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.
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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.
Life circumstances have recently got in the way of Catherine and I uploading our own material for you to download. But from time to time we can point you in the direction of some other helpful sites.
With summer fun days and other events these days, help with group games is always welcome.
Youthministry.com have some great posts to stimulate your own thoughts and also to get you started with tried and tested group games.
Here’s one about how games can enhance your ministry.
And another about how to avoid common mistakes when playing games with your kids. The writer tells us that these are the ones which can derail our effectiveness.