**This is a guest post from Nick Diliberto from PreteenMinistry.net
Object: This game is a mix of charades, listening, and tons of laughing!
- Large bowl
- Scrap pieces of paper (each student & leader need 3 pieces)
Preparation: Give each preteen a pen and three pieces of paper
How to Play: Everyone will receive 3 pieces of scrap paper and a pen. Explain to everyone that they need to write the name of a Christmas character on one sheet, a Christmas place on the next sheet, and a Christmas thing on the last sheet. After everyone has written their answers on the papers, collect everyone’s papers and put them into a large bowl, then divide everyone into two teams.
Assign one person to be the timekeeper for the game. Tell everyone that there are three rounds, the first round is acting without using sounds, the second round is saying one word (not the word on the paper), and the third round is making a sound.
One person at a time will go up to the large bowl and pick out a piece of paper. Whichever paper they grab they have to keep until their team guesses what they were either trying to act out, say one word for, or make a sound. If a duplicate word is drawn, the student must perform a different action than has been done by any previous player. Once their team guesses correctly they need to keep that piece of paper out of the bowl so that they can tally their points for their team. Continue this process until all three rounds are completed!
After each round tell teams to tally their points and keep track so that way when the game is completely over you can see which team won!
Nick Diliberto is the creator of PreteenMinistry.net, which provides creative curriculum and resources for preteen ministry. He is also the preteen columnist for Children’s Ministry Magazine.