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High-Energy Bible Game for All Ages: Wise and Foolish Maidens

Use this Bible game, Wise and Foolish Maidens, with kids of all ages to help them learn to be ready for when Jesus returns.


High-Energy Bible Game for All Ages: Wise and Foolish Maidens

First, choose five “wise maidens” and a “bridegroom.” Then have the bridegroom crouch on the floor with his or her eyes closed. Have the maidens form a wedding circle around the bridegroom, hold hands and raise their arms.

The rest of the children are foolish maidens, traveling outside of the circle and looking for oil. While the arms of the wise maidens are raised, the foolish maidens may search inside the wedding circle for their oil. But they must keep moving in and out of the circle.

When the bridegroom stands, the wise maidens’ arms fall and trap some lucky foolish maidens inside the circle. The rest are left out. Those trapped inside become part of the wedding circle for the next round. Continue to play until there are 10 maidens in the wedding circle.

Afterward, read aloud and discuss Matthew 25:1-13 with the kids in your class.

Lori Haynes Niles
Sacramento, California

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