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Easy Games for Preteens: 3 Fun Activities Kids (and You) Will Love

When directors return to their teams, they aren’t allowed to speak. They can only use gestures to give directions to their teammates. Teams have five minutes to try to build an exact replica of the model.

When time’s up, show teams your model. Ask:

  • How difficult was it to build an object you’d never seen?
  • How did it feel to not be able to talk to your teammates?
  • Could you understand what your silent teammate was trying to communicate? Why or why not?

Read aloud Luke 1:11-22. Then ask:

  • Why did Zechariah lose his voice?
  • How do you think he felt when he couldn’t tell anyone about the message Gabriel had given him?

Read aloud Luke 1:57-64. Ask:

  • When we doubt God’s Word, what does that do to our ability to communicate it?
  • How can faith keep you from being unable to deliver God’s message?

3. How Do You Smell?

Illustrate for preteens that Christ makes them different from kids who aren’t Christians.

Before class, set up stations throughout your room or around your church. At each station, include items that smell sweet, overpowering, inviting, repelling, and downright stinky. Some suggestions are an onion cut in half, a cup of coffee, cotton doused in cheap perfume, a fresh flower, a dirty sock, soured milk, and vanilla extract.

Start your meeting by giving preteens scorecards. Have them move from station to station sniffing each substance and voting how many seconds or minutes they’d be willing to smell each item.

Once they’ve visited each station, ask:

  • Which smells did you like?
  • Which did you dislike? Why?

Then read aloud 2 Corinthians 2:14-15.


  • How did smelling the soured milk make you feel? the vanilla extract?
  • How are those feelings like or unlike the ways people feel about being around Christians?
  • How can we be more like the vanilla and give off the sweet aroma of Christ?

To augment this discussion, spray air freshener. Then lead a discussion of ways to “freshen up” your youth group.

This article about easy games for preteens originally appeared here.