A collection of upfront games that can be played in a number of settings. Can also be used as icebreakers.

Banana Eating “Competition”

Items required: 2 young people who are ‘in on the game’, some scarves and some peeled bananas

Pre-prep – Before you start your event pick 2 young people to let in on this…tell them they when you ask for volunteers they need to put their hands up and pretend they don’t know what’s going on but when the competition starts they need to sit in the crowd.

The Game!

Ask for some volunteers (pick 1 genuine volunteer and the 2 young people who are in on it)

Explain to them that they will be taking part in a banana eating contest but will be blindfolded so they don’t know how they others are doing.

Sit the 3 volunteers down and blindfold them.

Then hand a plate of bananas to the genuine volunteer and pretend to hand a plate to the others.

Shout go and let the timer run for a couple of minutes…encourage the crowd to cheer for all 3 even though there’s actually only 1 volunteer sat their eating bananas.

Eventually announce they he has one and get him to take off the scarf only to notice that the 2 chairs next to him/her are empty

Wotsits Face Duel

For this game you need some cheap shaving foam and some Wotsits.

Invite up 4 volunteers and pair them up.

Explain that one in each pair will need to cover their face in shaving foam (get them to do this)

Then when you say go they have 1 minute to throw the wotsits onto their opponents shaving foam covered face and it’s the team with the most stuck that wins!

Drinking Coke Challenge

This is a simple drinking competition with a twist.

Ask for 3 volunteers to come up for a coke drinking competition…have 3 chairs laid out next to each other in preparation.

Once you have the volunteers up issue each of them with a can of coke and then explain that it’s not so simple!

Ask your volunteers to take off their left sock and pass it to the person to their left (so that everyone has somebody else’s sock)

Explain that they must put the sock over the top of their can and drink the coke through the sock

The first person to finish their can is the winner!

Human Banana Split

Items needed: bananas, squirty cream, hundreds and thousands, ice cream sauce and syrup.

For this game you need to have 6 volunteers and 3 chairs.

3 volunteers must lay down on the floor with a peeled banana resting on their mouth…their heads at the edge of the chair

3 others must stand on the chair and apply the banana split ingredients from a distance.

The winning pair is the pair with the best banana split!

The Big Pants Race

Items needed: Some very large ladies underwear (a few pairs)

Get some volunteers up in pairs and ask them to stand back to back and put on the underwear

When you shout go it’s a race between the pairs in the huge underwear

It’s more difficult than it sounds…and hilarious to watch!

The Jelly Straw Race

A nice simple upfront game. All you need is some pots of jelly (the Hartley’s ones available from supermarkets are idea) and some straws.

Get your participants to have a pot of jelly and a straw. On ‘Go’ they have 3 minutes to ‘drink’ as much of their jelly through the straw as possible. If they finish their jelly the pot must be place, upside-down on their heads!

You could also use this as a ice breaker for the whole group

The Nappy Cleaning Challenge

This game is fun but not for the faint-hearted!

Invite up some volunteers and build up a story…if you have a baby or know someone who has one you can talk about poo a little bit first.

Then produce some pre-prepared nappys covered in chocolate spread and anything else you can add to make it poo-like!

Explain that the challenge is to clean the nappy the best you can using only their tongue…it’s the cleanest nappy that wins!

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