Check out these 12 active indoor games that teach, challenge, inspire, and lead kids into deeper faith.
Indoor Game 1: Together Again
Form groups of four, and have kids take off their shoes. Have groups each create the outline of a box on the floor, using their shoes.
Say: Now all four of you must stand in your shoe box for three minutes, but you can’t help one another. You’re on your own.
After three minutes, ask: How easy or difficult was that?
Say: Let’s try the challenge again for three minutes, but this time you can help one another stay in the box.
Ask: How did helping one another compare to not helping one another? Have you ever experienced a time you needed friends’ support? Tell your group about that time.
Read aloud Galatians 6:2.
Say: The Bible says that we need each other. There are times we’re weak and we need each other to help carry our burdens. What kinds of burdens do kids your age have? How can you help your friends carry their burdens?
Say: A great way to help one another carry our burdens is to pray for one another. Find a partner, then write your partner’s burden on your shoe. Then let’s pray for one another and help carry one another’s burdens.
Indoor Game 2: Doing the Impossible
Form groups of four. Give each group a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. Say: Your group can eat as many Hershey’s Kisses as you want — as long as you don’t use your hands to unwrap them.
Allow time. While this is a near-impossible task, applaud your kids’ creativity and efforts.
Afterward, ask: Would you say this was an impossible task? Why or why not?
Read aloud Matthew 19:26.
Ask: What are things that are impossible for us to do that God can do? Is there anything that is impossible for God to do? Why or why not? What’s something you’re facing that seems impossible? What do you think Jesus would have you do about that “impossible” thing?
Indoor Game 3: Stressed!
Give each child a balloon to inflate and tie off. Have children each place the balloon under one of their feet.
Say: I’m going to call out things that can cause stress in your life. Maybe the thing I call out causes a little stress for you. If so, put a little pressure on your balloon. Or perhaps the thing I call out causes a lot of stress for you. If so, put a lot of pressure on your balloon. Don’t release the pressure between things that I call out.
Call out things that can cause stress in a child’s life, such as parents fighting, a test at school, a family move, being sick, a pet dying, too much to do, breaking a friend’s toy, and so on. Continue to call out stresses kids face until the list is exhausted or the balloons are broken.
Have kids turn to a partner and discuss these questions: Which thing made you put the most pressure on your balloon? How did you feel as you pressed on your balloon? How do you feel when you’re stressed in real life?
Read aloud Philippians 4:6.
Ask: How can God help us deal with the stress in our lives?
Say: Let’s do what God tells us to do when we’re anxious or stressed. Let’s pray for one another right now.
Have kids pray with the partners they discussed the questions with earlier.