Last night we had a Stake Young Men and Young Women's activity called the 'Monster Challenge'. Aaron was once again the MC for the night (or 'Challenge Master' as he was otherwise known), and I organised lots of different challenges for the youth to participate in. Sacha made up an awesome flyer for it, so everyone was very excited about it. So excited that we had a lot of youth turn up - about 60 or more.
We started by putting them into 6 different groups. Each group was given a different coloured face paint to put on their cheeks. The first challenge was the 'late for seminary race'. Each person had to get dressed, skip with a skipping rope -in gumboots, dribble a basketball around witches hats and then pass the clothes onto their teammate at the other end, who did the same thing.
After each challenge scores were put up on a great scoreboard that Sacha also put together. For a win they got 10 points, and 2nd place got 5 points.
During each challenge Sarah played some great songs and sound bytes which really added to the fun atmosphere.
Throughout the night we had four food challenges which individuals or pairs from each team could compete in. The first food challenge was who could eat a dry weetbix the fastest.
The next challenge was the 'balloon pop'. Each person had a balloon which they had to put behind them. They then all had to run around and try to pop each others balloons while trying to protect their own.
The second food challenge was one done in pairs. I got a lot of my inspiration from the TV show 'Ellen' as she always has really fun games. The person sitting at the table was the 'mouth' while the person behind them acted as their arms, by putting their arms through. They were both blindfolded and the person at the back fed the person in the front green jelly with snake lollies in it. It was hilarious to watch.
It was fun seeing everyone's expressions as they watched the different challenges. Everyone was cracking up laughing.
The next challenge was 'musical cushions'. Two players from each team competed and were blindfolded while they danced to the music. When the music stopped they had to find a cushion to sit on. It was so funny watching them as they had no clue where the cushions were. Sometimes they were so close to one, but would then walk in the opposite direction.
The next challenge was a Q&A one with trivia questions from the movie Monsters Inc and also about the monsters on Sesame Street. I had made a powerpoint so as Aaron read the question and possible choices out, they would also project up on the wall. Indiviuals competed for their team and had to line up as the question was being read.
After the four possible answers were read out they then had to run to grab the monster toy in the middle of the hall. The first person to grab it got to answer the question.
I was worried there were going to be a few injurys as everyone was very competative.
We then played 'Actionary' which I don't have any photos of as I was busy helping out during the challenge. Actionary consisted of a mix of 'charades', 'pictionary' and using playdough. I had a list of words and the actions that went with them. One person from the team would run in and read the word and action and would then have to go back to their team and either act it out, draw it or make it with playdough. When they guessed it correctly another person from the team would come to get the next word.
The next challenge was tunnel ball. Aaron was in his element all night giving instructions, blowing his whistle and cracking stupid jokes (like calling himself 'man in a hot scarf' as an example when he was explaining how to play 'actionary').
We finished off the night with some great food challenges. The first one was who could eat a red chilli and raw onion the fastest. Not surprisingly it was all boys who wanted to compete.
This was by far the funniest thing of the night to watch. I felt so bad for them as they were all dry wretching about half way through. I brought along some milk for them and was laughing as they polished off 3 litres of it - trying to tone down the burning in their mouths!
The last food challenge was absolutely discusting. We had a blender and put in a heap of different foods that normally wouldn't be put together - tuna, baked beans, vinegar, sweet chilli sauce, olives, lettuce and dry biscuits. Once it was blended up they had to see who could drink half a cup of it the fastest. One of the guys actually drank his down really quick and then wanted more!! Gross!
Everyone who participated got a laminated certificate and the winning team also won a medal. Well done 'Team Mike' (thanks Jayne and Tayla for the photo of the winners that I 'borrowed' from Facebook!).
Thanks to everyone who came and for participating so well and helping make it a really great night! It was nice to have so many kids show up for it and also so many leaders.
Thanks again to Mum for babysitting for us - especially when Noah wasn't having a good day. I think she must be hating that I am now working in Stake YWs as we are getting her to babysit so often! We may as well just build a granny flat out the back so she can move in! ;)