OK…this one is gross and messy! That should have gotten the Junior High pastors’ attention.
First, get a LONG (rectangle) folding table and cover it with paper or plastic. Then, put a tarp or plastic sheet under the table because it will definitely get messy! Next, put two lines of tape at both ends of the table for a Start and Finish line.
Finally, squirt every kind of condiment on the table that your heart desires. Just go to the church fridge and get the stuff that’s almost empty or out of date and use that. (Mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, ranch dressing, salsa, jelly, peanut butter, butter, etc.) Make sure there isn’t a clean spot on the table.
Pick two (brave) contestants to come up front. When they get there, give each of them a sardine. The object of the game is for each of them to push the sardine from the Start line to the Finish line (on the table) using nothing but their noses! (Have plenty of sardines because they will break and blend in with all the junk on the table!)
The first one across the Finish line wins! You better give them a GREAT prize for this!
NOTE: If you really want to provide your students with a memorable moment, you might think about allowing a couple of adult leaders to do this after the students have done it. The kids won’t forget it.
Idea by Chad D.
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