Here is a game we’ve been playing in our ministry for years, and is always a crowd favorite yet requires no materials and nothing to set up. The hardest part of the game is getting students to fully understand it.
Moose Moose is played with everyone sitting in a circle.
Choose one player to be the moose. The important thing is that this player is not the moose, the seat is the moose seat. The person sitting to the left of the moose is automatically the dog, and again, the person is not the dog, the seat is. So whoever is sitting in this seat is the dog as long as they are sitting in that seat. Now have everyone, starting with the person to the left of the dog, give an animal name to their seat, we’ve always played it can be whatever animal the student wants, so we’ve had narwhals, leopluridons, ocelots, everything. We usually go around the circle 2 or 3 times with everyone repeating their animal so everyone can remember the seats names.
The basic concept of the game is to say your animal name followed by another animals name to move them to being it. The round always starts with Moose, so using our animals from above, a round might look like this: “Moose-Narwhal, Narwhal-Leopluridan, Leopluridan-Dog, Dog-Narwhal” and so on. What will eventually happen is that someone will take too long or say the wrong thing, and is then out. When someone is out, they move to the Dog seat, and everyone who was to their right moves up a seat. The object of the game is to get into the Moose seat, and we usually give a prize to whoever was Moose for the longest.
Here are the complete rules:
1) You can’t say the animal immediately to your left or right, or your out.
2) You can’t say “But” “Um” “Uh” or anything like that. The first sound you make has to be your seats animal name followed immediately by the animal name of another player.
3) If you take more than 5 or 6 seconds to respond, you’re out. We’re usually more lenient with this at the beginning of the game, and try and be more fair with calling people out with this, letting it slide a little here or there.
4) You can only call the animal that called you once , i.e. “Moose-Narwhal, Narwhal-moose, moose-narwhal” if Narwhal says “narwhal-moose” once more, he/she is out, she’s already called Moose once before, but Moose was able to respond because Narwhal wasn’t the one who had initially called Moose.
Like I said, one of the hardest parts about this game is the initial understanding, but once you get it, its extremely easy and extremely fun.
If you have any questions, I always love to help!