Bango Card Game

Active, Card Game, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Bango brings some of the atmosphere of the Bingo Hall to the family table. It is a very simple card game that can be played with children of almost any age. Play for counters, coins, or candy in a game of pure luck, where the toddlers can have the thrill of claiming victory over their elder siblings and parents. This game should be played with between three and ten players using two decks of cards, and more decks of cards can be added for even more players to join in (the more players, the better) until you’ll need a hire a hall and an announcer of your own. Set Up Two packs of cards are used, but are not mixed together (therefore to avoid confusion it is better to choose…
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Bang / The Gun Name Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Stationary, Talking Games
To avoid getting shot, learn and remember names of the people in a group! Bang! or (The Gun Name Game) is a game of name-recall that works perfectly amongst strangers as an introductions game, but is also a game of reactions that can be played in groups of people that already know each other. Younger boys especially will love it, because any time spent pointing fingers as weapons and shouting “Bang!” is time well spent — and perhaps we don’t even have to be all that young! Bang! needs a big group to be played -- ideally more than 12 people.  It takes just a few minutes. Rules Everyone arranges themselves in a circle. An organizer, who is not playing, calls out the name of somebody in the circle. For example,…
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Fake Artist

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Can you work out what is going on in another person's mind just from a single line they have drawn? All players in this game are handed the same piece of secret information on slips of paper: a codeword. All players... except one. One player is given a blank slip of paper, and they are the spy. Everyone trying to work out who the spy is, while the spy tries to stay hidden. One problem: everyone can only communicate by drawing a single line on a shared sheet of paper. RULES An organizer, who is not playing, takes a number of slips of paper equal to the number of players. On all but one of these slips, they write the same word. This word is the codeword. The codeword could be an…
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Spoons

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Spoons is a game of speed, silliness, and having a sharp eye. It's engaging, fast paced, and intense! The first thing you need to play Spoons is a pack of playing cards. The second thing you need is… spoons. To be precise, you will need one less spoon than the number of players who will play.  In other words, for seven players, you will need six spoons. Plastic spoons are totally fine. In the absence of spoons, please don’t attempt this game with knives or forks. Other than being inconsistent with the title of the game, it could actually cause injury. Still, if the scoopers cannot be acquired, play Spoons with sticks, beer mats, pens, or coins. The ideal number of players is the number that will fit comfortably in…
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Hot Potato Camera

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Hot Potato Camera is like Russian roulette with selfies.  Not as fatal as the original game -- but still pretty embarrassing -- the loser will end up getting a naturally terrible photo that will have everyone laughing. This game will work with a regular camera as well. You just need to know how to use the timer function. You can play with two players up to many, but have a second camera sent around the circle if playing with more than ten. Set Up: Grab a smartphone and open the camera app, or grab a dedicated camera. All players sit in a circle, or around a table. They just need to be sat close enough together to pass the camera to their neighbor quickly. Rules: The player who starts with the camera…
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Sequence

Classroom Icebreaker, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
This is a team-building game of communication and pictures. Every member of the group will need to describe the picture they are given, and then as a group they must put the pictures in the correct order. The pictures for this game could come from children's books, or comic books, and you can pick the source to fit the group. For groups of teenagers and young adults, a game involving a Batman or Spider Man story is bound to get an enthusiastic response. Children’s books, like The Tiger Who Came to Tea or Where The Wild Things Are, work well for nostalgic adults, and those who have children of their own. In everyday life we rarely describe pictures -- we just show them! This game will warm up thinking muscles…
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Tall Tales (The “Suddenly” Story Game)

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
Spin fantastic yarns -- amazing stories -- with this engaging group activity. Each person will tell three sentences of a story and end with the word “suddenly…” The next person will then have to pick up the story and add three sentences of their own. Tall Tales encourages the players to think on their feet and connect to the story that has already been told, which trying to stump the next person to speak. Everyone gets a turn to talk in this icebreaker, so quiet group members have an equal chance to participate. Tall Tales doesn’t require any movement and is therefore able to fit in a room of any size. Tall Tales is an icebreaker for groups ages 10 and up. Children younger than 10 may not have the storytelling…
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Art Effects

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Team building
The point of Art Effects is to build your group's teamwork up with creativity and cooperation.  In this game, your group will give keywords to convey items to their partner to create an art masterpiece. This game is great for groups of all sizes and requires a little bit of setting up according to the size of the group. Be sure to have a critic overlooking your artists to make sure everyone is playing fairly throughout the game. There is both a competitive and non-competitive version of the game, so be sure to pick how you want to play! Materials Needed Materials needed to play Art Effects: Paper A surface to draw on Pencils Erasers How To Set Up The Game To set up the game start by getting a headcount of…
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Collaborative Drawing

Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Team building
Combine your artistic talents together to create the ultimate drawing without seeing what others have added before you! This icebreaker game is good for ages 10 and over. Collaborative Drawing must be played with a minimum of 4 people.  There is no maximum amount preferred.  If groups get unmanageable, subdivide into smaller sized groups. To play this game you are going to need the following items: Paper for all participants Writing utensils for everyone A timer or stopwatch Setup for Collaborative Drawing You won’t need to set anything up prior to starting this game! How to play Collaborative Drawing Distribute paper and writing utensils to everyone that will be playing. Make sure that the players are sitting in some sort of orderly fashion such as a circle or in straight lines. Instruct…
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Psychiatrist Game

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Stationary, Talking Games
Confuse the designated psychiatrist by acting like other people in the group.  The psychiatrist must guess who is who and why! This game works best for ages 13+.  It works great with medium to large sized groups of 6+ people.  Nothing is needed except a timer or stopwatch.  Indoors is the ideal setting. How to set up the Psychiatrist Game There is no required setup.  Players should be seated in a circle.  The "psychiatrist" will be in the center of the circle. How to play: Organize the group so that one person is chosen as the "psychiatrist" while the others are the "patients." The psychiatrist can be a volunteer or selected based on criteria of your choice such as who has the nearest birthday. Have the psychiatrist leave the room and wait to…
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