our tradition is a version of Gorp, made by one of our catechists who has done this for many years. it is popcorn, mini-marshmellows, MnMs, goldfish pretzels or mini-pretzel rods, she stopped using nuts because of allergies, I’m sure there is more stuff I can’t remember.
you can make “stone soup” gorp by asking kids to bring in one bag of any bite-size snack item, such as those listed, and mix up what you get
a fun project for team-building is cooperative sandwiches
the sandwich items are placed on trays on the counter–meat, cheese, condiments, bread, whatever–and (after everyone washes their hands of course, or wearing gloves) one member of each team is blindfolded and led to the counter. They have to make a sandwich while his team members all out directions.
depends on the size of your group and your facilities, but if you have baking sheets and an oven, get the frozen rolls which are lumps of frozen bread dough, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Each person gets a lump of dough to shape into any symbol that is meaningful to his relationship with Jesus at this moment in time (or related to the theme of your lesson or project). These are placed on the baking sheets, allowed to rise for 15 minutes while they pray for each other, then baked and eaten with jelly, butter etc. (We use grape jelly when we do this for a communion retreat, or you could use red jelly for a confirmation class).