This laugh-inducing, Bible-based game will encourage kids to think about how easy—or difficult—it might be to walk in someone else’s shoes.
BEST FOR: GRADES 3-6
ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH
Form pairs. Have partners remove their shoes. Have partners trade shoes, then stand against a wall. On “go,” have children each put on their partner’s shoes backward and run to the end of the room and back. When kids return, they can trade shoes with their partner to get their own shoes back. Once partners each have their own shoes on, they’re finished.
After everyone has finished, have kids sit in a circle.
*Say: A well-known saying says “Don’t judge another person until you’ve walked a mile in his or her shoes.” What do you think this means? How easy or difficult was it to walk in someone else’s shoes?
Read aloud Matthew 7:1-5.
*Ask: What does it mean to judge someone? What does this passage say about judging? Why do you think God doesn’t want us to judge others? How have you seen kids judge each other at school? What should we do instead of judging others? How can we “walk a mile” in someone else’s shoes?
Read aloud Romans 15:7.
Lori Haynes Niles Sacramento, California