Archives by: Debbie Cordy

Video Scavenger Additions

Do not film unnecessary footage! We want to watch all of the videos when we return and that will not be possible if they are too long!
(We sent each team out with enough money to cover the cost of the various items on their list. We found that the ideal number of kids for each team was six. We used ideas from and made up some additions. We invited the parents to come at the time the kids were due back. They enjoyed watching the videos with us. It was funnier than watching the Three Stooges!)

25 points – Have one team member explain and demonstrate a “skin the cat” on the monkey bars.

25 points – Video a team member scoring a goal (basketball, soccer, field goal.) Must use a real ball.

20 points each – Video team members playing jump rope while reciting a jumping rhyme. To receive the additional points, each time, it must be a different team member and a different rhyme.

50 points – Video your entire team inside your car while going through a carwash.

25 points – At someone’s house, a team member must demonstrate and teach us how to wash a load of laundry. We’d like “dos and don’ts” please.

25 points – Standing in front of a restaurant, a team member explains why this restaurant’s food and service is better than the restaurant down the road. At least 25 seconds. Give “convincing” examples.

50-150 points – Create a “music video”. Points will be awarded by the “judges” according to the quality of the music video.

25 points – Stage a minor accident. DON’T DO ANYTHING DANGEROUS!

25 points – Video entire team cleaning someone’s bathroom and explaining proper cleaning methods.

25 points – Video each team member explaining what “the bomb” means. A variety of meanings is best-try not to agree on the definition.

50 points – We also used money we raised with a fundraiser to go to the dollar store and fill a stocking with gifts for someone of their gender and age (one for each team) for a local ministry.

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Telephone Basketball Plus

We played the game that we saw on about tearing the pages out of old phone books, wadding them up and trying to throw them into a wastebasket. Since our message was on “sharing Christ with others”, after we played the game, we told the parable of the sower found in Matthew 13. Then we related the game we had just played to sowing the Word of God (or witnessing.) Just as not all, not even most of the paper wads went into the basket, when we share Christ with others, not all of the people will receive it. But some will. So when we witness, don’t be discouraged when God’s word is rejected. Just keep sowing the Word, and some will fall on good soil.

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Creation? Evolution? Puzzled?

To demonstrate that the theory of evolution involves very little evidence and a lot of imagination, use this activity along with a teaching on evolution vs. creation.
Purchase one of more 60-100 piece puzzles with unusual animals or bizarre creatures. Tell the group that we are studying evolution and they will pretend to be archeologists digging for clues. Divide into teams of 2-3 kids and give each group about 3 puzzle pieces as clues. Choose these puzzle pieces carefully including things like teeth, claws, horns-things the kids can be creative with. Tell them that these are all the clues that have been dug up at their dig site so far and have them draw a picture of the creature that these clues came from. There’s a lot missing so they must be creative. If any of the groups are frustrated, you can give them a few more puzzle pieces. When they have drawn their creatures, show the whole group the pictures and the clues. Conclude with saying that very creative people have taken little bits and pieces of bones and teeth and have constructed false “Missing Links”. You can also show pictures of “Java Man”, “Peking Man” etc. and disclose the pieces of evidence that these discoveries were based on. “Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation” is a good source book for this.

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