Catch the Coins Icebreaker | UMC YoungPeople
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September 2019

Catch the Coins Icebreaker

By Dave Magee

Have fun using coins to play this hilarious game where students get to test their speed and dexterity as coins fly through the air. You can use this with any gathering, but it’s a great intro for a lesson about the parable of the lost coin.

Give each student one penny. Have them lift their arm up, bending their elbow so that their forearm is horizontal and their hand is touching their shoulder. Ask them to make sure their palm is. facing up. Now place the penny on top of their elbow so it is facing the ceiling. They are then going to quickly snap their arm downward, trying to catch the penny before it hits the ground. Students can try to do this as many tries as it takes.

If any students can do it easily give them a second penny, have them stack the coins, and try again. If they keep succeeding keep giving them more pennies to see how many they can do.

Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.