Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together Introductory Activities Jigsaw – work together to complete the picture. Jenga – rather than competing against one another, work together to create the tallest tower possible. Marshmallows/Spaghetti tower – work together to build a tower using the spaghetti and marshmallows. Main Activities Game: Hula Hoop Circle How quickly can you pass the hula hoop around the circle. The children stand in a circle with their feet touching the person beside them and holding the hand of children on either side of them. Game: Group Balloon Protect Split the children into equal groups. Give each group on balloon that the group have to huddle round and protect. The aim of the game is to burst the other groups’ balloons while protecting your own. Challenge: Tower Building Give each group a stash of newspaper and cellotape and 5 minutes to build the highest tower that is able to stand on its own. Memory Verse Jigsaw Print the following verses onto card twice and create a jigsaw. Cut out the pieces. Split the children into two groups and make it a race to see who can complete the jigsaw first. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one of them falls down, the other can help them up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Questions Is two people...
Children’s Session – One in heart and mind

Children’s Session – One in heart and mind

Working together: One in heart and mind John 17: 1-11 This is a collection of games and activities looking at teamwork and the benefits of working together. It is based on the John 17:1-11 reading and would be ideal for church based children’s groups. Game: Atomic Waste Everyone has to work together to get the balls from one bucket into the other without spilling. Tie enough rope to one bucket for each person in the team/group. Add 4 or 5 balls to that bucket. Set it next or across the room from the empty bucket. On ‘GO’ everyone grabs a string and works together to get the balls from one bucket to the other without touching anything but their own string. What were the challenges? What roles did each person take? If you were to do the challenge again is there anything you would do differently? Game: Minefield Scatter cones, hula hoops, foam blocks, balls and other soft items on the ground. Divide the players into even teams and give each team a blindfold. When you say, “Race,” each team will put the blindfold on one player and his team must guide him through the minefield by verbal communication only. If he touches an object, he must go back to the start line. The participants will learn it is best to have one player help guide him to the other side. After he makes it to the other side, he must take off the blindfold and run it back to another player on his team. The first team to get all of its players across the minefield wins the race. What...
Working Together Children’s Illustration

Working Together Children’s Illustration

Choose two volunteers who are about the same weight and similar strength. (For the purpose of explaining the illustarion, we’ll call them Jack and Gill.) Jack and Jill stand facing each other, with a rubber ring between them – they each hold on to the ring with one hand, leaving their other hand free to reach out behind them. Ask an adult leader/volunteer to stand about two metres behind Jack, holding a bowl containing three sweets for him. Ask a second leader to stand about two metres behind Jill, again holding a bowling containing the same number of sweets. Tel Jack and Jill that they have 30 seconds to get as many sweets as possible out of their own bowl. They are only allowed to collect one sweet at a time, so each time they get one, they have to return to the centre point. Jack and Jill will automatically think that this means tug of war and will pull against each other. The 30 seconds will probably pass very quickly with Jack and Jill struggling to get even one of their sweets, let alone all three! When they have failed, tell them that it is possible for them both to managed to get all three of their sweets. How is this possible? The clue is that Jack and Jill moved together in the same direction, taking turns to travel together to each other’s bowl, the goal can be achieved. Let them try again, this time working together and travelling in the same direction....