Don't miss the opportunity to tell
children about Jesus!
The month of October, and specifically
Halloween, is a great time for outreach to the children in your
community who don't normally attend church. And since the time with the children we
regularly teach is limited, don't
miss this opportunity to tell them about Jesus either! Make every
The following games include Bible connections, but feel
free to connect the game with other Scriptures that may fit your
programming. We'd love to receive your feedback
(Show pictures of scarecrows.)
Ask, "Why do people use scarecrows"? (Receive
Ask, "What are some
things that scare you or cause you to be afraid?" (Receive
In God's Word, the Bible, there are hundreds of verses about being
fearful or afraid. God knows that scary things happen in our lives.
Yet, he has promised to be with us, to protect us, and to never leave us. Listen to these promises from God's Word, "The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid" (Psalm 118:6); "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble" (Psalm 32:7); "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5); and "For in the day of trouble
[God] will keep me safe . . . " (Psalm 27:5). It is a great idea to
memorize these verses, to be reminded of God's love and care over your
Life can be scary, but when we trust in Jesus, he promises to never leave
us alone! To remember these promises we will
play some fun Scarecrow games.
compete to build a scarecrow body by stuffing
straw into "scarecrow-type clothes," (floppy
hat, long-sleeved shirt and overalls). Bible Connection: 1 Corinthians 12:27, " Now you are the body
and each one of you is a part of it."
Download a Scarecrow
Craft to coordinate with this game.
Divide children into teams. Give each
team a set of "scarecrow-type clothes," (floppy hat, oversized
long-sleeved shirt and overalls). Teams divide, with half the team on one side
of the playing field and the other half on the other side. At the go, first
player on each team puts on the scarecrow clothes, races to the other side of
the playing field, then takes off the scarecrow clothes and shouts, "God is
with me when I'm afraid," then hands off the clothes to his or her
teammate and proceeds to the back of the line to sit down. Player who
received the clothes, puts them on and races to the opposite side of the
field, playing as before. Play continues like this until all the players have
put on the scarecrow clothes, raced to the opposite side of the playing field
to take them off and shouted, "God is with me when I'm afraid."
Bible Connection: Psalm 30:11,
"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed
my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. . ." See also Matthew 25:36, 2 Corinthians 5:2-4, and Galatians 3:27.
Play a bowling game using mini
or pie pumpkins, or have players compete to push their pumpkins using
small brooms or sticks along an
obstacle course from start to finish. Afterwards, allow children to decorate their
pumpkins using permanent markers, feathers, buttons, etc.
". . . let us
run with perseverance the race marked out for us. . ."
You will need mini brooms and dozens of small
as playground pit balls, to represent "apples." Children can
play in teams or solo. Give players or teams their own basket or bag
to hold the "apples." Have the kids or teams write their name on the
basket. Spread the balls throughout the playing area.
Players line up
along the outside edge of the playing area. At the go, players race to
the apples and
use their mini brooms to sweep the apples, one-at-a-time, back to
their baskets. (If you prefer, children use their hands to pick the
apples rather than use the brooms.) Play continues like this until all
the apples have been harvested. Player with the most apples
Bible Connection: Psalm 85:12,
"The LORD will indeed give
what is good, and our land will yield its harvest." See also,
Matthew 9:37-38; Matthew 21:33-45.
You will need small buckets for
each player or team, and dozens of playground pit balls,
"apples." Establish a throw line from
which players toss their "apples."
Place buckets for each player a few feet away from the toss line. At
the go players toss their apples into their buckets. The first player
who fills his or her bucket full and overflowing wins. The winning
player must then go find the least filled bucket, and pour his or her
apples into it. The owner of that bucket must do the same, that is
find a bucket least full and pour his or her apples into it. Play
continues like this until the last bucket overflows with
Bible Connection: Luke 6:38,
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For
with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." See also,