This is a FUN post for me today! With 5 kids and also being involved with many youth groups, Stan and I have had plenty of practice in this area.
It’s time for ideas for activities and games for group dates!
A few items of business:
- Let the dates know what, or at least a general idea of what the activity is so they will know how to dress – warm for sleigh riding or so the gals know to leave the heels home if a hike is involved.
An itinerary is a parent(s) and the date’s best friend.
- It will list a basic idea of what the planned activity is
- What time the date will be picked up and brought home (approx.)
- Cell number of date, parents whose home is the location for the activity
- Will a meal be included? The worst was when my teen didn’t know if they should eat before the date, or if a meal was included
For a meal to be served as part of the activity or date, it is so polite to ask the members of the group coming if they have any allergies. We had pizza for the meal, thinking it was safe, and it turned out one of the guys in the group was allergic to cheese! I ran home and made him a sandwich. I felt badly because the young man felt very awkward and embarrassed about the situation.
Ok, now on with the GAMES!!!
Lawn Twister –
- On a large area of grass (get permission ahead of time), mark out lines in a grid pattern.
- Take a large box(es) and cut a hole in it that is about 12” in diameter.
- With spray paint, mark a row in blue paint, moving the box to marked area.
- Repeat with red paint and so on with the other colors to make a twister board as large as you need.
Hike & Picnic –
- Check out local trails to match the ability of the people in your group. (My youngest daughter had knee surgery and this would have normally been a terrific activity, but for her, it was a nightmare.)
Water Balloon Battle Ship –
- On a large lawn area, string a rope, dividing the area in half, with the rope about 9-10 feet high to block visibility for all teens.
- Drape or attach a tarp, sheet or any fabric to make a curtain between the teams.
- Circles are designated, by paint (see Twister) or with tape of where participants are assigned to stand.
- Half of the teens are on one side, half on the other, all assigned a spot – marked in appropriate fashion for the area.
- Each side is given ONE bath towel and a cooler of water balloons.
- At the signal the team who gets to begin chooses four team members to hold the towel firmly by the corners.
- Another team member gets a balloon and places it in the towel.
- The four holding the towel, tosses the balloon to the other side hoping to hit a member of the opposite team.
- If they did hit someone, that team has to yell, ‘You sunk a battleship’ and that person goes off the sidelines to cheer on their team.
- This goes until they do not hit anyone, then the other team has their turn.
Service Project –
- Is there a person or family who could use some help? Possibly with yard work, painting, etc. This will be one of the most fun activities and with the best memories.
Sounds or Movie Scavenger Hunt: Use phones or video cameras –
- As parents (so it was fun for our teen participating too not to know ahead of time) we would make up a list of sounds to be ‘gathered’, along with RULES
The RULES included:
- No speeding and wear seat belts, along with a set time to be back
- Divide each group into a manageable amount of people, usually the number who could go together in a vehicle.
- Each group would ‘gather’ the sounds or video listed on the paper (that had the rules in large, bold letters).
- When the groups are back at the assigned time, while eating a meal or dessert, watch or listen to each groups recordings and marking them off to see who the winner is.
- Small prizes of candy bars or the like are awarded to the winners.
Sample of a few ideas for the list:
- A grandfather clock chime
- Grass Growing (that was always a hoot to see what clever thing the kids would come up with – of course given a point for creativeness)
- Drive through a fast food asking for something that is not on the menu -for example: Go to Wendy’s and ask for a strawberry frosty and get the response
- An accordion being played (this would be hilarious if they had to find someone and actually record them on video)
You get the idea, just have fun with it
- Each group is given a set amount of money, such as $5-$10 and an assigned part of a meal, such asAppetizer, main dish, dessert, etc.
- Each group goes to the grocery store and brings back their items, and receipt to make sure everyone is staying in their budget.
- Then the meal is under way with all the groups cooking and preparing at the same time – Fun Chaos!
- They eat one thing at a time to allow each group to show off their shopping and culinary skills.
Scavenger Hunt – Make a list (keeping it secret from your teen so they can have fun too) of things to bring back such as:
- a potato bug (rolly-polly to some) and no harm must come to the insect
- an empty chili can
- a stapler
- one glove
- a burned out light bulb
Game Time – Have several games set out, such as:
- Candy Land
- Chutes and Ladders
- Phase 10
- Divide the group up and assign tables for each to start
- Set the timer for about 7-8 minutes and say ‘Go’.
- The group plays until the timer rings, then has to rotate to another table
- Every time the buzzer rings they must change games and pick up where the other people leave off.
This activity makes for fun and conversation as they plop into a chair and realize they picked up the loser’s hand!
Benefits of Group Dates & Activities:
- There is safety in numbers if your son or daughter has not been out with this person before/much.
- Instead of just watching a movie or playing video games, they are in a comfortable setting to interact, converse, have fun and meet new friends
- It gives the teen the opportunity to see themselves as an individual
- He, or she, can watch and interact with others in a natural setting; allowing conversations and experiences which will help see traits in a future spouse they will want to look for.
- Helps teen interact in an appropriate manner – peer pressure goes a long way if bad behavior comes out
- If a group of teens that are not on a date, just a fun activity, it allows the opportunity to get to know others that they may not normally associate with, and new friendships are formed
HAVE FUN (good, clean fun) AND ENJOY THIS TIME OF LIFE!
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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014
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