Games 101

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

Coaching Sheet: Raising the Fun Factor

**Coaching sheets are designed for TEAM LEADER use only** Coaching Sheet: Raising the Fun Factor (Team member copy) Coaching Sheet: Raising the Fun Factor (Leader’s Notes)

Hula Hoop Hurrah!

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!

Keep it Up!

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!

Icebreaker BINGO for kids

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

Verse Sort

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

Wild Truth

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

How to Rock Your Small Group Discussion Time

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