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!)
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 field. Pick another child to be a guide. Tell the blind folded child that they should ONLY listen to their guide. Meanwhile, tell the other children that they should try and confuse or trick the blindfolded child as they make their way through the playing field.
On your mark, the child will walk through the obstacle course, trying their best not to touch anything along the way. If they do touch an obstacle, you can either deduct points or end their turn. Continue to play, rotating the roles of blindfolded child, guide, and tricksters.
Talk it Out:
After everyone has had a chance to play in some capacity, have kids sit in a semi-circle around you. Ask the kids if it was hard to listen to just the guide. Read Proverbs 14:12 from your Bible.
Say: “Sometimes our friends or people in our lives try to get us to do things that we aren’t quite sure are right. At first, it might seem okay, but in the end — it leads to destruction (or death). In our game, the guide was trying to help get you to safety, but there were a lot of other voices too! The closer we are to God, the easier it is to listen to only his voice. He will show us the right way to go.”