Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Game #63: "Tunnel Rats" (Big Group Game)




ANOTHER SLIGHT TWEAK ON A FAMILIAR CLASSIC, REBORN AND REMIXED JUST FOR YOUR JH/MS MINISTRY! 






USE CLASSIC "STEAL THE BACON" GAME AND RULES:
The object of Steal the Bacon is to take the "bacon" back to your own side without being caught. In this game, two teams are chosen, An object is required to the bacon. (beanbag, rag, eraser ...) The members of each team are numbered. They form two opposing lines and place the bacon in the exact center of playing space. The leader then calls out a number. The players on each side who are assigned that number are the players for that round. They must run out and try to get the "Bacon" Neither player may touch the other until someone touches the bacon. Once a player touches the bacon however, the other player may tag him/her. If a player is able to grab the bacon and carry it back over to his/her own side, that team scores a point.- From Games Kids Play.

TUNNEL RATS GAME:
In this version each team lines up in a single file line facing forward toward the center. You can have the teams line up side by side or face in toward each other. When played in a gym you could have the first person of each line standing on the center court circle. When the player's # is yelled, the whole team must spread their legs creating a "tunnel". The player that's number is called must then run to the back to the line and crawl like a rat through the tunnel and out and be the first person to grab the "bacon". 

- In this version you can use the tag rule or you can simply make it a race. 

 - For a more challenging version you can have 2 or more "Bacons" available, and call out a second # a few seconds after the first.

- This game can easily be played with more than 2 teams for larger groups.  We have played this game with 4 and 6 teams and having more than 1 "bacon" 

Bonus Idea: (*from my time as a Youth Pastor in Wisconsin)
- Since it is called "tunnel rats", I used a large foam cheese head for my "bacon"!