We all know the Rock Paper Scissors game. But can you base a Youth Group night on it? The answer is No! But you can keep kids entertained for at least 20 minutes and it works really well as an icebreaker or time filler.
The key to it's appeal is to sell it as a "Rock Paper Scissors" tournament. If you have a group of 32 kids, to be crowned "Rock Paper Scissors Champion", a kid would need to win five consecutive games (which is no mean feat!).
It's not complex to run - basically have kids pair off and play a game against each other. You may not have an even number of kids but with a bit of juggling it sorts itself out. We normally make it the best of 3 rounds, so the winner is the first to two wins. The "winners" go to one side of the room, the "losers" to the other. The process repeats itself - the group of winners pair off and play until there's only two kids left. They key is to gather everyone around and build the suspense between each game. We make the Grand Final the best of 5 to help build the tension.
We play this game a couple of times a year and have a trophy that gets presented to the Champion. You'll be surprised at how much passion this game can generate!
As a variation of this game, try Human Rock Paper Scissors