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2 High-Energy Elementary + Preteen Ministry Games

Looking for two high-energy games for your elementary and preteen ministries? Check out these two ministry games!


2 High-Energy Elementary + Preteen Ministry Games

High-Energy Game: Clothespin Tag

Clothespin tag is a fun and active game designed to help kids release energy and get to know their brothers and sisters in Christ even better.

You’ll need:

  • five clothespins for each child

Give children five clothespins each. Then have them attach the clothespins to their sleeves or the backs of their shirts. Avoid attaching clothespins to fronts of clothing or below the waist.

Play this game similar to Tag but with this rule: The children must take other children’s clothespins and attach them to their own clothing. Every child can take clothespins from any other child. Play until at least a few people are out of clothespins.

High-Energy Game: Grape Stomp

Kids will love playing this Grape Stomp Bible game that simulates the common practice of crushing grapes to make juice at harvest time.

You’ll Need:

  • Yarn,
  • scissors,
  • a stopwatch, and
  • purple balloons.

Have kids each inflate a balloon and tie one end of a piece of yarn to the balloon and the other end securely around one ankle. When you give the signal, time kids as they work together to stomp everyone’s “grapes.” Then have kids each inflate another balloon to try again. Before you give the signal, let kids discuss strategies for beating their first time.

When all the grapes are popped the second time, have kids discuss how working together helped. Read aloud Galatians 6:2-3 and discuss ways kids can help each other throughout the year.

Looking for more games for all your ministry classrooms? Check out all of our game posts! And for more great high-energy games like this in every issue, subscribe to Children’s Ministry Magazine today!


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