You may have seen someone impersonate a famous actor, but how about a vegetable? This no-prep game will help you fill those in-between moments with a little fun and a lot of laughs. It’s called, “Vegetable Off.”
Begin by choosing two participants to stand in front of the group and on the count of three call out a random vegetable.
Once the vegetable is named, students do their best impersonation of the vegetable. At that point, have the rest of the group vote on a winner and encourage them to base their vote on accuracy, creative interpretation, and speed.
This is a quick and easy activity that doesn’t require any materials or preparation, besides a list of vegetables. It opens the students up to conversations, as I’ve rarely seen someone try to impersonate a carrot and then keep quiet about it.
The short list:
Some of the more amusing vegetables are bell pepper, brussels sprouts, rhubarb, eggplant, jalapeño, asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, bok choy, okra, and green beans. I love to throw out vegetables that could be interpreted in several different ways and see what the students come up with. Things like lettuce, which could be a head or leaf and corn that could be a kernel, cob or on the stalk. I’m pretty loose on our definition of vegetables.
More than one way to slice a vegetable game:
Fast and Furious: For an opener or quick transition, we just have individual, one-on-one vegetables offs.
Icebreaking for a Cause: If you need a longer, bigger challenge, it’s easy to set up a tournament, inviting your students to submit a canned vegetable, for your local food pantry, as their entry fee, and having gift cards for the winners to the local salad bar
Making a lesson out of it:
You can easily use this as an opening game, but also dovetails great with the some vegetable and agricultural scriptures.
- Genesis 1:12
- Proverbs 15:17
- John 15: 1-8
- Deuteronomy 11:10-11
- Daniel 1: 3-16
- several in Mark 4
- Romans 14: 1-4