Preteens who have accepted Jesus into their heart are at a very tender stage of their spiritual life, so the activities they partake in should be nurturing of their youthful Christianity. Christian or otherwise, games and activities intended for preteen groups should always be chaperoned, whether at a church, youth group, or friend's house or party.
Acting and Pretending
Children become more interested in movies and acting as they get nearer to their teenage years. A fun way for preteens to maintain a Christian worldview while also laughing hysterically with each other is by playing improv games. By pretending to be characters form the Bible in random settings, acting is easy for even the most inexperienced amateurs. For example, kids can pretend that they're David and Goliath, only the setting is a televised political debate. So instead of fighting with slings and stones, they'll hurl political judgments in a humorous fashion. The Bible is full of great characters, so put them into any strange setting and let the kids have fun with it.
Bible Trivia Questions
Bible trivia questions may be intimidating for young Christians, but it helps if you make the game in the style of "Jeopardy." One adult should act as the host, and either three kids or teams of three should try to answer the most questions correctly. If you use a "Jeopardy" format, you can even place questions on a board and assign different point values to the questions. They can even be arranged in columns like, "Old Testament characters," "Who said it?," "Exodus," "Women of the Bible" or "Baby Jesus."
Scavenger hunts are popular with preteens, if you want an outdoor game. One fun version is the "one-up" hunt. Each team should have an adult, or older teenager, with them while they play. Every team starts with a small item but then tries to trade with strangers for bigger and bigger things. No money should change hands. Groups should be encouraged to go to independent businesses or houses in a friendly attempt to get something bigger for whatever they currently have. Once the allotted time has expired, teams must reconvene at the starting point to compare "biggest" items. An adult will then decide the winner.
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