Liking Them Balloons

In this game, players race to collect balloons with as many “Likes” as possible. Use this game to teach about self-worth and to address the issue of social media “Likes” addiction. 

Bible: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Matthew 23:27; John 7:24; 2 Corinthians 5:12; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:3-10; John 1:12

Ages: 10 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: 1,000,000 Likes Printable – Download Here, Balloons, Permanent markers, Sharp pins or Scissors, and Large trash bags 

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Liking Them Balloons Youth Group Game

Preparation

Download and print the “1,000,000 Likes” Printable.

Liking Them Balloons Printable

Cut and fold each small piece into 4 such that the text is not visible from the outside.
Insert 1 piece into each balloon.
Do not let the players see you do this.

On each balloon, write either “10 Likes”, “20 Likes”, “50 Likes” or “100 Likes”
You will need at least 1 balloon per player (plus some spares), or as many balloons as you like.
Opaque balloons work best to conceal the small pieces of papers that will be inserted into the balloons.

Blow up and tie the balloons.
To minimize the chances of the balloons bursting, avoid blowing them too big.

How to Play

At one end of the room:
Place all the balloons on the floor. Try to keep them as close to the wall as possible.

At the opposite end of the room:
Have players form teams and stand in lines.
Give each team a large trash bag.

On “go”, one player from each team runs to pick up a balloon, puts it between the knees and waddles/hops back.
If the balloon drops, pick it up, put it between the knees again and continue.
If the balloon bursts, pick up a fresh balloon and try again.
Once the player reaches the starting point, place the balloon in the trash bag.
The turn passes to the next player in line.

The objective of the game is to collect as many “Likes” as possible.

The game ends when all the balloons have been gathered.

Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Social Media and Self-worth

Get Started
1. How many social media accounts do you have?
2. In what ways is social media important in your life?

Get into the Word
Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13
3. Why did Samuel think Eliab would be the Lord’s anointed?
4. What was God’s response?
5. What does it mean that God “looks at the heart” of the individual?

Read Matt. 23:27; John 7:24; 2 Cor. 5:12
6. What do these verses say about “outward appearance”?
7. Do you sometimes form opinions of others based on “outward appearance”? Tell us more.
8. Do you sometimes form opinions of yourself based on “outward appearance”? Tell us more.
9. In what ways is “outward appearance” like social media?
10. Do you sometimes form opinions of others based on social media? Tell us more.
11. Do you sometimes form opinions of yourself based on social media”? Tell us more.

Give each team a sharp pin and tell them to burst the balloons they collected.
(Or use a pair of scissors to cut the neck of the balloons.)
Point out that each balloon contains a slip of paper.

12. How is this activity a reflection of earthly values versus kingdom values?

Get the Word into your Life
Read Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:3-10; John 1:12
13. Based on these verses, how should we regard others and ourselves?
14. How might truly believing that you are the son or daughter of God change the way that you view yourself?
15. What obstacles are there in your life right now that keep you from believing this truth?
16. How can we in our group remind each other of our true source of value? That we are the children of God?

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