time.

How to Play:

Split the group into teams. One person draws a prompt while their team tries to guess what it is. No words or numbers are allowed in the drawing. Points are awarded for correct guesses.

Physical Games

21. Tug-of-War

A physical contest where two teams pull at opposite ends of a rope. Rope, strength, and a whole lot of team spirit!

How to Play:

The objective is simple: pull the rope far enough to cross a predetermined line on your side.

22. Dodgeball

A team sport where players throw balls and dodge them too. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!

How to Play:

Eliminate players on the opposing team by hitting them with a dodgeball. The last team standing wins.

23. Sack Race

A race where each participant hops to the finish line while standing inside a sack. Forget a leisurely walk in the park. This is hopping for glory!

How to Play:

Line up participants at the start line, each inside their own sack. On "Go!", they hop toward the finish line. First one across takes the prize!

24. Musical Chairs

Think you can snag a seat when the music stops? The stakes have never been so... musical.

How to Play

Arrange chairs in a circle and start the music. Participants walk around the chairs. When the music stops, they scramble to sit. Remove one chair after each round. Last one seated wins!

25. Potato Sack Race

Just like the sack race, but with an earthy twist: the sacks are explicitly potato sacks.

How to Play:

Players hop into potato sacks and race to a finish line. But remember, these sacks are bulkier and harder to navigate, adding an extra layer of challenge.

Team Building

26. Blindfolded Obstacle Course

A trust exercise that challenges communication skills while navigating an obstacle course. Walk the line—just make sure you don't trip!

How to Play:

One player is blindfolded and must navigate an obstacle course, guided only by verbal cues from their teammate.

27. Human Knot

It's like Twister, but with your arms.

How to Play:

Everyone stands in a circle and grabs random hands from across the circle. The aim is to untangle without breaking the chain.

28. Egg Drop Challenge

Sure, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, but let's see if your egg can survive it.

How to Play:

Each team is given a set of materials like straws, tape, and bubble wrap. They use these to build a contraption that will protect an egg when dropped from a designated height. Most intact egg wins!

29. Tower Building

If the Leaning Tower of Pisa can do it, so can you—just aim for less lean.
A building contest that challenges teams to construct the tallest tower using limited materials.

How to Play:

Provide teams with materials like toothpicks, marshmallows, or LEGO. Set a time limit. The team with the tallest, most stable tower when time's up wins.

30. Relay Races

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Lace up those sneakers; it's time for some good old-fashioned, heart-pounding, relay race action.

How to play:

Create a racecourse with start and finish lines. Teams line up, and the first runners take off. Each must pass their baton to the next runner in line. The first team to complete all legs wins.

Creative Games

31. Mural Painting

Bring out your inner Van Gogh—paintbrushes at the ready!

How to Play:

Provide paints, brushes, and a big canvas. Everyone adds their artistic touch. Stand back and admire the collaborative masterpiece!

32. Craft Content

A competitive crafting session that tests your DIY skills - channel your inner Martha Stewart!

How to Play:

Each participant gets a set of crafting materials. They have a set time to create something awesome. The best craft wins a prize.

33. T-shirt Decorating

Time to turn that plain tee into a canvas of colors and imagination.

How to Play:

Hand out blank t-shirts and art supplies like fabric markers or paint. Set a theme or let imaginations run wild. The coolest design takes the cake!

34. Build Your Own Story

A group storytelling game where everyone contributes a sentence or two to build a collective narrative.

How to Play:

Start with a prompt or opening sentence. Go around the circle, with each person adding a line to the story. The tale ends when it reaches a satisfying—or hilariously confusing—conclusion.

35. Lip Sync Battle

A competition where participants lip-sync to popular songs, giving their best faux-vocal performances.

How to Play:

Each person selects a song and performs it by lip-syncing the lyrics while adding their own flair with dance moves or props. The most entertaining act steals the show.

Virtual Games

36. Online Bingo

Click, daub, win—Bingo's gone digital, and it's as thrilling as ever!
The classic game of Bingo, but adapted for online play. Numbers, excitement, and a touch of luck—all from the comfort of your screen.

How to Play:

Choose from one of our thousands of pre-made bingo cards and you'll find a shareable link that you can use to invite your potential players.

Like a classic bingo game, numbers are drawn randomly, and you mark them on your card. Complete a line or pattern, and shout "Bingo!" to claim your win.

Watch our playing bingo online tutorial for a quick run-through before starting your game!

Top Tip: Want a personalized Bingo experience for your youth group or friends? With our bingo card generator, you can customize your cards with text, emojis, or even pictures. It's your game; make it your own!

37. Virtual Escape Room

Solve puzzles, but leave your real-life door unlocked.

How to Play:

Players join a video call and are guided through a series of virtual rooms filled with puzzles. Solve them within the time limit to "escape."

38. Virtual Karaoke

Cue the spotlight and warm up those vocal cords; it's karaoke time—but from the comfort of your own home.

How to Play:

Each participant picks a song in advance. During the virtual meeting, they take turns performing. Everyone else? Your job is to cheer them on!

39. Online Board Games

Who needs a physical board when you've got the internet? Digital dice not included.

How to Play:

Choose an online platform that offers your preferred board game. Invite participants to join the virtual game room. Play as you would in real life, just with virtual game pieces.

40. Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Your quest, should you choose to accept it, exists entirely on your computer screen.

How to Play:

Generate a list of items or challenges. Participants have to find or complete them and show them off via the camera. Fastest one to finish wins!

Seasonal and Themed Games

41. Pumpkin Carving Content

A carving contest featuring everyone's favorite fall gourd - spook-tacular artistry at its finest.

How to Play:

Participants are given pumpkins and carving tools. They have a set time to create their masterpiece. The best pumpkin wins.

42. Snowball Fight

A good old-fashioned snowball fight—mittens optional. Fluffy white projectiles? Yes, please!

How to Play:

Two teams throw snowballs at each other while dodging incoming flurries. The team with the last person standing wins.

43. Easter Egg Hunt

You're not just finding eggs; you're finding joy—and maybe some candy.

How to Play:

Hide eggs around a designated area. On "Go!", players hunt for them. The one who finds the most eggs—or the special "Golden Egg"—wins!

44. Beach Volleyball

silhouette of people playing basketball during sunset

Sun, sand, and spikes! No, not the spiky sea urchins.

How to Play:

Two teams of two or more players each try to hit a volleyball over a net without letting it touch the ground. Points are scored when the ball hits the opposing team's side.

45. Holiday Trivia

From Rudolph's middle name to the number of Hanukkah candles, get ready to jingle those brain cells.

How to Play:

One player or a quizmaster reads out holiday-themed questions. Participants or teams write down their answers. Tally up the scores to find out who's the holiday genius.

Tech Games

46. Minecraft Building Content

Unleash your inner architect! Compete to build the most awe-inspiring structures within a set theme. Castle or cabin, the choice is yours!

How to Play:

Participants get a plot of virtual land in a Minecraft server. You'll have a set time to build something based on a given theme. Judges—or audience votes—determine the winner.

47. Coding Challenge

Who needs magic spells when you can code? Show off your programming skills in a timed contest, and let's see who's the real wizard here!

How to Play:

Each participant receives a coding problem or set of problems. You'll have a limited time to solve them. Points are awarded based on the complexity and efficiency of your solution.

48. Digital Art Showdown

Brushes down, tablets up! Create a digital masterpiece that wows the audience and takes home the digital gold.

How to Play:

Participants get a set time to complete a piece of digital art based on a given theme. Submit your work within the time frame, and either judges or public votes decide the winner.

49. Video Editing Content

Cut, clip, and create! Put your video editing skills to the test in this high-speed, high-stakes competition.

How to Play:

You'll receive raw footage and have a specific time frame to turn it into a short, compelling video. Entries are judged on creativity, technical skill, and storytelling.

50. E-sports Tournament

Put on your game face! Battle it out in your favorite e-sport, from Fortnite to League of Legends, and may the best gamer win.

How to Play:

Teams or individuals face off in a pre-determined video game. The format can vary: single elimination, double elimination, or league play. Winners move on until only the champion remains.


And there you have it, 50 Youth Group Games that are surefire ways to ignite the fun and fuel the spirit! Whether you're into heart-racing challenges or mind-bending puzzles, our eclectic lineup promises endless laughter, camaraderie, and memorable moments.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your tribe and let the games begin!

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