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Preteen Bible Game: Hard Heart or Soft Heart?

This preteen Bible game: Hard Heart or Soft Heart? teaches kids how to work through conflict based on 1 John 3:11-12.

Insight and Preparation

Kids race to soften frozen bubble gum and explore the condition of their hearts.

Best for: Ages 10 to 12

Supplies: Bible and bubble gum

Preparation: About 24 hours before the game, freeze the bubble gum.

The Game

Read aloud 1 John 3:11-12, and then say: Let’s play a game to show what a cold, hateful heart like Cain’s might feel like.

Give each child a frozen piece of bubble gum. Then as kids try to soften it in their mouths, say: When your “cold heart” gets warm enough, race to blow the first bubble.

After all the kids have blown bubbles, ask:

  • What did you have to do to successfully blow a bubble?
  • How was your cold gum like a cold heart?
  • What things might be difficult to do if your heart is cold?
  • What do we have to do to keep our hearts from becoming cold and hateful?

This creative Bible game was excerpted from The Giant Book of Games for Children’s Ministry.

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3 thoughts on “Preteen Bible Game: Hard Heart or Soft Heart?

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