10 active indoor games to help kids workout the squirm and grow in their faith
The cold winter months can make kids stircrazy. Stuck inside, they dream of a warmer season when they can run and play with endless energy outdoors. And then they enter your Sunday school classroom, after a week of being cooped up at school and home, with a God-given, wiggly case of the fidgets and squirms. So tap into kids’ natural energy and exuberance with these active indoor games specially designed to let kids move while teaching them more about their faith.
1. Reaching for Hearts
Use this game to teach kids how important it is to support each other as Christians trying to spread the good news about Jesus.
Bible Connect: Mark 16:15; Romans 1:16
Stuff: You’ll need candy bars and clear packing tape.
Play: Before kids arrive, tape candy bars onto the wall high enough so kids can’t reach them without standing on chairs.
Tell kids the object of the game is to reach the candy bars without the help of furniture or other people.
Let kids try to grab the candy bars. Once they’ve given up, have them form groups of three and work together to reach the candy bars. Two kids can form a step by locking their hands together and lifting the third person high enough to reach a candy bar for all three.
Ask kids to compare their first attempt to reach the candy bars with their second. Ask: What ways do you tell your friends about your faith? Why is it important to work together and support each other as Christians? How can you support a friend this week?
2. Protect Me
This game teaches kids that it’s important to surround themselves with good influences for protection from temptation.
Bible Connect: 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14
Play: Ask for two volunteers-one to be the Tempted and the other the Temptor-in a group of no more than eight kids. The object of the game is to protect the Tempted, who’ll stand in the center of the group’s tight circle. The Temptor tries to tag the child in the center by reaching through the circle. Kids in the circle can maneuver to keep the Temptor out, but they must stay locked arm-in-arm. When the Tempted gets tagged, new kids get to be the Tempted and the Temptor.
Cool Down: Ask: How have you been tempted this past week? How does having Christian friends’ support help you resist temptation?
3. Snowball Fight
This game reminds kids of the power of God’s grace.
Bible Connect: Isaiah 1:18
Stuff: You’ll need newspapers, masking tape, a timer, and disposable wipes.
Play: Form two groups. Divide your classroom into two equal-sized areas with a masking tape line. Give each group an equal amount of newspaper. On your signal, let kids make newspaper “snow” balls and quickly throw them back and forth at the opposing team for two minutes. The object is to get more “snow” on the opponent’s side when time’s up.
At the end of the game, have kids collect the newspaper and place it in your church’s recycle bin. Have kids clean their hands with disposable wipes.
Ask: How did your hands look after the snowball fight? How is the newspaper like sin? How are the wipes like God’s grace?