War ball is combination of dodgeball, capture the flag, and hide and seek. Let me explain!

You can make your own “war balls” by wadding up two pieces of paper and wrapping them in scotch tape, or simply buying those soft plastic balls that fill children’s “ball pits.” Your call, just make sure every single student who is playing gets 2 war balls apiece.

Now, break your group up into 2 equal teams (number-wise and ability-wise). Put one team on one side of your facility and the other team on the other side of your facility. (If you have an upstairs and a downstairs, use that, too!) Designate one team to be the “attacking” team and the other team to be the “defending” team.

Turn off almost all of the lights, only leaving a few on. The “attacking” team must take over a designated area – or capture a flag inside the designated area – without getting hit by a war ball thrown at them by the other team. The “defending” team’s objective is to defend, of course!

Players may throw their war balls at any point during the game, and can re-throw any war ball they find laying on the “battlefield.” (In other words, war balls can be recycled during play.) If a player is hit, he/she is out of the game. Head shots do not count. If a person is hit in the head, he/she is still in the game. (This should reduce the temptation by some to throw war balls at other students’ heads.)

Set a time limit on each game so that they do not go on forever. Plus, you get to switch it up after the first game, making the defending team the attacking team, and vice versa.

Oh, and if you make your own war balls, save em! Your students will want to play this one over and over again!

Idea by David M.


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 TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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