Youth Group Games - Group Games

Look Up Look Down

An elimination game involving eye contact and screaming.
How To Play
Players stand in a circle, all with their heads looking down. The facilitator yells "look up".

All players look up at someone else (they cannot change who they are looking at after they look up).

If two people happen to be looking at each other (i.e. make eye contact), they both have to scream. Whoever screams last is eliminated from the circle. If someone screams when they are not making eye contact with anyone, they are also eliminated.

The facilitator then says "look down" and everyone looks down. The facilitator then says "look up" and the process continues. The game continues until there are only two players left.

When there are only two people left, rock paper scissors or the game "Star Wars" can help pick a winner.
42 Ratings
42 Ratings

I played this at FCA, fun! -Rebeca (Jan 10, 2013)

great game, although it needed several judges in the middle of the circle to determine who was out each round -=) (Jan 15, 2013)

Wow, I'm trying this tonight with my Middle School guys! -Ryan (Apr 24, 2013)

On paper, it looks good. In practice, it's almost impossible to judge who is looking at whom and who screams last. -Jake (Sep 9, 2014)

Best with a smaller group. I played it so that if there is a tie, you have a staring contest -Michael (Jun 15, 2017)


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