Ultimate Ninja | UMC YoungPeople
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July 2018

Ultimate Ninja

By Betsy Marvin

Your students may already know how to play. If not, they’re going to love it!

Setup for Ultimate Ninja

Players begin standing in a circle, standing at arms-length.

Playing the Game

The goal of Ultimate Ninja is to be the last ninja standing: to eliminate other players by slapping their hands. On a given turn, a player can attack or move in one fluid motion.

  1. Everyone says, “3, 2, 1… ULTIMATE NINJA!” and then all players quickly hold a ninja pose.
  2. Choose one player to begin play.
  3. On a player’s turn, he or she may do one swift ninja attack — one motion that attempts to touch another player’s hand. Once making this motion, the player must freeze and hold the motion they just made.
  4. Any time a player is attacked, they may dodge as a reaction by moving their hand or arm, but they cannot move their feet.
  5. Immediately after the attacker moves, it is the next player’s turn (moving clockwise from the attacker) and they can immediately do an attack.
  6. If a player gets their hand struck, they must leave the circle, as they are eliminated.
  7. Play continues until all ninjas are eliminated. The winner is the ninja left standing

Debrief the game talking about being anchored:

  • What did it feel like to have your feet anchored to the floor during our game?
  • How did it help to have your feet anchored?
  • Just as a boat is anchored, or our feet were anchored in the game, Jesus can be our anchor. What do you think that means? Read Hebrews 6:19.
Betsy has worked with students for over 26 years and has served at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI for nineteen of those years. Currently, Betsy is the Director of Family Ministry while still holding the high school ministry hat. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. Betsy has been married for 29 years with a son in college and daughter in high school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!