Valentine’s Day is a mixed bag when it comes to young people. For some it can be a fun time to celebrate a special relationship or serve as an inspiration to initiate a new romance. For other the holiday can be a source of stress and disappointment.
If a youth leader and youth group decide to participate in celebrating Valentine’s Day, the manner in which this is done is important. The games and activities we plan and lead have the power to create an atmosphere of belonging as well as the possibility of leaving some youth to feel left out or inadequate.
However you decide to celebrate (or not celebrate) Valentine’s Day in your youth ministry, strive to create a positive environment that focuses on community and belonging. Mixers and team games are a great tool to foster this atmosphere. Reverse Charades (Valentine’s Edition) is a great way to recognize the holiday while helping youth connect through the playing of a favorite classic – with a twist.
Here’s how it works!
- Divide into teams of 3-8 people. Teams do not have to have equal numbers of players.
- The team selects one person to serve as the “guesser.”
- The remaining players work together to act out a series of words “Charade Style.”
- Players may not use words or make any sounds.
- When the guesser gets the word or phrase correct, the rest of the players should yell “Got it!” so the game leader knows the team has completed that word.
- After 4-5 words, have each team select a new guesser.
- The game leader can award points to the team that gets the answer correct first, or just play for fun without awarding points.
- Encourage groups to work together as a team (not as several individuals) to act out the word. For example: To act out engaged, one person could get on one knee and take the hand of another player who is standing – acting out someone asking another to marry.
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The players will enjoy playing the game while anyone not playing will certainly enjoy watching the teams act out the words in various ways!
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