The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry

Overview

Have big-time fun making key Bible points! In this whopping collection, you'll find just the right game for every lesson or ministry need. 220 games to super-size the Fun in Your Ministry! Always have a great big-fun game at your fingertips for any area of children's ministry, daycare or after-school programming! From creative children's workers comes this tried-and-true colossal collection!

Why just tell kids about David and Goliath and have them color a handout when you could ...

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Overview

Have big-time fun making key Bible points! In this whopping collection, you'll find just the right game for every lesson or ministry need. 220 games to super-size the Fun in Your Ministry! Always have a great big-fun game at your fingertips for any area of children's ministry, daycare or after-school programming! From creative children's workers comes this tried-and-true colossal collection!

Why just tell kids about David and Goliath and have them color a handout when you could play... Human Slingshot where kids link arms to make "slings" and launch paper "rocks" at a nine-foot high target (and then have a great discussion about the story)?

  • Inclusive games -- no one is left out, there are no losers, all players win -- learning friendship, teamwork, and the Bible point.
  • Games are arranged by three age groups: preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary.
  • Preschool games for Esther are "Who Will Lead?" and "The King's Sceptor", and for the topic, Following Jesus are "Herding the Sheep", "Come Along" and "Stop, Drop, and Follow".
  • Lower elementary groups can play "Unseen Presence" or "The River Bend" for the topic, Faith, or they might play "Worry Whirl" for the topic, School.
  • Upper elementary ages might play "Outsmart the Crushers" for the topic, Joy, and "True-False Tag" to reinforce a Truthfulness lesson.
  • Preparation is simple, with few, easy-to-find game props (Bible, crayons, paper plates or nothing at all). Imagination is the primary equipment!
  • Game plan includes follow-up discussion, questions for thought, or suggestion for Bible reading.
  • Every game features all-out wild fun, but also makes a key Bible point.
  • Energy level index and Scripture index for all games!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764423550
  • Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,253,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Introduction

Playing games. Ask the children in your ministry what they love about your ministry and you're almost guaranteed to hear, "Playing games." Play is an integral part of childhood. And it's an integral part of ministry, too. As children play, they're having fun while they're learning. Games teach children about patience, respect, cooperation, and encouragement.

Games involve everyone, and they're a powerful tool for making a point. If you wanted to teach children about David and Goliath, you could sit them down in rows, tell them the story, and have them color in a picture of David. Or...you could have them play Human Slingshots (page 110), in which they link arms to make "slings" and launch paper "rocks" at a nine-foot-high target. Which do you think children will remember? Which will they enjoy?

The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry has hundreds of games that connect with many different topics and hundreds of different Scriptures. The book is divided into three main sections: "Preschool Games," "Lower Elementary Games," and "Upper Elementary Games." If you're teaching your preschoolers about a topic and you need an opening game, just look at the table of contents to find the game that fits the point you're making. If you want your fifth-graders to understand a certain Scripture passage, just turn to the "Scripture Index" in the back to find the game that brings the passage to life. If your second-graders need a change of pace, turn to the "Energy Level Index" to find a high-energy game to liven things up.

The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry probably has all the games you'll need. Have fun laughing, learning,and playing!
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Preschool Games
Abraham
Give a Little, Take a Lot 12
Abraham's Servant Relay 13
Cooperation
Back-sket Ball 14
Balancing Act 15
Belly Bonanza 16
Creation
Animal Action 17
We're Creative! 18
Daniel
Daniel, the Lions Are Coming 19
Around in a Circle 20
David
Small and Mighty 21
Praise Sticks 22
Esther
Who Will Lead? 23
The King's Scepter 24
Faith
Good Soil 25
Shifting Sands 26
Battered Boat 27
Family
Mirror Me! 28
Family Fame Game 29
Following Jesus
Herding the Sheep 30
Come Along 31
Stop, Drop, and Follow 32
Friendship
Friend! Friend! 33
Feather Toss 34
Who's That? 35
God's Love
Who Do You Love? 36
Lost Sheep 37
God's Loving Plans 38
God's Power
Powerful Protection 39
Power Racing 41
Jesus' Birth
Jesus Loves You 42
Guiding Star 43
Bearing Gifts 44
Jesus' Miracles
Feed a Face 45
Heal Our Friend! 46
Gimme a Hand 47
Jesus' Resurrection
The Bear in Heaven 48
Resurrection Relay 49
Courage
Safe and Dry 104
Be Strong! 106
Daniel Escapes 107
David
Broken Bubbles 108
Goliath Can't Catch Me 109
Human Slingshots 110
Difficulties
Sittin' and Tuggin' 111
Oddball Bowling 112
Cotton Nose Blowers 113
Faith
Unseen Presence 114
The River Bend 115
Family
Dinosaur Egg Hunt 117
Little Squirt 118
Forgiveness
Heart Wash 119
Try, Try Again 121
Friendship
Chair Snatchers 122
Potato Pass 124
Gifts
Name That Vocalist 125
Gift Bow Giveaway 126
God's Love
Surrounded by Love 127
It's Spreading 128
Big and Bigger Tag 129
Jesus' Birth
A Christmas Gift 130
Bethlehem Balloons 131
Bethlehem Builders 132
Jesus' Miracles
Shin Tag 133
Elastic Circle 134
Jesus' Resurrection
Butterfly Breakout 135
Gone Fishing 136
Joseph
Joseph and His Brothers 137
Out of the Pit 138
Joy
Don't Get Ripped Off! 139
Laugh Out Loud 140
Danglin' Donuts 141
Kindness
Kindness Croquet 142
Build Up Buddies 144
Loving Others
Crowd Around 145
Chicken 147
Love Launch 148
Moses
Water Flows Downhill 149
Manna From Heaven 150
Leader of the Crowd 151
Obedience
Bang the Bucket 153
The Big Fish 154
Prayer
Prayer Square Twist 156
Alone or Together 157
School
Move 'em Out 158
Worry Whirl 159
School Moves and Sounds 160
Service
Wrapped-Up Relay 161
Mitten Outreach 162
Recycling Fun 163
Sharing Faith
Spinning With Good News 164
The Great Hunt 165
Sin and Salvation
Drip Drop 166
Release the Captive 167
Turtle Relay 168
Thankfulness
Hannah's Hot Seat 169
Treasure Thanks 170
Thanks for the Pizza 171
Truthfulness
Great Impressions 172
To Tell the Truth 173
Upper Elementary Games
The Bible
Who Is That? 176
Human Scrabble 177
Magnificent Mirror 178
Change
Scipmylo 179
Balloon Launch 180
Sandwich Maker 181
Choices
Peanut Packing Pass 182
Toe-Tack-Tick 183
Hair Now 184
Cliques
Keep Together 185
Befriended 186
Bound to Say Hello 187
Communication
Box Ball 188
What's That You Say? 189
Switcheroo 190
Conflict
Belly Ball 191
Bouncer 192
Phone Book Folly 193
Courage
Startled Steps 194
Keep the Courage 195
Three Squirts and You're Out 197
Faith
Lighthouse 199
Crazy Carriers 200
Family
Back-to-Back Instructions 201
Rug-Weaving Relay 202
Forgiveness
Bumper Buddies 203
Shape a Square 204
Friendship
Multistory Structures 206
Paper Passin' Pals 208
Gifts
Every Body Needs Some Body Sometime 210
Wrap It Up! 211
So Many Things! 212
Goals
Squirt Gun Volley 213
You're on Target 214
Q-Tip Golf 215
God's Love
Slap 'n' Clap 217
Table-Top Football 218
Joy
Outsmart the Crushers 220
Muk 221
Mummy Relay 222
Kindness
Duck-Feet Race 223
Protect Me! 224
Loving Others
Polar Molar 225
Cut That Out! 226
Moses
In a Holy Pickle 228
Pharaoh's Folly 230
Egyptians and Israelites 231
Obedience
Squeeze In! 232
Do What I Say 233
Kite-Flying Frenzy 234
Peer Pressure
Mosquito Net 236
The Power of One 237
Prayer
Fly So High 238
Whole World Prayer 239
Mime a Prayer 240
School Pressure
Swamp Thing 242
Sit-Down Juggling 243
Rubber Band Pull 244
Self-Image
Knock It Off! 245
Who's Behind the Mask? 246
Service
Car-Wash Games 247
Garbage Hunt 248
Sharing Faith
Get the Word Out 250
Forward Faith 251
Sin and Salvation
Save Me! 252
Jesus Is the Key 253
Teamwork
Throw and Stoop 254
Teamwork Pizzeria 256
Thankfulness
Um! Good! 257
Marbelous 258
Truthfulness
True-False Tag 259
The Nose Knows 260
Wisdom
Hanging on a Tire 261
Throwaway 262
Indexes
Energy Level Index 264
Scripture Index 268
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