Use this follow-the-leader game to teach about peer pressure.
Bible: Daniel 1:3-10; Psalm 1:1-6; Galatians 1:10; Acts 5:29; John 12:26
Ages: 6 to 14
Group Size: 4 or more
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How to Play
One player will assume the role of “Simon” and shout out one instruction at a time.
For example, “Simon says, ‘stand on one leg.’”
The other players should only respond to those instructions prefaced by “Simon says”.
Players who respond to instructions not prefaced by “Simon says”, and those who did not respond to instructions prefaced by “Simon says”, are out.
The last person remaining becomes the next Simon.
The more creative “Simon” is in giving instructions, the more fun the game.
– Stick out your tongue and touch your nose
– Bark like a dog
– Do jumping jacks
– Kiss the air
– Roll over like a dog
– Play the piano
– Waddle like a duck
– Jump like a frog
– Comb your hair with your fingers
Bible Lesson – Peer Pressure
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Was it difficult to immediately decide whether to do the actions or not to do?
3. In real life, have you ever been in a situation where you were not sure whether to do or not to do something? Tell us more.
4. How do you decide whether or not to do something?
5. Have you ever been caught in a situation where your friends tried to make you do something that you didn’t want to do? Tell us more.
What did your friends want you to do?
Why didn’t you want to do it?
What happened in the end?
6. Do you remember any Bible passages that talk about something like this? Some was asked to do something that he didn’t want to do?
The Bible tells us in Daniel 1 that the king of Babylon, king Nebuchadnezzar, conquered Jerusalem and brought some of Jerusalem’s capable young men into his palace. Daniel was amongst those captured.
7. What did king Nebuchadnezzar want to do with these capable young men? (verses 4-5)
8. Why did Daniel refuse to eat the royal food and wine? (verse 8)
9. What does verse 10 suggest to you about king Nebuchadnezzar?
Do you think refusing to eat the royal food was a brave thing to do?
10. What would you have done if you were in Daniel’s position?
Daniel worshiped God and followed God’s ways. But the Babylonian king and people did not worship God; they had a different culture and lifestyle from Daniel’s people.
The Bible did not tell us in detail about the food and wine that Daniel refused to eat and drink, but the important thing is that Daniel wanted to stay true to God. He did not want to eat and drink what he felt would dishonor God because they were unacceptable to the Jewish traditions and teachings.
11. Think about one time when you refused to do what people around you did because you felt it was wrong.
Tell us what the people around you did and why you felt it was wrong.
How did you feel standing up for what you believed was right?
What happened in the end?
Sometimes we get caught in situations where we do not agree with what the people around us are doing. And sometimes we feel pressured to comply and just blend in with the crowd.
Being different or doing things differently from people around you may difficult and scary; often times there is a risk of us not being accepted because of it.
12. What does this Psalm say about a person who walks in the ways of sinners? What will happen to these people?
13. In contrast, what does this Psalm say about a person who does not walk in the ways of sinners? What will happen to these people?
Galatians 1:10; Acts 5:29; John 12:26
14. What do these verses tell us? Why is it important for us to obey God even if people around us do not agree with us?
It is important for us to read the Bible regularly so that we know what pleases God and what doesn’t. And when we are caught between pleasing God and man, we must be able to stand our ground and decide to honor God even if it means disagreeing with the people around us. It may be scary and difficult, but it will be worth it.
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