Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Human Bowling


Go to local bowling alleys and ask for 12 old pins (Youth worker John Lord’s alternate ‘pins’ are a stack of small plastic chairs or other large, soft items).

Get a “creeper” (sled on wheels used to slide under a car to do maintenance), or an oversized skateboard, and a motorcycle helmet. Put girls on the sled with the helmet on and have them put their hands behind their back and let a guy (or vice versa the guy and girl thing) “bowl” them down into the set of 10 pins (they must be spread out well, you will need to practice to see how far). Usually, bowl 3 competitors and let them do a frame a piece.

You will need 2 people to set the pins up again quickly and one to catch them so they don’t go through the pins and head first into the wall. Most good sleds can really move up to 20-30 feet or so, so have a good runway. There are great sound effect CDs out there, with bowling sounds for the background. Also, you have the two extra pins — paint them gold and make into trophies — and give one to keep and put the names of the winners on the other as your running trophy. For a sell before the “tournament” (to pump the group up), have a “human cannonball” fly in on the sled and smack the pins (helmet, chest protector, goggles, shin guards, elbow pads, etc.).

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Also, see Pumpkin Bowling (Click Here) and Vacuum Cleaner Bowling (Click Here).


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; 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.

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