You’ll need: Army men, cotton swabs, drinking straws.

Divide your group into two or more smaller groups, giving each an adequate number of straws, a box of Q-tips, and a set of plastic army men (or farm animals, jungle animals, etc…).

Allow teams to set up their men on a table on opposite sides of a room, and at the given signal, to commence firing upon their opponents soldiers in blowgun fashion, using the Q-tips and straws. Straws can be recycled during the battle. The army men are fairly difficult to hit with any accuracy, which allows for a good length of play time, as well as lots of attacks launched at people instead of army men. Establish your own rules about who can retrieve the Q-tips from the center of the “militarized zone”.

A safe game, and easy clean-up, and everyone wins!

About The Author

Tim Baker has been working with students for twenty-five years. He's the author of over twenty books, a professor of Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry at LeTourneau University, Director of Student Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview Texas. Tim is the Executive Editor of YouthWorker Journal. @timbaker1

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