If you are or ever have been a youth group leader, then you know how important it is to have a good arsenal of games to add to your youth ministry. No junior or senior high kids want to sit and listen to straight lessons or lectures all night. Getting them up and active is not only a good way to break up the lessons, but also a great way to build community within your youth group.

Games can help youth get past some of the awkwardness, and find things that they have in common. When they start to feel more comfortable, they are more likely to share in group discussions. Since it’s somewhat of a challenge to find games that work for a variety of ages and personalities, here is a list of some simple games to get the fun started.

ACTIVE GAMES

With a little creativity, there are many tradition active games that you can adapt to include biblical lessons. For example, your youth group can play “Christians in the Catacombs” like the game of sardines or backwards hide and seek. Explain to your group how the first Christians used to meet in the catacombs and then slowly kept increasing in numbers.

In this game, one person hides in a dark place and then the rest of the group searches for them. Once someone finds them, they join them in the hiding place until everyone is hiding except for the last player who is “it” for the next round. Or, they can play “Bible Smugglers” like sharks and minnows and you can explain to your group how some Christians risk their lives to smuggle bibles into certain countries. Give each player a glow bracelet as their bible and they must race from one end of the playing field to the other while the leaders try to catch them “smuggling” their bibles.

Another fun activity is to divide into teams of 3 to 5 people and have a Bible Scavenger Hunt. Give each group a bible, a copy of the scavenger hunt questions and a pencil. They will also need a cell phone to take pictures. Each group then teams up to figure out the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Once they know the answers, they race to take pictures of the different items in the answers. You can find a free printable worksheet here

TEAM BUILDING GAMES

When you need a game on the spot and don’t have a lot of time to prepare or gather equipment, the Tangled Chain Game is easy, simple, and so amusing. Have the entire group form a big circle and then one by one, grab a hand of someone on the other side of the circle. Then, let them weave in and out, and over and under until they are a big tangled mess of arms. Once everyone is connected, they must work together to find a way to untangle their chain. You can also divide into two groups and let the teams race to see who can untangle their group the fastest. It can be a really fun ice breaker, and encourages creative problem solving and teamwork.

Part of youth ministry is teaching them how to handle challenges and battles in life. Glow Battle is an exciting way to have healthy battles and release some of the energy and frustration that comes with being a youth. Your group can play Glow Battle anywhere that you have open space – inside in a dark room or outside after the sun goes down. The game encourages players to use strategy, and teamwork to run and take down their opponent using harmless, glowing batons. Teams are designated by different colored LED bracelets. It’s a fun way to get active and build team bonding. You can purchase Glow Battle here.

Another great team building activity that doesn’t require a lot of space or equipment is Bible Charades. Similar to regular charades, this version can be played in teams with either one person acting out bible characters while the rest of the team guesses, or a whole team acting out bible scenes while one of their teammates tries to guess. First divide the group into equal teams. Then each team writes down bible characters or scenes for the other team to act out and guess. Teams get points for the number that they guess correctly.

BOARD GAMES

It’s a smart idea for youth ministry teams to have a few board games on hand that are enjoyable as well as meaningful. For example, It’s All About That Grace is a hilarious game that teaches youth the lesson that God’s grace wins every time. The game includes 60 cards with seven deadly sin cards that are nearly impossible to avoid. The good news the grace card can save you from the sin every time. And, Apples to Apples Bible Edition is always fun and so easy to play, just open the box and deal the cards. Each round is filled with crazy comparisons of people, places and things from Christian history.

When you feel like your group needs some encouragement to speak up, then Outburst-Bible Edition is the game to get them opening up. It includes entertaining and challenging bible topics such as “Animals in the Bible,” or “Names for Christ.” Players get 60 seconds to try and name as many of the key answers as possible. There are 252 topics included for hours of fun and laughter. Board games like these are available at major retailers like Walmart or Amazon.

GAMES TO PLAY AT NIGHT

Because a lot of youth groups meet after school or in the evenings, it’s good to have a number of fun glow in the dark games that you can play after the sun goes down. Youth will want to play “Grog” simply because of the name alone. Take apart a flashlight and hide the pieces all around the playing area. One person in the “Grog” or evil monster that can freeze you when they tag you. The other players have to work together to hunt down the pieces of the flashlight, put it back together and shine it on the Grog. Together they learn that the “Light” defeats evil.

A fun, glowing game for those that want to figuratively and literally want to follow the light is Save the Lost. This active Christian game involves hiding, searching, running and even sneaking up on people while teaching meaningful principles. Included in the game are 22 glowing LED games pieces and easy-to-follow illustrated instructions making it the perfect nighttime activity for all age youth groups.

Starlux Games also makes another active nighttime adventure game that is great for youth groups. Capture the Flag REDUX is the classic Capture the Flag game revolutionized with futuristic glow in the dark lights. Split your youth group into teams and watch as they break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect base and steal the glowing flag to win. Each game box includes two glowing orbs to use as the “flags,” color-coded LED bracelets to differentiate team members, glowing jail markers, and a rulebook. You can purchase this game here.

Whether you are a Sunday school leader or a parent looking to grow your child’s faith, these Bible games for kids will help reinforce the lessons in a fun and exciting way. It’s often a challenge to get kids engaged in Bible studies and expose them to faith-filled principles while holding their interest. These games keep kids active and entertained while helping them learn more about the Bible. They are perfect combination of fun and faith and are ideal for youth groups, church camps, Sunday schools or home use.

1. BIBLE BALLOONS

This game is an easy way to entertain a large group of kids like a youth group or children’s ministry while working within a budget. Take a printed Bible verse and make two copies. Cut the verse up into smaller sentences or phrases and then place each piece inside of a separate balloon. Split into two teams and race down trying to pop each balloon by sitting on it. Once all of the balloons on your team are popped, each team tries to piece the Bible verse together as best they can. The first one to pop all of the balloons and put together the Bible verse is the winner. Bible Balloons is a great way to encourage physical activity while teaching children more about the Bible.

2. SAVE THE LOST

Save the Lost is another fun Bible game that kids will love. It is a unique and exciting glow in the dark game that teaches meaningful principles. This game is incredibly active and is perfect for kids who like to be constantly up and moving instead of sitting still. Save the Lost involves hiding, searching, and sneaking up on other players. The game box includes 22 glowing LED pieces and easy-to-follow instructions and is perfect for all ages. Kids can have a blast while they get a little closer to faith with this entertaining glowing Christian game that lets you literally “follow the light!” Learn more and purchase Save the Lost here.

Save the Lost Christian Game

3. THROW & TELL PRAYER BALL

This Christian game by Group Pub Inc. is ideal for young children who are just starting to discover their faith. Kids take turns passing around this colorful, inflatable ball which contains prayer prompts and discussion starters on the sides. Set a short timer while they pass it around, and when it sounds, whoever is holding the ball has to read whatever sentence or prompt that their thumb has landed on. This is a great activity that encourages kids to open up about their faith and encourages prayer and building community. There is also a Throw & Tell Ball for preteens which includes icebreakers activities to really get them to open up and engage their religion. Kids will love this lively game, and parents will love to see them talking and laughing with each other while growing closer to God. You can purchase a Throw and Tell Prayer Ball at amazon.com.

4. BIBLE CHARADES

One of the easiest and most exciting Bible games for kids to play is one that only requires a couple pieces of paper. Teams take turns writing down Bible stories or characters onto the sheets of paper. Then, the opposing team picks a person to silently act out each one while his or her teammates try to guess what they are. Each correct guess earns them a point, and the team that finishes with the most points is the champion. This game allows kids to use their creative acting skills while encouraging them to actively engage with the Scripture.

5. BIBLE BINGO

A religious twist on a classic game, Bible Bingo encourages children to dig deep into their faith and have fun learning Biblical principles. The game set comes with six double-sided playing boards, twenty different Scripture verses printed on ninety calling cards, and 150 game tokens. This game is more than just a classic bingo game – it includes variations for younger and older kids. These options make this game even more entertaining by getting kids to match principles and truths to the Bible verses that are read out loud. Who knew that bingo could be a such fun way to help build your faith? This game is available at amazon.com.

6. APPLES TO APPLES: BIBLE EDITION

Everyone’s favorite party game just got a little more holy. In the classic game of wacky comparisons, players take turns playing red apple cards that they think are best described by the green ones played by the judge. In this edition, all of the themes on the cards are Biblical or related to faith in some way. If the judge chooses your card as the one they think is the best fit because it’s wacky, perfect, or flat out weird, you get a point. This game encourages kids to think outside the box and really use their imagination and intuition while addressing Biblical themes, people, or stories. Perfect for kids ages eight and up, it makes an ideal gift for a birthday or Christmas, and is a great way for children to have fun with their faith. This game is available at amazon.com.

7. BIBLE RELAY RACE

Similar to Bible Balloons, this game encourages teamwork and cooperation while reinforcing lessons from Scripture. Teams get a few minutes to try and memorize a Bible verse or certain pieces of it, depending on their strategy. They then take turns running to a chalkboard, blackboard, or even a piece of poster board, writing down the words – one by one – that they have memorized to that particular Bible verse. Whoever gets their Bible verse right the fastest is the winner. This is a dynamic game for youth groups and larger parties that promotes teamwork, active involvement, and faith building. Watch your kids have a ball as they run back and forth trying to remember their verses!

The best outdoor youth group games can do three crucial things for young people. Want to know what they are? Of course, that’s why you ripped yourself away from watching stories from strangers on Facebook and went looking for ways to entertain the youths in your life.

Here’s the answer. These group games are wonderful for:

  1. Team building. In the age of individuality, remember this – “The lone wolf dies. The pack survives.” I’d love to take credit for that quote, but I have to give it to Ned Stark, the headless hero from Game of Thrones.
  2. Fitness. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. But so often it is as mundane as watching Instagram videos from the same ridiculous cliff with a bikini-clad model hanging over the edge – so scary, ugh! The best outdoor youth group games can build stamina, improve cardio, and create useful muscles.
  3. Strategy. Life is complicated. The world is a complex game. Learning about strategies and how to implement various strategies is crucial for young folks. Knowing how to win games will come in handy when looking for promotions at work or building a small business.

Before I get to five awesome group games for young people, let me drop in three activities that are not in the game category.

Hiking in the wilderness as a group can do wonders for teams looking to reach new heights together.

Rock climbing doesn’t have to be Cliffhanger style, with the threat of cracking your cranium with one slip. Groups can learn together indoors before venturing out and tackling a Mother Nature-built rock wall.

River camping combines a ride in a canoe with a stop at a campground to add a twist to camping trips. The team must stick together to navigate the river safely. Then they get to rest up next to a fire at camp before hitting the rapids the next morning.

Now for the first game on our list of the best outdoor youth group games. Lawnmower racing! Kidding – although some of you may have a crazy uncle in Idaho who loves putting racing tires on his old John Deere for kicks.

We are actually going with softball since it is one of the easiest games to get groups to play. From tournaments all over the country to weekend fun games at the local church, softball is competitive and a good stress reliever. Kids only get more stressed looking at smartphones all day. But whacking a softball for a few hours is a good way to get problems out of their heads.

Speaking of churches and Bible Games, we have a game here at Starlux Games called Save The Lost that is a great fit for Christian youth groups. Not only will this game give kids a way to become healthier by running around, they will also learn important Christian values. The next time your church needs to add high quality Christian games to Vacation Bible School or a youth group camp, try Save the Lost.

Save the Lost Christian Game

How about some paintball fun? This outdoor game mixes strategy, exercise, and team building. The pack must work together to reduce the other pack to a lone wolf, then wipe them out altogether. Church groups or Scout Troops can learn a lot from a day of paintball. For instance – don’t stand out in the open unless you like getting pelted with hard projectiles filled with paint! Be sneaky, be smart, and learn to adapt in this outdoor game.

If your youth group needs extreme outdoor games to hold their interest, we have something that will challenge them as individuals and a team. Adventure racing is not mainstream. Mostly because it takes crazy people to run, bike, kayak, ride horses, etc all in one race. Each adventure race is different and uses varying modes of transportation (mostly human powered). They are real tests of endurance and willpower for any team looking to get stronger. Competing in these races will make flipping around on an iPhone less appealing as kids see the adventure that awaits in the real world, with true friends by their side.

Our version of Capture the Flag can build teams up at night as they get into this glow in the dark game of strategy and teamwork. Capture the Flag Redux is great for youth groups or a family tribe looking for fun in the Great Outdoors. It’s like chess, but dirtier, with sweat dripping all over the board as each team rips and runs, attacking the enemy position.

Here is an article we wrote on how to play Capture the Flag.

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It’s easy to get kids involved in fitness and team building when you tease them with the best outdoor youth group games. Getting a teen to play a game with their parents is sometimes a challenge (trash talk helps motivate them though). Usually they will join in with a group of other young people a bit easier. Here is a blog post we write that discusses several very fun outdoor games for teenagers.

There are more games to tempt the youth away from the lonely world of online gaming and “anti-social media.” Take your pick from our list or another one. But do choose to nudge your kids to join a pack for adventure and competition. Being the lone wolf isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

* The featured imaged used in this post is from Camp Pinewood on Flickr.com and can be downloaded here.

Whether you are planning a church retreat or a party for your congregation, these Christian games are a great way to socialize and enrich your faith. These amusing activities can help break the ice as you increase your knowledge of scripture and your church beliefs. So, put some fun in your next church meeting or Bible study with these top ten Christian games for adults.

1. BIBLE PICTIONARY. This game will let you get in touch with your creative side, as well as your spiritual side. Split your group into two teams. Then, have each team write down several scenes from the Bible on separate scraps of paper. Fold the paper and place it in a bowl for the opposing team. One member from each team chooses a paper and takes a turn drawing out the scene on a dry-erase board. The other members from their team have to guess what scene it is within two minutes. If they guess it, they get a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the Bible Pictionary Champions!

2. DANCE PRAISE 2 – THE REMIX. When the music moves you, choose the dance game that features the latest music from top Christian artists for hours of fun. Connect the enclosed dance pad to the USB port of your Mac or Windows computer. Then all you have to do is follow the onscreen arrows and start moving’ to the music. Dance Praise 2 includes over 50 songs from top Christian artists, including Mandisa, Barlow Girl, Superchick, Pillar, Casting Crowns, tobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Ayiesha Woods, and Plumb with over 200 dances to choose from. Available for purchase on amazon.com.

3. OUTBURST BIBLE EDITION. If you have a hard time holding it in, you’ll love Outburst Bible Edition. It’s a fun party game full of entertaining and challenging bible topics such as “Animals in the Bible,” or “Names for Christ.” Each topic has 10 target answers and players get 60 seconds to try and name as many of these as possible. The board game includes 252 topics for hours of fun and laughter. Find it here.

4. SAVE THE LOST BY STARLUX GAMES. Save the Lost is a fun & exciting glow-in-the-dark Christian game that also teaches meaningful principles. This active, adventure game is not for those who want to sit around and talk. It involves hiding, searching, running and even sneaking up on people. The game includes 22 glowing LED games pieces with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. It is the perfect icebreaker or adult party game for those who want to (literally) follow the Light! Click here for more information and to purchase Save The Lost.

Save the Lost Christian Game

5. BIBLE PERFECT PAIRS. Just like Noah found great pairs, this game is perfect for searching out perfect pairs, too. Write out the names of famous couples from the Bible on pieces of paper. Place the names of the males in one bowl and the names of the females in another bowl. All of the players draw one name according to their gender. Then, they walk around the party, and ask each player of the opposite gender only one question about who they are without saying their name. They continue to ask for clues until they find their significant other. It’s an amusing party game for couples, and a great way to get to know other adults.

6. BIBLEOPOLY. Yes, there have been a good deal of Monopoly variations, but this one is like none other. It’s a beautiful board game full of fun and faith where the ‘Go’ space is replaced by ‘In the beginning’, and the former income tax spaces are instead the ‘Abyss’. Learn about the fascinating cities in the Bible while your good deeds are rewarded. The makers of Bibleopoly say it is a game “where co-operation and not accumulation is the key; where you can only win by assisting fellow players.” Be the first player to build a church in one of the biblical cities to be the winner. Bibleopoly can be found here.

7. BIBLE JEOPARDY. For a fun trivia night with other adults, play this game like the TV version of Jeopardy with categories and clues. Contestants choose a category and then have to buzz in to give the question that the clue answers. Each clue has a point or monetary value and whoever buzzes in first and gets it correct, gets those points. Play a few rounds of Jeopardy and then have a Double Jeopardy round where the points double. At the end of the game, each contestant bets his or her points or money on a Final Jeopardy question. To design a version to use on your computer, you can visit ​Jeopardylabs.com. There are also sample questions to use that you can find here.

8. HOLY HEADBANDS. For a fun and easy adult activity or church party that doesn’t take a lot of equipment or planning, play Hold Headbands. Grab some post-it notes and write the names of different bible characters on each one. Without seeing the name, have each person stick one on his or her forehead. Then, the players go around asking only yes or no questions to the other players until they can guess who they are.

9. APPLES TO APPLES – BIBLE EDITION. When it comes to Christian games for adults, Apples to Apples Bible Edition equals instant fun. Plus, it’s so easy to play, just open the box and deal the cards. Each round is filled with crazy comparisons of people, places and things from Christian history. Players select the card from their hand that they think is the best match of the card that the judge plays. If the judge chooses your card, then you win that round. Players take turns being the judge. You can purchase it here.

10. BIBLE CHARADES. Get folks up and moving at your next Christian gathering, by playing Bible Charades. This version is similar to the regular charades, except that they guess bible characters. Split your group into equal teams, then each team writes down bible characters for the other team to act out and guess. Teams get points for the number of characters that they guess correctly. It’s a fun way to enrich your faith and explore your acting abilities.

It’s been said that raising teens is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. It’s hard. Understanding teenagers and relating to them is something that no parent is prepared for, and yet, the parent’s role is vital to guiding them and giving them opportunities to experience right from wrong.

As Christian teens mature, they need more chances to form their own beliefs, make a connection with their faith and build their own personal relationship with God. Parents can encourage a life-long relationship with Christ through daily exposure to faith with fun avenues like games and books. These Christian games are a perfect for families with teens, as well as teenage youth groups and teen bible camps.

1. Cactus Games Outburst-Bible Edition

This entertaining party game is filled with challenging Bible topics such as “Names for Christ,” or “Animals in the Bible,” and “Sons of Jacob”. Each topic has 10 specific answers and players have 60 seconds to name as many answers as possible. It includes 252 topics, a molded card viewer, bonus points, passing chips and hours and hours of laughter and fun. It’s available for purchase here.

2. Bible Word of God

Perfect for teens, this game emphasizes the consequences of gossiping or spreading rumors. Choose several bible verses that have positive themes or relate to good character, write them down on small pieces of paper, and put them in a container. Players sit in a circle and one player blindly chooses a verse and reads it to himself. He then whispers the verse to the person sitting to his right, who then passes it on to the next person until it reaches the last person of the circle. This person announces the verse to the group to show how a message can change when it is passed from mouth to mouth, demonstrating the negative effect of spreading rumors.

3. Bible Jeopardy

Play this game like the television version of Jeopardy with categories and clues. Contestants choose a category and then have to buzz in to give the question that the clue answers. Each clue has a point or monetary value and whoever buzzes in first and gets it correct, gets those points. Play a few rounds of Jeopardy and then have a Double Jeopardy round where the points double. At the end of the game, each contestant bets his or her points or money on a Final Jeopardy question. To design a version to use on your computer, you can visit Jeopardylabs.com. There are also sample questions to use at https://www.christianity.com/trivia/jeopardy/.

4. It’s All About That Grace

A hilarious game that teaches you that God’s grace wins every time. For 2 to 6 players, this game includes 60 cards with seven deadly sin cards that are nearly impossible to avoid. The good news is that the grace card can save you from the sin every time. Combine strategy and the abundance of grace to be the last player standing to win. All About That Grace is available for purchase at http://www.gracegame.com.

5. Bible Scavenger Hunt

This is a fun game to play in small teams of 3-5 people. Give each group a bible, a copy of the scavenger hunt questions, and a something to write with. They will also need a camera or cell phone with photo capabilities. They then race to look up the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Once they know the answers, they race to go and take pictures of the different items in the answers. You can find a free printable worksheet at http://scavenger-hunt.org/bible-scavenger-hunt/.

6. Save the Lost by Starlux Games

Save the Lost is a fun and exciting glow in the dark Christian game that also teaches meaningful principles. This active, adventure game is not for those who want to sit around and talk. It involves hiding, searching, running and even sneaking up on people. The game includes 22 glowing LED games pieces with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. It is the perfect icebreaker or team-building exercise game for youth groups, church activities and church summer camps. Save the Lost gets preteens active and teaches them to (literally) follow the Light!

Christian Game - Save The Lost

7. The New Teen Choices

Applying Biblical Principles to Everyday Situations by Rainfall Educational Toys: This board game makes learning to choose right from wrong fun and exciting. Face tough, real life decisions involving peer pressure, honesty, and purity. The game includes a game board, 6 player markers, 150 dilemma cards, and 10 principle cards to help teens learn how to base decision-making on biblical principles. Purchase this game at https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/22489/new-teen-choices.

8. Who am I?

For a fun and easy youth group activity or church party that doesn’t take a lot of equipment or planning, play “Who Am I” – bible version. Grab some post-it notes and write the names of different bible characters on each one. Without seeing the name, have each person stick one on his or her forehead. Then, the players go around asking only yes or no questions to the other players until they can guess who they are.

9. Dance Like David Dance-Off

Teens love to dance, and when the spirit moves them and they want to show off their moves, you have a dance-off. Choose some impartial judges, and make a bracket with all of the participants’ names. Then, let the music begin and let them battle each other, until one by one they are eliminated and you choose a final dance champion. This is a great outlet for teens that love music and dancing.

10. Christ-Centered Video Games

Sometimes it’s hard to get the teens off of their screens. When it comes to that, you want them to play video games that have uplifting themes and Christian messages. To find these, parents can search Christian-based game review sites such as: https://www.christcenteredgamer.com and http://www.familyfriendlygaming.com. One game that is popular with stunning graphics and a powerful Christian message is Axys Adventures – Truthseeker. The main character is a teen that struggles to make the right decisions but ultimately learns of the healing and forgiveness that God offers. You can find it online at http://www.therebelplanet.com/product/axys-adventures-truthseeker/.

It’s true. Kids need all of the religion they can get – and, their parents need a lot of prayers too. All kidding aside, studies show that Christian preteens want to gain a better understanding of what they believe and make a connection with God. It’s important for them to find ways to learn more about their faith and to have a chance to express their beliefs and questions. How do you get today’s youth excited about God? These Christian games for kids are a good start and are perfect for families with preteens, youth groups and summer bible camps.

 

1. Throw & Tell Prayer Ball by Group Pub Inc.

This sturdy, inflatable ball is covered with colorful sentences like prayer prompts and discussion starters. Start a timer and then let the kids toss the ball around for a few seconds. When the buzzer rings, the child holding the ball reads what’s written under his or her thumb, and then answers. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about being thankful and praying for others. There is also a Throw & Tell ball just for preteens that includes icebreaker questions to get kids talking and laughing. Kids love the Throw & Tell Balls, and parents love seeing them open up, laugh, and connect with each other. Available for purchase at amazon.com.

 

2. Bible Charades

We all know that tweens like to act out! Bible charades is a exciting and active way to get them to do it respectfully. This version is similar to the regular charades, except that they guess bible characters. Groups can divide into equal teams. Then each team writes down bible characters for the other team to act out and guess. Teams get points for the number of characters that they guess correctly. Bible charades lets preteens explore their faith and express their creativity.

 

3. Save the Lost by Starlux Games

Save the Lost is a fun and exciting glow in the dark Christian game for kids and teens that also teaches meaningful principles. This active, adventure game is not for those who want to sit around and talk. It involves hiding, searching, running and even sneaking up on people. The game includes 22 glowing LED games pieces with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. It is the perfect icebreaker or team-building exercise game for youth groups, church activities and church summer camps. Save the Lost gets preteens active and teaches them to (literally) follow the Light! Click here to learn more.

 

4. Living Sculpture

Need a silly game to get kids laughing? Split into teams and give each team a supply of toilet paper, saran wrap, and tin foil. One member on each team stands in a statuesque position while the rest of the team wraps toilet paper, saran wrap and tin foil around him or her to create a “work of art.” The team with the best sculpture when the clock’s up wins. It’s a creative way to teach preteens that they are all God’s works of art.

 

5. Kingdom Quest: A Strategy Guide for Tweens and Their Parents/Mentors

This is a practical and fun guide for kids ages 11 to 13 to use with the guidance of a parent, mentor, or teacher. The chapters of the guide are called “Kingdom Keys” and include related scriptures that encourage adolescents to reflect, question, and journal about their faith. The guide also includes quizzes that facilitate group discussion and conversation. The guide is a fun way for preteens to strengthen their faith and relationships. To purchase, click here.

 

6. Bible Relay Race

Need more ideas on how to get kids active and teach them scripture? Divide into two teams. Each team chooses a bible verse of similar length to memorize. The participants run from a starting point to a whiteboard or chalkboard and right only one word of the verse at a time. Then, they run back and hand off the chalk or dry-erase marker to the next team member. The team that is first to write their whole verse correctly wins.

 

7. Faith and Redemption by GameDevCo

Prepare for an epic journey from the Garden of Eden to Judgment Day. This intriguing Christian board game is specifically created for ages 10 to 14, where players gain followers and are granted prayers and miracles to help them overcome the temptation of sin. Play with two to four players, or play in teams. The tagline of the game says it all, “Although Faith and Redemption represents a fallen world, redemption is always possible and forgiveness is never more than a prayer away.” Click here to purchase.

 

8. Jesus Tag

This game is a simple and tangible way to teach preteens the power of Evangelism. Choose one player to be IT. That person is the Christian and tags another player, saying “Jesus loves you.” Continue playing until all of the players have been tagged and converted. The last player tagged is the final Christian and winner of the game.

 

9. Dance Like David Dance-Off

When your preteens want to show off their moves and the spirit moves them, you have a dance-off. Choose some impartial judges, and make a bracket with all of the participants’ names. Then, let the music begin and let them battle each other, until one by one they are eliminated and you choose a final dance champion. This is a great outlet for preteens that love music and dancing.

 

10. Biglightgames.com

And, when you just can’t get them off of their screens, Biglightgames.com offers a multitude of free online Christian games – like Save the Bible, The Road to Bethlehem and Build a Church. The purpose of the site is to provide a fun, safe Christian gaming experience. http://www.biglightgames.com

Do you know of some other great Christian Games for kids? If yes, please list them in the comments.