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For this game, every child will need two cups (one with water, one without) and a drinking straw. Have kids stand against one wall, and give each child a straw. Place cu...
 
Age Level: 5 to 12 Bible Connect: Noah and the Flood (Genesis 7) Materials: Two buckets per team, a plastic cup for each child, a permanent marker, water, and a s...
 
Age Level: 6 to 12 Bible Connect: The Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44-46) Materials: A kiddie pool, ice cubes, water, ice cube trays, and green foo...
 
Age Level: 6 to 12 Bible Connect: David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) Materials: Various large obstacle items, such as plastic garbage cans, tables, and chairs; bound...
 
To play this game, you'll need XXL long-sleeve T-shirts, balloons, masking tape, and a Bible. Use masking tape to make lines about 20 feet apart. Form as many teams as y...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES 5 AND 6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: LOW Have children sit in a circle of chairs. In the middle of the circle, set items such as a pencil, sheet of paper, string, roll ...
 
BEST FOR: K-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH This is a great group builder. Place five to six soft playground balls in a burlap sack-the more balls the better. Tie the bag tight...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES 3-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE Beforehand, get two tongue depressors and two small plastic cups (plastic communion cups or Dixie paper cups work best). Glu...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES 1-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH This is guaranteed to be a splash with the kids! Form teams and have each team line up. Give each team a paper cup. Have team...
 
BEST FOR: ALL AGES Whenever our kids are preparing to sing for our congregation, this is an enjoyable rehearsal game. Form two teams. Send one person from each team out...
 
Let kids exercise their creative juices as they learn about God's creation. Scripture: Genesis 1:3-27 You'll Need: 8½ x 11 white card stock, crayons, paper clips, a...
 
Here's a wet-and-wild challenge all kids will enjoy. Scripture: Genesis 1:6-7 You'll Need: Two buckets of water and one large sponge per eight kids. You'll also ne...
 
Add a new spin on this game with things kids find when they bowl. You'll Need: 20 orange traffic cones or large plastic cups, a soccer ball, 20 photos or actual ite...
 
If kids don't get along well in this game, they'll find themselves soaked. Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 You'll Need: Water balloons, traffic cones, and a Bible...
 
Meeting new people and making friends can be can be difficult--even in a church environment. This simple ice breaker game is a great way to help break down barriers and buil...
 
What is "Bible depth"? It's bandied around in children's ministry circles, but what is it really? Bible depth to one person likely means something very different to someo...
 
High-energy fun you can create almost anywhere. All you need are pool noodles and a bit of tape. Here's how you can make it happen. You'll need half of a foam pool nood...
 
HALLOWEEN TUNNEL BLUEPRINT Each year, we make a 50-foot winding tunnel for kids to crawl through at our Halloween Bash. Our kids love it, and so will yours! Here's how to...
 
An energetic game that teaches kids to share one another's burdens. Construct simple dog sleds from long pieces of cardboard. The side-piece of a refrigerator box will wo...
 
Form four teams. Have each team stand in a circle and pick one person to be Lazarus. Have Lazarus stand in the middle of the circle. On "go," have each team use one roll ...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES 5 AND 6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH Form two teams and have kids line up single file, facing forward with about 3 feet between each person. The two lines should...
 
THE LOST COINS BEST FOR: GRADES K-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH Beforehand, spread out one or two bales of hay on the grass. If you'll play this game inside, place the hay on ...
 
Kids will enjoy this fun relay during the Christmas season. For each team, you'll need a large jingle bell; a stick horse or broom; a cleaning tool other than a broom, s...
 
A fun children's ministry game that will help kids get into the spirit of Christmas. For every four children, you'll need one box, one roll of gift wrap, one pair of ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
What to do: Create two home bases on either end of a large play area. Choose someone to be the Octopus. Have all the other children start on one home base. Once kids leave h...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Form groups of three. Have one person in each group close his or her eyes. Have the other two take the person at least 20 feet away from their group. Say: You have one mi...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Place five water balloons on a towel in the center of each team's circle. One person in each team must scoot to the center of the circle, pick up the water balloon with his ...
 
Studies show that kids' lives are filled with an increasing amount of stress. This game teaches children that God wants their life to be stress free and can help them re...
 
Use this devotion to help kids appreciate each person's God-given uniqueness. You'll need crayons, scissors, clear adhesive tape, a Bible, and copies of the unique person...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Challenge your preteens to think with this boundary-testing experience. You'll need hula hoops, copies of a brainteaser (for a brainteaser, go to www.childrensministry.co...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
This Canadian version of America's national pastime will get your kids giggling. Begin play with a seal bladder and caribou bones. If you can't find either of these, use ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Compost Relay Have equal piles of organic waste such as grass clippings and leaves at one end of an open field. Place a pile of soil half the size of the organic pile at ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Try this creative activity to illustrate listening to God. Blindfold one person and have him or her face the group while standing about 20 feet away. Have a leader po...
 
10 active indoor games to help kids workout the squirm and grow in their faith. The cold winter months can make kids stircrazy. Stuck inside, they dream of a warmer seaso...
 
This object lesson shows children that discovering God's plan for our lives takes persistence and dedication to His teachings. Theme: New Year's Text: Philippians 3:12-1...
Gordon and Becki West
 
Trying to break in a new preteen leader? Here's a way to "bless" the leader with popularity! Create an opening segment called Weird Moments that your new leader hosts. Ea...
Gordon and Becki West
 
Phone Home This is a great weekly segment for any preteen group meeting. Have one of your kids phone his or her parent at home and get the parent to say the "word of the ...
Carmen Kamrath
 
5 fabulous ways to shower your kids and community with laughter and love this summer! Certain things are synonymous with summer, and one that's a sure hit with kids is wa...
 
Time: (10 minutes) Children will pass a banana along a line to learn about patience. Have kids stand in a straight line. Say: Let's see how fast we can pass a bana...
 
Heed the wisdom found in the Bible and throw away discouragment and your concerns with this fun game and help kids understand God's wisdom by having a fun-filled paper figh...
 
Throw one of these fun-filled parties to fire up your children's ministry this winter Wintertime is here again, bringing those familiar and comforting seasonal changes. ...
Mary J. Davis
 
Use these "everyone-wins" games and activities at any event you plan this fall. As children play together, they'll discover new things about one another -- and they'll have ...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES K-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH If you have a big class, form teams of 12 or more. If you have a smaller class, everyone is on the same team. Give each group a...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES 3-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH Form two teams. Have teams line up across from each other. Give the person in the front of each line a white paper wad. Give th...
 
BEST FOR: GRADES 3-6 ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH Form pairs. Have partners remove their shoes. Have partners trade shoes, then stand against a wall. On "go," have children eac...
 
Get your kids to "go for the gold" with this event. ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH Set up these nine stations: 1. Race to Jerusalem-kids race barefoot around a course on a sti...
 
This game is a great conversation heart-starter! Use butcher paper to make two large hearts that are exactly the same size and shape. Hang one heart on the wall. Cut ...
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