17 Fun Church Games for Kids

fun church games for kids

When you want to have fun—just for fun—with kids, check out these 17 fun games for kids! Each game is great for church games or just for fun at home!

17 Fun Church Games for Kids

1. STICKY GUY GAME

Place children on two teams and have each team choose a player to be their sticky guy. The team then wraps a roll of duct tape around the sticky guy (sticky side out). Teams have five minutes to blow up and stick as many balloons as they can to the tape on their sticky guys. At the end of the five minutes, the leader pops the balloons one at a time with a pin as the teams count to see which team has the most!

2. BALL/CHIN RELAY GAME

Place balls on the floor and have a relay race to see which team can retrieve all the balls by picking them up with their chins and placing them in a bowl or bucket. First team done wins. This is really fun if you use wet sponges, too!

3. SCHOOL OF FISH GAME

Each child gets a paper fish hanging by yarn that is safety-pinned to the back of his shirt. Children try to step on the other children’s fish. If a fish comes loose, the child sits down. At the end of a given time, the team with the most fish still intact wins!

4. BALLOON/PLUNGER RELAY GAME

Divide into two teams and give each child a clean toilet plunger (or each team two plungers). The object of the game is to pass water balloons down the line using only the plungers (upside down). The team that moves the most balloons down their line in a given time wins!

5. PLAYDOH or SIDEWALK CHALK PICTIONARY GAME

Make up cards that have Bible characters or stories written on them. Children then use playdoh or sidewalk chalk to create or draw the stories while their teams guess which story they are representing!

6. TWO-LITER GUARD GAME

Make circles out of masking tape or chalk and give each child a two-liter of soda to place inside their circle. One child is it and tries to take each child’s soda. The children guarding the bottles must keep one foot only inside their circle at all times. If they tag the bottle snatcher, they switch places!

7. NOWHERE TO HIDE GAME

Play just like Hide & Seek except the person who is it is armed with a spray bottle full of water and gets to spray each child he finds!

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8. HANGER TENNIS GAME

Take a coat hanger and pull the bottom so it makes a diamond shape. Cover it with a knee high stocking. Wrap masking tape around the top rounded part. Roll up paper into balls and use the hanger rackets to hit the balls.

9. BLOOMER BASKETBALL

You make two pairs of very large waisted (hula hoop waistband) pants. You have two teams: a thrower, a catcher (wears the pants), a ball getter (that gets the missed balls and brings them back). For the ball, use the cheap beach balls that are about half as big as a basketball. The throwers try to throw as many balls into the big pants as they can in 30 seconds from 10 feet away. This would be great fun if the kids threw wet sponges!

10. PLUNGER FRISBEE GAME

Two teams. Each team has: a thrower, a catcher, a miss getter. The thrower throws the kind of frisbee with a large hole in the middle (or rings from a ring toss game). The catcher holds a small toilet plunger on top of their head with the handle pointing up. The idea is to throw the most frisbees onto the plunger handle in the shortest amount of time.

11. MUSCLE BEACH GAME

Make teams of four. Have each team choose a boy representative and ask them to put on the sweatshirt. The object is to make a muscle man by blowing up, tying and stuffing as many balloons into the shirt of the guy until he is as muscular as possible. Give them two minutes. Determine the winner by a panel of judges. The first guy to break all his balloons by himself is also declared a winner.

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Randy Christensen has taught clowning and creative communication methods at various local, regional and national workshops, and performed in 25 states and 4 foreign countries. Randy has authored over 20 books on clowning, variety arts methods, and children's ministry. He has over a hundred published articles in various children's ministry and entertainer publications. He is a past columnist for the notable "Laugh Makers" periodical; the official journal of the International Association of Family Entertainment Professionals. Randy currently works full-time overseeing children's programming at a local church in Willmar, Minnesota.