Simon Says Extreme

Play an advanced version of Simon Says, where pairs of players have to hold a balloon between their backs. Use this game to teach about submitting to authority. 

Bible: Romans 13:1-2; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Ephesians 6:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:2

Ages: 10 and above

Group Size: 6 or more

Supplies: Balloons

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Simon Says Extreme Youth Group Game

How to Play

Players find someone of roughly the same height and pair up.

Give each pair a balloon to blow up and tie.
The pair must keep this balloon sandwiched between their backs throughout the game.

Everyone forms a large circle.

Pairs take turns to assume the role of “Simon”.
– One person from each pair shouts out one instruction.
– One person from the next pair shouts the next instruction, and so forth.

Players should only respond to those instructions prefaced by “Simon says”.

Pairs are out if:
– any of the 2 players responds to instructions not prefaced by “Simon says”
– any of the 2 players do not respond to instructions prefaced by “Simon says”
– the balloon drops to the ground

The last pair standing wins.

Tip
The more “extreme” and creative “Simon” is in giving instructions, the more fun the game.
Examples:
– Do jumping jacks
– Do squats
– Dance
– Tap your partner’s head
– Comb your partner’s hair with your fingers
– Walk 5 steps
– Jog on the spot
– Howl like a wolf
– Play air guitar
– Give yourself a big bear hug

Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Submitting to Authority

Get Started
1. Do you think people your age have difficulty submitting to authority? Why? Or why not?

Get into the Word
Read Romans 13:1-2; 1 Peter 2:13-17
2. Who are the people with authority in your life?
3. Why do these people have authority in your life? Who gives them this authority?
4. What else do these verses say about authority?
5. How are the authority figures in your life similar to the “Simons” in our game?
6. How are they different?

Read Ephesians 6:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:2
7. What do these passages say about respecting our parents?

Get the Word into your Life
8. What are some reasons people give for not submitting to authority?
9. Which of these reasons may be valid?
10. Who are the authority figures in your life that you have most difficulty submitting to?
11. Why is it sometimes difficult to respect these authority figures?
12. How can the Bible passages we have read today help you in submitting to authority?

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