Dog Food Game and Object Lesson

     I lead an after school campus ministry at a local middle school down the street from our church. We have an annual "prank day" that TONS of students attend. The things you can do at an after school club in a public school with no parental complaining is pretty cool. The parents are happy their kids have something positive, free, and supervised to do after school. Most of these kids have parents at work, and would otherwise be walking home alone to an empty house. That leaves a lot of wiggle room for trouble, which is why I love the opportunity to do after school campus clubs. 

     I save my more "edgy" games for this crowd. The un-churched campus club kids get games like the infamous pass a lifesaver with a toothpick relay race and Honey I Love You But I just Can't Smile.  We don't  do these games at youth group anymore...just in case some parent walks in and thinks it inappropriate for church.  

    Here is a fun game for a really laid back youth group, or campus ministry, or as an April fools prank on your family!  It's called the Dog Food Prank game. 

Dog Food Prank Game
Supplies:  2 (or more) cans of Dog Food
               2 (or more) cans of ready to eat beef stew 
               Tape (just in case you need some extra adhesive) 
               2 (or more) Blindfolds
               3 or 4 random food items to identify and eat as fast as you can. 

Take the label off the beef stew and mark it as stew (so you don't get mixed up) in an inconspicuous location on the can. Carefully, take the label off the dog food and adhere it to the beef stew cans. Also mark the dog food cans with a permanent marker as dog food, so you don't mistake it for green beans or something when you are making dinner. 

Play the game: 
Tell the kids you are going to play a food guessing game. You are going to blindfold them and give them 
food to identify and eat as quickly as possible. Tell them they get 100 points for guessing the food correctly and 200 points for eating the most amount in 30 seconds. They are competing against each other (boys vs girls or by grade level).  Give them a few random food items such as mini candy bars, an apple, a piece of jerky, etc...and then save the stew (disguised as dog food) for last. When you get to the dog food, show the audience the cans and let them see the dog food label. After everyone is grossed out, tell everyone it was really stew, not dog food. 

Object lesson:   
While you play the game, some of the kids are going to be freaked out when they think you are feeding dog food to their friends. A few of my students loudly asked, "Hey is it safe to eat that? Are you sure they should be eating that? I pointed out to the students that several of them were really bothered by the idea of their friends unknowingly consuming dog food. "I know this bothered several of you. So I would hope if you saw your friends consuming something unsafe or dangerous like alcohol or using drugs, that you would speak up like you did about the dog food. Real friends don't just stand by and let their friends do something stupid or unsafe. That's why we need to pick good friends and make sure they have our back.  

Scripture Reference:
Ecclesiastes 4:10-12
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.                                


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