Pass the parcel

3.5 stars

Everyone's heard of "Pass the Parcel", so you might think this sounds a bit lame as a youth group game, but it can work well if you add a little twist. 

For those that don't know "Pass the Parcel", you wrap up a prize (eg a box of chocolates), then add multiple layers or wrapping (up to 20 times).  Within each layer, add a smaller prize (such as a lolly or small chocolate). 

The group sits in a circle and "Passes the Parcel" around the group with some music playing in the background.  When the music stops, whoever is holding the "Parcel" unwraps one layer and keeps the small prize hidden within that layer.  This continues until the last layer is unwrapt and whomever has the parcel wins the prize.

Now, the twist.  As well as adding a small prize within each layer, add a written "Challenge" of some sort that the person unwraping the layer must complete. The challenge can be something the person must do in front of the group, or something share

For example:

  • Sing a song to the group
  • Tell the group your most embarrasing moment
  • Do 20 push-ups
  • What did you want to

As a result, you end up with a game that is fun, but also doubles as a sharing game and a great icebreaker.


  • Free / Low Cost
  • Sharing, Get to know you
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Small area
  • 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+)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
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have done this game by passing dice--double sixes and you get a turn to unwrap. Had to wear a pair of oven mits, and a toque during your turn while the dice get passed. Used packing tape over the box seams, and used multiple boxes that got successively smaller. The end prize was a gift card.
- k (3 Jun 2014)

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