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Youth Ministry Game: Frozen T-shirts

This has to be one of my all time favorite games and can be a great use for the old leftover retreat t-shirts that you don’t know what to do with or for the 30 t-shirts you collected in the YS convention exhibit hall.  The game can be played by everyone or by volunteers.  I have a large youth group and tend to play with 5-10 groups with others watching.  Watching is usually more fun than playing!


1 – T-shirt for every group participating, water, freezer


Thoroughly soak 1 t-shirt for every team you will have.  Teams are usually 3 people.  Gently wring out the t-shirt, ball it up, and place in a freezer.  T-shirts need to stay in the freezer overnight.  I know you can freeze ice cubes in 2 hours, but I promise you t-shirts will not freeze that quickly even after 6 hours shirts are not frozen all the way.  Trust me the more frozen the more fun.

How to Play

After asking for folks to volunteer in teams of 3, give each team a frozen t-shirt.  Explain that the winner will be the first team to get one members hands or whole arms and head through the appropriate holes.  Teams proceed to beat the t-shirts until they can pull apart the shirt and put it on a team mate.  Be prepared for this to take 10 – 15 minutes.

Location Warning

These t-shirts can do serious damage to stuff when kids start beating them.  Do not use in a dry wall room.  Cinder block walls will hold up though the paint may not.   If you have a nice wood gym floor, I’d avoid that too.  But keep in mind they will never get them open if they do not have something they can beat them on.

Favorite Moment

The first time I ever played this game I ended up with a team of two cute junior girls paired with a shy 7th grade boy.  The girls eventually got the arm holes open and had the head hole partially open.  So they put the shirt on the boy, but his head was just a little to big.  So the girls started yanking the shirt up and down trying to pry it open with his head.  Every time it would come down on his head, he would yell “stop.”  Now a good youth minister would have stopped it over concern for his neck, but I wasn’t a good youth minister yet because I couldn’t stop laughing.  Fortunately, another team won and he wasn’t hurt.

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