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The Cat in the Hat


Preparation: Notecards, pens, and a big hat

As students enter, give them a notecard and have them write down a question on a note card. The question can be about anything…from movies to quantum physics. (If you have a smaller group, get them to write down 2-3 questions, making sure that only one question is written per card.) When they are done writing out their question, have them fold it in half and drop it in a big hat sitting close by.

Before the game is played later in the night, an adult leader should go through and make sure each question is appropriate.

When it comes time to play the game, have everyone sit in a circle. The leader will hand the hat to one person and person will draw out one card. They will read the question out loud and have 20 seconds to answer it. Even if that person doesn’t know the answer have them explain what they think it is. It’s a lot of fun to see students try and react quickly. Once that question is answered keep the question and pass the hat. Continue the process until all the questions have been answered.

NOTE: If you want students to get more than one question, you will have to ask students to write out multiple cards at the beginning of the night. Just make sure that only 1 question goes on each card.


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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