Shrinking Blankets

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When kids leave your VBS, are they really any different
than when they walked in the door? How will they live out what
they’ve learned? That’s why life application is such an important
part of Group’s Fiesta VBS program. Every activity challenges kids
to think about practical ways to live out their faith in everyday
situations. Check out this game from Fiesta: Where kids are fired
up about Jesus! Children will learn the importance of keeping Jesus
first in their lives as they try to keep their crews on a blanket
that is slowly getting smaller.

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You will need

  • one 4×6-foot blanket per crew
  • maraca or other attention-getter
  1. Before kids arrive, open up and lay out one blanket for each
    crew.
  2. Have each crew stand on a blanket. Ask crews if they’re having
    trouble standing on their blankets and if they have enough room.
    When they answer, explain that this is like having Jesus as the top
    priority in our lives. We’ve given him the maximum room.
  3. Have each crew get off its blanket and fold the blanket in
    half, then have crews stand on their blankets again. Ask them how
    they feel standing on their blanket now. (It’s hard; I’m doing OK,
    but I wouldn’t want to stay here very long.) Repeat this series of
    folding, standing, and asking the question. After kids answer each
    time, explain that this is what it’s like to slowly push Jesus out
    of our lives. Things start to fall apart.
  4. When crews can’t stand on their blankets anymore, have them
    form circles for discussion.

    • Why did it get harder and harder to stay on the
      blanket?
      (We ran out of space; we kept cutting the size in
      half.)
    • What are some things we do that push Jesus out of our
      lives?
      (Spend time with friends who pull us away from
      Jesus; fill our time with things that don’t have anything to do
      with Jesus.)
    • How can you include Jesus in every part of your
      life?
      (I can ask him to help me focus on him every day; I
      can ask him for strength in everything; I can thank him for
      everything, even small things.)

    Say: Your standing area kept getting smaller
    and smaller. Pretty soon, it became impossible to stand on the
    blanket as a crew. When we start filling our hearts with other
    priorities that don’t include Jesus, we’re slowly pushing him out
    of our hearts so he doesn’t have any room. Jesus is our life, and
    we need to love him with all our heart.

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