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Wholesome Recreation and Human Rock, Paper, Scissors!

Recently I have been reading about the importance of wholesome recreation in family life.

Wizard Elves or Giants-human rock, paper, scissors
Wizard Elves or Giants-human rock, paper, scissors

The benefits of spending time with your family are many-fold, such as higher self-esteem in children, better behaved children, happier marriages, less contention, longer life span ect. . .  In a few months my family is going to a camping family reunion at Long Beach BC.  This is definitely going to be a family adventure (doesn’t take much for me to call it an adventure).  To help our family reunions be more exciting, and more successful, we have found that planning out the reunion as much as possible ahead of time is key.  While doing a little research I came across this awesome game that is sorta like human “Rock, Paper, Scissors”!  It looks like it will be a great game for a large group-did I mention that there will be about 54 people at the reunion???  And about 38 of them will be kids 🙂  Let the good times roll

Here is the game.  I found it on youthgroupgames.com-the site is full of tons of great games for youth groups 🙂

Giants, Wizards Or Elves

This dragon cake would go great with the Wizard theme
This dragon cake would go great with the Wizard theme

Summary: An icebreaker / action oriented game good for medium and large sized groups. Similar to a game of rock, paper, scissors, two teams face off and decide to become either “giants,” “wizards,” or “elves.” Giants defeat elves, elves defeat wizards, and wizards defeat giants.

Ages: 10 and up. Recommended # of People: 20 and up (large groups work fine too!). Messiness factor: Might break a small sweat! Materials Required: None. Recommended Setting: Indoors or Outdoors.

Setup: Teach everyone how to become three characters: the giant, the wizard, and the elf. Each character features hand motions and a noise.

– For the giant, each person stands on their tippy toes, lifts up their arms, and makes an angry growling noise: “Roooar!”

– For the wizard, each person crouches a little bit, flutters their fingers as though they are casting a spell, and they make a magical noise: “Woooo!”

– For the elf, each person gets down very low on their knees, cups their hands around their ears, and makes a high pitched elf noise: “Eeeeee!”

Description: Practice each of the characters together a few times. Divide everyone into two teams and have them separate into opposite sides of the room. The game involves several rounds. For each round, the following takes place:

– Each team forms a huddle and decides to become a giant, wizard, or elf.
– Both teams then line up and face each other, about 5 feet apart.
– The facilitator says “3..2..1..Go!”
– Each team acts out the giant, wizard, or elf (whatever they decided to become).
– As soon as they act out their character, the winner tries to grab the loser and pulls as many people over to their side as they can. The loser tries to run away, back to their side, in order to be safe. The winner of each round is determined by the following.The giant defeats the elf because giants “squash”” elves.
– Elves defeat wizards by outsmarting them, chewing at their legs.
– The wizard defeats the giant by “zapping” them with a magic spell.
– Identical characters are a draw (no one wins).This process keeps repeating for multiple rounds until one team is entirely consumed (or when time runs out.)

Variations: Other variations of this game exist – or you can make up your own. Be creative!

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