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Ever since I started in youth ministry in 1991, I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of youth pastors around the country and around the world. When asking them about their biggest challenge in programming for youth ministry, the answer that I get most often is coming up with creative and fun games for students to play week after week. Many of the youth workers I’ve talked to shared that they have about four or five games in their arsenal that they play over and over again all year long. They are often begging for new games and activities that they can utilize within their youth ministry.
This desire for access to more games and activities was the reason I birthed the website pastor2youth.com in 1995. It was my desire to provide youth workers with access to hundreds of games, activities, resources, and ideas—and to do so for free. It was also my desire for youth workers to be able to share their own ideas and resources with everyone else—and made a way for everyone to do so.
It is amazing that in 19 years of youth ministry, the number one challenge in programming that I hear from most youth workers has not changed—coming up with creative and fun games to play week after week. Therefore, I have created the resource that you now have before you. Included here are 20 indoor games and activities that have been tried and tested by many youth pastors and have been considered some of the most fun and most popular on my site. Each game includes clear instructions as to how to play the game, the supplies needed, and additional notes, ideas, and suggestions.
I hope that this resource will help you to have a new arsenal of games and activities to play within your youth ministry. God bless you in your ministry and may you have all kinds of new fun—enough to last you close to one entire year.
Indoor Game #1 – Jungle Pong
Jungle Pong is a high-energy, very active youth group game. It is one of those youth ministry games that you could play over and over again, and the students seem to never really get tired of it. It can be used with a small group but also works very well as a large youth group game.
Indoor Game #2 – 4 Corners
This youth group game is a low-energy game, but one that the students can really have fun with. It helps get the whole group moving and having fun, takes no preparation to play and requires very few supplies. It can be played in any room that has four corners, and it doesn’t require that the room be of any specific size.
Indoor Game #3 – Shuffle Your Buns
This youth group game is an active game that might seem at first to be fairly simple but is more challenging than it seems—especially as you add more empty chairs to the mix and more players in the middle.
Indoor Game #4 – Snowless Snowball Fight
This youth group game is a fun game that can be played year-round. It is very easy to set up and play and provides a lot of fun. This is a fun game to play during the summer or in places that do not get snow, and you can set up this youth ministry game as an opportunity for students to have a snowball fight when there is no snow to be found. A large room is best for this game, however it can be played in any size room. Some people have tried playing the game outdoors, but most say it works better indoors.
Indoor Game #5 – Line Tag
This youth group game is tag game that is a bit more challenging—both for the person who is “It” trying to tag others, and for those trying to avoid being tagged. A large room where you can lay down tape in various directions and designs is required for this game. It can also be played outdoors—such as on a blacktop where you could use sidewalk chalk to create the lines.
Indoor Game #6 – Q-Tip War
This youth group game is a great indoor game that the students always seem to get a kick out of. It seems to bring out their youthful desire for shooting things out of straws, and it provides just a fun, crazy competition. This game is best played in a room large enough for everyone on each team to spread out and shoot Q-Tips.
Indoor Game #7 – Popcorn 10
This youth group game may sound like a quick and easy game, but it is not. It also may sound boring at first, but when the students realize how challenging it is, they become determined to complete the game.
Indoor Game #8 – Backdraw
This youth group game is a low-activity game, but one that is a hit and very fun to play. It causes a lot of laughter, confusion, and disgust as people try their best to copy what was given to them and then watch it be transformed into something completely different. This youth group activity is similar in nature to the old-school “telephone” game where you would whisper something in the ear of the person next to you, they would pass it on until the end, and you would reveal what the last person heard and compare it to the original. However, this youth group game does the same type of thing with pictures instead of words. Be sure to play this game in a room where it is comfortable for the students to sit down in a row and draw pictures.
Indoor Game #9 – Bobsled Relay
This youth group game can get a bit crazy but is a lot of fun. Make sure you take precautions and give clear instructions to the students to avoid any mishaps. This game has been a big hit and can be a ton of fun and get out a lot of energy. This game is best played in a room with a carpeted floor and plenty of room to run. It also can be played in a gymnasium but doesn’t always work as well because the paper won’t slide so easily.
Indoor Game #10 – Song Jingle Relay
This youth group game is a mild activity game, but don’t let that fool you. It can be very funny and a lot of fun. You can do this game many different times with lots of different variations.
Indoor Game #11 – Electricity
This youth group game is a mild activity game but is a lot of fun—especially if you make the “prize” something they get to keep and would like (such as a mini-candy bar). The greatest fun of this is the competition and the challenge to see if students try and “cheat” or not.
Indoor Game #12 – iPod Idol
This youth group game is a very funny game. This game does require students who are willing to be brave and sing in front of others. Therefore, it is probably best to play this game getting volunteers from your group (as many as you want) instead of expecting or requiring every student to participate.
Indoor Game #13 – Gorilla, Man, Gun
This youth group game is a variation of the Rock, Paper, Scissors game. This youth group activity allows for a bit more action and silliness.
Indoor Game #14 – Create-a-Game Game
This youth group game is an excellent way to involve the students in creating new games that they would like to play, as well as having a fun activity for that night. When it is completely finished, you will have a whole new arsenal of fun youth group games and activities that your youth will like.
Indoor Game #15 – Ups and Downs
This youth group game is a very fun and challenging activity. It is a high-activity game that keeps the students moving and releasing a lot of wiggles and energy. It is a great game to play when your teenagers are really wound up.
Indoor Game #16 – Four on a Couch
This youth group game is a low-activity game but is still a lot of fun. It is a great way to help students get to know each other’s names (if needed), and it’s also a great puzzle game that requires good memory and wise strategy. If you decide to play it in an area that doesn’t have chairs, then you can improvise what makes up the “couch.”
Indoor Game #17 – Bald is Beautiful
This youth group game is a low-activity game and is best used as an icebreaker activity where not every person participates. It is very funny to watch and see the end results. Make sure you get volunteers who are good sports.
Indoor Game #18 – Psychiatrist
This youth group game is a low-activity game and is a very fun, challenging game. It involves the entire group but with a few special volunteers who will be the “psychiatrists.” This game can be very funny as well, especially as the students who are the “psychiatrists” struggle to figure out what is going on.
Indoor Game #19 – Guess the Gargle
This youth group game is a low-activity game that might be best played as an icebreaker activity where not every person participates. This is a very simple game, but the students enjoy it because it is very silly and very funny, both to play as well as to listen to.
Indoor Game #20 – Hug the Potholder
This youth group game is a low-activity game that can produce a lot of laughter as the volunteer struggles to figure out the solution to the game. This is a great game, but it can only be played with people who have never played it before.