Great resource for Middle School Games

How to tweak them for Kidmin

Finding fun games for any age is never easy. Most of the time you get in a game rut and play the same ones over and over. We have a few favorites that we have either come up with ourselves or tweaked or straight up stolen from others. In looking to expand our game options for our Middle School ministry and for Children’s Ministry I stumbled upon a YouTube channel that is a goldmine.

One note for kidmin leaders out there the best ideas for games are not on kids ministry sites they are on youth ministry sites. The problem is they are often complex or physically demanding. This is an easy fix. You just change the rules. If the game says crab walk with a spoon in your mouth with a raw egg on the spoon for youth kids. To make it kid friendly do hard boiled eggs and have them walk with the spoon. Take the idea just change the rules.

One of the games on the above mentioned YouTube channel that is solid gold is called Puck of Destiny. It is amazing. Cudos to whoever thought it up, simple fun and cheap.

Retro Post: How to tweak minute to win it games for kidmin

We started doing minute to win it games as a way to transition to different parts of our service and build excitement at the same time. We do three rounds of boys vs. girls whichever team wins gets 100 bonus point to our Uptown Store. The kids love it! It adds a great level of predictable unpredictableness.

Bobble head –

1) After the headband/pedometor is on the head, the device is set to zero in steps mode.
2) When the clock starts, , player may begin head and body motion without touching the pedometer to register “steps.”
3) If the pedometer/headband moves, the player may stop motion to prevent it from falling off, re-adjust the headband, then continue.
4) To complete the game, player must record 125 “steps” within the 60-second time limit.

Instead of kids banging their heads we have the put the pedometer on their pocket and jump up and down.

Loner –

1) Set up the pencil on it’s unsharpened end 15′ away from the foul line.
2) Player begins game lying down on their stomach behind the foul line.
3) When the clock starts, player may begin rolling marbles 1 at a time with 1 hand towards the pencil.
4) Player must release the marble behind the line. If a marble released across the line knocks over the pencil, the game is over.
5) To complete the game, player must knock down the pencil with a marble that’s released within the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek – We use a marker and a pingpong ball not a marble and a pencil

Keep it up –

1) When the clock starts, player may release two feathers and begin to blow on them to keep them in the air.
2) If the feather touches any part of the player’s body, or touches the floor, the game is over. Incidental contact on the face is allowed.
3) To complete the game, player must use only his or her breath to keep both feathers from touching the ground for the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek We use three balloons instead

Bite me –

1) Set up the game by cutting each grocery bag to a different height (10″, 8″, 6″, 4″, and 2″) on the floor, right side up.
2) When the clock starts, player may attempt to pick up the tallest bag and may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
3) If player touches the ground with some body part other than the feet while attempting to grab a bag, he or she must reset by standing up before making another attempt.
4) To complete the game, player must have all 5 bags concurrently on the table within the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek – We make the heights of the bag higher than they do on Minute to win it.

Top 10 posts of August

1. Bible Lesson Page
2. Top ten iPad apps for kids
3. Proverbs “The Book of Wisdom” Lesson
4. Flyte: Preteen Curriculum 
5. How we tweak minute to win it games for kidmin
6. Psalms “The book of Worship” Lesson 
7. Guard your Heart 
8. Leviticus “The book of Holiness” Lesson 
9. Conferences I’ll be attending: Illuminate Birmingham
10. Youth Pastors aren’t the only ones with smoking hot wives. 

 

10 Best iPad Apps for kids


1. Casey’s Contraptions – crazy addicting think angry birds meets actual laws of physics.

2. Parent Cue – ReThinks Cue box for the iPad – If you use ReThink’s 252basics curriculum this is a no brainer.

3. Toy Story Read Along – Stunning ebook for the iPad also includes interactive treats like video, coloring and games.

4. Glow Coloring – A twist on the typical draw app. My kids love it.

5. Angry Birds – I can’t get enough Angry Birds. 200 million downloads incredible.

6. A Story B4 Bed – This app lets your children watch video recordings of you reading children’s books. Very cool.

7. PBS Kids – I love PBS kids so do my kids. This app gives you access to videos and games of your favorite PBS kids shows.

8. Brain Pop – A new educational cartoon video delivered to your iPad everyday.

9. First Words Animals – A fun learning game that helps kids learn to read.

10. My First Puzzles: Aliens HD – Great puzzle game for kids 2-6

* Many of these allow in app purchasing to turn this off do the following: To block In-app purchasing on your iphone, go into Settings, then under ‘General’ you can access the ‘Restrictions’ menu, if you haven’t used them before, you may be asked to set a pass code to enable them. Once this is done, under the ‘Allowed Content’ heading you will be able to toggle the ‘In-App purchases’ to OFF.