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Elementary Bible Game: Candle Tag (Shining Jesus’ Light)

Candle tag if an exciting game that helps to remind kids to be lights for Jesus, shining his goodness wherever they go.


Elementary Bible Game: Candle Tag (Shining Jesus’ Light)

You’ll need:

  • an open space that can be darkened (but not black) and
  • flameless tea lights.

Give all kids a tea light (which they keep turned off), and have one child volunteer to be “It.”

An adult volunteer stands in the center of the room with a tealight turned on as Base.

The child who’s It sneaks in the darkness to tag the other kids.

Kids can stay safe at Base until they count to five, but then they must move again.

When kids are tagged, they turn on their candles and join these. Once everyone’s tagged, play more rounds with a new It.

Afterward, read aloud Matthew 5:14-16. Ask:

  • How did it feel when you got tagged?
  • How did it feel to find shelter at Base? to join the Base and make a brighter light once you were tagged?
  • How was Candle Tag like or unlike how it feels to be tagged with God’slove?
  • How can you shine your light in your community or school this week?

Kristy Coughlin
Los Angeles, California

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