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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Game: "Glowing Shape-Shifters" (Glow-in-the-Dark Game)

A FUN GROUP  GLOW-IN-THE-DARK GROUP GAME, ICEBREAKER ACTIVITY, OR TEAM BUILDER FOR GROUPS OF ANY SIZE! 




SUPPLIES:
- A bracelet size glow stick for every player. 
- Optional: microphone/PA

SET UP:
- No set up needed, other than taking the glow sticks out of the packages.  

GAME PLAY:
Quick Explanation: Teams using only their glow sticks will quickly make an assigned glow in the dark shape. 

Playing:
- Divide your group up into at least 2 teams, for bigger groups divide up into more
- Give everyone a glow stick.
- Give the "Quick Explanation". 
- Dim or turn off the lights.
- Start off with a practice shape- "a circle"
Continue the game announcing various shapes and assignments (*Ideas/Samples Below) 
- Teams will get a point for being the first team to complete the shape/assignment. 

Rules:
- Every team member and glow stick must participate in each shape.
- Glow sticks must be held. They are not being laid on the ground. 
- Shape must be visible to judge/leader. 

HINTS/HELPS:
- Longer "necklace" size glow sticks may also be used
- Using the provided connectors may also be an option 
- For more "Advanced" play consider making the shapes/assignments do a motions (*see below)
** Game can be played with 2 large groups.  I have played this at camp with 4 teams of 50+ players per team in a large darkened game, with judges standing on an elevate stage to see large shapes. 

Sample/Ideas
- Shapes: square, star, trapezoid, hexagon...
- Objects: car, umbrella, boat, banana, heart... 
- Letters/Words: Letter of the alphabet, words like "dog", "cat",.. names: youth pastor, ministry name, church...
- ADVANCE: horse, galloping, face, with mouth talking, ocean waves... 

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