A modified version of “Still Another Shoe Game”

Divide your students into two teams, sitting in two parallel straight lines. The teams should be holding hands, and all facing one end of the lines, where an object (I use a small stuffed animal) is sitting on a stool or a table (or on the floor, if your students are on the floor).

At the other end, the two students at the very end are looking towards a leader who is flipping cards from a deck. When a face card is dealt, the students at the end of each team squeeze the hand they are holding, setting off a chain reaction that ends with the last student in the line grabbing the object from the table. The team who grabs the object first gets to rotate (first person comes down to the end, and the whole line shifts one spot. A false grab (someone squeezed when no face card was dealt) means that team has to rotate backwards one spot. The first team to rotate all the way around to where they started wins.

The deck of cards allows for the addition of phases 2 and 3 . . . In Phase 2, students squeeze on face cards AND whatever wild card you choose. In Phase 3, squeeze on face cards and a wild card. It makes things a little trickier and more interesting than just flipping a coin.

Thanks to Pastor2Youth.com for lending us this game!

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Dr. Ryan Nielsen is currently the Sr. Pastor at First Baptist Church in Quincy, CA. Ryan has a long history of youth ministry experience with his call to Youth Ministry beginning in 1991 as a Freshman in College where he was hired as the Youth Pastor at Armenian Christian Fellowship of Orange County. Since that time, Ryan spent 20 years working in youth ministry in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and also in Denmark. In 1995, he started his own youth ministry website, pastor2youth.com, which resources individuals in more than 165 countries around the world! Ryan has his B.A. In English Literature from Whittier College, his M.A. In Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary, his M.Div and his Doctorate degree from Fuller Seminary. He moved to Quincy in 2011 with his wife, Christianna, who is a First Grade Teacher. Ryan married Christianna in 2005 and they adopted their two daughters, Magali and Miley in December 2010.