Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Beat til Bang!


This is a great game to film for a later advertisement for your Youth Ministry. Let’s face it; every person on Earth likes to hit people with those Nerf-like pool noodles. This game allows your students to take their pent-up Algebra frustrations out on each other in a very funny way.

Supplies Needed:
You will need cheap goggles, 4-6 noodles, 8-10 balloons FILLED WITH SHAVING CREAM, and some high-quality tape (like duct tape).

Preparation Before the Game:
Take the 8-10 balloons and blow them up really, really big. The bigger they are, the more stretched they are. The more stretched they are, the quicker the game goes. When you have the balloons inflated squirt some shaving cream into them. (Don’t make them too heavy!) Tie them off and duct tape them to the end of a noodle. One balloon per noodle is quite sufficient!

Here’s How to Play:
Have 2 people compete against each other at a time. They face each other and stand about 5 feet apart (so that when they swing the noodles at each other, their hands and arms do not hit the other person).

NOTE: If there is any way you can safely put these wildly swinging people OUT IN THE CROWD area, do it!

On your mark, start some loud music and let the contestants start swinging at each other. Have the crowd cheer them on. The winner is the person who pops his/her balloon on the other person first.
Here is the deal though… if you have really blown those balloons up, and added the shaving cream, the entire crowd is in for a surprise. Usually, the first three rows of students get covered in the shaving cream as well!

A Few Things to Remember:

    • Have EXTRA balloons pre-filled for this game. That way if one pops while you are explaining the rules, you have a very quick back up.
    • No need to worry–shaving cream does not stain the carpet or sour like whipped cream.
    • Have all of the noodles prepared ahead of time so that the game moves quickly. The option of filming obviously requires a video camera, but capturing the crowd’s reaction during the first explosion provides priceless video footage.

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. Kvisa
    November 17, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Good fun, lots of mess

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