Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Alphabet Soup Race


This game works great for smaller groups of students. All you need is a couple large bowls, some Alphabet Soup, a few paper plates…and some cleaning supplies. Here’s what you do.

Choose two contestants from your group and put each of them in front of the two large bowls filled with Alphabet Soup. When you say go, the contestants bury their faces in the soup, suck up a mouthful of the yummy goodness, and run a few feet to where the paper plates are waiting. There, they “deposit” the soup from their mouths onto the plates. Then, using their hands, they move the letters around to make words.

Set a 2 minute time limit for the game. Players can return to the bowl of soup as often as they like for more letters, but the person with the most words at the whistle, wins.

Have fun, but clean up your mess!

Variation 1: The person with the most syllables wins.

Variation 2: The person who spells a chosen word first, wins. (For instance, the name of your city, the name of your youth ministry, or Lithuania.)


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Bonnie
    June 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Ok. This game even made my stomach turn (just a little). Although it was priceless seeing the look on their faces when the rules were explained. It is very messy, so outdoors is a good, added suggestion.

  2. Kvisa
    November 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    nice good fun, outside is a definite

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