Spring has sprung! The trees and grass are turning green again, warmer weather is on its way, and you can start putting up the winter clothes and unpacking the shorts. The kids are all dying to go outside each week. What better time than this to take them outside to plan out an Easter OMC at your church! It will allow the kids to run around and be crazy, but still allow you an opportunity to debrief the game and point it back to Scripture.
We have over 15 different editions and add-ons of OMC (not including each summer’s themed editions), but some of my favorites are the seasonally-themed add-ons. They bring the fun of OMC that we play at camp during the summer into the rest of the year and what is happening at the time. Here is how to create an Easter themed OMC at your church or ministry.
First, if you do not have the official OMC game yet, you’ll want to get one of those! You can find it online here if you need to get it. There are two full editions available. You can choose if you want the “Yellow Edition” or “Messy Edition”– or even get both to have at the ready at any time! Each of those editions comes with 50 unique task cards. Both can be played simultaneously as well; it will just make the game that much messier and fun!
Once you have the digital version of the OMC game, you want to access the Easter bonus edition instructions and additional tasks. With these combined versions, you will be good to go. Each edition will provide you with instructions on what supplies are needed, as well as how many cards to print, and the overall setup of the field.
Remember, once the game is over, debrief it to remind kids of the truth of Scripture and why we celebrate Jesus dying and coming back to life. See this past blog about tips on debriefing. We hope you have a great Easter OMC, and are able to impact kids with the great news of Jesus’ resurrection that we are celebrating! Feel free to check out our other special editions as well as some FAQs about OMC at centrikid.com.
Ahhhh…it’s the first day of fall! The cooler weather, the corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and flannel shirts..what a good time of the year. What could make it any better? Playing Fall Fest OMC of course!
We have many versions of OMC, but some of my favorites are the seasonally-themed editions. They bring the fun of OMC that we play at camp into the rest of the year and what is happening at the time. Here is how to create a Fall Festival themed OMC at your church or ministry.
First, if you do not have the official OMC game yet, you’ll want to get one of those! You can find it online here if you need to get it. There are two full editions available. You can choose if you want the “Yellow Edition” or “Messy Edition”–or even better get both to have at the ready at any time!
Once you have the digital version of the OMC game, you want to access the Fall Fest edition. With these combined versions, you will be good to go. Each edition will provide you with instructions on what supplies are needed, as well as how many cards to print, and the overall setup of the field.
A few ideas to really sell the theme:
We hope you have a great Fall Fest OMC! We would love to see how it went. Email us your pictures and fun stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to check out our other special editions as well as some FAQs about OMC at centrikid.com.
“Captain’s Orders” is a game we have been playing at CentriKid this summer. Kids have been loving this airplane-themed game that ties in with our 2016 theme: Unseen!
HOW TO PLAY
“Captain’s Orders” is similar to “Red Light, Green Light.” Ask players to line up shoulder to shoulder on the starting line. The goal of the game is to move down the field and reach the finish line. Players may only move by listening for commands and completing the corresponding actions. Use the following commands:
After each game at CentriKid Recreation, we take a couple minutes to debrief it and talk about how that game can actually relate to our relationships with God. This year, with Captain’s Orders, we are using John 8:31-32 and talking about how God’s Word is the ultimate Truth, and we can know it by reading the Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit every day.
This game is a great one to play with kids at church because you can give the kids a turn being “Captain,” and it requires very little equipment and minimal setup time. And the best part about it is that you can relate it back to God’s Truth, and how we can know Him more.
The warm weather we’ve been experiencing lately has gotten me ready for summer and all the fun games that come with it! The great part about this game is it can be played outdoors in warm weather but also in a gym during the winter. At CentriKid, we love this game so much that we play it with our entire summer staff at our training week! We think your kids will love playing it too. 3-D Kickball can be a good opportunity to let the kids run around and experience a little bit of controlled chaos even during the cold months.
How to play:
Divide players into two teams. Choose three pitchers from the fielding team. Ask the kicking team to line up behind the three kicking spots. To play, all three pitchers should roll the balls simultaneously. Once a player kicks a ball, he or she may run to any base he or she chooses.
Runners may run the bases in any order, but they must touch all three bases before returning home to score. runners may touch any of the three kicking spots to score. Runners are not required to advance, and each base may accommodate multiple runners. Rummers may not steal bases and must stop running once the pitchers have recovered all three balls.
The fielding team may force a runner out by catching the ball or by tagging him or her with the ball (below the waist). The number of outs per inning is not limited. Instead turn over innings every two minutes.
One of our promises to you at CentriKid is that we will root everything in scripture, and we love to connect everything back to God’s Word at CentriKid. I’ve provided a spiritual connection for you to use as you play this game.
Read John 14:6
Ask: How is this game different from normal kickball? (You could run the bases in any order)
Say: In this game, there are multiple ways to make it back to home plate and score, but in life, there is only one way to be rescued from our sin and have a relationship with God. Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again to rescue us. Because He is still alive today, we can trust him to save us and give us life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The game explanation and debrief were adapted from our Recreation: rooted in scripture book. If you didn’t get one last year, you can be sure to grab one this summer at a CentriKid Camp Store. It has this game and many more, broken down into explanation, debrief, and what equipment you will need. Hope you enjoy this game, and be on the lookout for it this summer at CentriKid!
Each year, we celebrate National OMC Day to celebrate our favorite game in the world: Organized Mass Chaos! What is #NationalOMCDay?
Check out this video to find out!
So here’s how you can join the fun:
1. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 12.
2. Change your profile pic to our #NationalOMCDay graphic on that day.
3. On November 12, be watching the CentriKid social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We’ll post tasks all day. Take a pic of you doing the task and post it using #NationalOMCDay. Whoever posts the most completed tasks at the end of the day will be featured on our blog and receive a limited edition CentriKid journal in the mail!
4. BONUS: If your kids ministry plays OMC on #NationalOMCDay, then you guys will be featured on our blog and you will get fun OMC related items in the mail!
See you November 12 for #NationalOMCDay!
Check out some posts from previous National OMC Days to get an idea of the chaos that will be happening!
The time of year has come for you to finalize your fall festival ideas to execute. Here are some fun fall festival games to add to your mix. These games have very limited set up or can be very complicated. You choose! We wish you fun times and great ministry results from your fall festival this season.
Pumpkin Relay Race
Gather a few large pumpkins and create a relay race. Turn the pumpkin on its side and roll it to the finish line. If you want to get more involved you can use hay bales to create a more complicated course. Whoever finishes first wins a prize
Not all families have money to spend but they may have things to give away. Consider creating a toy swap. You can incorporate this into a BIG game as a finale for your event. This way every kids leaves with a big prize!
Hoop the Pumpkin
Tie a helium balloon to a pumpkin. On the balloons you can write different point values and spread the balloons across the playing field. Kids attempt to toss hula hoops above the balloons around the pumpkins to win points. Visually this game looks like a ton of fun.
Check out some of our older posts on fall fest ideas!
Best of all we have our deck of special edition Fall Fest OMC Cards!
Equipment Needed: Field markers, bandanas
This is a simple tag game with a twist. Choose one player to be the tagger. When this player tags a runner, the runner must stop and join hands with the tagger. These two must now attempt to tag other players without unjoining hands. As the game continues, the chain of players will grow. Continue play until all players are part of the chain.
Play a second round, but instruct players to tie bandanas around their eyes like a blindfold. In this round, players MUST walk. For safety reasons, no running is allowed. When one player bumps into another, he or she must ask whether the other player is part of the tagging chain. The leaders should carefully supervise the boundaries to prevent players from wandering away.
Debrief: Mark 2:9-10
Ask: “What made this game difficult? Which round was more difficult?”
Say: “In this game, the first round was easier than the second round. In the first round you could see, but in the second you were blindfolded.”
Explain: In Mark chapter 2 you learn about Jesus healing the paralyzed man, but He also forgave the man’s sins. Jesus asked, “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’?” In this scenario, the first case is easier.
It is easy to tell someone, “Your sins are forgiven,” because there is no way to prove the statement, but when you tell a paralyzed man, “Get up and walk,” everyone expects proof. Jesus proved He is God by healing the paralyzed man, and this also shows us He has authority to forgive our sins. We can trust Jesus is God, and we can trust Him to forgive us and give us life.
CentriKid promises we will root everything in scripture. We want fun, we love playing games, and value building relationships, but we want to emphasize life change. Scripture and the teaching of scripture is a powerful agent of life change. In your ministry always look for ways you can take every activity and connect it back to scripture. We love Amoeba Tag. It is low maintenance and provides great teachable moments. Add this game to your resources. We love Amoeba Tag. It is low maintenance and provides great teachable moments.
CentriKid is the HOME OF OMC! It is our large-group recreation game that takes place on the last full day of camp. Even in the middle of all this fun, we are intentional about sharing the gospel with kids at camp. There are numerous ways to connect the game to scripture, and today you can download 3 different one-page tools for sharing the gospel using OMC at your church.
Don’t forget! You can customize your OMC game by adding one of the FREE special edition task card sets for an upcoming season (Christmas, Easter, Fall) or event (Back to School, VBS, Backyard Kids Club). Just click over to centrikid.com/omc to download and print the FREE special edition task cards.
Special thanks to CentriKid Rec Leaders Rachel Gillespie & Amanda Kate Harris for contributing to this post from their experience at camp sharing the gospel with kids after OMC.
Fall Festival season is upon us. It is time to round up all your supplies and get your games ready. This game has potential to be huge hit at your Fall Fest just remember to bring the putter. It’s called Pumpkin Putt!
Carve a pumpkin with a hole at the bottom. Consider turning the pumpkin on its side and using the stem as a nose, adding eyes, and making the hole its mouth for a funny pumpkin face. This hole must be large enough for the golf ball to easily roll into the pumpkin. Sometimes adding a wood plank as a ramp can help the golf ball get into the pumpkin. Now set up a course where kids win if they make the golf ball go in the pumpkin. Boundaries can be made of tiny pumpkins to fit the theme. You can make this as elaborate or simple as you want. The essentials are only a pumpkin, golf ball and a putter.
This game is a ton of fun, but it takes a lot more games to make a Fall Fest happen. Are you looking for other games to consider? We have a few more games for you to see. Check out this post about another pumpkin sport and a game that is great for preschoolers. If you need several new ideas check out this post that has five last minutes games for you to add to your Fall Feast. You can also check out our Fall Fest Edition of OMC.
At CentriKid Camps in 2013, we added a giant beach ball to one of our favorite recreation games, “Run from the Boulder.” The result was amazing! The game was fun before, but the giant beach ball instantly made the game bigger, better, and way more fun. Plus it just looks awesome – the ball was actually taller than many of the kids at camp.
Several of you have asked where you can get your very own giant beach ball. These beach balls are available from various vendors online. The easiest way to locate them is to search for “giant beach balls” on Google. You will probably also need some type of quick air pump, and these are available at WalMart or other retail stores. The beach balls are durable and suitable for use inside or outside.
Giant beach balls have almost limitless potential for fun. Replace a standard ball with a giant beach ball in almost any game to mix things up and add some excitement, or add it to pool games! Hopefully you will find this resource to be as fun and valuable as we have!
Have other questions about recreation equipment that you have seen at CentirKid Camps? Feel free to contact us!