In this game, players must scatter and randomly move around the room. But when the leader shouts a number, they must quickly form groups of that number with other players. Use this game to teach about friendship and being a friend of Jesus!
Active Sunday School Games
Want to channel the kids’ plentiful energy into learning about God and the Bible?
Use this collection of high energy Bible games to engage kids in purposeful play and direct their attention towards learning important Bible truths!
These active Sunday school games are also great for helping children burn off excess energy before settling down for more serious studies.
In this absolutely chaotic game, one team tries to turn cups right side up, while the opposing team tries to turn them upside down. Use this game to teach about the God’s upside down kingdom.
Blindfolded players try to ignore noisy distractions to stay focused on their teammates’ instructions to retrieve crushed papers balls. Use this game to teach about silence and solitude.
A fun musical game that can be played at parties or as part of a lesson on peer pressure.
Be prepared for noise and chaos, with half of the group shouting and the other half trying to listen out for the correct voice to follow! A great way to introduce the topic of discipleship and following the Good Shepherd.
Have fun mimicking your assigned animal to find your counterpart! Use this game to introduce a lesson on Creation or Noah’s Ark. You can also use this game as a general ice-breaker game or to break a large group into pairs.
Make paper cup slingshots to shoot marshmallows or crushed paper balls at “Goliath”. Use this game to introduce the story of David and Goliath.
Cross a pretend river using pieces of paper as stepping stones. Use this game to introduce the Bible story of Jesus and Peter walking on water, to teach that God will help us in times of trouble, or as a teambuilding game.
In this fun relay, teams eat their way to clues that reveal a Bible verse. Use this game to introduce the Bible story about Zacchaeus climbing a sycamore tree to see Jesus, or about Saul’s conversion.
Work as a team to move tennis balls using strings tied to a rubber band. Use this game to introduce the Bible story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man, to teach that God wants us to get along with each other or as a teambuilding game.
Play a game of “raining” cornflakes into cups to introduce the Bible story about Jesus feeding the five thousand or about God “raining” down manna from heaven.
Teams must quickly line up according to specific criteria given. For example in order of shoe size, with the smallest shoe size in front and the largest shoe size at the back. A great game to help players get to know each other and to teach about salvation and the kingdom of heaven.
In this simple circle game, a ball is tossed among players. Before tossing the ball, players must shout the name of their intended recipient. The recipient must catch the ball, quickly shout the name of another player, and toss the ball to that player. Use this game to teach that we are blessed to be a blessing to others.
Kids love getting wet and messy! Have fun shooting water at one another while learning about God’s view on fighting and peace.
This large group Rock-Paper-Scissors battle is a fun (and slightly chaotic) Christian icebreaker game for church that can also be used to teach unity and servant leadership.
Blow up balloons and release the air to demolish walls made of paper cups. Use this game to introduce the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho.
Players hunt for ten sheep that have been hidden. (With one sheep especially difficult to find.) Use this game to introduce the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
This relay race helps everyone differentiate between fruit of the Spirit and sinful nature.
A great icebreaker game that helps break up cliques by injecting movement and excitement. It can also be played to help players get to know one another or to wake up the class in the middle of a heavy day.