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Banana Surgery

This can either be played as an upfront game, or if you have a smaller group, you can have everyone play.

Have a team peel and cut up a banana into equal parts. (Don’t tell them what comes next until they're done.) Then tell them they must put the banana back together using pins, needles, tape, or whatever. The team with the best reconstructed banana wins.

If you do this with a big group, use a video feed to a big screen and time the "surgery" so it doesn't drag.

The point: Things taken apart (relationships, reputations, etc.) aren't as easily put back together.

Idea from Young Life

Also see Chocolate Tower (Click Here) and Tootsie Roll Sculpture (Click Here).

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   Kvisa         11/14/2016 3:21:16 PM

Good object lesson, time limit is good though.

   Laura Reese         10/11/2016 2:28:27 PM

We just recently did this for our small youth group. We had them write down what a relationship meant to them and five people that meant a lot to them. Then we gave them a banana and had them peel it. We told them to cut it into a minimum of 10 chunks (meaning they didn't have to be equal). Putting it back together was the fun part. The kids LOVED this game. Best part about it is that numerous kids have come up to us and told us that every time they look at a banana now they think about how their words and actions can destroy a relationship. Really made an impact. Great game!

   Idalia Sanders         11/22/2015 11:02:24 AM

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   Francho          4/11/2015 8:41:43 PM

I would love to play this with my youth group.

   Ps Vijay B         4/11/2012 3:56:29 AM

Amazing game

   Matt         1/12/2012 8:29:31 AM

awesome game, youth loved it.

   Robert         6/21/2011 8:00:50 AM

oops, forgot to put a vote...

   Robert         6/21/2011 8:00:01 AM

Our junior high kids have had a lot of fun with this one. The results are pretty funny. I've also let them use paper clips, thread, masking tape.