Chicagopoly, Lincolnoply, Sacramentopoly
A Personalized Youth Event
Those of you who are running a weekly program, whether for a youth group or an outreach, are always looking for fun events.
This event gives you the opportunity to be creative and build a custom event for your own youth group, using recognizable streets and industries from your city. Call the event what you want- use the city or the youth group's name if you wish.
Take really wide paper (we use paper that is used for covering tables) and construct a gigantic Monopoly board. Use construction paper for the different colors. The larger the board, the more exciting the teens will find it! (Or Just use butcher paper and roll out the frame of the board almost as big as the room!) Print huge Chance and Community Chest cards on colored paper. Also, title each space with street names that the teens live on.
Mass reproduce the Monopoly money on matching colored paper, buy play money or go to http://www.hasbro.com/monopoly/pl/page.treasurechest/dn/default.cfm
and print off monopoly money (free). Print off one page then you can use your church's printer for the rest.
Have the teens bring icons for their game pieces (Stuffed Animals, etc. We had one teen bring in a tire!). Use fuzzy dice if you can find them…
Split the teens into small groups as teams and have them work together.
Give the game a specific amount of time. Give away prizes for certain things:
First team to own a Monopoly…first team to cross GO…first team in jail…etc.
Use your creativity (or, have your student leaders use their creativity and own the event), the sky is the limit!
At the end, count the money of each team and award the winners.
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