Proverbs 18:9 says, “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” In this Bible game, we use a team race to show the Biblical principle of due diligence. If one person slacks”¦the whole team suffers!
Back to School Bible Game: Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Bible Game Materials
– Four Bowls
– Two Cups
– Bag of individually wrapped small candies (enough so that each student gets one)
– Small envelopes (enough so that each child gets one)
Bible Game Object
Students will race to be the first to package, mail, and deliver goods.
Bible Game Preparation
1. Fill a bowl with candy (enough candy so that each student on the team gets one) and place it on the floor.
2. Directly next to the bowl of candy, place a stack of envelopes, again enough so that each student gets one.
3. Measure five feet in front of the envelopes/bowl of candy and place an empty bowl; this will be known as the “mail box”.
4. Measure six feet in front of that bowl and place the cup on the floor.
5. Set this course up a second time four feet to the side of the first course.
Bible Game Introduction
Labor Day means that it’s time to leave the comforts of lazy, relaxing summer days and go back to the hard work of school. Proverbs 18:9 applies: “One who is slack [lazy] in his work is partner to one who destroys.” Learning to work hard is important, not only for God’s glory”¦ but someday you’ll be moms and dads. You’ll also be employees. If you don’t work hard, your whole family can suffer, or your whole office can suffer! Who wants to be responsible for that?! Let’s start learning now by this team race to be “partners” or “teammates.” Remember: If you slack, your whole team will suffer. Keep them in mind as you play! You don’t have to be super-coordinated”¦just do your personal best to keep the team moving forward!
Bible Game Instructions
1. If possible, divide class into two equal teams.
2. Have teams line up next to or behind a bowl of candy/stack of envelopes.
3. When you say “Go!” the first person from each team will have to take a piece of candy and place it inside of the envelope.
4. They will then seal the envelope by tucking the flap inside.
5. After the envelope is sealed, they get on their hands and feet so that their backs face the ground (back bend/crab position) and they will place the envelope on their stomach.
6. Next they will “crab-walk” to the mail box.
7. Once there, they will try to drop the envelope into the mail box without using their hands.
8. If at any point they drop the envelope and it does not land in the mail box, they must start over.
9. Once the envelope is in the mail box, the student will sit on to the side of the mail box as the next student begins to fill their envelope.
10. Once all students have successfully deposited their envelope in the mailbox, the student who went first will take a letter, open it, and place the candy on top of their head.
11. They will then walk to the cup and attempt to drop the candy in without using their hands.
12. If at any time the candy falls and does not land in the cup, they must go back to the mail box and start over.
13. Whichever team has all of their pieces of candy in the cup first wins.
It appears that we have one winning team and one losing team. Did everybody on both teams try their best? Raise your hand if you tried your best. All hands should raise. God wants us to do our best in order to be glorifying to him. Since we all tried so hard, everybody wins for doing their personal best! Let’s all have equal candy!