This game works great as an up-front game. Have an adult leader quickly build a pyramid of empty soda cans out in the middle of the floor/stage. Using 4 different kinds of soda cans–4 of one kind on the bottom, 3 of a different kind on the second row, 2 of yet another soft drink on the third row, and then 1 lone different drink can for the top row. For example, we used 4 Cokes, 3 Mountain Dews, 2 Doctor Peppers and 1 Pepsi. (Whichever drink you choose is fine, JUST MAKE SURE EACH ROW IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER ROWS.)
The student’s objective of the game is to knock down all the cans by pitching a ball (golf ball works fine) at the pyramid. Each student gets 2 tosses. Each “brand” of soda is given a “gross” food value that the student must eat IF there are cans left standing. For instance, the 4 Coke cans equal 2 cupcakes (kinda fun). The 3 Mountain Dew cans equal 1 jar of some weird baby food (not so fun). The 2 cans of Doctor Pepper equal 1 “spam hot dog” (really bad). Finally, the 1 Pepsi can equals 2 sardines (youth workers’ revenge on teens).
The student ONLY needs to eat the “gross” food that is assigned to the top-most can left standing after their 2 tosses. For instance, if after the girl’s two tosses, only 2-3 Cokes are standing, PLUS 1 Mountain Dew can, she ONLY needs to eat the Mountain Dew’s “gross” food which is 1 jar of baby food. Obviously, the student is going to want to make sure the top can falls down, so as to avoid eating the grossest food. Feel free to change the soda equivalents. If this is not gross enough for you, make it fit your group!
And if eating this gross stuff is not enough, we added a time element to it. The student had to eat the assigned food in 1 minute or less, OR GET A PIE IN THE FACE!
Notes: You will need an adult leader to re-stack the pyramid between students. We only used 2 students to make sure the game did not last too long.
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