Toothpaste Challenge

A food duel game for large groups

How To Play Toothpaste Challenge

Give the kids either in pairs or as individuals a plate and a tube of toothpaste. The bigger tubes work best. Tell them the challenge is to get all the toothpaste out of the tube as quick as possible. Watch and see how quickly the squirt it onto the plate. Then once the toothpaste it out let them in on the secret. The actual challenge is to see how much toothpaste they can get back in the tube. Almost impossible. Gets really messy really fast. For the most part the toothpaste stays on the plate and all over their hands. Some try to blow into the empty tube of toothpaste to open it back up again. Doesn't work but worth suggesting to see them try. Point of the game is to be careful with your words. They can come out super fast but don't always go back in so easily and can get messy if said in the wrong way.

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on 21 March 2012


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We did the game and they learn a lot with it. Awesome for young and adults youth actually the adults enjoyed it more. Thank you so much for the lesson

Posted by Clo on 9 Dec 2018 at 11:18:49

Sounds like fun

Posted by Tiffany on 14 Jun 2015 at 5:09:51

I remember in primary school a guy did this as part of an assembly, it's stuck with me all these years.

Posted by PhilUK on 19 Nov 2013 at 10:09:30

This is a great game! My youth group did this Wednesday, and the two oldest did a good job. I had them in teams of 2, with one tube per team. The girl spoon fed the boy toothpaste and he spit it back in. It was pretty nasty/messy, but it worked and they all thought it was pretty funny.

Posted by Liz on 2 Oct 2012 at 6:32:11

This is a great game! Thank you so much!

Posted by Jane on 6 Jun 2012 at 6:16:53
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