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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


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