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A girl is looking through a bail of hay made out of shredded paper. She is looking for lost coins.
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Elementary Bible Game: The Parable of The Lost Coins

Use this elementary Bible game for kids to help them understand how God seeks them, just like in the parable of the lost coins.


You’ll Need:

  • Bales of hay or straw, and
  • pennies

Elementary Bible Game: The Lost Coins

Beforehand, spread out one or two bales of hay on the grass. If you’ll play this game inside, place the hay on a large sheet of plastic. Sprinkle several pennies into the hay and toss the hay around. (If you don’t have access to hay or straw, use shredded paper, packing peanuts or mud.)

When children arrive, encourage them to search through the hay to find the lost coins. Whenever a child finds a coin, lead all the children in celebrating.

After all of the coins have been found or children tire of this game, read aloud the parable of the lost coin from Luke 15:8-10.

Ask:

  • How did it feel to search for the coins in the hay bales?
  • Did you want to give up? Why did or didn’t you?
  • What’s similar about our activity and the story we read in the Bible? 

Janel Kauffman
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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