Creative Backyard Games

Creative Backyard Games

Summer gives kids a healthy break to unwind before a new year of learning. Those weeks, though, can drag when the weather gets too hot or too rainy or the days just feel too repetitive. There are only so many museums, pools (indoor or outdoor), parks and sports activities that kids can enjoy until the novelty runs out. And, let’s face it, most kids think their own house is usually pretty boring. Parents know what happens when kids get bored. Either those dreaded devices come out…again. Or … [Read more...]

There is a Way that Seems Right (Proverbs Game)

There is a Way that Seems Right (Proverbs Game)

Bible Passage: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Ideal Group Size: 3-8 kids What You Need:  Large space to play in Obstacles in your path (lucky us, our gym was all set up for a dinner -- plenty of obstacles!) Blindfold How to Play:  To begin, set up a playing area with plenty of obstacles (chairs, buckets, toys, balls, cones, etc) in the way.  Blindfold a volunteer and have them stand at one end of the playing … [Read more...]

Construction Paper Review Game

Construction Paper Review Game

Looking for a hands-on way to review a recent lesson or series?  Check out this simple construction paper review game, which can easily be adapted to any passage or series! Before the game begins, you will need to compile a list of review questions related to your passage or account.  There are many curriculum that provide this at the end of each lesson -- just go back through your book and gather up the questions.  You will need at least twice the number of questions as construction paper … [Read more...]

Joseph’s Journey to Egypt Game (Chutes and Ladders)

Joseph’s Journey to Egypt Game (Chutes and Ladders)

In Children's Church, we were finishing up a study on Joseph and I wanted to give the kids a fun way to review all we had learned so far.  Based on the game of Chutes and Ladders, I construction a giant game board using a giant roll of kraft paper (I buy mine at Uline).  I colored in the spaces with crayons.  As you can see, the board spread across about 4 classroom tables, so it made a big impact when the kids walked in. For Joseph, I used a Bible figure (I think from the Tru … [Read more...]

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

Every year, we try to shake things up at church during the summer months.  We make each week a different theme and one of the top favorites is, of course, beach night.  Kids plan to get wet and we don't like to disappoint! If you're looking for some great water games for kids, keep reading for some fun games we're thinking about trying this year! #1: Water Balloon Baseball Just like the real game, but instead of pitching softballs or whiffle balls, big ol' orbs of water are lobbed at the … [Read more...]

Balloon Game: Self Control and the Fruits of the Spirit

Balloon Game: Self Control and the Fruits of the Spirit

Welcome to Day #10 of my 31 Days of Bible Lesson Extras series. Check out the full list of postings here! Here's a quick and easy game we played during our Children's Church program (ages 4-9) while we were learning about Self Control and the Fruits of the Spirit.  We used it as an opening activity and the kids really loved it. What You Need: 1-2 blown up balloons Clear pathway to the "goal" Some kind of goal to put balloon in (we used the trash can) What You Do: Select 2-3 … [Read more...]