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...]

Tag and Chase Games for Kids

Tag and Chase Games for Kids

Looking for some good run-around games to play outside this summer?  Here's a few ideas to get you started! Drop the Handkerchief This game is best played with 8 or more players from ages 3-7. You'll need a handkerchief or a piece of cloth.  To begin, have all the kids sit in a circle except for one.  The remaining child is "it" and begins to walk around the circle.  This game is similar to duck, duck, goose, but instead of tagging someone, "it" drops the cloth behind the person that he … [Read more...]

Simple Outdoor Games for Kids

Simple Outdoor Games for Kids

It's summer time!  During the summer, we try to take full advantage of the good weather around here by heading outside for about 20 minutes each night with the kids.  Next week, we're going to give the Bunch of Balloons a try (stay tuned for a report!), but for this week, we'll be playing some simple low-prep outdoor games with the kids. Here's a few games we're considering: Window Hopscotch This game is best played with 3-4 players and uses a rectangle about 3 x 7 feet drawn onto the pavement … [Read more...]

Giant Memory Game (Outdoor or Indoor Game)

Giant Memory Game (Outdoor or Indoor Game)

Last summer, inspired by this post over at Studio DIY, I set out to make a giant memory game to use on the lawn outside with our Children's Ministry group.   I loved the instructions, but found the picture templates would have used quite a bit of toner (or ink) since they were all solid silhouettes.  I found some different pictures and printed them in gray scale instead. You can grab my SUMMER THEME MEMORY PICTURES HERE via Word or via PDF. Here's what you need: Cork … [Read more...]

Journey through the Old Testament: Review Night

Journey through the Old Testament: Review Night

We've reached the end of the Old Testament during our midweek program with the kids and it's time for a review night!  Here's our schedule for the night: 6:30 Welcome, Announcements 6:35 Kids' Sunday Songs 6:40 Jeopardy Game 7:00 Books of the Bible Game 7:05 Stations 7:20 Free Play 7:25 Tables/Snack Station #1 Sticky Notes This game is inspired by a game over at Danielle's Place.  Begin by writing all the books of the Old Testament (or whatever you're reviewing), one on … [Read more...]