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...]

10 Easter Games to Play with the Family

10 Easter Games to Play with the Family

Are you planning a get together with the family this Easter?  Here are a few games to play with the kids and teens to get the fun really rolling! Most games require plastic Easter eggs, so head to the nearest dollar store and stock up! #1 Bucket Head Played as a two person team, one player holds a bucket on their head while the other play tosses Easter eggs into the bucket. Players must stand 5 feet apart (mark the floor with masking tape).  Of course, if you have little ones, you might want … [Read more...]

Elijah, The Widow and King Ahab: Bible Based Game

Elijah, The Widow and King Ahab: Bible Based Game

Okay, I know this series is supposed to be about CRAFTS, but I love this game and wanted to share it with you, so I'm sure you'll let it slide right?   To check out all the posts from the 31 Days of Bible-Based crafts, head on over to the Road Map. Elijah and King Ahab: Relay Race Game This game could easily be adapted to any Bible story game, but we used it with Elijah (God Provides), so the pictures will be taken from the 1 Kings 17 passage. Start by printing off clip art pictures from the … [Read more...]

Backyard Lawn Games and Pavement Games

Backyard Lawn Games and Pavement Games

I was reading through the book Tag, Toss, & Run this week, hoping to squeeze a little more outdoor fun out of the season (grab a copy at your library here on Amazon).  While many of the games have some complex rules, a few others are simple enough to through into the mix for Children's Ministry. Here's a few fun options I found: Hoop Trundling Basic Idea: Keep the hoop rolling no matter what! Playing Area: Flat, smooth surface (lawn or pavement) Equipment: Hoola hoops and … [Read more...]