We love to flag up posts on sites other than our own, which may be a help to our readers. Ken Sapp, on his website Creative Youth Ideas, has some tried and tested suggestions for work among children or youth.
His post “Step Up in the New Year” brings together ideas for the start of a new season.
“A person’s feet tell us two very important facts: where one is standing and which way one is going.”
Ken has collated some fun games suitable for children or teens around the theme of feet. There are bound to be several that will suit your group. One example with bare feet and marker pens sounds hilarious!!
He follows these with suggestions for opening up the spiritual aspects, using Bible references, and finally adds some very practical and thought-provoking life applications.
There is even an idea for a simple take-home reminder of the theme.
If you are looking for something to start your new season of ministry, maybe this is for you!
Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that work the best. This one from the great resource and idea site, Youth Leader Stash is tried and tested.
As the writer says, you may already be using this method of quickly breaking up a large group into two or more teams. But it may never have occurred to many who are starting out in kids’ or youth work or have never come across it.
Using this method you will, in a few second, have divided even a huge group (Youth Leaders Stash say 75 kids and over!) into as many teams as you wish, each with the same balance of boys and girls, and a similar age ranges.
>> Check it out here.
A novel way to get kids thinking about prayer and the wonderful way God can meet their needs (though not necessarily their wants) is to play a simple game suggested by Creative Youth Ideas. If you have never visited the site before, you are in for a treat as it is loaded with ideas and tips, many of which are adaptable for children or teens.
One that recently caught my eye is All you Need. Get in a circle, grab a soft ball or even a wadded up pair of clean socks and follow the clear instructions for a great discussion starter.
Sometimes it is the simplest games that surprise us with the enthusiasm and delight of the kids. Even teens can get a kick out of some of them.
GrowingKidsMinistry.com have several blog posts about games for groups. Why not hop over to their blog?
There are even videos of two of the games being played (by teens!) and a link to a PDF Activity guide which details many more games. With a little thought, you can select ones suitable for your age group and have a whale of a time!
The first part of Minute to Win it for Church groups
The second part of Minute to Win it for Church groups
In a previous post we spoke about the dangers and advantages of group games.
Now for some great ideas for group games. You will find them at the Ministry-to-children.com forum. If you are looking for some tried-and-tested games ideas, check it out the big list here.
Or how about this one involving bowls of M&Ms and a scooter!!
Are there any large group games you have found to work with minimum danger (!) and maximum fun? If you have, feel free to comment below.