columbus guessing game

This Columbus Day game will help students learn that things may be scary and out of their comfort zone, but they do have the power to go through them. It’s okay to be scared and they always have God giving them strength.


– Large and Long cardboard box
– Scissors
– Six Bowls
– Various things and substances: i.e. cooked spaghetti, jelly, rubber bands, strips of paper, straw, sand, pebbles etc.
– Pencils
– Paper


Students will compete as individuals to see who can guess the most mystery substances correctly.


Cut six holes on the bottom of the box just big enough for someone to stick their hand through. If desired, you may paint the box black to create a scarier atmosphere.


Christopher Columbus left his homeland in search of a new place, beyond the horizon. There is no doubt that he had to be nervous. He had no idea what his future held or even how long his future could be. There could be a bad storm and his boat could capsize or he could find a strange, lonely, and dangerous land. However frightened he was, Columbus kept going.

He left the place he’d always known, left his comfort zone, and went forward. Let’s practice leaving our comfort zones today with a little game.


1. Arrange the six bowls on the table so that they fall directly under the holes in the box.

2. Have students line up in front of the table.

3. They will approach the box one at a time and will stick their hand in each hole and in each bowl.

4. They will then have to guess what is in each bowl.

5. They will write their guesses on a piece of paper.

6. Once all students have gone through the box, you will collect their guesses.

7. The student with the most correct guesses wins.


It was a bit nerve racking to stick your hand in those holes wasn’t it? You had no idea what was going to be down them! It could’ve been a snake or a rat, right? And once you actually felt what was in the bowls, it was tricky to guess what it was. It was a great effort by all of you to reach out of your comfort zones and into the darkness. It’s scary when you don’t know what is going to be ahead of you; whether that’s at nighttime or in life. You never know what will happen in life, but you need to face every day with courage. Like Columbus, we need to practice our faith and know that God is keeping us in his hands. God will not show us things we can’t handle and He is always doing what’s best for us. God gave us the strength and courage to face all of the situations life brings us, all we need to do is use them. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”



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