Coin Toss Lottery
by Dawn Hotchkin, ADC, CDP
Number of Players
This game can be played in small or large groups.
- Copy of the playing card for each player
- 16 coins (pennies or nickels) for each player
- Large coin (half dollar or silver dollar) for the coin toss
The object of the game is to be the first player to remove all of the coins from his or her playing card.
- Pass out the playing cards and the coins. Ask players to place one coin in each cell on their playing card. The players can decide in which cells to place the coins heads up and in which cells to place the coins tails up.
- Toss a coin and call the result. Players remove one coin from their card that matches the result of the toss.
- The first player to clear their card is the winner.
- If you don't want to toss a coin, cut some circles out of poster board. Write "heads" on half of the circles and "tails" on the other half. Place all of the circles in a bag. Have players take turns drawing one of the circles and calling out the results. Then, place the circle back in the bag and pass it to the next player.
- Instead of using coins, have the players write H (for heads) or T (for tails) in each cell. Then, the players cover the cells with coins or other markers. In this case, the first player to cover all of the cells on their card is the winner.
- The first player to uncover (or cover) four cells in a row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically wins.
The M&Ms Game
This icebreaker game is a simple way to help people introduce facts about themselves. It's very adaptable—and if you have a sweet tooth, it's delicious too!
- Pour M&Ms or any other multicolor candy into a large bowl. You should have a handful of candy for each participant.
- Have enough small paper plates so each player can have one.
- Put together a question or topic for each color of candy. The questions can be anything you would like. For example:
- Red: Name a favorite hobby.
- Yellow: Name a favorite place to travel.
- Orange: Name a favorite color.
- Green: Tell us a favorite subject in school.
- Brown: Tell us something you did yesterday.
- Blue: Tell us anything you would like about yourself.
- Have everyone in the group grab as much or as little candy as they would like from the bowl. Note: If you are concerned about everyone putting their hands in the same bowl, then use a small scoop.
- So the candy doesn't "melt in your hand," give each player a small paper plate. Ask them to separate the different colors. Make sure no one eats their candy right away.
- The facilitator then calls out one of the colors and goes around the room asking each player to share one answer per M&M. For example, if a player has two red pieces of candy, he or she has to name two favorite hobbies.
- After sharing with the group, the individual can then eat that piece of candy. Continue to go around the room until each color topic has been shared.
No Questions Variation
Okay, so you don't want to answer questions. How about awarding points per color?
- Decide in advance how many points each color will get. For example, blue might be five points, yellow might be four points, etc. Don't tell the players what the color/point combinations are.
- Pass around the candy and ask players to grab a handful and separate them by color on their paper plate.
- Then announce the points for each color and have the players add up their scores. The person with the highest score gets—what else?—a small bag of M&Ms.
- Play another game, but this time assign different points to different colors.
You can purchase M&Ms at party stores in all sorts of colors—from purple to pink to gray. If you want, buy a number of different colors and add them to the traditional colors for even longer games.
More June Games!
There are more games to play this month. Check out:
- Bingo – Play a game of OCEAN Bingo.
- Flag Day – Use the "Popsicle Stick Flags" for puzzle games.
- Parties – Play some camping games.
- Picture It – Turn "Double Exposure" into a game.
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