Big Group/Upfront Game: “Unicorn Spelling Bee”


  • 1/3 to a 1/2 of a pool noodle
  • A bandana
  • Index Cards
  • 30-60 second egg timer or multi-media countdown clock


Quick explanation: An upfront player, the “unicorn” using only their magical “horn” (pool noodle) tied to their heard, will have to try to spell out a word in the air, that their team can then work to guess.

Before the Game:

  • Cut a pool noodle in 1/3 or half, keeping only a couple foot portion for the game
  • Write down clue words to be spelled on the index cards (*samples below)


  • Divide the group up into 2 large teams.
  • Have each team go to one side or the other of the main meeting space but still facing forward.
  • Give the “quick explanation” and rules.
  • Ask for a volunteer from the first team to come.
  • Tie the pool noodle to their forehead with the bandana and show them the clue.
  • On “Go” the upfront person using only their unicorn horn, must try to spell out their word in midair.
  • The team must then try to correctly guess the word that is being spelled in the time allowed.


  • Player upfront cannot say anything or make noise
  • If a team does not guess the clue correctly in the time allowed the other team has a chance to “steal” deciding by as a group on one guess.
  • For each correct guess, the team gets one point


  • The winning team is the team that has the most point/ correct guess overall

Spelling Word Clue Suggestions: (depending on age)

  • Easy: “Cat”, “Dog”, “Bat”….
  • Medium: “Apple”, “Phone”, “Bible”, “Jesus”…
  • Hard: “Lollipop”, “Airplane”, “Disciple”…* Suggestion: Use as part of a review game, using words from a current lesson that is being taught

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