Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Dueling Candles


Figure out a way to connect a candleholder (with 1-3 candles in it) onto some type of helmet. Choose four kids and have them stand 10 feet away from each other. Light the candles, give them squirt guns to try to put out the others’ fire. You may want to hand them bigger and bigger guns (up to a Super-Soaker) until someone wins.

Have two semi-final rounds and a final round. Sitting on their knees is best. Music: Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “Come on Baby Light my Fire” (Jose Feliciano), “Fire” (Ohio Players), the 70s song, “Burn Baby Burn” from the movie Saturday Night Fever, or maybe even theme song from the movie The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Have towels, know your water supply, and you will need two good lighters. Also, I’d suggest putting a tarp on the ground, to catch any melted wax that flies off the helmets if the students jerk their heads.

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Also, see Alka-Seltzer on the Head Duel (Click Here)on Upfront page & Squirt Game (Click Here).


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.

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