Game: Wise and Foolish Maidens

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Choose five “wise maidens” and a “bridegroom.” Have the
bridegroom crouch on the floor with his or her eyes closed. The
wise maidens form the wedding circle around the bridegroom, hold
hands and raise their arms.

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The rest of the children are foolish maidens, traveling outside
the circle and looking for oil. While the arms of the wise maidens
are raised, the foolish maidens may search inside the wedding
circle for their oil. But they must keep moving in and out of the
circle.

When the bridegroom stands, the wise maidens’ arms fall and trap
some lucky foolish maidens inside the circle. The rest are left
out. Those trapped inside become part of the wedding circle for the
next round. Continue play until there are 10 maidens in the wedding
circle.

Afterward, read aloud and discuss Matthew 25:1-13.

WISE AND FOOLISH MAIDENS
BEST FOR: ALL AGES
ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH

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