This Bible game of coordination and patience will help students learn the Columbus-like way of pushing forward, in spite being tired and against all odds!


• Eight Beanbags (Two colors, four of each)
• Chalk or masking tape


Be the first student to complete a tic-tac-toe.


Game is best played in a wide and open area.


Today we are celebrating Columbus Day. It’s a day in which we remember Christopher Columbus who sailed the ocean in search of new land. When he left Spain, Columbus had no idea what he was going to come across. He didn’t know what he was going to see or do, and he didn’t even know when he was going to return home again. All he had was courage and faith to keep him going. Let’s revisit this later, after we play a game!


  1. If possible, split the class into teams of four.
  2. Have two teams stand next to each other in two straight lines.
  3. About five to10 feet away from them, draw a tic-tac-toe board on the ground with chalk or masking tape.
  4. Place four beanbags of the same color next to each team.
  5. When you say “Go!” the first student in each line will pick up a beanbag and run.
  6. They will place their beanbag wherever they want and they will run back to their team.
  7. The process continues with a different student each time.
  8. Students will place beanbags until they can’t place any more.
  9. They will continue running back and forth, pausing at the board to move a beanbag.
  10. They will need to get three beanbags in a row in order to win.
  11. They will also need to keep in mind they will need to block their opponents from getting three beanbags in a row as well.
  12. First team to get three in a row wins.


2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” In our game, we had to keep running back and forth. We got very tired and it was hard to concentrate. We had no idea how long the game was going to take or even if we had a chance of winning. All we could do was continue on with our faith and determination. Just like Columbus, we had to keep moving forward.