There are so many factors of the prodigal son, the willfulness of youth, the mistakes we all see coming, the journey, the pigs and ‘unfair’ cry of the brother, the acceptance of the father with his loving forgiveness and joyful welcome home. There are so many games that could tie into these themes but here are just a few that should suit a variety of ages and group setups.
Pig food – This game is ideally played small balls, like those you’d find in a ballpit. Pigs naturally root for their food using their snouts (noses) and having kids do this to find hidden objects would imitate that action. Split the teams into 2 and have one from each team root for at object at a time. If you want to incorporate a message in this game I’d recommend laminating words to build it.
This printable Prodigal son game is deliberately open. It’s pathway is surrounded with images that allude to party of the story. The only set rule is that when you land on a horse then you can gallop forward 3 spaces. Dependent on the group you could add in extra rules – land on a picture and have to explain what it could mean, roll a specific number to roll twice…etc. It has 42 squares and so 1 die is recommended but you could use 2 dice for a shorter game.
To play the game you will need some counters and a die.
The PDF can can be downloaded by clicking on the image.
Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to Prodigal Son (Luke 15).
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If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.
Today’s hero is The prodigal son, because he shows us the Fathers love.
Essential Teachers notes:
If there ever was a story you probably don’t need notes for this would be a contender, it’s also a great story to read directly from the bible. However, you’ll notice this version pads out a little of the assumptions that the story holds making it a touch more explicit for little ears. As always, this is just a guide, do use your own words.
Main Passage : Luke 15
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