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MM Wars

A creative and tasty variation of capture the flag.
Materials
Two buckets, string, facepaint, and a few bags of MMs.
How To Play
Like in capture the flag, teams are divided into two groups on two sides of a playing area. Some sort of identifiable boundary is down the middle, separating the two sides. (It is often helpful to have facepaint for the teams).

In the back of each team's side there is a bucket with a string placed in a circle around it. The string should have a diameter of about 10 feet.

Each player is given an MM at the start of the game. The goal for the player is to place their MM in the opposing team's bucket. The string around the bucket marks the safe zone which if a player gets to, they are safe. The player must get to the opposing team's bucket without being tagged.

Players may only be tagged if they are on the opposing team's territory. If the player gets tagged by a member of the opposing team, they must give their MM to the person who tagged them and that person must eat it. The player who was tagged and lost their MM must return to the boundary line in the middle where there is a facilitator with the bag of MMs. The facilitator gives that player a new MM and the player continues playing.

At the end of the game, whichever team managed to get more MMs into the opposing team's bucket wins.
31 Ratings
31 Ratings

I would say to use Hershey Kisses instead, that way you won't have to worry about kids handling the candy do much before they eat it. -Greg (Dec 8, 2010)


I've played this game before where you get to keep the M&M when you tag someone not eat it. So the person would have two M&Ms. They give up all their M&Ms if they're tagged. A person with a ton of M&Ms becomes more valuable and teammates want to help that person get their M&Ms in the opposing team's bucket! Also have students carry them in tiny dixie cups! -Erik (May 8, 2013)


I'd suggest using suckers or putting the M&M's in those tiny zip-lock bags... -Jeff (May 14, 2013)


@JEFF Running with suckers in your mouth... probably not a good idea. -Jared (May 28, 2013)


Great game! -Will (Jun 19, 2013)


I'm thinking about playing this game, but using individually wrapped life savers. Also, I like the variation of not eating the candy, so someone could get a lot of candy to put into the opposing team's bucket. Another variation would be to use more than one bucket on each side. You could also place the buckets at different distances from the line and give different point totals for each bucket. -Jason (Jan 28, 2016)


Best game this year. We did hersheys kisses in cups. If you get tagged you give up your kisses to the tagger. Winning team takes all. It was about 15-20 minutes per round. -James D (Apr 23, 2017)


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