Does this game ever get old?? Not as long as 6th graders keep getting promoted to youth group!
To set up, use a table that extends in the center, or place two card tables 10-12 inches apart and drape with sheets to the floor. Cut a hole in the sheet for a person’s head to come through. Place three buckets upside down on top of the table, one of them over the hole. Have a creampie hidden and ready to “debut” at the end of the game.
Have a guy who will act as the “talking head” position himself under the table with his head sticking up through the sheet and under a bucket. No one should be able to tell that there is anyone under the table.
Ask 3 volunteers (preferably girls) to leave the room, and bring them back in one at a time. Explain that they are helping with the (Name of your group) Speed Reading Course and have only two seconds to read the short printed phrase under Bucket #1, only four seconds for Bucket #2 and only six seconds for bucket #3. When they are ready, position them with their faces close to the bucket’s edge, lifting the bucket just long enough for them to see and read the phrase. Lower the bucket and have them tell the group what they read. Repeat for the second bucket amid much praise and encouragement for the fine job they are doing. When they are positioned and ready for the third bucket, lift it much higher and your talking head should scream to scare the volunteer.
The first time, your group will scream and react since they were not expecting to see a head under the bucket. Repeat the process for the second victim, making sure that the group has been cued not to give anything away. Cue your third volunteer to pie the guy in the face when the bucket is lifted!
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