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