Games are an essential part of a Crossroads club. After a long day in schools, kids need the chance to be physically active, and it actually helps them to refocus and learn better. Also, kids can benefit greatly from opportunities to learn teamwork and cooperation in a safe, structured environment. Most importantly, children connect best…Continue reading Games 101
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Objective: Be the first team to have all players pass through the hula hoop without breaking the chain. Materials: Hula hoops, one per team of 6-9 players How to Play: Divide children into equally sized teams of 6-9 each. Instruct the team to form a circle facing inward and holding hands. Give a hula hoop…Continue reading Hula Hoop Hurrah!
Objective: Keep your team’s balloon from touching the ground. Materials: Inflated balloons, one per group of 6-8 players How to play: Divide children into teams of 6-8 players. Each team should form a circle with players facing inward and holding hands. Give each team an inflated balloon and on the signal “go,” all teams must keep their balloon…Continue reading Keep it Up!
This is a fun first day of club activity to get kids talking to one another in a small group or large group setting. The activity template can be downloaded and adapted for your club or group, or used as is. Materials: Copies of the Icebreaker Bingo sheet, one per child Pens, pencils or other…Continue reading Icebreaker BINGO for kids
A Bible verse game. Materials Bible Verse cards, one per student Index cards A pen or pencil Write out the verse on a set of index cards, one word per card. Then, create a second duplicate set. Divide your group into two teams. Have each team lock arms, in a circle. In front of each…Continue reading Verse Word Lineup …Continue reading Verse Word Lineup
Materials Whiteboard and dry erase marker (Note: Another option if a whiteboard is not available is to write on regular paper and cover each word up with sticky notes.) Write the verse on a whiteboard, and have the group say the entire verse. Then erase a vowel, and say the verse again. Then erase a…Continue reading Verse Wipe Out! …Continue reading Verse Wipe Out!
A Bible verse game. Materials Bible Verse cards Instruct students to look at their verse cards. Practice saying the verse together a few times. Then have one student volunteer turn their back and close their eyes. Let another student choose one word from the verse by pointing to it and showing the others, until everyone…Continue reading Verse Mystery Word …Continue reading Verse Mystery Word
Materials A sheet of blank copy paper A pen or pencil Nine sticky notes (or slips of paper) per group On a sheet of blank copy paper, draw a 3 x 3 table grid. (The boxes should be roughly the size of the sticky notes you are using.) Write out words or phrases of the…Continue reading Verse Sticky Note Tic-Tac-Toe …Continue reading Verse Sticky Note Tic-Tac-Toe
Materials A squishy ball (CKC Games Bag) Have students form a line. Using a squishy ball, the first person in the line says the first word of the verse and holds the ball over their head. The second person grabs the ball while the first person goes to the end of line, says the second…Continue reading Verse Over-Under …Continue reading Verse Over-Under
Materials Index cards A pen or pencil Bible verse cards Write out the verse on individual index cards, one word or one short phrase per card. Create a second matching set. Mix up all the cards and place face-down on the floor. Students take turns trying to find the matches. Once all matches are founds,…Continue reading Verse Memory Match …Continue reading Verse Memory Match
Materials: Bible verse cards Challenge students to work as a group to come up with motions or actions to help them memorize the verse. Perform the actions all together until the students are comfortable with it and can remember the verse without referencing their cards. Let them perform their verse with their motions for another…Continue reading Verse in Motion …Continue reading Verse in Motion
This game may be played in one small group, or by combining two small groups together. Materials: Fourteen plastic cups per group A permanent marker Bible verse cards (Optional, for students to reference) Preparation: Write each word of the verse in permanent marker on TWO of the plastic cups. You may write a short phrase…Continue reading Verse Cup Stack Relay …Continue reading Verse Cup Stack Relay
Materials One inflated beach ball Bible verse cards (optional) Sit in a circle with students. Toss a beach ball in the air, and each student must say a word of the verse before they tap the ball. Try to say the verse without the beach ball hitting the ground….Continue reading Verse Beach Ball Volley
This game works best if you have a verse is 12 words or easily divided into 12 words/phrases. Bible verse cards, one per student One playing mat per pair of students (blank copy paper) A pen or pencil per pair of students Two dice per students Divide students up into pairs. Each pair gets two…Continue reading Race to Fill the Verse …Continue reading Race to Fill the Verse
Materials: Bible Verse cards (optional) Index cards Pen or pencil Create a set of index cards with one word from the verse written on each individual card. Distribute verse sort cards have students work with a partner or individually to arrange them in the correct order. Time how long it takes. Then, challenge the next…Continue reading Verse Sort …Continue reading Verse Sort
Materials Bible Verse cards A bag of individually-wrapped candies, enough for at least one per student Instruct the first player to say the first three words of the verse (you may choose to let them reference their Bible verse card or not) and pass the bag of candy to the student to their right. Each…Continue reading Verse Candy Pass …Continue reading Verse Candy Pass
Click the link below to find printable PDFs of the items in each leader Games Bag. Games Bag Printables If you would like to order your own Games Bag, contact our staff team at email@example.com. The cost of $15 will be deducted from your club’s budget, or you may choose to make a donation to…Continue reading Games Bag Instructions …Continue reading Games Bag Instructions
Objective: Students try to guess which “wild” facts are true Materials: A list of wild true facts (and false ones) How to Play: Designate two sides of your playing area, one for “Wild truths” and one for “Wild lies.” Tell students that you will read some wild statements. Instruct students to run to one or…Continue reading Wild Truth …Continue reading Wild Truth
1. Establish a safe environment. Early in the year, make sure that you talk with your group about what you expect small group discussion time to look like, and clarify the boundaries. Set ground rules regarding respecting one another’s turn to talk, listening to others, and being accepting of what others have to share. In…Continue reading How to Rock Your Small Group Discussion Time …Continue reading How to Rock Your Small Group Discussion Time