|Many people view games as simply nothing
more than a means by which we pass time or baby-sit the kids. But
games can become one of the more important parts of a Children's Church
or Sunday School class. They give you a chance to REVIEW all that
you have just taught in a fun and attentive way.
Below is a list of different games that
we have found work well in a classroom setting. Some of the games
listed are simply carnival games found at the Fair. We make two lines
on the floor with tape, then calling one of the children up front, we have
them stand at the back line, and ask them a review question. If the
child answers the question correctly, they get to move to the closer line
and play the game. If the child answers the question incorrectly,
don't have them sit down, but tell them and the class the correct answer
and let them play from the far line. In this way, you can review
with them, telling them once again about the lesson.
If you find the kids not paying attention
to the game when they are not playing, simply add this rule: If the
person gets the answer incorrect, you will not give the answer or ask
the question again. Only someone who was listening and heard the question
the first time will get to come up and play the next turn. Make the
game exciting, like a TV Game Show, with lights and bells and costumes,
but remember that it is serious ... the kids just don't have to know it.