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A children's ministry volunteer is holding a blanket she's going to your for her shrinking blanket game.
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Elementary Children’s Church Game: Shrinking Blankets

From this children’s church game, children will learn the importance of keeping Jesus first in their lives as they try to keep their groups on a blanket that is slowly getting smaller.

You’ll Need:

  • one 4-foot by 6-foot blanket per 5 kids
  • maraca or other attention-getter

Elementary Children’s Church Game: Shrinking Blankets

Before kids arrive, open up and lay out one blanket for every five kids.

Have each group stand on a blanket. Ask groups 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.

Have each group get off its blanket and fold the blanket in half, then have groups 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.


When groups 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?
  • What are some things we do that push Jesus out of our lives?
  • How can you include Jesus in every part of your life?

Say: Your standing area kept getting smaller and smaller. Pretty soon, it became impossible to stand on the blanket as a group. 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.

Looking for more ministry games? Check out these ideas!


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