Young Samuel (1 Samuel 3) | Games

The story of the God calling Samuel as a youngster is a great story to draw out ideas about listening, decoding, sources, support, and cooperation.

Nighttime Sounds

All Ages

Small group

Requires setup time

Quiet game

Can be seated

Cut out the cards and separate one. Place all the remaining cards face down over random squares. Look at the picture in the remaining uncovered square; this is what we aim to find. Lift any card. Does it match the original picture? If it matches, place it face up on that square; if it doesn’t, place it face down. We now have a new image we are searching for: the one under the card you just lifted. Continue until all the cards are face up.
Link: Samuel searching for the voice’s origin.

Recognising Voices

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All Ages

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Any size group

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No Setup time

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Noisy game

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Can be seated

Have the child playing Samuel sit in a chair (blindfolded, if you feel it’s needed, or with eyes closed). Point to one other child and get them to call out “young Samuel?” Can the child identify the voice?
Link: Recognising voices

That looks like a…

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All Ages

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Small group

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Requires setup time

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Noisy game

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Can be seated

Take a large envelope and cut a small hole in the side. (A hole punch will do this neatly.) Slip a picture into the envelope and give it to the children. The children will probably try to move the picture about to see as much as possible.
Link: recognising things by just one part

Follow the leader

Under 7’s

Any size group

No Setup time

Noisy game

Space needed

Use this classic game where the ‘leader’ chooses an action, direction, or sound and the group need to imitate that.
Link: Samuel copied Eli’s instructions

Identify the sound

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Under 7’s

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Any size group

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Requires setup time

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Noisy game

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Can be seated

If you have access to the internet within your space, then use this YouTube video to play guess the sound, the sound plays then the curtain lifts to reveal what made the sound. Others available too!
Link: Eli identifying God’s voice

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