This experience helps kids understand how difficult life can be
Best for: Ages 6 to 12
Gear: A large indoor or outdoor area;
blindfolds; and various obstacle course items such as chairs,
boxes, or tables
Scripture: Psalm 121
Camp Challenge: Create an obstacle course using
large objects to form various twists, turns, and challenges. Read
aloud the Scripture. Then have kids form pairs, with one partner
wearing a blindfold. Instruct the other partner to help the
blindfolded partner through the obstacle course using only simple,
nonverbal cues, such as tapping on the person's left shoulder to
signal a left turn or tapping on his or her knees to signal
crawling. (Kids can't simply physically lead one another through
the course). Once through the course, have partners switch roles.
Then reconfigure the obstacle course and play again.
Buddy Up: Have kids form pairs to discuss the
experience. Ask: What was it like for you to go through the
obstacle course? Read aloud the Scripture again. Ask: What does
this Scripture tell us about God? Find something in this passage
that helps explain walking through the maze blindfolded. What's a
past or present "maze" in your life? How has God helped you find
your way in a difficult situation?
Close in prayer, asking God to help kids see more clearly and
rely on him in difficult situations.
Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine.