Lifesize Battleship

3.5 stars
Split your group into two teams. Setup the room with a divider down the middle (like a sheet) and play life-size battleship. Have people lie down on the floor like battleships and use a beach ball as the bomb. One person from each group is designated the thrower. If the ball hits someone on the full, their ship sinks. The object of the game is to knock out all ships from the opposing team.

  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
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You could also simplify this by just blindfolding the 'throwers'. The other team members could see the ships but not talk.
- Bentia (31 Aug 2008)

Tried playing this in our gym and I think that the area was just too large. It made the game very slow paced. We did try playing it with two balls which sped things up a bit.
- Nate (2 Feb 2010)

Our Youth Group tried this in our Pastor's living room. We had 10 kids (5 girls/5 boys)used my kids toys to use as bombs. We gave each team 5 tries to accumlate as many points as possible within 20 seconds. The kids had a BLAST! lol

- Scott Matthews (8 Nov 2010)

This would be fun played outside, with water balloons!
- Jenny (18 Apr 2011)

We played this indoors in our youth hall with waterbombs! Had a great time!
- Emmily (9 Jun 2011)

We did a little more extravagant version of this... We got a bunch of cardboard boxes together and had the youth build battle ships (the same number for each team) without telling them what they would use them for. Then we used a volleyball net with a tarp over it as a divider, and the students placed their ships. Next, the teams would take turns launching a water balloon as a team using a sheet (everyone holding onto the edges and learning how to launch the water balloon over). When a ship was hit, it was out. Using the sheets/water balloons made the lag time still fun because the youth were learning strategies of working together. We had a blast--and got pretty wet!
- Amber (7 Mar 2012)

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