Energy-burning games

I have always found much greater success with Middle schoolers focusig when they can burn off their energy with a game at the beginning of an EDGE night. What are some high-intensity, fun games that have worked for you?


  • You know, from my experience. Simon Says is still a much loved game among Middle Schoolers. We do speed rounds and it is usually them versus me as they want to have at least one still standing when their Youth Minister gets out of breath and passes out on the floor.

  • Squirrel in a Tree
    Sharks n Minnows
    Fruit basket upset
    Do you know your neighbor?
    Animal noises
    Or anything to get them running like tic-tac-toe relay

  • One of my favorite resources for games is "Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry" by Les Christie.

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