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Speed Dating With a Twist

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How To Play Speed Dating With a Twist

Set up the chairs in two circles, a small circle and a larger circle outside of that. Make sure that the chairs are facing each other and there are an equal amount of chairs in the inside circle as well as the outside circle.

The format or idea of how the game is played is like speed dating. Every kid will sit across from another kid, can be same or opposite sex, and will have a task to complete in 30 seconds before they rotate to the next person.

Here is a list of questions we asked kids to complete with each other:

- What's your most embarrassing moment?
- What's your favourite food?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Who's your favourite celebrity?
- Who do you look up to the most?
- What's your favourite childhood memory?

Some of these topics may need a little longer than 30 seconds, others may need less. We used a cymbal as our rotation gong. This game is a great introduction to the topic of love or dating that also acts as a way for kids to get to know each other and break out of their comfort zone a little.

[Game modified by YGG Admin 13 July 2017]

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Submitted by Denny on 3 Feb 2012 12:00:00

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I like this game.
i'll try this with our youth members.

Posted by monica on 15 Oct 2014 at 11:08:51

wow i love this!

Posted by Moses on 27 May 2015 at 7:04:57

I am so gonna try doing this at summercamp this year!!!

Posted by Lydia on 13 Jun 2015 at 5:54:46

We did this recently with our Middle Schoolers and instead of calling it Speed Dating, we called it Spuddying (Speed Buddying) and they had to find out things about the person across from them that they didn't already know.
Used as a part of our Back-To-School-Meet-New-People month.
Kids loved it.

Posted by Rod on 28 Sep 2016 at 12:56:41

This is another great ESL game

Posted by Andrew on 20 Oct 2017 at 11:51:25

I'm starting a 6-week series with my Young Life highschoolers this week titled: Love, Sex and Relationships, What does God say? And this is a great icebreaker game to roll into our series! Thanks family!:)

Posted by Lady Jai on 3 Oct 2018 at 12:28:28

Rod, I love the term Spuddying that is awesome!

Posted by Lee on 8 Nov 2018 at 8:48:00

I love this game i used this for my kids to know how adults get to know each other.

Posted by alyssamc on 17 Apr 2019 at 3:24:27

Great game but I have some questions:
1) Do they have to answer all the questions?
2) If they sit opposit each other, do they speak in turn, each for 30 secs and then rotate, which means in 1 minute?
3) Do they ask these questions or they start answering atonce holding a card in a hand?
Hope to hear from you soon

Posted by AnnaJazzy on 27 Aug 2019 at 9:38:08

this game seems very instristing

Posted by siniya on 10 Oct 2019 at 4:13:00

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