Winter months tend to be months with more unhappiness and less exercise. Here are 10 ways to keep kids moving and excited about what God is doing in their lives! Don’t allow the cold to stifle their growth in the Lord.
1. Have an indoor scavenger hunt where kids have to find words to a specific Bible verse then piece them all together.
2. Have a “Beach Party” inside a gym. Bring hot dogs, snow cones, and lemonade. Play fun summer games like Frisbee, volleyball, wiffle ball, and even OMC!
3. Play “Up, down, stop, go.” In this game, kids have to do the opposite of what the leader says. If the leader says, “stop,” the kids must start walking. If the leader says, “up,” the kids must sit down, etc. It holds their attention, stimulates their brains, and gets them moving.
4. Interactive Bible lessons where kids act out the story will keep them moving and engaged in the lesson.
5. Indoor obstacle course. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, an obstacle course is fun and challenging for the kids.
6. Play “Shadow, Shadow.” Each kid must find a partner — one kid is the leader and one is the shadow. Kids will be moving around trying to stump each other and win the game.
7. Reverse Scavenge Hunt! Make up a list of items kids might have with them (serious and silly items). Divide them into teams and have them race to bring you each item.
8. Motions, motions, motions! Create motions to the songs you sing and to key Bible verses the kids are learning. This not only keeps them active but also helps them remember the words.
9. Snowball Relay Race! Give each child a Styrofoam ball (snowball) and a pencil. Each child will place the snowball on the ground and push it with the pencil across the room, around an obstacle, and back to the next kid on the team.
10. Give each team a roll of toilet paper and several pieces of construction paper. Each team must enlist a “snowman” as the other kids wrap toilet paper around them and make noses, eyes, and other snowmen decorations out of construction paper.