Friday, April 24, 2009


You can find some ideas for cooking activities on this website.  We plan to make gingerbread men in this terms 'Come as you are' Rock Solid session.  The idea is to make 'minimee's as part of the session.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas play doe charades

Here are some ideas for Christmas play doe charades.  Basically, make some play doe and break the group up into teams.  Then, taking it in turns, each member of the team has to try and get the others to guess the word / phrase using only the play doe....
My suggested words:


Thursday, December 11, 2008


Here's a random craft idea for Christmas.  See for more.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Bath Bomb Factory

Here's a craft idea that might work with tweens


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You say, you pay

Check out this power point download from

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Save this T-Shirt

Here is another idea I saw in the Baltic at Gateshead...Save this T-shirt. This is a book that comes complete with a T-shirt and book of design options. The idea is that the book outlines a number of different ways to cut up the T-shirt to produce a different design. I'm guessing that you need only buy one copy of the book and then source some cheep T-shirts at Tesco's or similar. The book cost £10.95 and is by Hannah Rogge.

I guess you could do this in conjunction with Tie die....


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Snow game

Checkout this post on Ruth E blog - I like the idea for the "snow" game!


Sunday, November 11, 2007 conference

Just got back from the youthwork conference at Southport. Here are some websites I came across while I was there:

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Little Miss Sunshine game

Our last Rock Solid session was themed on is a game that we put together to try enhance the theme. You will need a copy of the Mr Men book, Little Miss Sunshine.
What to do:
a) Split the group into two teams with even numbers.
b) Get each team to sit in two lines of chairs facing each other. There should be a gap between the chairs as follows:
A Gap B
1 1
2 2
3 3
4 4
5 5
6 6
7 7
8 8
9 9
c) Give each pair (facing each other) the following words:
Player Word Times used
1 Been 3
2 Asked 5
3 Down 3
4 Entering 3
5 Gigantic 3
6 Giggling 3
7 Happy 4
8 Never 3
9 Drove 3
d) Explain that you are going to tell them a story. When the player hears their word, they have to run up the gap between the chairs and run around the outside back to their chair, ie, the team on the left run anti clockwise, the team on the right run clockwise. The first one back gets a point for their team. This is a bit like another game called "ladders".
e) Start reading the story!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Greenbelt - Kite making kits

While we were at Greenbelt, we took part in the family kite making activity. For this, we were all given a kite making kit. This included string, polls etc. and a blank sheet of material. This allowed us to decorate the kite in what ever way we wanted. As it looked like a good idea for an activity night, we asked where they got the kit from. They told us it came from kiteworld. The kit in question is the Kite Making Kit Sled


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Justice talk / Murder Mystery

I've just uploaded my talk on Justice that we did in connection with a murder mystery night a few years ago. We recently did another Murder Mystery night using a bought in script called Murder on the Dance floor - it seemed to work well. Has anyone else out there tried one of these game packs?

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Life in Student Ministry - Freebie Friday

Check out the Freebie Friday on Life in Student Ministry - there are some games on the DOWNLOAD link.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Youthwork Practice

I've just got back from been away and I got an email from Hans at
Have a look, it seems to have a few ideas I've not come across.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tree making activity

At our last 4pm "all age" service the activity was to make a tree - see picture here. This worked really well. It was made from a carpet roll mounted on a base. Each group was supplied with tissue paper, tape, and a sack full of branches, twigs etc.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas Carol Charades / Rock Solid Session 12

Here's a list of Carol's for Opener 1:
  1. Away in a Manger
  2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  3. Silent Night
  4. Jingle Bells
  5. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  6. Oh Christmas Tree
  7. White Christmas
  8. The 12 Days of Christmas
  9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  10. Ding Dong! Merrily On High
  11. Joy to the World
  12. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  13. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Pictinary - ideas

As part of the Rock Solid session tomorrow night we're doing a quick game of Pictinary.  The theme is on "light".  Here is my extended list things that are vaguely "bright":
In process of looking for ideas I found this which could be an excellent starting point for a guessing game - i.e., remove the answers and they have to guess what they are.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Youth weekend plan, scedule and material

I just got around to posting the full schedule / material we used for the weekend away we did back in March. You can find it here. We created a website for the weekend here.
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Monday, May 01, 2006

Elastic powered car - craft activity

Check out the craft activity we did for our last Pathfinder meeting - make and race "elastic powered cars" using CD's, cardboard, pins, elastic bands and a bit of pipe.   Click here for more info.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Food games night

I've just uploaded the meeting plan for the food games night we did some time back.  You can find it here.  We're planning on doing it as part of the residential this weekend. 
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Friday, October 21, 2005

Drama ideas - characters part 1

I'm just putting together some ideas for a drama session. As a prompt, I thought it would be good to come up with a list of characters, situations etc...

Here's the first list of characters:


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Chalange games night

I'm thinking about doing a games night based on Fort Boyard or Chystal maze....something to think on


Thursday, September 01, 2005

28 Ways to build community in your group

  1. Celebrate Birthdays
  2. Take pictures and make sure you give them a copy. If your using a digital camera why not make a photo CD. Send picture texts.
  3. Phone them
  4. Visit them at home
  5. Send Text messages
  6. Create 'shared experiences' - see Memory makers: 50 moments your kids will never forget by Duffy Robbins
  7. It's kind of obvious, but needs saying - try to speak to each young person at least once everything you have a meeting. Try to remember what you talked about last time and follow it up...I used to find I was having the same conversation every week with the same people!
  8. Welcome them individualy when they arrive. If you know they are coming for the first time try go see them at home before hand.
  9. Send them Email
  10. Chat on MSN
  11. At the end of the year, try recap on what the group has done - create a display, discus what happened etc.
  12. Make a group video
  13. Make sure they have your contact details, phone number, email, SMS, website etc. Why not get a 'business card' made? I've heard of people making a little card with their details on as well as some useful numbers such as Child line.
  14. Buy birthday / Christmas gifts / books etc.
  15. Run an open house. Invite people round for meals.
  16. Day trips
  17. organize a residential
  18. Run a website
  19. Invite them to youth friendly Church services
  20. Get involved in other aspects of their lives / settings...School, sport etc.
  21. Give them responsibilities
  22. Play team building games
  23. Make time for group discussions / discussions
  24. Run Fund raisers...Sponsored fast etc.
  25. Do a quiz about the group and the people in it
  26. Create mosaic pictures. You can do this with software like Image puzzler
  27. Develop shared values...what are the rules in your group...official and un-official? Think them up togethier.
  28. Run surveys, get feedback, ask them for ideas, involve them in planning / decision making

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Wooden puzzles...

Whist I was away on hoilday in the Yorkshire dales we can accross some small wooden puzzles that I rekon you could 'scale up' and use in a games night. They can be found at Here is an example one that I bought:


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