Just a Mask


This game will demonstrate to kids that how they look has little
to do with who they really are.

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  • paper plates, one per child;
  • markers, crayons, pens;
  • craft sticks, one per person;
  • masking tape;
  • optional: craft supplies.

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7

The Game

Give each child a paper plate. Set out markers, crayons, and
pens for kids to share. You can also supply craft items such as
yarn, glitter glue, and fabric scraps for kids to use, if you wish.
Have kids each make a face mask on his or her paper plate.

On the other side of the mask, have kids each write three things
that they love. Finally, have kids each tape a craft stick handle
to the back of the plate. Gather the masks, and scramble them in
the center of the room. Have kids form a circle around the

Let kids each choose a mask, making sure it’s not their own. Go
around the circle and have each child read what’s written on the
back of the mask. Let the rest of the class guess who the mask
really belongs to.

Post-Game Discussion Questions

After playing the game, ask your students to sit down in groups
of three and discuss:

  • How was trying to guess which mask matched which person like
    Samuel trying to figure out which of Jesse’s sons God had chosen to
    be king?
  • How is our outward appearance like a mask of who we really
  • Do you think God cares how we look? Why or why not?
  • How should we try to look at each other?

Encourage kids to take their masks home to remind them that God
looks at the heart, not at our outward appearance.


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