With these 10 indoor, no-prop, no-prep, fun, faith-building games galore–kids will have a blast at your church and grow closer to God. Use these lively indoor games to keep the fun going and faith growing—without all the heavy lifting on your part. None of these 10 games requires any prep or supplies—all you need is a Bible—but they’re sure to be a hit with your kids!
1. Crazy Cross
Use this game to remind kids that God will never abandon them.
Form four teams, and have each team stand at a different wall. Have one child (the “Freedom Giver”) stand in the center of the room. Explain that when you say “Go,” you’ll begin counting to 15, and everyone will try to tag the opposite wall before you finish counting. (You may need to adjust the count based on the size of your room.)
If a child bumps or touches any other player when moving across the room, he or she must freeze and stay frozen until tagged by the Freedom Giver. He or she can yell to get the Freedom Giver’s attention, and freed players continue crossing.
Play several rounds, and have kids keep track of the number of rounds in which they’re able to cross within the time limit. If a child is still frozen at the end of a round, he or she can be unfrozen in the next round and can continue to the wall within the new round’s time limit.
- What was challenging about this game?
- How did it feel to be frozen? freed?
Read aloud 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
• How was this game like real life?
• What are things you can do when you bump into hard things in life?
Say: There will always be trouble in life, but God is always with us. He is always there when we need him.
2. One Animal, Many Parts
Use this game to show kids the purpose of working together.
Form equal-size teams. Say: In this game, I’ll name an animal, and you’ll work with your group to form that animal, each person taking on different body parts. As soon as your group has completely formed the animal, you’ll all make that animal’s sound.
Begin play, and call out “duck” for the first round. Repeat several times, calling out a different animal each time. At the end of each round, observe the animals each group made, pointing out the animal’s body parts you can identify.
- What were positive things about your team in this game?
- What were some things your team struggled with?
- What do you think it takes to make a strong body?
Read aloud 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, and then invite kids to talk about roles they can play in Jesus’ family.
Say: We all work together as important parts of Jesus’ family.
3. Fish Frenzy
Use this game to help kids know that we need Jesus’ power to make us strong.
Explain that in this version of Tag, the person who is “It” is called the “Fisherman” and the other players are called the “Fish.” When the Fisherman tags a Fish, the Fish joins the Fisherman by standing behind the Fisherman and holding on to the Fisherman’s shoulders (or any Fish behind the Fisherman). The Fisherman tries to catch all the Fish in the room by the time you count to 60. Play several rounds, each time switching who is the Fisherman.
- What was your reaction when I said the Fisherman’s goal was to catch all the Fish in the room?
Read Luke 5:1-5. Ask:
- When are times you can relate to Simon?
Read Luke 5:6-11.
Say: We can’t do things in our own power, but we can do amazing things with Jesus’ help. When we’re following Jesus, he does the amazing work and all we have to do is stay close to him.
- What are some of your struggles as you follow Jesus?
- How does Jesus strengthen you as you follow him?
4. Shoe Store
Use this game to discuss sharing our faith.
Say: For this game, we’ll pretend we’re in a shoe store.
Have all the kids put one of their shoes in the center of the room and line up along one wall with their other shoe in hand. Choose a “Shoe Salesperson.” Mix up the shoes in middle.
Say: The Shoe Salesperson will choose a shoe from the pile, and if it’s your shoe’s match, run for the opposite wall with your shoe in hand.
Explain that the runner will try to tag the opposite wall before being tagged by the Shoe Salesperson. If the runner is tagged, the Shoe Salesperson will invite the tagged person to join the shoe store. He or she can choose whether or not to join. If the runner isn’t tagged or decides not to join the store, the runner returns to the original wall with his or her one shoe and the matching shoe goes back into the pile. Anyone who joins the store can help tag shoe owners. Keep the game moving quickly, and have kids play for about 10 minutes.
- Think about how we might try to tell others about Jesus. How was this game like or unlike your experience with that?
Read aloud Matthew 4:18-22.
Say: In these verses, everyone dropped what they were doing and joined Jesus. But that doesn’t mean that all people are ready to drop what they’re doing immediately to follow Jesus. (If time allows, you can talk about other examples from the Bible, such as Saul’s conversion in Acts 9.) Sometimes it takes time, and that’s okay. And Jesus gives us a choice.
- What are ways you can lovingly tell others about Jesus and wait for Jesus to bring them to him?
5. Handy Dandy
Use this game to talk about staying connected to God.
Form teams of about five, and designate a start and finish line. Make this distance far enough so that kids will get impatient walking heel-to-toe style and it’ll take a lot of time.
Say: Let’s play a helping game. Your team’s goal is to get everyone to the finish line. There are two ways you can do that. If team members want to make their own way to the finish line, they’ll have to get there walking heel-toe-heel-toe. However, your team will have a helper called your “Handy Dandy”—and if your team members choose to hold your Handy Dandy’s right hand, they can walk quickly or even run together. The Handy Dandy will help only one person at a time and can run back and forth to get new players after he or she has helped one child to the finish line.
Have each team choose a Handy Dandy. Make sure kids know they can only walk quickly or run if they’re holding the Handy Dandy’s right hand. Then have teams start the game.
- What did you think about the different ways to cross the room to reach the finish line?
Say: God is like the Handy Dandies in our game. His help is way better than trying to go it alone.
Read aloud Isaiah 41:10.
Say: God promises to help us, but staying connected to him is the best way to face any problem that comes our way.
- What are ways you stay connected to God?