On your mark, get set, EGGPLANT!


You may have seen someone impersonate a famous actor, but how about a vegetable? This no-prep game will help you fill those in-between moments with a little fun and a lot of laughs. It’s called, “Vegetable Off.”

Begin by choosing two participants to stand in front of the group and on the count of three call out a random vegetable.

Once the vegetable is named, students do their best impersonation of the vegetable. At that point, have the rest of the group vote on a winner and encourage them to base their vote on accuracy, creative interpretation, and speed.

This is a quick and easy activity that doesn’t require any materials or preparation, besides a list of vegetables. It opens the students up to conversations, as I’ve rarely seen someone try to impersonate a carrot and then keep quiet about it.

The short list:

Some of the more amusing vegetables are bell pepper, brussels sprouts, rhubarb, eggplant, jalapeño, asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, bok choy, okra, and green beans. I love to throw out vegetables that could be interpreted in several different ways and see what the students come up with. Things like lettuce, which could be a head or leaf and corn that could be a kernel, cob or on the stalk. I’m pretty loose on our definition of vegetables.

More than one way to slice a vegetable game:

Fast and Furious: For an opener or quick transition, we just have individual, one-on-one vegetables offs.
Icebreaking for a Cause: If you need a longer, bigger challenge, it’s easy to set up a tournament, inviting your students to submit a canned vegetable, for your local food pantry, as their entry fee, and having gift cards for the winners to the local salad bar

Making a lesson out of it:

You can easily use this as an opening game, but also dovetails great with the some vegetable and agricultural scriptures.

  • Genesis 1:12
  • Proverbs 15:17
  • John 15: 1-8
  • Deuteronomy 11:10-11
  • Daniel 1: 3-16
  • several in Mark 4
  • Romans 14: 1-4

Eddie grew up in Houston,Texas, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and has his Certification in Youth Ministry through Perkins. He has been involved in student ministries for over 20 years, serving at Lakewood United Methodist Church in Houston, since 2004, currently as Director of Student Ministries. Eddie and his wife Emily met at the OU Wesley Foundation and have been blessed with 3 beautiful children. You can follow Eddie on Twitter: @ELE_IV