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10 active indoor games to help kids workout the
squirm and grow in their faith.

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The cold winter months can make kids stircrazy. Stuck inside,
they dream of a warmer season when they can run and play with
endless energy outdoors. And then they enter your Sunday school
classroom, after a week of being cooped up at school and home, with
a God-given, wiggly case of the fidgets and squirms. So tap into
kids’ natural energy and exuberance with these active indoor games
specially designed to let kids move while teaching them more about
their faith.

Reaching for Hearts

Use this game to teach kids how important it is to support each
other as Christians trying to spread the good news about
Jesus.

Bible Connect: Mark 16:15; Romans 1:16

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Stuff: You’ll need candy bars and clear packing
tape.

Play: Before kids arrive, tape candy bars onto the wall
high enough so kids can’t reach them without standing on
chairs.

Tell kids the object of the game is to reach the candy bars without
the help of furniture or other people.

Let kids try to grab the candy bars. Once they’ve given up, have
them form groups of three and work together to reach the candy
bars. Two kids can form a step by locking their hands together and
lifting the third person high enough to reach a candy bar for all
three.

Cool Down: Ask kids to compare their first attempt to
reach the candy bars with their second. Ask: What ways do you tell
your friends about your faith? Why is it important to work together
and support each other as Christians? How can you support a friend
this week?

Stoyan Georgiev

Sofia, Bulgaria

Protect Me

This game teaches kids that it’s important to surround themselves
with good influences for protection from temptation.

Bible Connect: 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14

Play: Ask for two volunteers-one to be the Tempted and the
other the Temptor-in a group of no more than eight kids. The object
of the game is to protect the Tempted, who’ll stand in the center
of the group’s tight circle. The Temptor tries to tag the child in
the center by reaching through the circle. Kids in the circle can
maneuver to keep the Temptor out, but they must stay locked
arm-in-arm. When the Tempted gets tagged, new kids get to be the
Tempted and the Temptor.

Cool Down: Ask: How have you been tempted this past week?
How does having Christian friends’ support help you resist
temptation?

Snowball Fight

This game reminds kids of the power of God’s grace.

Bible Connect: Isaiah 1:18

Stuff: You’ll need newspapers, masking tape, a timer, and
disposable wipes.

Play: Form two groups. Divide your classroom into two
equal-sized areas with a masking tape line. Give each group an
equal amount of newspaper. On your signal, let kids make newspaper
“snow” balls and quickly throw them back and forth at the opposing
team for two minutes. The object is to get more “snow” on the
opponent’s side when time’s up.

At the end of the game, have kids collect the newspaper and place
it in your church’s recycle bin. Have kids clean their hands with
disposable wipes.

Cool Down: Ask: How did your hands look after the snowball
fight? How is the newspaper like sin? How are the wipes like God’s
grace?

Sock It to Me

Just as socks protect our feet, kids will discover that God
protects us.

Bible Connect: Psalm 91:14-15

Play: Ask kids to sit in a tight circle and remove their
shoes. Choose two kids to be It. They’ll sit on their knees in the
center of the circle. The rest of the kids forming the circle must
stay seated with their feet in the center of the circle. The object
of the game is for the It kids to take off the circle kids’ socks
before those kids can get the It kids’ socks off.

Cool Down: Ask: What kinds of things are you exposed to in
the world? How are socks like or unlike God’s love? How does God’s
love protect you from inappropriate things?

Amy Jones

Eaton, Colorado

     

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