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.