Archives by: Jeff Bobb

Coloured Q-Tip Wars Variation

I loved the idea of the Q-Tip war but I wanted to put a bible lesson in it as well so here is what I did. I took the story of David and Goliath and we played “part 2”. I was GOJEFFITH, Goliath’s brother out to get revenge for his brother’s death. My kids in my class were the enemy Christians. I made armor out of posterboards for myself with spots to earn points and a special “weakspot” hidden underneath my nametag. I also made swords out of wrapping paper rolls for me and 1 guard. The kids of course chased me around and shot their Q-Tips at me (they were dipped in washable paint) while I tried to get them with my sword. If I hit them they went to jail. (A spot that was pre-designated) While they were in jail their teammates had to rescue them by simply tapping them, however if the guard got the rescuers or the jailbreaker with their sword they went right back in. During the game I would yell how I was going to get all the Christians and they could not beat me because I never play by the rules (they HAD to play by the rules by the way). At one time one of the kids prayed to God to make me freeze (which I did) and they pummeled me, however I still did not lose. At some point in time during the game the guard declares that he doesn’t like how GOJEFFITH doesn’t fight fair and he throws down his sword freeing all the prisoners. He then suggests that they all pray to God outloud to reveal my weakspot. Of course when they do,I ripped off my nametag and showed them my weakspot, dropped my sword and stood there yelling how I hate the Christians, and NO GOD!, etc until someone hits me in the weakspot with their Q-Tip. I then had a dramatic death where they all stood over me shooting me and cheering (some even dumped paint on me!) It was a blast and we talked for about 25 minutes about how God will help you with ANY problem even the seemingly impossible ones.

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Construction

This game is very simple but challenging.

You will need two identical sets of wooded blocks. (colorless work best)

Seperate youth into teams of two. One team sits down at a table and builds a structure, design, etc; while one member of another team watches them build. The team that is watching has one person with their own set of blocks AT A SEPERATE TABLE with their backs to everything. Once the structure or whatever is built, the person that watched must call out instructions to their teammate to rebuild the structure as close to exact as possible. The only trick is that the team that is doing the rebuiding, can’t look at each other while they are communicating. They can ask questions of each other but can never look at each other until the game is over and they see how they did. It’s amazing how difficult it can be especially if you have several shapes and sizes of blocks.

The leader can set limits on how big the structure can be, or how many blocks can be used or how long each team has to rebuild. It’s another great way to promote working together and you can use the Body of Christ illustration for a bible lesson.

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