Blow Wind Blow

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.

Bible: Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25

Ages: 6 to 14

Group Size: 5 or more

Supplies: Chairs (or anything that can mark the positions of each “seat”)

Blow Wind Blow Icebreaker Game for Youths and Kids
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Preparation

Set up chairs in a circle, facing the center. Set up as many chairs as there are players minus 1. For example, for 10 players, you will need 9 chairs. Alternatively, you can use anything that can mark the positions of each seat (examples: labels, masking tapes, shoes, books).

 

How to Play

Ask one player to stand in the center of the circle and have everyone else sit on the chairs.
To start the game, the player in the center shouts, “Blow wind blow!”
The other players respond by shouting, “Blow what?”
The player in the center replies, “Blow everyone who ________.”
(Examples, “… is wearing glasses”, “… is wearing white”, “… ate breakfast this morning”, “… has ever played basketball”, “… has ever been to Mexico”.)

All the players who fit that description must quickly get up and move to a seat vacated by another player; the player in the center tries to get a seat. One player will be left without a seat. This player must now stand in the center of the circle and shout, “Blow wind blow!”…
You can play for as long as you like.

 

Variations

Here are some variations of this game that can help introduce or reinforce a Bible lesson:

 

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Bible Lesson for Kids – Jesus Calms the Storm

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game? Why or why not?
2. Have you ever experienced a really, really, strong wind? Tell us more.
3. Do you remember a Bible story about a really strong wind and raging storm? Tell us the story.

Read
Mark 4:35-41

Discuss
4. What happened in this story?
5. What was Jesus doing when the storm started?
6. Why do you think Jesus was sleeping? What does this tell us about Jesus?

Say
The Bible tells us that Jesus had been teaching near the Sea of Galilee before He decided to take a boat with the disciples to the opposite shore. He must have been so exhausted by the teaching that even the battling of the boat by the furious storm did not wake Him. This tells us that even though Jesus is the Son of God, He was also 100% human when He came to dwell on the earth.

Discuss
7. What did the disciples say to Jesus when they woke Him?
8. How were they feeling at that point in time?
9. What does this tell us about the disciples’ faith?

Say
Jesus’ disciples had been following him around for some time now. They’d heard him preach and watched him perform miracles. But yet, when the storm hit, they were afraid.

Discuss
8. What did Jesus do about the storm?
9. What does this tell us about Jesus?

Say
When Jesus commanded the wind and waves to be quiet and still, the wind died down and it became completely calm! Jesus could do this because, even though he was 100% human, Jesus is also God at that time! He has power over the wind and the waves!

Discuss
10. What did Jesus say to the disciples after he had calmed the storm?
11. How did the disciples feel after Jesus had calmed the storm?

Conclude
Even though the disciples were afraid and did not have faith in Jesus, Jesus did not forsake them. He showed them mercy and reminded them that He is God.
After witnessing yet another miracle by Jesus, the disciples were in awe of Jesus. Even the wind and waves obey Jesus!
We can have faith in Jesus! Jesus deserves our worship because he is the Son of God.

Related Bible Passages
Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25

 

Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Jesus Calms the Storm

Get Started
1. Tell us about the strongest winds or worst storm you have experienced.
2. Can you recall a Bible story about a furious storm experienced by Jesus’ disciples? Tell us more.

 

Get into the Word
Read Mark 4:35-41
3. When the storm first started, what was Jesus doing? Why do you think Jesus was sleeping? What does this tell us about Jesus?
4. How were the disciples feeling when they woke Jesus?
5. What does this tell us about the disciples?
6. What did Jesus do about the storm? What does this tell us about Jesus?

 

Say
The Bible tells us that Jesus had been teaching near the Sea of Galilee before He decided to take a boat with the disciples to the opposite shore. He must have been so exhausted by the teaching that even the battling of the boat by the furious storm did not wake Him. This tells us that even though Jesus is the Son of God, He was also 100% human when He came to dwell on the earth.

When Jesus commanded the wind and waves to be quiet and still, the wind died down and it became completely calm! Jesus could do this because, even though he was 100% human, Jesus is also God at that time! He has power over the wind and the waves!

Jesus’ disciples had been following him around for some time now. They’d heard him preach and watched him perform miracles. But when the storm hit, they were afraid. Nonetheless, despite the disciples’ lack of faith, Jesus did not forsake them. He showed them mercy and reminded them that He is God. After witnessing yet another miracle by Jesus, the disciples were in awe of Jesus. Even the wind and waves obey Jesus!

 

Get the Word into your Life
7. How did the disciples feel about Jesus after He had calmed the storm?
8. How would you have felt if you were one of the disciples with Jesus at that time?
9. We did not have the same identical experiences as the disciples, but most of us have encountered Jesus’ presence in our lives. Can you recall a personal encounter with Jesus? Tell us more.
10. What can you do to remind yourself about Jesus during those times when you are facing problems?

 

Conclusion
Jesus is the Son of God and He deserves our worship! Jesus loves us. We can count on Him to journey with us through life’s ups and downs. We can and must always have faith in Jesus!

 

Related Bible Passages
Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25

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Bible: Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25

Ages: 6 to 14

Group Size: 5 or more

Supplies: Chairs (or anything that can mark the positions of each “seat”)

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