This silly game reminds kids that God loves a joyful heart.
Bible Connect: Psalm 9:2; Psalm 28:7
Play: Have one child lie on his or her back. Then have
another child lie with his or her head on the other child's belly.
Have the remaining kids lie down with their heads resting on
another child's belly.
Choose one person to start the game by shouting, "Ha!" The next
person will shout, "Ha, ha!" and each child continues to add a "ha"
as they work around the group. Sooner or later the group will burst
into laughter, with heads bouncing off bellies with joy.
Cool Down: Let kids take turns telling a funny story or
joke. Tell kids that God wants us to experience joy every day
through fun and laughter.
Getting "pushed around" by others in this game lets kids think
critically about peer pressure.
Bible Connect: 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:11
Play: Form groups of eight. Have seven kids form a close
circle with their arms on each other's shoulders. One child stands
in the middle, crosses his or her arms, and tries to keep his or
her feet firmly in place on the ground while the circle presses in.
Kids in the circle work together to force the child to give up his
or her ground. Give every child a chance to be in the middle.
Cool Down: Have kids discuss how they experience peer
pressure at school. Kids can brainstorm how they can work together
to tackle negative peer pressure. Talk about the importance of
relying on God when the pressure is on.
Use this game to encourage kids to be patient and listen for God's
Bible Connect: Isaiah 30:18
Stuff: You'll need two combination locks, two colored dot
stickers with matching paper, candy, and a kitchen timer.
Play: Before kids arrive, place one sticker on the back of
each lock. Hide the locks in the room. Print the corresponding
combination numbers out of sequence on the lock's matching paper,
but keep both correct combinations with you.
Form two teams and give each team the scrambled combination
numbers. Tell teams they'll race each other to find their
corresponding lock and figure out the correct combination. The
first team to return with an open lock will get a reward. But
first, teams must choose one of two strategies they'll use to
1. On "go," a team will race to find its lock. Once they find the
lock, they have to work together to decipher the correct
combination using the scrambled numbers on the paper.
2. Or, on "go," a team will delay their search for 30 seconds
(giving the other team a head start), but you'll give them the
correct combination to their lock. That way, all they have to do is
find the lock and open it.
Once teams have chosen their strategy, give the signal. No matter
which team returns with an open lock first, reward everyone for
their efforts with the candy.
Cool Down: Ask: How did your team's strategy work? Why did
you choose that strategy? How is this game like or unlike being
patient and listening for God's instruction?