MAIN POINT: This game is designed to get students into the habit of encouraging one another with their words.
“Spin the Compliment” is played exactly like that other game “Spin the Bottle”… except without the kissing! Every kid in your group can play. All you need is one bottle per 10 kids or so. Here’s what you do.
Gather all your students in a circle around a bottle. If you have a big group, break off into several groups of 10 students each. One student starts the game by spinning the bottle. When the bottle stops spinning, it will be pointing at another student in the circle. The student who spun the bottle must then give that student a compliment. It can’t be something like, “You shirt looks good.” It needs to be genuine, something about their character, faith, disposition, etc. Keep going until everyone in the circle has had an opportunity to be complimented.
Sometimes this can be tough, especially if there are students who do not know one another. But genuine and kind words are worth the effort.
NOTE: It is probably a good idea to place at least one adult leader in each group of students. This makes sure the compliments are genuine, plus it provides a way for students and adults to interact in a fun way.
If you want to, you can couple this fun game with a message about the power of our words and/or biblical encouragement.
Idea by John W.
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 TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.