Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Minute to Win it - New Testament Bible Style Games

In Seminary this year we are studying the New Testament.  For our Thanksgiving party I thought that it would be fun to have a review of the year so far with Minute to Win it games. Here is what I came up with.

Luke 2:7
 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

For this one you will need 2 jars and a bunch of plastic animals.   I taped a picture of a stable to the outside.  Each person puts the jar by their feet.  

While standing straight each person tries to drop an animal into the jar from their nose.  The team that has the most animals in the jar at one minute wins.

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Printout for the stable:

Matthew 4:19
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

I bought a bunch of small balloons and some toy nets at the dollar store.  I blew up all the balloons and drew faces on them with a sharpie.  I placed all the balloons at one end of the room.  
Then each group had to run across the room and get a balloon with the net.  Then they had to bring it back to a person holding a bag and place it into the bag.  The team with the most balloons won.

Mark 4:31-32
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
I gave each team a very small piece of mustard colored crayon and a blank piece of paper.  Each team member placed the blank sheet of paper on his head.
Then each team had a minute to draw a mustard tree on the paper.  The team with the best and the biggest mustard tree won.

Luke 4:4
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
For this challenge we buttered peanut butter onto a piece of bread.  We placed it at the end of the table.  Then each team had to bounce a ping pong ball across the table and get it to stick to the peanut butter.  The first team successful won.

 Matthew 19:24
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Tie a string to a printout of a camel (I have a printout below if you need one.)
Place about 10 needles in floral foam.  Line them up the best you can.  Have each team thread the needles with the string tied to the camel.  The team that threads the most needles wins.

Luke 15:4-5

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

The printout for the sheep is in the Eye of the Needle section above.  I had only one sheep.  I hid the sheep in the room. The first team to find the sheep won.

Matthew 10:35
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
Give one roll of toilet paper on a large spoon to each team.  One team member holds the spoon while the other team member turns around to wrap the toilet paper around himself.  The team that can get the most toilet paper wrapped around, without breaking it, wins.

Matthew 21:12
12 ¶And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
I printed out a copy of the temple onto cardstock and cut it out.
I also printed out two of the box templates above onto cardstock. Fold the box on each of the lines and fold the corners in to create a box.  Attach the printout of the temple to the box.

Fill each temple box with 30 cocoa puff cereals.  Have each team use a straw to remove the cocoa puffs.  The team that removes the most cocoa puffs wins.

Mark 6:41&42

41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

42 And they did all eat, and were filled.

Each team is given five crackers and two swedish fish.  One member from each team has to try to eat all the crackers and fish in one minute.  The first team to eat and swallow all the items wins.

John 10:14
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Use the fence in the printout above (in the eye of the needle section).  Fold the fence into a square with a little opening.  Place 10 marshmallow outside of the fence.  Each team has to blow the marshmallows inside the fence.  This is really hard because the fence moves when you blow on the marshmallow, but it is fun.  If it's too hard, then tape the fence to a plate.  The team with the most marshmallows inside the fence wins.

Mark 4:37
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
I do not have picture for this challenge yet. Fold a boat out of paper.  Each team places their boat on the edge of the table. They use a large untied balloon to try to blow their boat across the table.  Use the air in the balloon to push the boat. If the balloon runs out of air, then the team member has to blow it back up. The team to get their boat the furthest wins.

For the Champions I made these trophies out of Toblerones.  

Just print out the picture below.  Cut it out and glue it to the top of a Toblerone.  The students loved it.

Thanks for visiting Holly's Home.  I hope that your Minute to Win it challenge turns out as well as mine did.  
Please feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. Awesome!!! God bless you more... :)

  2. Great job! Creative. Simple enough to do. May use some of these for the family get together for my dad's 100th birthday on New Year's Eve. Nice use of Bible to involve kids in fun stuff.

  3. I've been teaching EM in California for 3 years. I was looking for some games like this for the end of the year. Thanks for sharing your fun ideas!

  4. I have bookmarked your blog, the articles are way better than other similar blogs.. thanks for a great blog! skifte

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate the positive feedback.

  5. doing this tonight pry for me

  6. This is so exciting! I was looking for an end of the semester game for the NT, this is perfect. Thanks! We just had the lesson on developing and sharing our talents, (Matthew 25), you are a great example of that parable!

    1. Thank you for your kind word! I'm happy that you can use it.