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...]

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11 and 12 (David and Bathsheba) Bonus Memory Verse: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) Object Lesson: Cotton Ball Sheep What You Need:  Two people figures Cotton Balls What You Do:  Before kids arrive, read through 2 Samuel 11-12 and become familiar with the account.  Hold your Bible as you talk to the kids. Say: One day, King David was walking on his roof when he … [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...]

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...]

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

With the days growing a bit longer and the weather growing a bit warmer (most days!), everyone in our family is itching to get outdoors more.   In the early days of spring, with the rainy skies, cold winds, and muddy ground, sometimes it can be tough to get outside. Sometimes it's just easier to "wait for another day". However, when I recently read on the Kids Safety Network that even prisoners spend more time outside than the average kid, I was determined to find some ways to enjoy the … [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...]