One of my absolute favorite parts of camp is Track Time. Kids are able to have fun while at the same time hearing the Gospel. A new track that we introduced at camp in 2014 was “Build It”. Kids were able to use materials and their imagination to create some crazy contraptions!
We played some fun games in Build It, and you can use this track time game with your kids!
- Fishing string
- 1 cup for each group
- 3 straws for each group
- 1 Shooter Marble or small toy
- Sharpened Pencils
- Tape or something that can be used to attach your zip-line to the wall
1.) Set Up the Zip Line.
Attach one side of the fishing string to the wall. (Do not stick it too high because you will have to reach it to attach the zip-cars). Tie the bottom of the string to the bottom of a desk or solid chair. The longer the zip-line, the more fun it will be! Split the kids into groups of 2-5.
2.) Create a Story.
Create a fun story by naming the marble or tell the kids that the marble is a secret artifact that they must safely get to the other side.
For example: “Peach, that crazy fruit, has been captured by the Pac-Man ghosts and we need to build a zip-car in order to save him. If he falls out, he becomes peach cobbler.”
3.) Build the Car.
Have the kids construct a zip-car using only the 1 cup and 3 straws. They must plan and build a vehicle that can transport a large marble from the top of the zip-line, all the way to the bottom without the marble falling out. They can put holes in the cup or cut them in any way. Have an adult use a sharpened pencil to cut holes in the sides of the cup. Once all of the kids have created their zip-cars, put it on the zip-line, and let kids race their zip-cars!
4.) Debrief It.
Like everything we do at camp, this game presents and amazing opportunity to share the power of God in our lives.
Read Colossians 1:13
Say something like, “You made a plan and created a zip-car in order to save Peach from the ghosts. In the same way, God has a plan to rescue us from our sins. He sent His one and only Son to die for all of us so that we would no longer be living in darkness but be alive in the light. Peach could not escape himself, he needed help to escape and in the same way we are dependent on God’s grace to be free from sin.”
This can tie into the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, Daniel and the lion’s den, David and Goliath, Ester, or Paul and Silas escaping prison– just to name a few.
We here at CentriKid love the amazing conversations that can be started by teaching the gospel through activities that children love. What are some of your favorite Track Times and the games that you have played in them? Let us know!