Here at camp, we come across a lot of good games, but they just don’t work for our audience. We hope this idea will work for you in your setting, or spark another idea entirely for your next activity. This is a game based off one of the most widely played apps on the market: Flow Free. This is a good game to play in addition to another activity, and you’ll see why in the explanation.
The main objective of this game is to connect corresponding colored lines from their starting points to their ending points, without intersecting, as quickly as possible. For instance, let’s say you have points A, B, C, and D. Your goal would be to connect points A to B, as well as points C to D, but the lines may not cross. For example:
The more lines you have, the more complicated the game gets. There is always more than one way to correctly connect the lines without intersecting, but it’s fun to watch and see what the teams come up with. Teams will have people assigned to each line, and they must then figure out how to get from start to finish without intersecting. All the lines are working together, as part of the same team. These lines can be anywhere in your designated playing field, and the patterns are whatever you want them to be. You can have as many people as you like assigned to each line, but you will need a minimum of two, one for each end.
Things You Will Need:
Different colored string – This will allow you to see the different lines being formed, as well as visualize if the lines are crossing.
Markers for the starting and ending points of each line – We recommend t-shirts worn by youth sponsors that are the same colors as their lines, but colored flags will also work. The sponsors must then stand perfectly still in their respective places for the entire game.
Stopwatch – Time each team to see who finishes correctly the fastest.
Space – This game can take up as much or as little space as you want, but it is fun to mix it up, providing you have a large area to play. You don’t need square spaces that are required to be filled (unlike the app), but that’s another twist you can add if you like.
We recommend having this game going on while the other team is completing a different challenge so that you only need to set up one playing area, and the other team can’t see how it’s done. Remember to keep the playing area exactly the same for both teams, so all is fair. Time the two (or more) teams, and the team with the lowest time wins!