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Messy Youth Group Games: Food-Related Fun for Teens

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Food games are fun and creative—especially when they’re messy. We’ve picked our top 10 messy youth group games that involve food. Now you can ensure you play the games that will cause the most mess and make the most fun!

We’ve judged our favorite messy youth group games in several ways:

  • How much of a mess results?
  • How long does it last, compared to how long it takes to set up? (payoff)
  • Is it different from the norm? (creativity)
  • How well does the game use food? Can it be played without food to the same effect?

If you’re ever planning a fun theme night for youth group, then a Messy Food Games night is the way to go. Choosing a few of our favorite games is a great place to start!

Top 10 Messy Youth Group Games Involving Food

10. State the Cheese

This is possibly the least messy game on this entire list. Because it tests knowledge, creativity, and chomping skills, it works well for a quiz night round.

9. Gum Boot Goop

This falls into a similar league as Porridge Pants (listed below). Gum Boot Goop features impossible questions, canned food, rainboots, an obstacle course relay, and, of course, a banana! Kids will love this messy food game, which creates a whole lot of chaos and mess—and potentially results in a food fight.

8. Rice Model Competition

Messy youth group games with food really get the creative “juices” flowing. Each team gets a cup of rice which they must mold into something. This game wins points for easy setup and cleanup. Plus, it’s really cheap!

7. Porridge Pants

Good memories plus a whole lot of mess are the end products of this game. In my opinion, it must be played outside. And you don’t have to stop at porridge. Any cheap, squelchy food will work really well!

6. Extreme Cake Decorating

This excellent team-building game allows creative kids an opportunity to shine. You can use it as a MasterChef challenge as well. To keep things cheap and quick, get pre-made sponge cakes from your local supermarket. Also buy cheap frosting and candy decorations. Then leave the rest up to kids. If you have more time to spare, let players make their own cakes from scratch.

5. Dirty Nappies

Messy youth group games are ideal for a baby shower. This one involves sniffing different brown foods that you’ve put (or melted) in diapers. It looks disgusting, and depending on what you put in the nappies, can range from delicious (Nutella) to disgusting (dog food). If you ever need baby shower games for a church staff member or volunteer, this is the game for you!

4. Blend It

I love the concept of this game. Although I’ve never yet played it, I plan to very soon. It’s a simple food-eating competition with a sly twist. And it’s sure to provide plenty of laughs.

3. Chocolate Game

Although this food game isn’t very messy, it’s an absolute all-time classic. Acts as a great ice breaker and would work well as the first game in a series of food games – just to get people warmed up. Because kids love chocolate, they’ll love this game.

2. Mr. Whippy

One player lies on the ground with an ice-cream cone in their mouth. Meanwhile, the rest of team relays back and forth with a spoon full of ice cream (and other ingredients) to build the cone. Once it’s complete, the player must eat the entire ice cream cone without using their hands. You can add in a judge who compares all the cone creations to see which looks best. This is definitely a game to play outside and in hot weather (so ice cream melts all over the player’s face)!

1. Messy Twister

My favorite messy food game is naturally one of the messiest of all. It puts a food twist on the classic game of Twister. The best part is that the game almost always ends up in some sort of food fight. Be sure to place paper plates a good distance away from each other. That way, players will have plenty of trouble staying upright!

What other messy youth group games do you enjoy playing?

This article originally appeared here.

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