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Arrange a group of plastic toy soldiers side-by-side along one
end of a table. Have preteens form pairs and line up at the other
end of the table. Then give the first pair a ping-pong paddle and

Have partners work together to knock off the toy soldiers-all
except the one in the center. Play until all the soldiers are down.
If kids knock down the center soldier, simply replace that

After everyone has played, ask: What strategies did you use to
knock down the soldiers but keep the center soldier safe?

Have partners read Ephesians 6:10-17 and choose one item that’s
most like the strategy they chose. Ask: What things in life can
knock you down? How can you use Scripture to avoid being knocked

Michael Capps
East Flat Rock, North Carolina

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