Youth Group Games - Group Games


Teammates must guess a name based on description, action, or single word.
Paper, pens, one bucket, timer.
How To Play
At the beginning, each player writes down 3 names that everyone would know on a small piece of paper, then folds those papers in half and puts them in a bucket.

Two even teams are then formed. Teams should sit next to teammates forming a semi-circle (and a complete circle with both teams).

One team begins and the first person draws a name from the bucket and tries to get teammates to guess what it is (details described later). If guessed correctly, the person takes the paper out of the bucket and passes the bucket to the next person. The more correct guesses means the more points a team gets.

After one minute, the other team gets to do the same. Following that, it goes back to the first team and the two teams alternate until all of the papers are gone from the bucket.

These small sessions are a part of a larger round. A round is defined as the time from a full bucket to an empty bucket. There are three total rounds and each round has unique rules for guessing what's on the paper.

Round 1: Player may say everything but the name on the piece of paper.
Round 2: Player may act out anything but may not say a word.
Round 3: Player may only say one word. Nothing more. No actions allowed.

At the end of round 3, whichever team has won more names throughout all 3 rounds is the game winner.
40 Ratings
40 Ratings

Our group had so much fun with this game! The 3rd round sounds impossible, but because you are already familiar with the names in the bucket from rounds 1 and 2, it isn't as hard as it seems. -Amy J. (May 2, 2013)

This game is so fun we play it at our adult small group. -John M (Jun 2, 2013)

We love fishbowl! We often play round two as sounds only—no words, no gestures. It’s tricky, but it's a riot! -Ben (Jun 18, 2014)

Except the rounds are not in the correct order. It's like taboo, then one-word "password", followed by charades. Fun game! -Gamer831 (Mar 1, 2015)

I need an example. Are the 'names' actually nouns, or are they the names of actual people? When the description says 'Guess what it is', makes me think it's nouns and not names. -Jan (Nov 19, 2016)


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