Kids Small Group
November 21, 2021
Parlor --> Gym --> Playground
Options to start:
1) Play cards and spoons
2) Students draw things they are thankful for with markers and manila paper.
3) Students make a list of things students are thankful for.
After you have played/drawn/written lists for as long as you feel is appropriate, say something like:
Tonight we are talking about how being thankful.
There is a verse in tonight's video from Colossians 2. Be watching for it.
Show the video - Thanksgiving Object Lesson
Pause the video at the end (or go to next slide) and go through the three discussion questions:
Can you list 10 things you are thankful for? (students may have already done this - you can have them come up with 10 more if you want.)
What did you learn about oak trees?
How is our faith like an oak tree?
One more question: What is something you learned from the video?
(Try to involve as many students as possible. Feel free to add any questions you want or continue the discussion longer than the three question.)
Before going to the gym, talk about the importance of being kind while playing.
Be a good sport.
There are two possible games at the bottom of this webpage.
OUTSIDE - I will try to remember to give you some chalk to let students draw on the concrete.
Students can also just play, as usual outside.
Two possible games: Steal the Bacon; Colored Eggs (rules on other page)
Feel free to play anything else – but maybe have this as a structured time so
OUTSIDE – free play
game 1 - Steal the Bacon
The object of Steal the Bacon is take the "bacon" back to your own side without being caught.
In this game, two teams are chosen, and one umpire is selected. One object is required to the bacon. (a glove is a common choice)
The members of each team are numbered. They form two opposing lines and place the bacon in the exact center between them.
The umpire then calls out a number. The players on each side who are assigned that number are the players for that round. No other team members leave their side of the field.
Neither player may touch the other until someone touches the bacon. Once a player touches the bacon however, the other player may tag him/her.
If a player is able to grab the bacon and carry it back over to his/her own side, that team scores a point. (VARIATION: in some games, points are scored by carrying it to the other teams side or either team's side)
If a player is tagged after touching the bacon and before he/she returns their own side, the team that tagged him/her scores a point.
Note that the sequence of play usually involves the two kids running out and hovering over the bacon, waiting for a slight advantage to grab it and run back before the other player can react.
The game is over when a predetermined number of points are scored, or when all numbers have been called.
game 2 - Colored Eggs- The dialogue is the BEST part of this game. If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s how we played:
Someone (student) is the wolf, someone (leader/teacher) is the hen, and everyone else is a colored egg (each egg thinks of a color in his/her head but doesn’t tell the wolf). The wolf comes knocking on the door and mother hen answers asking what he wants. He responds “Colored eggs”. She says “I don’t have any colored eggs”- then the eggs make peeping sounds. The wolf asks “What’s that then?” Hen: “Just pots and pans rolling down the steps” (or any other answer she wants).
The wolf says “Let me see” then (gently) pushes mother hen aside and starts guessing colors.
When he guesses your egg color, you have to run around a designated area and back to mother hen without being tagged. The last person who isn’t tagged is now the wolf.
Students can be on one side of the gym and have to make it to the other side. Play half court or smaller than whole gym. (If the wolf has trouble guessing colors, just have them say “All Colors”