Children’s ministry leaders are always looking for game ideas that they can keep the their “toolboxes” to pull out at a moment’s notice. Here are two games that take literally no preparation and are extremely fun and easy! These are perfect as icebreakers or as extra time activities!

The “Would You Rather…” Game

The idea of this game is simple. You ask the kids if they would rather do “this” or “that,” while filling in the “this” and “that” with interesting situations. You then have the children answer their selection by either standing up or staying seated. Here are some examples of questions you can use:

1. Would you rather be in a pool of marshmallows or a pool of M & M’s?

2. Would you rather eat only carrots or only apples for one whole day?

3. Would you rather have bright blue hair or bright blue feet?

4. Would you rather live in a place that was always very hot or a place that was

always very cold?

5. Would you rather wear your shoes on the wrong feet or wear your pants

backward?

These are just a few of the questions I found from a HUGE list at TheMeasuredMom.com. If you would like to download the big list, head over the that link and check it out!

 

The “Sit Down if…” Game

Similar to the last game, this game allows children to answer their responses by sitting down. Begin this game with all children standing. Say, “Sit down if…” and then say a situation or statement that may or may not be true about the children in the room. Those whom the statement is true about, sit down. If the statement isn’t true about them, they remain standing. Keep playing until one child is left standing and deem them as the winner. Here are a few examples that you can use:

  1. Sit down if you are wearing open-toed shoes.
  2. Sit down if you have a pet.
  3. Sit down if you have watched TV today.
  4. Sit down if you have a sister.
  5. Sit down if you forgot to brush your teeth today.
  6. Sit down if you play a musical instrument.
  7. Sit down if your shirt has buttons on it.
  8. Sit down if you like to watch sports.
  9. Sit down if you like to draw.
  10. Sit down if your first or last name contains the letter A.

Tips: When playing this game, try not to give situations that may be embarrassing for children to answer. Also, it makes the game more fun if the answers aren’t obvious to you (such as, “Sit down if you are wearing glasses.”).

Do you have any favorite no-prep, free games that you like to play in your children’s ministry? Leave yours in the comments!

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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.

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