Jesus Without Language

Kid's Ministry & Sunday School Resources

Aaron and the Manna (Exodus 16) | Play

 

Like Aaron and the Israelite’s we have all experienced hunger (at least on some level) and know how grumpy it can make people. This story of divine providence gives us some real tangible props to tie into our games. Select the game that best suits your groups age range and setup.

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Gathering manna – spread popcorn kernels around the room and have the kids collect them. You can use popped or you can cook the manna and talk about how real manna may have tasted (like honey wafers). For younger groups use a clean sheet and pre-popped popcorn.
 
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Miriam’s song – the Red Sea (Exodus 15) | Play 2

 

I’m really excited to introduce our Alvin from Bible games central today who is going to share a fantastic game for the Miriam’s song – Parting of the Red Sea lesson.


Hi, My name is Alvin Gan and I am the father of three noisy (but lovely) teenagers and founder of 2 websites that provide creative evangelism and discipleship resources. This is one of the games from my site Bible Games Central. Bible Games Central is all about conveying Bible truths through games.

 

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Miriam’s song – the Red Sea (Exodus 15) | Play 2Fan a-way – Up to 4 players can play at a time. If you have more than 4 players, either take turns to play, or set up multiple sets and play in teams to compete against each other: Place a Hula hoop in the middle of the room. Place 20 ping pong balls inside the Hula hoop (2 different colors, 10 each). (Consider using fewer ping pong balls for younger children.) Give each player a paper plate to use as a fan. On “go”, work as a team to fan the ping pong balls. The goal is to separate the two colors with a “path” between them. If the ping pong balls are knocked outside of the Hula hoop, place them back in the middle and continue playing. Use this game to introduce the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea.
 
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Prodigal Son (Luke 15) | Play

 

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.

 

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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.
 
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Prodigal Son (Luke 15)| Play/Direct

 
Prodigal Son (Luke 15) - printable game
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.
 

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Miriam’s song – the Red Sea (Exodus 15) | Play

 

While the parting of the red sea and the amazing escape for the people are obviously key to this story the games here also tie in to Miriam’s song. Choose the game best suited for your group and space – the key to the symbols is at the base on this page.

 

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Parachute seas – This simple parachute game is lovely for younger groups. After you’ve established positions around the parachute use it to talk about how the seas move, big waves, small waves, controlled, random etc. Place a wooden board or line of heavy pillows down the middle of the parachute talk about how God’s powerful wind moved the waters so they couldn’t cover that part. have the children walk through the waters – using adults to create walls of waves.
 
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Palm Sunday (Luke 19) | Play

 

Abijah’s donkey played a huge part in the palm Sunday story, with very little children you may want to take the opportunity to talk about the animals that the children have at home. Palm Sunday is also often accompanied by a procession which is a lovely tactile learning opportunity. The following Palm Sunday and donkey based games will suit a variety of groups and preparation times.

 

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Donkey treads – Lay down different textures for the kids to crawl across. Try and find something that could be similar to the worn paths, the leaves and the coats that echo the story. you can add a person leading the donkey or even a rider if you have mixed age groups.
 
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Pharaoh (Exodus 7) | Play

 

The story of the stubborn Pharaoh and the escape fro Egypt is a frequent favourite because of the vivid imagery. These games both use the ideas of many plagues, the stubbornness of the king and the characters of Moses and Aaron to compliment the story.

 
Pharaoh-dominoes

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Plagues dominoes – these dominoes are a great review tool and suitable for the younger age group. Challenge the older ones to put the plagues in order first as a review of the different symbols. The download and full instructions can be found by clicking on the image.
 
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Pharaoh (Exodus 7) | Play /Make

 

There is a lot of evidence the Pharaoh’s and their people enjoyed table games. Matching images is a lovely simple activity upon which many a game hangs, this classic is dominoes. Two pages of beautifully colourful symbols will give your group plenty of time to familiarize themselves with the plagues and how they must have seemed never ending for the Egyptian people.

Please note : this is not a complete set as it would have been huge, I’ve strategically removed the doubles plus 20 other cards.
Pharaoh (Exodus 7) | Play /Make

 
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