This experience, The Path Obstacle Course, helps kids understand how difficult life can be without God.
- A large indoor or outdoor area;
- blindfolds; and
- various obstacle course items such as chairs, boxes, or tables
Scripture: Psalm 121
Elementary and Preteen Bible Experience: The Path Obstacle Course
Create an obstacle course using large objects to form various twists, turns, and challenges. Read aloud the Scripture. Then have kids form pairs, with one partner wearing a blindfold. Instruct the other partner to help the blindfolded partner through the obstacle course using only simple, nonverbal cues, such as tapping on the person’s left shoulder to signal a left turn or tapping on his or her knees to signal crawling. (Kids can’t simply physically lead one another through the course). Once through the course, have partners switch roles. Then reconfigure the obstacle course and play again.
Debriefing the Activity
Have kids form pairs to discuss the experience. Ask:
- What was it like for you to go through the obstacle course?
Read aloud the Scripture again. Ask:
- What does this Scripture tell us about God?
- Find something in this passage that helps explain walking through the maze blindfolded.
- What’s a past or present “maze” in your life?
- How has God helped you find your way in a difficult situation?
Close in prayer, asking God to help kids see more clearly and rely on him in difficult situations.
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