In our children’s ministry, one of the resources we regularly use is a prize wheel. When thinking of ways to use a prize wheel, the most obvious ideas tend to leap into our heads (usually ideas we have seen on various game shows)– listing prizes to give away, writing out questions to be answered, etc. One day, I was brainstorming ideas for using our prize wheel and stumbled upon something that our children have thoroughly enjoyed and have learned from in the process.

Each week, we like to use our prize wheel to help us do fun actions while we read our “question of the week” together.

The activity typically goes like this:

I introduce our “question of the week.” This question directly relates to what we are learning that day (ex: Why did Jesus come to earth?). After I read the question, we then spin our prize wheel to see how we will read the question all together. On our prize wheel, we list various actions that are fun to do while we read the question. Some of these actions include:

  • Read with a high voice
  • Read with a low voice.
  • While standing on one foot.
  • While making a funny face.
  • Backwards (read the question backwards instead of forwards).
  • While sticking out your tongue.
  • Boys/Girls only.
  • A certain grade only.

You get the idea. Basically, we put anything we can think of that will be fun and crazy to do, while we read the question together. We change out these ideas regularly, to keep it fun and exciting.

If you have a time in your large group where you read something out loud together (a memory verse, question, main point, etc.), you can use this idea! If you don’t have a prize wheel, there are many different options including dry erase, table top, and software. You can get one by clicking here or check out the software version that we use. Any type will work well; it just depends on your setting and preference.

So there it is; I hope your kids love it as much as ours do!

Do you have any creative ideas for using a prize wheel? Share them below in the comment section!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hey GJ,
    Do you use a real prize wheel or software?
    Did you make it? Its difficult to find a place to buy a big spin wheel.

    • We use the software version that I linked in the article. If I weren’t able to use a software version, I would purchase one on Amazon. Check out those that at linked at the end of the article. There are some great ones on there and some as low as $60 or so.

      • Sorry I missed the amazon link!

        Do you find it conflicting and time consuming switching between pro presenter and the spin the wheel software?

        • No, all you have to do is turn the display off in ProPresenter and the wheel software will then be viewable. When you’re done using it, just hit the display button in ProPresenter to turn your presentation back on.

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