Review is an important part of the learning process and as such here are three PowerPoint games provided free by Phillip Kenney of Denver, CO for Sunday School teachers to use in their classrooms – There is no charge for them, just consider them a blessing to your ministry.
Click Here To Download (200 mb)
This is a .zip file containing all the games below – to extract in Windows, right click on the downloaded .zip file and select “extract all” to open the extraction wizard. You will need Microsoft PowerPoint to play these games or the free MS PPT viewer from Microsoft here (The Free Open Office Presentation program should also work if you do not have PowerPoint) Some of the games will require PowerPoint 2010 or later and run best on PowerPoint 2013.
Rules for each are as follows:
-Requires the full version of MS PowerPoint 2007 or later
Be sure you have a way to keep score as the computer does not do this for you.
Divide class into two teams, ask team 1 a question, if correct they get to pick a treasure chest in the game – some treasure chests include positive points, some negative points and one will end the game (atom bomb) automatically causing the opposing team to win. They are allowed to choose as many treasure chests as they wish, however if they choose a treasure chest which has an animation in it (other than the atom bomb which ends the game) their turn is over. They may stop picking treasure chests at any time, or continue until they choose one with an animation. When team 1 is finished with their turn, ask team 2 a question – if answered correctly they now have the opportunity to pick treasure chests. Repeat until out of questions or the Atom Bomb is chosen.
Pearls of Wisdom (Also under “Water Game”)
As with above game be sure you have a way to keep track of score (pencil & paper, etc..)
Divide class into teams. Ask team 1 a question and if answered correctly they may pick a ‘pearl.’ Some pearls contain positive points, some negative and some change (by a shark, submarine or crab animation). Alternate asking each team a question until you have used all questions, all pearls are chosen or the ‘exploding pearl’ is chosen. One pearl will ‘explode’ and end the game – team with most points at that time wins.
Feed the Snake
Divide class into teams. Ask team 1 a question and if answered correctly they may pick a mouse on their snakes side of the screen to ‘feed’ their snake. Each mouse will make their snake either grow or shrink (by varying amounts) game ends when all questions are asked, or all but one mouse are chosen (if all are chosen it is easy to have a tie, so let children know they must leave one mouse on their side of the screen)
When the game is over click “END” in the top left corner and both snakes will move to the middle making it easy to see which team won.
This is a boys vs. girls game. The beetle on the left is for the boys, on the right for the girls. If they answer a question correctly hit the “Green light” if it is wrong click on the “Red light” the beetle that crosses the finish line first wins.
This is another Boys vs. Girls game. The object is to build your sandwich first. The game will allow you to “cheat” so you will need to know the rules: 1) must start by picking a piece of bread for your sandwich 2) must get 3 ingredients on top of the bread 3) after 3 ingredients are successfully placed in the sandwich you choose the last piece of bread to “win”.
See the rules for “Treasure Hunt” the only difference is this game does not have the game ending “Atom Bomb”
This is a role playing game designed for Youth Groups/older teens. It can be quite traumatic on some, so please be sensitive to your group. The object of the game is to help teens relate to our brothers and sisters who live in fear of persecution for their faith. The game begins with the group going thru the “Iran Scenario” power point. Once they have seen that presentation each person is given a card with their “Identity” on it. These identities are to remain a secret.
There are 8 roles (3 of which are played by leaders):
1) Ayatolla – their goal is to discover who the Christians are and arrest them.
2) Missionary – their goal is to convert Iranians and meet with all free and living Christian believers.
3) Christian – goal is to locate fellow Christians and missionary leaders.
4) Christian Traitor – this person assists the Ayatollah in discovering Christians.
5) Iranian – goal is to locate an under-cover Christian and convert to Christianity.
6) Courier – this is an adult leader who is there to watch over the game and serve as referee
7) Guard – this person guards the “jail” area and checks people in/out – as well as keeping time. A person that is brought to jail will serve a 5 minute sentence and then be brought before the “judge” for a trial.
8) Judge – once a person who has been arrested serves their 5 minute “Jail time” they are brought before the judge who will ask them to deny Christ – if they are willing to deny Christ they are instantly set free. If they refuse then they pick one of the 3 judgement cards (these should be printed prior to the game and set on the table in front of the judge) if they draw the Liberty card they are set free. If they choose the Judgement card they serve another 5 minute “sentence” in jail and then return to the judge. If they choose the Death card they are “executed” and leave the game – they should remain in a neutral area where they can no longer influence the game at this point.
Jail – The jail should be an area where those who are arrested can sit down – a classroom or corner of a room will work well.
Set a time limit – recommended is 30-60 minutes. After the time is up blow a whistle (or other signal) so everyone knows the game is over and should return to the meeting area.
Following the game the group should have a discussion time where they can share how they felt and what they learned.
This can be a very traumatic game for some as they will relate quite deeply to the plight that is being portrayed, so be prepared for a lot of high emotions at the end of the game. We have found it to be a very good discussion starter.
The game was developed by one of our teens many years ago, who is currently serving in a Muslim nation, so their name will not be stated here – but many thanks to this individual for helping many other teens really think about how they can pray for their brothers and sisters who are persecuted for their faith around the globe.
Remember that when planning your review game to write down questions ahead of time (you don’t want to waste the precious little time you have in Sunday School ‘thinking’ up questions – so be prepared) and ask questions that focus the children on the main ideas you want them to remember. Review games are not meant to be time fillers, but they are a great way to fill time.