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Shoe games

Shoe games have become famous since the well known ‘shoe-attack’ against ex-president Bush. Since then numerous online games have arisen. Why not create a games evening with shoes? It does not have to be a direct ‘shoe-attack’ against someone; rather organise the well known game of ‘can shooting’ but with shoes. The advantage with these games is that the participants bring the game materials with them straight away them.

  1. Tying Shoes

    2 candidates simultaneously tie each others shoes; time it

  2. Tying shoes with one hand

    2 candidates sitting next to each other have to tie a pair of shoes using only one hand. This should be timed.

  1. Shoe snake

    All participants place their shoes behind one another to create a long snake. The group with the largest shoes wins.

  2. Shoe throwing (Can shooting)

    And now the modification to the ‘Bush attack’: a shoe is thrown over a pyramid of cans. For each can that falls off the table one point is given.

  3. Target throwing

    Also important for a shoe attack: the shoe has to land where it is supposed to. We practice this by throwing our shoes as accurately as possible towards a target. Shoe-long throw

  4. And last but not least

    who will get very close to their target object? For this it is good to throw the shoe from a large a distance as possible. Who can throw the shoe the furthest?

  5. Shoe hockey in the hall or on the grass

    Hey, this game is ancient. Hockey sticks are expensive and not all groups posses them. Furthermore, the necessary number of toilet brushes required for a hearty game of toilet brush hockey or the necessary number of fly squatters, are things that you probably don’t have at the ready. Hence shoes serve as hockey sticks and a small soft ball acts as a puck. And thus a shoe-hockey game can commence in the group hall.

  1. Shoelace- tying

    2 candidates create a team and are tied together using shoe- laces. The duo has to now complete an obstacle course. Beware: the shoe laces can rip and are broken as a result. Instead of shoe laces a thin tent cord can be used.

  2. Shoe sorting

    All participants throw their shoes onto a pile. Following this the shoes have to be sorted and allocated. This can be timed.

  3. Throwing shoes

    All participants throw their shoes onto a pile. The group leader then throws two random shoes to each person. The caught shoes have to be returned to their respective owners.

  4. Pitching pennies

    Pitching again! From a distance of 5-10 metres shoes are thrown or kicked towards a wall (or target). Whoever gets closest to the target (or wall) receives one point. After 5-10 rounds, who will have collected the most points?

  5. Shoe smelling and assigning

    Blindfold a candidate. 5 pairs of shoes are given to the candidate who using touch and smell have to assign the shoes to their respective owners. If the smell of the shoes is the same as the smell of the socks, this could be a winner.

  1. Combat boots Joe

    All children pile on top of one another. The child at the bottom is automatically Combat boots Joe. Their task is to pull themselves out of the pile. The other children attempt to pull off his boots. If the children manage to pull off his boots, then ‘combat boots Joe’ has lost.

  2. Chair dressing

    All children take their shoes off and sit in a circle. Two chairs are placed into the middle of the circle and the shoes have to be distributed around the chairs. Two children are then blindfolded and they have to as quickly as possible try to put on 4 shoes (1 shoe per leg), and then sit themselves on a chair. The quickest person wins.


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