Freezing Frenzy

15 June 2009 — 4 Comments

Image: Ice mask, C.T. Madigan / photograph by Frank Hurley on Flickr

A dressing-up game with a great twist: ice!

Numbers: 10 or under. If you have many more, play as teams where they nominate a player.
Suitable for: Ages 12 and up due to the physical nature of the game.
Preparation time: At least a day in advance (for freezing the clothing).
Venue: A large room or small hall.
Safety First: The game can involve some physical pushing and shoving, so take care and set some clear ground rules first!
Equipment needed:

  • items of clothing (e.g. T-Shirts)
  • a large freezer

The game:
In advance, you need to take your items of clothing, bundle them together and place them in a freezer! It is best to have all the items the same, for example 10 T-Shirts or 10 hats. When ready, this will leave you with one large ball of frozen material.

Get your contestants to line up a few steps away from where you have placed the bundle. When you say “Go”, they must fight to be the first to separate an item from the bundle and wear it. Of course, as the clothing is frozen together, it will take much pulling, bending and effort to break them apart. This causes much amusement as the contestants struggle to thaw or break the ice and figure out which item will come free the easiest!

The winner is the person who first manages to put on the item of clothing.

If you’re concerned about the physical side of this game, you could simply freeze the items separately and make it a challenge for someone to dress up in a frozen outfit. Of course, don’t let them wear it for long!


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

4 responses to Freezing Frenzy

  1. Where did you get the idea for this one?

  2. Where did you get the idea for this one?

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