Have kids stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a circle. Give each person a blindfold to put on. When everyone is blindfolded, have the players count off and remember their numbers (If you have more than fifteen players, have them form two groups.) When the players are circled up, numbered, and waiting, have them ask the people to their immediate right and left this question: “How ya doin’?” Each person asked will answer: “Jus’ fine, thanks!” Continue this verbal flood until all players hear the repetitive Q and A at least three times.
Say: What you’re saying and hearing is essential toward the solution of the problem I’m about to present. When I give a signal, you’ll mill around the room blindfolded. Make a body bumper by placing your hands up, palms forward. This will protect you in the milling process. Say “Milling, milling, milling,” while you move to let each other know you’re not alone in this exercise. Besides, it sounds funny.
Here’s the problem: After you’ve milled around for one minute, you have to return to your initial numbered position, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a circle. You can talk during this reorganization, but the only thing you can say is “How ya doin’?” and “Jus’ fine, thanks!” reiterated as many times as you’d like. Ready? Start milling.
After one minute of milling, say: Line up in a circle. (Line up in a circle? Are you kidding? No, really. You can do that.) You and they may be surprised at the sequential accuracy of the final circle. I’m not surprised. I’ve done this before.
Learning Option: Listening for God’s Voice
Themes: God’s voice, listening to God
Have kids form two groups. Assign each group one of these Scriptures to read:
1 Kings 19:11-13
Have groups discuss the following question and be ready to report their answers to the large group: “What does your passage say about listening for God’s voice?”
After a few moments, get reports from the two groups. They might say something like “Jesus is the shepherd; we are the sheep. The sheep listen for and know the shepherd’s voice.” Or “Sometimes we look for God’s voice in loud noises like earthquakes, wind, and fire. But sometimes God’s voice is still and quiet.”
Play the game again, using the same rules, only this time use this question and answer: “Who ya gonna listen to?” “God’s voice.”