Capture the Flag with Grenades

by Phil Houtz on October 8, 2013

in Field games

From The Game Gal comes this fun variation of Capture the Flag – using “flour bombs”. You can play this a number of ways – one flag, two flags, let defenders have bombs or both sides have bombs. The great thing about flour bombs is that they are soft, don’t hurt, are far less messy [...]

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Can Fun Change the World?

by Phil Houtz on October 6, 2013

in Articles

As Christians we like to think that everything boils down to one answer – only Jesus can change the world. While that is unquestionably true, the reality is a little more nuanced. For instance, the apostle Paul tells us “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever [...]

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Games to Play In the Dark

by Phil Houtz on October 6, 2013

in Field games

Now that the days are getting shorter and it’s not too cold out (at least in some parts of the country), it’s a great time to consider outside and in the dark games. This one comes from Game Gal – Hit the Dirt is a variant of hide-and-seek where the person who’s “it” stays put [...]

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Unusual Card Games

by Phil Houtz on October 5, 2013

in Table Games

A round of cards is a great way to spend an autumn night, a weekend on the road – or even on the side of the road waiting for AAA. Mental Floss has a great collection of unusual card games for people who are bored with straight 52 card pickup. My favorite on the list? [...]

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Play and the Brain

by Phil Houtz on October 4, 2013

in Play

Play is more than just fun and games. There is research that suggests it is also important for cognitive development.

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Happy Christmas!

December 26, 2012

May God’s blessings be yours as you seek to follow him in the coming year. Merry Christmas to all.

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Spot It! Fast, Furious Card Game Makes a Great Icebreaker

December 4, 2012
Spot It! A fun game from Blue Orange

Here’s a fun card game that will stretch your brain. Spot It! is a deck of round playing cards covered with colorful pictures. Every card in the deck has at least one matching picture with every other card in the deck. Your challenge is to spot a picture that matches your card before anyone else. [...]

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Foosketball

August 12, 2012
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  What do you get when you combine the raw energy of football with the calm restraint of ultimate frisbee and the precision of basketball? The answer is…a ton of fun that can have even your usual sideliners pulling off some amazing athletic feats. All you need is large grassy playing area, two basketball hoops [...]

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Relay Races: Better Bucket Brigades

July 10, 2012
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A bucket brigade, or human chain, is an effective way to move items over long distances quickly with each person spending only a small amount of effort. If you haven’t played Bucket Brigade Relay, it’s a lot of fun…and with a few adjustments the game can get really wild. Time: 15 to 30 minutes Number [...]

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Playing with Fire: Match Rockets

July 4, 2012
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Yes, as Steve Hoefer says in this video below, this activity will literally have you playing with fire. But with the right group and good supervision this can be a fun and educational activity. Or not. An activity like this is best with a small group that has built some trust and accountability. To make [...]

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