Success or Mess – right choices

This free review game is the PowerPoint version of Key to Success or a Mess, which we have made available as a printable game, ideal for small groups, in a previous post.

What is the key to making a success of your life? What is the key to making a mess? By choosing random keys, and reading the scenarios they open up, the kids are encouraged to think about the consequences of their actions.

This game goes really well with any story where the character makes a mess, or is tempted to do something wrong. For example, Joseph showing off ; David not attacking Saul in cave; Abraham getting a son his own way instead of trusting God’s promise, the disciples turning away the children, Peter cutting off the man’s ear, etc.
In schools, the practical and moral message of the scenarios is appreciated very much.

It is essential to download BOTH PowerPoint files and save them to the same folder on your computer. This is because the game “hops” from one presentation to the other and back again, using hyperlinked buttons. It sounds complex but it isn’t really.  Don’t let that put you off trying out this exciting game that we have found to be among the kids’ great favourites .

If you are not used to downloading files over the internet the following steps may be helpful:

1) Make a new folder somewhere on your computer where you will be able to easily find it again. Name it “Keys to Success”.

2) RIGHT-click on one of the links below and when prompted, SAVE it to the folder you have just made.

3) Do the same with the other PowerPoint (.ppt)  file. Remember: You MUST have these files in the same folder for the game to work properly.

4) To view the game, open up first the file (key_success_part1.ppt). Full instructions are on slides 2-6. OR, you could open the Word document and read the instructions there.

As always, if you have any problems, feel free to contact us –
contact[at]effectivechildrensministry[dot]org

Download Key to Success Instructions (Word document).

Download Key to Success Part 1  PowerPoint file

Download Key to Success Part 2 PowerPoint file

If you would prefer the printable version, go to this post for the download.

Review game discusses kids' behaviour

Whether its pointing at someone and laughing at them, picking up litter, writing a thank you letter or drawing graffiti, most good or bad things we do involve our hands.
The review game Helping Hands or Hurting Hands explores these every-day choices kids have to make.
It’s free to download. Just print it, cut it and laminate it.
There are some scenarios suggested, but there is plenty of scope for you to develop it in a way that your kids can identify with.

We first made it to add a bit of zip to a review of the lesson of Moses – murdering an Egyptian then helping the shepherdesses. It would be equally useful to review Zachaeus – taking money, then giving it away.
You may think of other Bible lessons where this review game will emphasis a theme in your teaching.

It is easy to set up and play. The “hand” cards are mounted on a board using Blu-Tac or some other removeable method (eg. magnetic strip). Then you:

  • Ask a question on the lesson. If a child answers correctly, they choose a hand card to see if they get a bonus.
  • If the scenario on the back of their chosen item demonstrates helping hands, they score the bonus.
  • Anyone choosing the hand which has the Helping Hands gold star logo scores a double bonus!

Right-click on the link below and then save it to your computer.

>> Helping Hands review game: free PDF download.

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