Heads or Tails
This event was sent in by Jeff, a youth worker who worked for my first publisher, Gospel Light. Jeff said this one's been around for a while- but it always works well for him. –Jonathan–
Load up the kids and leaders into a few vehicles, giving each team 2 pennies. Once in the cars, hand one penny to one kid and the other penny to another kid. Each of them will flip their pennies to determine where the team will go. At each major intersection (stop sign or stop light), the position of the flipped pennies will determine your course. Flip 2 heads and you go right. 2 tails and you go left. 1 of each and you go straight. Flip your pennies early and plan ahead so you won't have to swerve over 3 lanes at 45 MPH just so you can turn left! The object is to go as far as possible in the allotted time Ð try 10 minutes at first and see if that works for your group.
You could either base the winner on total distance traveled or on the furthest away a team was able to get from the church parking lot. We like to give about an hour total travel time. Make sure drivers allow themselves enough time to return within the allotted time. It is best to have leaders drive and of course, drivers must obey all traffic laws and must not be the ones to flip the pennies. You could even do this with your wife and kids for a family night. It gets everyone involved.
For your group, have planned activities and snacks back at Òhome baseÓ so that whether the teams gets back in 7 or 59 minutes, thereÕs fun stuff to do until everyone returns.
Variation: Use this twist to change it up next time out; in this version you roll the dice instead of flipping a coin.
Each car has a die which gets rolled WHILE approaching every intersection. At a T-intersection, if a 1, 2 or 3 is rolled the car turns left. If a 4,5 or 6 is rolled the driver heads right. At a 4 way intersection 1 or 2 means right, 3 or 4 means straight ahead and 5 or 6 means a left turn.
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.