Wacky Weekend: 2012 November

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Here are a few highlights from this past weekend.

Wacky Countdown & Story of Thanksgiving

We started things off with a wacky countdown that showed a turkey being “hunted” by a pilgrim, with a funny ending at the Thanksgiving meal.

Then, we included a fun, short video that told the story of Thanksgiving . . . basically. http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/11000/The-Story-Of-Thanksgiving-Basically

The Interlude

We’ve done this dance before, but had shelved it for a while.  Sometimes, a fun factor is about bringing something back again.  Not everyone is a huge interlude fan.  However, in an “all-play” activity like a crazy group dance, this one incorporated movement, energy, interaction, and just-plain-fun!  Here’s the backstory article to the dance: http://www.uni.edu/this-is-uni/interlude-dance

You can watch the instructional video to dance along at home here:


(Special thanks to Jay Reynolds, Middle School Team Player at Hope Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, for introducing this to me.  And special thanks to  Dave Harris and Steve Stone of digitalstache for putting together these resources to compliment the dance!)

Lions (Slinky)
We introduced the students and leaders to a fun song about how God is greater than anything in this world. It’s called Lions. However, you will probably call it “That Slinky Song”.  After watching this video, you’ll understand.
You can also download the song here on iTunes: Lions
And you can check out more about the band, their ministry, and purchase resources on their website: speedwood
I referenced one of the band members, Michael, battling cancer.  Here’s their “kickstarter” video that tells his story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3gsQtkNAwE&feature=plcp  (The live double cd they talk about is now done and available here: https://www.speedwood.com/store/index.php?sku=lostandfoundcomesalive&cat=cds)
Brain Breaks
On Saturday, we did some games from Brain Breaks, by the good folks at Cranium.  I keep one of these in my office for inspiration and fun.  I recommend having one of these around your house whether it’s a family game night or just 15 minutes you want to fill with interaction instead of passing like ships in the night.  Cranium describes Brain Breaks as: “With more than 200 games that can be played in 60 seconds or less, families race to beat the timer using classic guessing, acting, sketching, sculpting and word-puzzling skills.”  Yeah, that’s about right.  Check it out!

Look Up Look Down

We played a simple game that you could play with your family, maybe even in a vehicle on a long road-trip, although I recommend the driver not play.  Here are the instructions.  We didn’t include the scream option . . . this time.

Make It Rain

Sunday morning, we even made it rain in the Student Ministries Center!  (Don’t worry, no one got wet.)  This may not work so well with just your family, but if you get a chance to do this with a large group it is tons of fun.  Here’s a video I found of it being done “choir style.”  I do have to say, their version of thunder sounds better than ours did.  I first did this when I was in middle school and love leading it with a crowd whenever I have the chance.

There are other things I did that aren’t as easy to share.  Hopefully, you’ve found something fun here for your family, ministry, job, etc.!  As you can see from my links, I collect ideas from lots of different people and places.  Sometimes being creative or wacky is more about finding some great idea than it is trying to develop something on your own.  However, I have found that as I interact with others and process their ideas, that process often leads to some of the best original ideas I have had.  Enjoy and be wacky!

A Note About Images

(A note about the turkey picture.  I found some great pictures looking through Flickr using http://compfight.com.  Every time I used an image, I included a note somewhere on the image with credit to who took the picture or created the image.  On some of our posters, I even contacted the individual if I wasn’t clear what their permissions were for their image.  Everyone was very helpful!  A little help is never far away!  By the way, parents, this can be a great tool to get images for school projects that really stand out in the crowd!  Always remember to credit the source and ask for permission.)

Below are some of the images we used to promote the November Wacky Weekend.

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