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How To Play War!

Materials Needed

newspaper, masking tape

This is one of the easiest games to set up... but one of the most annoying games to clean up!

Divide your hall into halves or quarters or however many teams you want to have (may depend on the size of your hall / youth group). Get a decent amount of old newspaper and throw it around randomly, then say GO!

The aim of the game is to have the least amount of newspaper in your section by the end of the time limit (a couple of minutes). So your team has to grab the incoming newspaper and throw it, or take it, into another section. No other rules really!

Then, to make cleaning up easier, just make the next game "Whoever picks up the most newspaper wins!"

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on 5 November 2007


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We play this, but call it a Snowball Fight. We also do the cleanup game (brilliant & simple). We tend to do it with scrap paper from work, but have a paper aeroplane contest first, then use all the old planes scrapped into snow balls. We always get kids cheating waiting with an armful of snowballs to throw after the whistle so we make them all sit when we call stop.

Posted by Mark 4 years ago

can i asking for this game can bring what information for youth or just ply for fun?XD

Posted by M 5 years ago

Anon - I think both versions could work well. An out loud countdown would create suspense and allow for some tactics of holding the paper until the last second. A random silent counter would mean it's full on and no one knows when it might end!

Posted by Joel 6 years ago

How would the timer work? Would there be a countdown or would the person just randomly yell stop when the time ran out and no one knew when it would stop. Because I can imagine if the players knew how much time was left, they would hold onto the newspapers and just throw it at the last second.

Posted by Anon 6 years ago

haha.. the clean up "game" is quite a smart way to clean up!! XD

Posted by lester 13 years ago

Basically like 'rob the nest' but the other way round.

Posted by Eilish 13 years ago

We played a game just like this called "Clean House". Instead of newspaper we cut up sponges and we'd have a set amount of time that each team would have to throw the sponges to the other team's side. We'd count up how much was on each side after 2 minutes, then the team with the least would get a point. We played a few rounds, like best out of 5.

Posted by KD 13 years ago

exciting.! :D

also good for mood setting,
each person who has a paper on hand will say one truth about them :)

Posted by mk 14 years ago


Posted by rick 14 years ago

I tried this variation and they loved it. I gave 2 teams each a different color paper and used a area that had a short wall. We used pvc pipe from a pupet state once. The games starts and each team is to QUICKLY make a paper airpane and fly it to the other side. Give 60 seconds and count how many opposing color planes are on your side and the one with the most on the other side wins!

Posted by pawpaw 15 years ago

Pretty good site, and also a cool game.

Posted by Anon 15 years ago
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