Mission Impossible Spy Training Activities

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“Mission accomplished!” – Ethan Hunt

Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is currently on Netflix.  I hadn’t seen it and knew that I wanted to make it a family movie night.

*Note: This movie night was designed for a large group of people, but you could make it much simpler for your own family.

Before our movie night I asked everyone to wear black and they each chipped in $5.00 to get Nerf pistols (you’ll see why soon).


Don’t they look great in their black?!

Here was the basic outline for the night:

  1. Gather at the “recruiting area” and choose a spy name
  2. Laser Training
  3. Target Practice
  4. Last Man Standing
  5. Prizes
  6. Watch Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

*You can do all of these activities in a night or just one–whatever works best for you.  All of the rules, point systems, and materials needed are listed for you below.  

After picking our spy names we headed over to Laser Training.

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Laser Training

Materials Needed:

  • Bright red yarn
  • Tape
  • Black light (optional)
  • Spy-themed music (optional)

Point System:

  • 10 points for making it through the laser field without touching a laser
  • -1 point for any time you touch a laser (yes, some of us went into the negatives)

How to Play:

  • Designate a starting and ending point.  Cover the rest of the area with red string.  (Set up a black light and turn off the lights if you really want it to look like a laser field.  Turn on some spy music for ambiance.)  Everyone tries to get through the “lasers” without touching them.  Use the point system above to figure out who wins the Laser Training activity.  

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We slithered and dodged…

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Crept and crawled…


But only Princess made it through the laser field unscathed earning 10 points.


Target Practice

Materials Needed:

  •  Something to shoot at (I made my own targets, but you could easily print targets off of the Internet)
  • Nerf pistols
  • 3 “Bullets” per person (the suction cup kind are best for this game)

Point System:

  • 5 points for hitting the center target (red)
  • 3 points for next area (yellow)
  • 2 points for outer area (white)
  • 1 point for everything else

How to Play:

  • Give everyone an equal amount of practice shots.  Designate someone to stand by the target and check where the bullet hits.  Take turns shooting at the target.  Each person gets 3 shots.  Add up the total of points earned using the points system above to see who wins the Target Practice activity.  

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Ready, aim, shoot!

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Even the little kids had fun trying to hit the targets.

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Last Man Standing

Materials Needed:

  • Nerf gun and “bullets” 

Point System:

  • 1st person out = 1 point
  • 2nd person out = 2 points
  • 3rd person out = 3 points
  • …And so on until there is only one person left.  (The last person alive ends up with the most points.)

How to Play:

      • Designate an area to sit when you are “out.”  Turn off all of the lights in the house.  Give everyone a minute to hide.  Go to town shooting each other until there is only 1 person left.  Make sure to announce when you’ve been shot so everyone else doesn’t try to shoot you anymore and go sit down in the “out area.”   You can form alliances.  You can shoot each other in the back (literally and figuratively).  Try not to aim for heads!  Have fun!



I gave prizes for the winner of each game.

  • Laser Training = Airheads Extreme (for being so “extremely” good at dodging lasers)
  • Target Practice = Hot Tamales (for being a “hot shot”)
  • Last Man Standing = Life Savers (for being the person who would last longest in a real crisis and therefore save my life)
  • Lowest Score Overall = Milk Duds (for being the “dud”)
  • Highest Score Overall = 100 Grand (for being the “grand prize winner”)

Here are a few other spy movie ideas that you could use with these activities:

  • Catch Me if You Can
  • Get Smart
  • The Bourne movies
  • James Bond movies
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Salt
  • Red
  • The Incredibles
  • The Pink Panther
  • Spy Kids

What are some of your favorite spy movies?  Leave a comment!

I absolutely love The Piano Guys.  Here is their version of Mission Impossible.

Piano Guys: Mission Impossible

Piano Guys: Mission Impossible


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