Who doesn’t love games? Use these 3 tips for great games to involve kids in fun and help them learn. Kids are born with a natural sense of playfulness, and we can harness that energy in our ministries. Game time isn’t something to tack on to the end of your lessons as a time filler. By incorporating meaningful games into your ministry, you can not only reach kids in new ways, but you can also shake off any notion that church is a boring, school-like place. You help kids discover that church is a place for discovery, fellowship, and God-centered fun.
To help get a better idea of how to take games in your ministry to the next level, I talked with Toby Rowe, Mission Program Manager for Group Mission Trips and Simply Youth Ministry, and Toby was also the presenter of KidMin’s Extrava-GAME-za workshop. I’ve asked him to share a few of his tips from his workshop. Here are three tips from Toby for great games in your ministry!
- All Play. “Get everyone moving,” says Toby. “Avoid games that only involve a few kids coming up front. Figure out a way for everyone to play.”
- Keep it Simple. “Kids want to learn new games,” says Toby, “but they enjoy them the most when they are easy to play and don’t involve a million complicated rules.”
- Join In. “Kids love games when adults play with them,” says Toby.
If you’re looking for simple, but amazing games for your ministry, you have to check out The Giant Book of Games for Children’s Ministry. I asked Toby for a resource and this is the book he recommended. “I think it has the best, most fun, least-complicated games that can get groups from small to giant involved,” says Toby. “And, it’s broken down into younger and older ages, which I like, too.”
What games do you like to play with your kids? Let us know in the comment section below!