Over the Mountain

An active icebreaker no prep game for large groups

How To Play Over the Mountain

I love this game for getting to know students.

Each player sits in a chair in a circle facing the canter. One player stands in the center to start the game, usually me after I explain it.

Whoever is in the center makes a statement that applies to him or her and follows the format "Over the mountain if you have ever/never ___________________." For instance, I might say "Over the mountain if you have ever peed in a pool." Anyone around the circle who can identify with the statement (anyone who has also peed in a pool) gets up and moves to a new chair. The last one left standing makes the next statement.

This game can reveal some interesting information. Some groups might need to be encourages to keep it appropriate, but it is typically fun and hilarious.

Also, there is no clear end. When time gets short, I usually let everyone know when one round is left.

Materials Needed

Chairs for every player minus one.


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on 8 May 2009


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Over the mountain if you have ever been caught playing with dolls...

Posted by John Bon on 5 Sep 2015 at 4:56:51

I have played this game a tad bit different but the same concept and loved it!!! I highly reccomend this to anymore.

Posted by Madison klino on 26 Feb 2015 at 8:50:47

This is a great game coz u get alot of intresting facts from the youth guys and suprises.....great

Posted by Chane on 18 Apr 2012 at 10:43:11

We have played this with one variation. We called it "Train Wreck". If you can't think of anything to add to the fun just scream "train wreck" and everyone has to get up and move to another chair. Talk about chaos!

Posted by Camp N.A.S.H. on 25 Feb 2011 at 1:38:46

this game souds so awesome and wednesday i am going to play it with my youth group. THANKZ

Posted by Tiana on 14 Nov 2009 at 8:07:23

It's a similar concept to "All Over, Red Rover" - for example I might say "Over the mountain everyone wearing a blue tshirt" - everyone who is wearing a blue tshirt then has to get up and swap seats.

Does this make it simpler?

Posted by Shorty on 28 Sep 2009 at 10:31:11

Could you clarify or explain further how ones moves to a new chair, etc. I do not understand the game fully and what I do understand sounds like fun.

I look forward to your response.


Posted by Darlene on 28 Sep 2009 at 9:53:08

our youth group doesn't really like to play games but when we played this one.... they had such a great time playing I had to stop them from playing and move on to devotions! Thanks for the idea!

Posted by Gayle on 13 Sep 2009 at 5:45:03
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