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Bucket Suprise: Youth Group Games

Quick Overview:  

Ever looking for the perfect way to cap off an awesome event? Look no further; this is it!

This is apart of our GLOW night. We put on a special night for all our middle school students that was full of glow in the dark everything. We replaced all the florescent bulbs in our building with black lights. There were glow stick straws to serve with our Italian sodas, glow in the dark face paint with a make-up station, free glow sticks and some incredible games. This was a huge success for us, and we hope you can translate some of what we did for your context! Enjoy these!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  1. 5 Gallon Buckets. As many buckets as you have contestants.
  2. Kiddie Pool. You will want something to catch all the “goodies” that are dumped over a students head.
  3. Prizes. As many prizes as you have contestants. We used both good prizes and some gross stuff… Here are some examples:
    1. Free coupons for anything at our cafe.
    2. Bluetooth Speaker (We didn’t actually dump this on a students head, we dumped an empty bucket on their head, and ran out the speaker from back stage.)
    3. King Size Candy Bars. I’m talking a lot of candy here folks!
    4. Baked Beans. That’s right, a whole bunch of Bush’s Baked Beans.
    5. Chocolate Syrup.
    6. Be creative and think of some cool stuff that your students would love!



Take each bucket and fill them with different prizes!

Take a chair that can get dirty, and place it in the middle of the kiddie pool.

You’re now ready to surprise your students with some awesome prizes!


Game Play:

We had 7 events throughout the night, and each student who won would go to our special winners circle. We stocked this area of the room with soda, candy, and snacks. The winners loved it! At the end of the night, we took these 7 winners and brought them up on stage.

Place all 7 students on one side of the stage and have the 7 buckets on the other side.

One at a time, have students pick a bucket that they want to be poured over their heads.

This is the fun part because you see the other contestants who still have to pick get really excited if the first bucket has a good prize, and then see their face change real quick if its something unwanted!

Have each student go one by one into the kiddie pool and receive their prize, or lack there of.

Ending your event with something like this brings everyone’s attention back before you close it out for the night. The winners are excited to potentially win something more, and everyone in the audience is engaged again because they are probably hoping the winner picks a gross bucket. Get ready for your students to remind you of that time when someone go a bucket of beans dumped over their head!

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