Scavenger Hunts are great fun for groups of all ages. In this collection of Christmas Scavenger Hunts, you will be looking for items unique to the holiday season. The ideas here include options for playing indoors as well as a Christmas Scavenger Hunt around the neighborhood. Christmas themed printables are provided to add a touch of celebratory cheer to the occasion.
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.
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.
This highly energetic game is popular with kids and younger youths. Play this game before introducing the Bible story about the resurrection of Jesus, or about Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
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.
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.
Find creative ways to squeeze as many people as possible on a piece of newspaper that gets smaller with each round. Use this game to introduce the story of Jesus’ birth, to teach about getting along with difficult people or as a teambuilding game.
In this cup-and-ball game, players try to get Jonah into the mouth of a whale. Use this game to introduce the story of Jonah.
Make paper cup slingshots to shoot marshmallows or crushed paper balls at “Goliath”. Use this game to introduce the story of David and Goliath.
Players try to identify the Bible character they have been assigned by asking yes or no questions. Great for all ages and for both small and large groups. This game can also be used to introduce a lesson on our identity in Jesus Christ.
In this scavenger hunt, teams must use the Bible to solve 66 simple puzzles. (One from each book of the Bible.) The answers to these puzzles are the items they must hunt for. A great activity for family or ministry events. You can also use this game to teach about the Bible, the Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl or the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
Standing in a line, teams race to pass Easter eggs from one player to another using only paper plates. The first team to transfer all the eggs wins. This game can be used to introduce a lesson on Easter.
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.
Use this follow-the-leader game to teach about peer pressure.
A fun musical game that can be played at parties or as part of a lesson on peer pressure.
In this fast-paced, active game, 2 teams of “dogs” compete to bring home the “bone”. An energetic introduction to a lesson on faithfulness.
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.
This Bible science experiment using Mentos and soda creates a messy eruption that can teach us about joy in our lives and rejoicing in heaven.
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.
Sitting in a circle, each person says something nice to his/her neighbor. This simple activity provides an opportunity to practice using our speech to build others up.
Blow up balloons until they pop! Use this game to teach about self-control and anger.
Teams design and build protective structures that will prevent a raw egg from breaking after a 10-foot drop. This team building activity can also be used to introduce lessons on God’s protection and gentleness.
Blindfolded participants are led through an obstacle course by a sighted partner. An excellent team building game with a lesson on being part of a Christian community. You can also use this game to teach about the Holy Spirit.
Use this variation of “Blow Wind Blow” to introduce the first Twelve Disciples of Jesus or in a lesson on discipleship.
Use this variation of “Blow Wind Blow” to introduce the creation story or any other Bible story with animals.
Play this international edition of “Blow Wind Blow” to introduce a lesson on evangelism and missions or the Tower of Babel.
Teams compete to construct the tallest tower using newspapers and tape. Use this game to introduce or reinforce a Bible lesson on the Wise and Foolish Builders, Tower of Babel or the importance of being part of a church community.
This lively variation of Blow Wind Blow helps everyone remember the fruit of the Spirit.
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.