Saturday, November 6, 2010

Its Gameday....

I think I want to rename this one in the honor a great 90's one hit wonder...
One of my favorite games in youth ministry is a game called Crossed or Uncrossed also known as Scissors...

Scissors is a neat trick to have in your bag for those down times when everyone is getting bored. Unfortunately, you can not do it more than once with the same group. If you do not have a pair of scissors, two sticks, two pencils or anything which can simulate open or closed scissors will do. 

Have the group sit in a circle. While passing the scissors to the person on his/her right, the leader says "I receive the scissors (either open or closed) and I pass them (either open or closed)". 

The person receiving repeats the statement while passing to the next person. The leader (and anyone else who has caught on to the trick) announces if each part of the statement is right or wrong. Continue until everyone can pass the scissors correctly. 

The trick has nothing to do with the scissors. Open and closed refer to whether the person's legs or feet are crossed (closed) or uncrossed (open) when receiving and passing. 

This activity usually generates some discussion about the importance of looking past the obvious and thinking creatively.  Every time I've seen the game played it lasts quite a while.   It is so funny to see the confusion when people think they have it right and they are wrong!

Try it!

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