Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration for creating your own STOP Song and Trivia challenges.
An Internet search of just about any subject will give you material to make up your own trivia, or simply use trivia quizzes already online!
Things to remember: The Challenger is the person who was holding the Challenge Basket when the music stopped. He or she reads the Challenge Card to the group, which takes on the challenge as a group.
The prize winner is NOT read until the challenge is finished.
Party Hint: I create my challenges using Word and print each on an 8 x 10 sheet so the print is large enough to read. This is especially important when you want to keep the lights dim! Fold the sheet in quarters and place in basket. Hint #2: I scatter little flashlights around the room for anyone who needs one; much better than turning on the bright lights!
Sample Song Challenge:
Divide into Teams A and B. Sing alternating lines from the theme song from the Addams Family. Challenger, direct the groups by pointing to each team (A or B) when it is their turn.
Team A Team B
They’re creeping & they’re kooky Mysterious & spooky
They’re altogether ooky The Addams Family
The house is a museum When people come to see ‘em
They really are a scream The Addams Family
Snapping Neat….Sweet….Petite…. Snapping
So get your witch’s shawl on a broomstick you can crawl on
We’re gonna make a call on The Addams Family.
That was just a practice round — sing it again, only this time louder! Which team is loudest?
PRIZE GOES TO: Anyone with the first name, middle name or last name Adam or Adams. If no one qualifies, it goes to the Challenger!
Sample Song and Trivia Challenge:
GILLIGAN’S ISLAND. Challenger reads story — group must fill in the blanks.
On a beloved TV show, __ (7) castaways set sail on a __ __ __ (3- hour tour). The boat was the __(S.S. Minnow) and the captain was called __ __ (the Skipper). After being __ __ __ __ (shipwrecked on an island), the character that kept bumbling escape attempts was __ (Gilligan). The movie star was __ __ (Ginger Grant); the millionaire was __ __ __ (Thurston Howell III); he called his wife __ (Lovey). In spite of the technical expertise of this castaway he still couldn’t get them off the island:__ __ (the Professor); nor could the perky brunette __ __ __ (Mary Ann Summers).
True or False: They finally get off the island. (True — have group describe how.)
SING: The group must sing together the GILLIGAN’S ISLAND THEME SONG. Challenger, direct!
PRIZE GOES TO: The player whose birthday is closest to Bob Denver’s (Jan. 9.)
Sample Trivia and Song Challenge:
The American Revolution Pop Quiz: Who said, “don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes? Colonel Prescott. Where? Bunker Hill. What started when a young apprentice yelled insults at a British sentry? The Boston Massacre. What year did that take place? 1770 What famous lawyer was persuaded to take the case for the colonists, believing that legal counsel should be available to all? John Adams. A new museum just opened in Boston to commemorate this event that happened in Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party. How many tea ships did they board? 3 In April 1775, a stable boy overheard British officers saying “hell to pay tomorrow”. He reported this to whom? Paul Revere Which two famous figures were Revere instructed to warn? John Hancock, Sam Adams
SING: Choose a song that is “all American” (i.e. Yankee Doodle Dandy) and sing it!
PRIZE GOES TO: The player who has walked the farthest on Boston’s Freedom Trail. If none have walked the trail, Challenger wins!
Sample Song Challenge for the Holidays:
The group must sing “Joy to the World” in two groups, A and B. Challenger points randomly to either Group A or B. When Challenger points to a group, they sing the line or verse and should keep singing until Challenger points to the other group. The other group then takes over while the first group is silent.
Challenger, point as fast or as slowly as you wish in no special order. Keep them on their toes!
PRIZE GOES TO: Whomever has traveled the furthest to get here for holiday cheer.
Sample Trivia and Song Challenge for the Holidays:
POP QUIZ on Favorite Holiday Specials or Films
What is the Grinch’s dog’s name in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”? (Max) — In “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” who rules the Island of Misfit Toys? (The King, a Lion) — In “Miracle on 34th Street”, what did Santa leave behind in the new house? (A Walking Cane) — Which ghost in a “Christmas Carol” is seen only shrouded? (Ghost of Christmas Future) — What’s the last name of Kevin in the “Home Alone” movies? (McCallister)
SING: Pick a favorite song from “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and sing it a-capella as a group.
PRIZE GOES TO: Any player who has never seen “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. If everyone has seen it, Challenger wins!
Kid Friendly Sample Song
Row, Row, Row Your Boat was made for sing-alongs. Divide the players into four groups for “round singing”. Challenger directs.
Start off Group One — Row Row Row Your Boat Gently Down the Stream. When Group One begins “Merrily,” Group Two begins Row Row Row Your Boat….and so on until all four groups are singing. Each group sings the verse three times each and stops.
PRIZE GOES TO: Any player under age 12 who has rowed or at least ridden in a row boat. If no one qualifies, Challenger wins!
So, you get the idea, right? It may seem simplistic on paper, but trust me…when you get these Song and Trivia Challenges going amongst a fun group of people, you’ve only just begun to laugh!
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