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Newspaper Name Nail (aka Whomp em')

Small Group mixer. Have everyone sit in a circle as close as they can get. Have each person give their name and make sure each name is clearly said so that all others can hear it. After going through the names once or even twice, have someone start in the middle by asking someone to call the name of someone in the room. The person in the middle proceeds to find the person and try to whomp'em with a rolled up newspaper (or pillow) on their knee before that person can say both their name and someone else's name in the room.

If they get whomped before they can say their name and someone else's name, they are now "it". Also, if the person whose name is called fails to say both their name and another person's name, they will have to be it. The person who is in the middle takes the place of the person they whomp. This helps people learn each other's names and mixes kids around with each other.

Items needed: Rolled up newspaper or pillow (preferable)

Also see Getting To Know It (Click Here), Getting To Know You (Click Here), Identity Circle (Click Here), Name Tag Mixer (Click Here), and Who Hit Me? (Click Here).

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Comments on this post

   Tamira         11/7/2013 7:47:28 AM

We played this with about 25 kids, and the one in the middle had 2 halved pool noodles. We added the rules that they couldn't name the person beside them or the person who called them. Hilarious!

   jon         4/21/2013 8:05:36 AM

We use a pool noodle that is cut in half. It makes aloud noise but doesn't leave a mark. (No head shots)

   lauriette         1/3/2012 11:50:05 AM

Youth game

   lauriette         1/3/2012 11:48:09 AM

Youth Game

   Kim Nagel         10/19/2011 12:37:06 PM

We have a new Youth Group Leader and a few new Youth. This was a fun way to learn the new names. Thanks for being a resource for us! Browns Point United Methodist Church

   Lee         6/24/2011 8:36:15 PM

This game has bailed me out plenty of times. It is my go-to back up plan in case of a rain delay...or to kill time. It works so great becuase...well, kids like to beat on other kids. God bless em!

   Josh Shrable         6/22/2011 10:43:13 AM

This sounds like a great game with only slight reservations with how much fun some of my stronger (and easily irritated) older brothers will have with hitting their antagonizing younger siblings with objects. Should be plenty of excitement!


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