Bible Game: Jacob’s Ladder

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This Bible game: Jacob’s Ladder is best played outside, but it can be done inside against a wall.

To play this Bible class game you’ll need a large tree and some colored chalk. Play in teams or as an entire group. Have children work together to form a human ladder using their bodies. The goal is to see how high their human ladder can reach. Once they’ve reached as high as they possibly can, have the top child make a chalk mark on the tree.

After children make their first mark, have them sit down and plan together before their second try. Give them several chances to keep going higher. (Provide adult volunteers as spotters for the ladders.)

Afterward, read aloud Genesis 11:1-9.

Ask children: How did you feel as you built your ladder? How do you think the people of Babel felt as they built their ladder? What are the similarities between our ladder and the Tower of Babel? the differences? Why was God so displeased about the Tower of Babel? Do you think God was pleased or displeased with our ladder? Explain. Why does God care about the reasons behind what we do?

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Ellen Javernick
Loveland, Colorado

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