Food Wars


Why do teenagers love messy and gross games? While I don’t have the answer to that question, I know that they most definitely do love to get them, and the messier the better. Our students beg to have messy games, and since doing them indoors is not the best option, summer is the perfect time to make it happen. Here’s one in particular that we have tried and loved.

Food War:

This is the ultimate in messy games. It’s like a food fight with a little extra awesomeness. We took a large sheet of plastic and turned it into our playing area. The game format is pretty simple. Dress students in plastic garbage bags paired with old clothes and let them wrestle for pool noodles on a plastic sheet covered in food.

Game play:

Lay down plastic (this will be your playing area)Divide the students into two teams. Give each student on each team a number starting with 1 (this means Team A will have someone who is number 1 and Team B will also have someone who is number 1). Cover the playing area in your first layer of food. Lay the pool noodle in the center of the playing area. Have one team at each end of the play area. For each round, yell out a number and the student on each team with that number will enter the playing field. The student to get the pool noodle to their team’s side first will earn a point for their team. Continue this format, adding more food every few rounds. The team with the most number of points once everyone has competed wins.

Supplies Needed:

Large sheet of thick plastic

Garbage bags

Variety of Messy food items (some ideas: wet cereal, sundae toppings, corn or other canned veggies, sauces, basically anything messy and wet)

Pool Noodle



Chasity is the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Christ UMC in Newcomerstown, Ohio. As part of that position, she is the youth pastor for Meta Student Ministries, a community wide, student led youth ministry, that takes place at Christ UMC. Chasity is most passionate about empowering and equipping teens and young adults to make a difference in the world through the life changing power of Jesus. She is also pretty passionate about hanging out with her awesome husband and family, mission work to Cuba, traveling, sweet tea, all things Spanish and cooking. You can follow her on Twitter: @ChasLOpp