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How To Play War!

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!"

Materials Needed

newspaper, masking tape

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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 on 5 Sep 2019 at 10:46:19

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

Posted by M on 16 May 2019 at 3:59:57

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 on 13 Jul 2017 at 11:35:11

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 on 3 Jul 2017 at 3:28:15

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

Posted by lester on 24 Jul 2010 at 11:25:55

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

Posted by Eilish on 9 Jul 2010 at 8:33:11

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 on 8 Jun 2010 at 10:59:04

exciting.! :D

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

Posted by mk on 29 Apr 2010 at 11:46:41


Posted by rick on 17 Mar 2010 at 8:01:35

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 on 2 Dec 2008 at 5:53:36

Pretty good site, and also a cool game.

Posted by Anon on 18 Sep 2008 at 9:22:11
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