Top ten no prep games

Our top ten quick and easy youth group games to play that need no preparation, no resources, no supplies and no materials. Just straight up, goof fun youth group games - as simple as they come.

These games are for those times when you are put on the spot and need to run a game or two without any time to prepare. You have no materials or supplies but a whole bunch of kids who are ready to burn off some energy.

The factors we've considered in picking our top ten no prep youth group games are a combination of how easy it is to explain and how fun it is to play. Of course, the games listed below all have a few things in common - they can be set up within a minute or two and you won't need any special equipment or resources to play them.

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10. Scream Till You Drop!

No preparation needed, except for your ear drums to prepare for a loud game. This is what happens when kids are allowed to scream for as long as they can! It's a good way to let them get it out of their system.

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9. The Laughing Game

What says "fun" better than lots and lots of laughter. That's exactly what the Laughing Game can bring. Easy to explain and can be played for as long as the kid's are enjoying it. Laugh away!

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8. Jockeys Up

Players' ability to find each other in a crowd and get into a piggyback postion is thoroughly tested here. No preparation, no supplies, no materials, quick & simple explanation... only people required.

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7. Spin Chasey

Definintely a game to be player outdoors with plenty of room to run, Spin Chasey, is a game that came about by accident. What happens if we all spin around for a minute, then start playing chasey!?

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6. Secret Dancer

Technically, this game is best played with music and may need some setup involved to get some music cranking. But it can be played without music very easily, and in some ways, will be even funnier as all the focus will be on the dancing.

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5. Slap Wrestling

For Slap Wrestling all you need is two people to play, and it's not as painful as it sounds! Works well with groups of all sizes as a ice breaker game or mixer game.

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4. Quick Switch Chasey

A team game where players from the chasing team work together to catch the other team by switching up who is it. A good fast-paced action game that requires no prep and no materials.

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3. Matthew Mark Luke John

Many times I have played this as a "late night" game on a youth camp. Easy to explain and no preparation whatsoever is needed. Works well with any number of people above ten.

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2. Captain's Orders

This game is excellent for a competitive group. It's fun but can be very tiring. Might be a good pirate themed game for a kid's party also. Simple instructions, quick and easy to play.

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1. Everyone's It!

We tried this out at youth group receently in a situation where we had some time to kill and needed a quick and simple game to run, with the extra aim to burn off some energy. Everyone's It worked perfectly. Easy to explain, not set-up required and was good fun for everyone involved.

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