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First 4 disciples (Mark 1) | Games

 

First 4 disciples (Mark 1) - Games

 

The four men were called to follow, to walk in the dust of a rabbi, becoming like him and learning to fish for men. These games all hang on the ideas of calling, imitating and fishing.

 

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Magnet men – Make up fishing poles using dowel, string, and a magnet hook. Then cut out some small man shapes and slide a paper-clip around their waist. A quick time-saver is to cut a people paper chain and then divide it up. Add a twist by writing a task for the child to fulfil on each paper man
 

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John the Baptist (Matthew 3) | Games

 

This lesson is all about 3 things, shoes, water and humility. The first two are games idea gifts, if you have a favourite game that in some ways involves either then do use that.

 

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The big shoe dash – this is great if you have a big enough group. Throw a third of the left shoes into a huge pile under a large sheet or parachute. Lift the cover a couple of times and then hold it at waist height and those missing a shoe race to get back to their places with the missing shoe replaced.

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*Broken Man – a character recognition tool, basically a simple puzzle game for any age but perfect for small groups and younger children. Find a bold cartoon picture of the character depicted in the lesson (you can use the image that I’ll provide with the lesson) and cut it out along the black lines. You’ll be left with lots of odd shapes of colour which you pin round the room and reassemble as a group.
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The Word (John 1) | Games

 

The Word (John 1) | Games

 

This passage in John 1 lends itself to word games, hunts for letters, light and order. John was beginning but he was aware that he wasn’t starting the story, it was already alive. Choose the game or games that suit your group and setup best.

 

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Beginning – Have you ever turned a doodle into a picture? Give each child a sheet of paper and pencil. Have them draw a circle. They then have 1 minute to turn it into a picture or something. Repeat with other shapes – triangle, square, zigzag, spiral, etc.
Link : How to start a gospel.
 

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Find a word – grab a letter based game and put out the letters. Explain that the kids have to make a word using the letters that links to the word you give them. This can be against the clock or against another team. Words to give : sport, food, family, write, Jesus.
Link : John trying to describe Jesus
 

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The least of these (Matthew 25:31-46) | Games

 

The least of these (Matthew 25:31-46) | Games

 

The least of these passage talks about an act of sorting. Sorting is something we learn from an early age and so lends itself well to games. The other element of the sorting is the revelation of truth. For very young children any sorting game, toddler toys, wrapped boxes, or even just coloured scarfs can be a helpful way in. Here are some simple ideas for game and activities.

 

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The least of these (Matthew 25:31-46) | Games

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Sheep & Goat separation – A printable game. Click on the image for the 2 page PDF download with instructions. Cut out a board and counters per player. The counters are mixed and placed in a bag. Players take it in turns to pull one counter. The counter is given to the right player. If you pull out your own counter then go again. Sort your sheep and goats first to win.
(For younger kids use counters, buttons, glass beads etc)

 

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All about us – the children can sort themselves into groups according to age, colour of clothes, eye colour, type of shoes, or other obvious physical features. Trying to avoid boy/girl splits, where possible, will help mix the group.

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Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25) | Games

 

Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25) | Games

 

This passage is a wonderful chance to get counting, hiding and talking about your gifts. Here is a selection of games that tie into various elements of the story, choose the one that would best suit your group, age range and setup.

 

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Buried talent – Oh dear the servant forgot where he buried his talent and the master is on the way! Burry a ‘talent’ – in cushions, in a sandpit, in play dough, and have the child ‘dig’ to find it.

 

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Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids (Matthew 25) | Games

 

Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids (Matthew 25) - Games

 

This passage is sometimes called the 10 virgins or the 10 bridesmaids – what we know about this is that they were young girls. A gaggle of girls waiting with the bride would probably be quite a fun, if not exhausting, way to spend an evening, it’s not surprising they fell asleep. Here is a selection of games that tie into various elements of the story, choose the one that would best suit your group, age range and setup.

 

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Hidden light – play hide the object with use a torch of glow stick. How easy was it to find? Was it easier to find when the room was brighter? Did it’s light make it easier to discover?
 

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Religious Hypocrites (Matthew 23) | Games

 

The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) - Games

 

This passage about the religious hypocrites holds such a lot of symbols but all of them have at their root the idea of pride. This is reflected in these games, each taking the ideas from a slightly different angle.

 

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Inverted Mirror – this mirroring game takes two people facing each other but they are going to copy each others actions in reverse – ie if one moves left the other will move right. Have both people start by sitting down on chairs. As one person moves to become bigger/taller, the other moves to become smaller/shorter – generally this if one person leads at first. Talk about how Jesus reversed the importance we place of people in this passage.
 

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The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) | Games

 

The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) - Games

 

The question about taxes isn’t really asking Jesus’s opinion on economic systems, it’s trying to trap him. These games play with the idea of questions, the odd pairing of the Herodians and the Pharisees and even give a nudge to what taxes are because sometimes kids get confused on this passage simply by this unknown word.

 

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Tricky questions – have two hoops or marked spaces and ask the kid(s) a question they may know the answer to and assign two possible answers, one to each marked area. Have the kids run to the answer they think was right. At the end explain that Jesus managed to stand in both hoops in today’s story.
 

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