Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Shoe Stretch


Get two old pairs of men’s shoes, take out the strings, punch holes in the back of each shoe and tie a four-foot piece of elastic to each. Place shoes on opposite sides of the room and tie other ends of the elastic to the legs of a chair.

Two people get into the shoes — one in each pair — and walk toward each other. (Have someone sitting in the chairs to weight them down, and have them spaced so that the elastic becomes taut just as the two meet each other.) The object is, with the shoes stretching the elastic, to exchange shoes in the fastest time possible and return to the other chair.


    1. Once one foot is taken out of the shoe, it cannot touch the floor.
    2. Hands must only be used to hold each other up.
    3. If a shoe snaps back to the chair then the person must hop back to get it.

Idea from Young Life


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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