This strange-sounding game will bring lots of laughter to your group. Here’s how you play it.
Put your whole group in teams of 10. For every group of ten students in your youth ministry, pick one person to be that team’s ninja. Give the group some newspaper and tape to work with.
Teams must use the newspaper and tape to cover the entire body of their ninja…except their eyes. Also, tape one of their arms to the side of their body, so they cannot use it in the game. (Duct tape works well for this.)
After each team’s ninja is “prepared” for battle, have the students form a circle in the room. Put the 2 or 3 or 8 ninjas in the circle and ready them for the scrap of their lives.
The ninjas are to use the hand NOT taped to their body to pull the newspaper off of the other ninjas. The last ninja with any newspaper on him or her wins.
NOTES: Make sure the players forming the circle do not interfere with the game. Also, have a referee or two handy to help make close calls. Obviously, you want to be safe, so tell the ninjas, “No kicking or hitting.” They can only rip off the newspaper.
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 TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.