This game is fun but requires a little run around room. It’s best to do this in a facility that has a few hallways and extra rooms. Also, it works best for smaller groups. You’re going to need multiple jigsaw puzzles, one per team.
Split your group into teams of about 5 students each. Make sure you have one jigsaw puzzle (24 pieces each is fine) for every group. Mix the pieces of the puzzles together and hide them throughout the youth department, a wing of the church, whatever works for you. Finally, give each team a box with the picture of their puzzle on it.
Tell them that the first team to complete their puzzle wins. Of course, they will have to go and find the pieces first.
1. Teams must stay together. Period.
2. If a team finds another team’s puzzle piece, they must trade it if they have one of yours to trade.
3. You cannot carry more than 1 piece at a time. This keeps teams from finishing too quickly, and from crippling an opponent by gathering most or all their pieces.
4. If a team ends up with each team holding the other team’s final piece (we did), they turn them into whoever is in charge and leave the area. Both pieces are re-hidden, so it’s “sudden death.” Whoever finds their piece first can go finish their puzzle.
NOTE: You could make this much more difficult by NOT giving them the puzzle boxes and having the first team to complete a puzzle win.
Idea by Mack D.
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