Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Counting Game


This can either be played up front, with everyone watching, or as a group with everyone playing.

Have everyone in your group (or the people on stage) pair up and face each other. Each person holds up zero to ten fingers behind their back. On the count of three, have them pull their hands from behind their backs. The first person to yell out the correct sum of all the fingers wins. Do best two of three. Then bring the winners up front to play each other until you have a champion.



Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; 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. David Roberts
    June 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Everybody loves a good math game. Actually, it great to have games like this ‘in the hat’ for that spare time that every kid wants to do their own thing, and you can bring them all together doing the same thing with no props or prep.

  2. Jon Grant
    July 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Game #1

  3. Jon Grant
    July 22, 2012 at 12:00 am
  4. Geoff
    October 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

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