ten cent trade easter game

This Easter game will help students understand that although life does not always go the way that they plan, they will be okay as long as they keep their faith. They will have fun “bargaining” with their classmates as they learn about the gambles we take in life.


• Ten pennies per student


Be the one to end up with the least amount of change.


At Easter we remember the greatest gift that Jesus ever gave us. He rose from the dead in fulfillment of the Scriptures and made a promise that he would come back again someday. It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that people can understand his plan. It’s a little like this game.

Give ten pennies to each student.

You’re going to trade with your classmates. You will find a partner, then turn around so he can’t see your hands. Put the pennies you want to give them in your right hand, while keeping the other pennies in your left hand. Both of you say, “Go!” That means you will turn back around at the same time and reveal how many pennies you are willing to give away.

Listen carefully for the objective: At the end of the game, let’s see who has the most pennies.


  1. When you say, “Go!” students will begin to walk around the room and find their first partner to exchange money.
  2. Once they find a partner, both students will place their hands behind their backs and then at the count of three, they will reveal how much change they are willing to share with each other.
  3. Students may share one cent, five cents, no cents, whatever they are feeling in the moment.
  4. An exchange of coins will always happen unless both students reveal empty hands.
  5. Allow students to repeat the exercise with four students if you have that many; more if you do.


Game over! Have everyone count their change. Let’s see who listened very carefully. I said, “At the end of the game, let’s see who has the most change.” I did not say whether that person would be the winner or loser.

Does anyone have less than 10 pennies? Those people are our winners! That means they gave more than they got. Jesus gave us his life so that we could have eternal life. We should be able to give a few pennies, a few minutes, a few prayers to others throughout our days to become more like him.

To celebrate Easter, let’s remember to ask ourselves this year when we lie down to sleep at night: Did I give more than I got at some point today? If not: What kind of giving can I do tomorrow?