Olympics for Small Groups

Looking for some fun activities for small groups this summer? Our church plant is taking a break from our usual home group Bible studies by hosting informal game nights. Our house has been glued to the Summer Olympics, so we thought we would host our own version in our backyard.

We found most of our game ideas online and adapted a few of them for our group. To make things fun, we played guys against gals. (An arrangement ripe for some good smack-talk).

The favorite game of the night was called Oreo Drop. An oreo is placed on the center of the contestant’s forehead, and the first one to move the cookie from forehead to inside the mouth …using ONLY facial muscles…wins.

Mummy Wrap was a great team game. Each team selects a contestant to be wrapped with toilet paper.  First team to wrap down to the center of the toilet paper roll wins. Here’s the bad news: if the paper rips during wrapping, the  team must start over again with a  fresh roll!

This happened to the gals a few times. (We’re not bitter though).

We redeemed ourselves with Johnny Applestack. Each team stacks apples on top of each other.  The first team to successfully stack 6 apples wins, or if not 6, the most by the end of 3 minutes.

Here are some more games we played:

  • Egg Toss - First team to toss and catch an egg without it breaking at a distance of 30 feet wins. If no success after round 1, teams move 5 feet closer until someone successfully completes the event with unbroken egg.  Catch must be made with hand or hands.
  • Swingy Dingy – Each team selects two contestants to work together.  Each team has a separate string and an identical combination of 6 items (clips, screws, hooks, nails, etc).  All six items must be hung on string, but only one item may touch the string.  First team to have all 6 items hanging wins.
  • Non-stop Flight – Each team member makes one paper airplane. Guy team uses blue paper. Gal team uses red paper. Longest flight distance wins.
  • Tug of War – Split kids up evenly and pull!
  • Chopstix Roll – Each team gets one tire to push with a pair of chopsticks or thin sticks.  Tire must be pushed or rolled 20 feet to finish line using only sticks provided.  No hands touching the tire allowed.  First to cross finish line wins.  Should tire fall over, team must place tire at starting line and try again.
To make it even more fun, create your own gold, silver, and bronze medals like these medal cookies from Alpha Mom (pictured below). Aren’t they adorable? This site has some other cute ideas too!

If you’re a baker, try these cute cookies (below) by Sugarbelle!

We kept it simple and served up ice cream sundaes – because what can be more American than that?

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key (1814)

About melissa deming

Melissa Deming is a freelance writer transplanted from Texas to Pennsylvania with her husband of ten years, Jonathan, and two-year-old identical twins, Zacharias and Jonah. The family serves at a Southern Baptist church plant in Pittsburgh - Living Faith Community Church. Melissa is a regular correspondent for The Southern Baptist TEXAN newspaper and Crossroads magazine of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She is also the creator and author of HiveResources.com - a site designed to sweeten a woman's walk with Christ through devotional articles, book reviews, and giveaways. Melissa holds a Masters of Divinity in Women’s Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University.