-4 paper lunch sacks
-ingredients for 4 sack lunches (2 of one lunch and 2 of another)
Example sack lunch ingredients:
Sack lunch 1
-1 Ham sandwich
-1 small bag of potato chips
-1 snack cake
-1 juice box
Sack Lunch 2
-1 PB&J sandwich
-1 small bag of Cheetos
-1 small package of Oreo cookies
-1 small milk
-Make up the two lunches and place them in separate sacks (you should have the ingredients left over to make both lunches again).
-Then place the two sack lunches in separate trash bags (this will be the "mystery sack."
-On one end of the room, set up a table and place one of the mystery sacks on one side of the table and the other mystery sack on the other side of the table.
-On the other end of the room, set up a table with all the left over ingredients spread out over the table.
-Divide group into two teams.
-This will be a relay-type race, so have each team line up in the order they want to go (depending on how many participants you have and how many ingredients are in the mystery sack, not everyone will necessarily race)
-Give an empty lunch sack to the second person in line (the first person will be placing one of the ingredients into this sack)
-Participants will start at the table that has the ingredients spread out over it.
-When you say "Go," the first participant from each team will race across the room to the table with the mystery sacks.
-Without looking in the trash bag, participants will have to feel for the sack lunch, reach in the sack, and figure out (using only their hands)one of the ingredients in their mystery sack.
-When participant figures out one of the ingredients, they need to run back to the table that has the ingredients spread out over it (at the starting line), pick out the matching ingredient, and place it in their team's sack.
-After the item is in the sack, the next participant goes and repeats the process, until all items in they sack match the corresponding sack lunch.
Now, I say "optional" here, but really this is the whole fun of the game in my opinion. At this point, I tell the teams we are going to have another race to see which team can eat the sack lunch the fastest. They immedietly start trying to figure out who wants to eat which ingredient and how they are going to do it...but, as always, there is a catch!
(Assistant enters with a blender [two if possible]). I then explain to everybody that we are going to blend their lunches for them first, and then they are going to have to drink them.
Perhaps the most fun a youth pastor will ever have is watching the look on their group's face as they watch, one by one, the ingredients of the "smoothie" they are about to drink being blended in front of their eyes. As they smell the smells of a ham sandwich being blended with grape juice, chips and a snack cake. It might not sound all that bad, but the smell will very likely make you gag. Oh the joys of being a youth pastor!
Anyway, you will need a few volunteers from each team (because more than likely there will be several who will absolutely refuse to drink it...and if you make them, it might be considered child abuse (not sure). After you blend their lunches, pour them into cups. On your command, the first team to chug down their entire lunch wins. I recommend having trash cans near by!
Hope this inspires a great activity for your youth group. Let me know what you think, and feel free to ask me any questions you have.