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“Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord!” ~ Leviticus 19:32


In September, we celebrate Grandparents Day. Like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Grandparents Day is a day to show extra love to your elders. We celebrate them not only for who they are, but for what they have done for us. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.  This Bible game will help children learn the importance of listening to and respecting their elders. The object of the game is to outdo your opponents by trying to be the superior animal.  As you play this game, encourage children to think about how each animal represents our elders.


Elephant, Owl, Emperor Penguin ““ A Bible Game About Listening To & Respecting Your Elders


1. If possible, divide children into pairs.  This game works best with four or more players, but it can be played with only two (with slight modifications).

2. Explain to the group the animals of the game and how to be them: elephant  (by sticking one arm straight out against their nose, like a trunk), owl (by spreading their arms out on their sides, like wings) or an emperor penguin (by sticking their arms to their sides and “waddling” in place).

3. Elephant beats owl, owl beats penguin, and penguin beats elephant.

4. Have each pair stand and face each other.

5. While you are counting to three, each child will choose their animal secretly, plus a backup animal choice.

6. When you get to three, say “Go!” and all pairs must then become their animal and say their animal to their partner.

7. If a pair is the same animal, then they must use their backup and if they are the same again, they will continue to change animals until there is a winner.

8. The winner of the round is the person who wins two out of three.

9. Once a winner is chosen, they will partner up with the winner of another pair.

10.The game continues until there is only one player standing.

Closing Discussion

In our game, there were three very different animals. But they all share a characteristic of the generations that come before us. The elephant represents power. Our elders are so much older than we are and older than our parents; therefore they have the most life experience. They’ve lived through much more than we have and because of that, they have authority.

With that power, comes the responsibility of knowledge and wisdom, like owls. It’s their responsibility to teach us what they know, but we have to show them respect and listen to what they have to say.

And finally, our elders nurturing us are emperor penguins. They have their power to show us discipline and their wisdom to teach us how to navigate life, but they also nurture us and cherish us and foster our abilities.

Although it’s not always easy for us, it’s easy for our elders to see what we could be and what we are capable of. Respecting them and listening to them will help us get to where we want or where we need to be in life.

Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are now, and we will never get to where we want to be in the future.

All of this is why Leviticus 19:32 says, “Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord!”



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