Game: Stressed Out!

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Studies show that kids’ lives are filled with an increasing
amount of stress. This game teaches children that God wants their
life to be stress free and can help them release the stress in
their lives before they reach the point of bursting.

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.

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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.

Kandi Elliott
Lansing, Illinois

Excerpted from Children’s Ministry
Magazine.

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