Drop the lid

4 stars

Everyone is seated in a circle.  One person stands in the middle of the circle, holding a lid.

The person in the middle (with the lid) begins by walking around inside the circle.  They then take the hand of someone of the opposite sex and lead them around. The second person then takes the hand of the opposite sex and so on. This continues until the person with the lid "drops the lid" and everyone runs to a seat.

The person left without a seat picks up the lid and the game begins again.

  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Small area

    Group Size
    • Medium (10-29 people)
    • Large groups (30+)

    • Medium (11-29 mins)
    • Short (1-10 minutes)
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    This is a good game. It may help to put a time limit on the amount of time that someone can pick someone else like 5 secs. It seemed that we started off slow because the youth were reluctant to pick someone else's hand. Some people weren't picked so it may also help to have a leader jump in grab the isolated youth and hold the lid and prolong the amount of time to drop the hat to get more people involved.
    - Jason Furtak (7 Jan 2009)

    I used the fact that some people weren't picked the first few times to talk about "the fringe" people, the lost that Jesus came to save, and how we do/should treat other people.

    Great game, thanks for the discussion that followed it!
    - Ish Engle (20 Mar 2009)

    That's a great short game that the teens will love.
    - Clint (21 Jul 2015)

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