Banana Overload event including additional banana games from our Games pages for camp, outreach, the love of bananas – you name it! Go bananas!
Have everyone come dressed as a banana (or, at least wear yellow). Admission to the party is one banana per person and whatever monetary cost you determine, if any. Prizes for games could be Bic-bananas, among other banana-related things. Make and eat banana shakes or banana splits.
You can have everyone go from event to event or have “stations” that teams can go to, one after the other.
Ginormous Ice Cream Sundae
Buy LOTS of bananas, banana split toppings, napkins, and spoons.
Build a huge ice cream sundae in 80 feet of gutter (use cheap plastic). Try to build the massive sundae in waves and then when it is “official” they all take spoons and begin to eat.
This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Have two or three volunteers put a whole banana in their mouth, instructing them not to eat it, just hold it in their mouth. Then put a pair of panty-hose over each volunteer's head. Have them squish the banana threw the tiny holes in the hose into a trash or grocery bag.
Added by Elisabeth
Each team or group is given a banana and a baggy of random items (felt, foil, beads, etc. – BE CREATIVE). They then are told to create a personality and appearance for their banana with the items they get. One volunteer from each group gets up and introduces their banana to the group. It's better if each group gets different items for variety.
Added by Jessica Fletcher
This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. You can use as many contestants as desired but it's best with an audience cheering them on. The contestants place a knee-high over their head (like a bank robber) and are given a banana. They race to see who can eat the banana through the nylon first. Have a camera ready!
Added by Trish Barnhart
This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Bring 2 students up front. Tie their left hands together and give each a banana. They must peel the banana with one hand and poke the other in the face (not in eye).
Round Two: blindfolded
Idea from Young Life
Everyone remembers their very first slip and slide out in the yard on a hot summer day. Here's a variation.
Get approximately 50 feet of plastic tarp and items that would be found on a banana split (ice cream, strawberry syrup, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, banana pieces and maraschino cherries). Pile items on top of the tarp and spread it out. Add a little cooking oil for extra slip and slide. Have students line up and take off one at a time!
We've done this with just Hershey Syrup (about 50 lbs. found in bulk at Sam's Warehouse). Had we not mixed a little oil and water with it, we wouldn't have been able to slide very well.
Idea by Cristin
Banana Splits in the Mouth
This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Recruit four hungry volunteers. Two people stand up in chairs while two others lie on the floor at their feet. People in the chairs try to make a banana split in the other persons mouth by dropping ice-cream, syrup, banana, nuts, whipping cream and finally, a cherry into the person's mouth.
Variations: Blindfold the people in the chairs. Alternate people in chairs with people on the floor. Payback time.
Added by Tammy Straub
Banana Stuff (aka Blind Banana Stuff)
This game is played up front with a few people while the crowd watches. Bring three guys to the front to see who can eat the most bananas in five minutes while blindfolded. As soon as one banana is peeled and eaten, the contestant will be handed another. Blindfold all three.
Instruct the crowd to cheer for their favorites Then have associates silently remove two of the blindfolds and let the guys rejoin the crowd. Start the “contest” and keep the one guy stuffing down bananas as long as possible. When his blindfold is removed and he realizes he was the only one, it's funny.
Have a scavenger hunt where each team is given a banana and a list of things to measure with in banana lengths:
The height of a stop sign
a garage door
the length of a Chevy
Height of a Staff person
width of a sidewalk
the banana area of a window
(window banana length x window banana width)
Have a team peel and cut up a banana into equal parts. (DonÕt tell them what comes next until they're done.) Then tell them they must put the banana back together using pins, needles, tape, or whatever. The team with the best, reconstructed banana wins.
If you do this with a big group, use a video feed to a big screen and time the “surgery” so it doesn't drag.
The point: Things taken apart (relationships, reputations, etc.) aren't as easily put back together.
Idea from Young Life
Option: Adapt songs to have a “Banana-aÑlong” ato include favorites like: “My Old Kentucky Banana,” “On Top of Old Banana,” etc.
See Bananarama, also on Events page.
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