Would you rather

Would you ratherWould you rather is a pretty simple game - can be a great time-filler or icebreaker too. 

The basic idea is you ask a "Would you rather" question (see below for samples) and each person has to decide their answer. 

You can run the game in a few formats, depending on the time available and size of your group.

  • You can have people go to one side of the room or the other  to indicate their 'answer'
  • You can have them sit down or stand up
  • Write the answers down
  • Share the answers with the group (obviously better for smaller groups!)

A word of warning - kids and teenagers end up excitedly talking amongst themselves after you go through some of these!

This game can be a good activity to run before a discussion on the need to sometimes take a stand for your beliefs, even if the rest of the crowd are doing something different.

Some sample Would You Rather Questions are listed below....

 


Would you rather questions

  • Would you rather always take a cold shower or sleep an hour less than you need to be fully rested?
  • Would you rather always get first dibs or the last laugh?
  • Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?
  • Would you rather always lose or never play?
  • Would you rather always wear earmuffs or a nose plug?
  • Would you rather always win pie-eating contests or always win wheelbarrow races?
  • Would you rather be 3 feet tall or 8 feet tall?
  • Would you rather be 3 feet taller or 3 feet shorter?
  • Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut?
  • Would you rather be a dog named Killer or a cat named Fluffy?
  • Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny rhino?
  • Would you rather be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say? 
  • Would you rather be able to read everyone’s mind all the time or always know their future?
  • Would you rather be able to stop time or fly?
  • Would you rather be an unknown minor league basketball player or a famous professional badminton star?
  • Would you rather be born with an elephant trunk or a giraffe neck?
  • Would you rather be forced to tell your best friend a lie or tell your parents the truth?
  • Would you rather be forgotten or hatefully remembered?
  • Would you rather be hairy all over or completely bald? 
  • Would you rather be happy for 8hrs/day and poor or sad for 8hr/day and rich?
  • Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
  • Would you rather be rich and ugly, or poor and good looking?
  • Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate?
  • Would you rather be the most popular or the smartest person you know?
  • Would you rather be the sand castle or the wave?
  • Would you rather eat a bar of soap or drink a bottle of dishwashing liquid?
  • Would you rather eat a handful of hair or lick three public telephones?
  • Would you rather eat a stick of butter or a gallon of ice cream?
  • Would you rather eat a stick of margarine or five tablespoons of hot pepper sauce?
  • Would you rather eat poison ivy or a handful of bumblebees?
  • Would you rather end hunger or hatred?
  • Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars?
  • Would you rather get caught singing in the mirror or spying on your crush?
  • Would you rather get even or get over it?
  • Would you rather give bad advice or take bad advice?
  • Would you rather give up your computer or your pet?
  • Would you rather go to an amusement park or to a family reunion?
  • Would you rather go without television or junk food for the rest of your life?
  • Would you rather have a beautiful house and ugly car or an ugly house and beautiful car?
  • Would you rather have a kangaroo or koala as your pet?
  • Would you rather have a missing finger or have an extra toe?
  • Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?
  • Would you rather kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?
  • Would you rather know it all or have it all?
  • Would you rather live without music or live without T.V.?
  • Would you rather love and not be loved back, or be loved but never love?
  • Would you rather make headlines for saving somebody's life or winning a nobel prize?
  • Would you rather meet an alien visitor or travel to outer space?
  • Would you rather never use the internet again or never watch TV again?
  • Would you rather not be able to use your phone or your e-mail?
  • Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?
  • Would you rather own a ski lodge or a surf camp?
  • Would you rather publish your diary or make a movie on your most embarrassing moment?
  • Would you rather spend the day surfing the internet or the ocean?
  • Would you rather have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in 10 years?
  • Would you rather visit the Doctor or the Dentist?
  • Would you rather have a shower or a bath?

Add your favorite Would You Rather Questions to the comments below.  



Features
  • Free / Low Cost
  • No equipment needed
  • Sharing, Get to know you
  • Night
Objectives
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
Space
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Small area
Age
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

Duration
  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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Comments

at my youth group this is one of their favorite outdoor games. The way we play it is to make 2 teams on two sides of the room. One person comes to the front at a time. We ask a "would you rather..." question. The person who is "it" is facing away from the other students, so that as they vote by holding up a signal (1 finger or 2---or use colored cards). After everyone's vote is up, "it" votes. The side that has the most votes matching "it" gets a point. Then another person comes up. Repeat until all students have gone, or time is up.
- ryan (22 Sep 2009)

Thanks for this really fun idea!
- Susan D. (22 Oct 2009)

we had so much fun and great conversation with this game thanks
- geraldine g (6 Sep 2010)

This is a wonderful list of would you rather questions! Thanks for taking the time to post it.
- Melissa (20 Mar 2011)

This game is so much fun to play. When I asked my friends these questions, they started to laugh. Thank you!
- Chloe (17 May 2011)

these r awesome!!!! I LOVE them!!!
- angel (6 Jul 2011)

These are so awesome! I am going to share tehme with my youth group thanks so so much!
- would you rather (29 Jul 2011)

This game is great. The way that works best for us is the following: - A line is put down the centre of the hall. “It” turns away from the group. The group are asked the question. A moveable “A” & “B” are put one on each side of the line (changing each time). Everyone moves either side of the line. The letters are removed. “It“ turns around & is asked the same question. If they agree with the majority they are still in, if not they are out.

- Fiona (17 Nov 2011)

I love these would you rathor questions!!! They are totally cool and thay make you think! Thanks this helped at my sleepover!
- katie248 (18 Feb 2012)

These questions are amazing not only can you play with a youth group but also right along with your friends these questions get you thinking out of your confront zone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- RaisaCuevas (25 Jul 2012)

Thanks for this really good idea
- Emma bonita (18 Jan 2013)

These r realy good questions
- Yes man (17 Feb 2013)

would you rather be a dogs chew toy or a cats litter box
- audrey (5 Apr 2013)

Would you rather eat 10 spiders or wear grey for the rest of your life.

- Emma (5 May 2013)

Would you rather have your guns or Obama?
- Anonymous (11 May 2013)

why are politics here??? So tired of dems and repub.
ne way
Would you rather have 1 eye or no teeth.
Would you rather lick a strangers face or kiss your dogs butt.
- sara (16 May 2013)

I would way rather have my guns.
- Joe (5 Jun 2013)

I'm with Joe, I would much much rather have my guns.
- kyle (6 Jun 2013)

I prefer my guns, Obama should read the 2nd amendment.
- NRA fan (6 Jun 2013)

Joe and NRA fan - you should read your bibles!
- Dave (6 Jun 2013)

I do read my Bible.
- Joe (8 Jun 2013)

And what's it say about shooting people?
- Dave (11 Jun 2013)

it says nothing about shooting, but it does say, "Thou shalt not MURDER". We have the right to own and bear arms, which president Obama is trying to take away. In 1996, Obama supported a ban on handguns
In 1998, he supported a ban on the sale of all semi-automatic guns
In 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park, which would have shut down nearly all gun stores.

- Joe (11 Jun 2013)

It says nothing about shooting, but Jesus rebuked the disciples for using violence. Jesus stood for love, grace, compassion. It's hard to exhibit those qualities whilst holding a gun.
- Dave (11 Jun 2013)

The Israelites exhibited violence in Numbers 21: 23-24 So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24 Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword.
- Joe (12 Jun 2013)

Wow Joe - you obviously interpret your bible (especially the NT) vastly different from me if you're taking queues on life from the Israelites slaughtering people. Good luck to you and God bless.

- Dave (12 Jun 2013)

Would you rather go to work/school wearing just your underpants, or wearing a clown suit?

Would you rather always take burning hot showers, or freezing cold showers?

Would you rather starve for a day, or not use electronics for a day?

Would you rather eat a worm, or eat 5 flies?

Would you rather have just your computer, or just your cell phone?

Would you rather eat an eyeball or a toe?



- StormWolf (20 Jun 2013)

Would you rather go back in time to change something you wish had never happened or have your dreams actually come true?
- Gabby (10 Jul 2013)

Would you rather be freezing or be super hot?
Would you rather be spongebob or Patrick?
Would you rather be death or blind?
Would you rather have 3 noses or 5 mouths?
Would you rather be 2 or 22?
Would you rather have roast beef or turkey?
Would you rather be 6 or 66?
Would you rather be stranded or crowded?
- Ashlyn (29 Jul 2013)

Would you rather...
Have the hiccups for the rest of your life or feel like you need to sneeze and not be able to for the rest of your life?
- Kaite (21 Aug 2013)

would you rather have no sight on the tv or no sound? I would rather have no hearing.

Would you rather have no house or no car? idk!
- Kelsey (20 Nov 2013)

Would you rather use sandpaper as toilet paper or a power tool as a q-tip?
- David (17 Dec 2013)

Would you rather have a red hot iron rod pushed slowly into your tummy, or eat a red hot iron rod?
- Millie (22 Mar 2014)

would you rather go to a Justin Bieber concert or wrestle an alligator
- tyson (24 Mar 2014)

Would you rather have Iron-Mans suit or his money?
Would you rather always have your mom wear skinny jeans or your dad?
Would you rather omly age on the left side of your body or the bottom half?
Would you rather be rich and be unlikeable or poor and loved?
- Hannah (31 Mar 2014)

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