- Paper plates—one per child plus extras
- Marbles—5 per team of 6 children plus extras (for lost marbles during the game)
- Small containers to hold the marbles—one per team
For larger classes add supplies above for additional teams. View Jesus Feeds the Hungry Giving Game for game setup.
Write the SuperVerse on the board—2 Corinthians 9:10:
On the Increase: Give freely and receive more to give.
In Large Group, you were asked to be on the lookout for what Jesus does before He gives the food to the disciples to distribute. Who knows the answer? He held it and looked to heaven and blessed it.
We all know what took place after that—an amazing miracle! The young boy gave what he had and God multiplied it.
Let’s read the SuperVerse together from the board. 2 Corinthians 9:10:
Did you know that we can never, ever out give God? No matter how generously we give, God gives us more. He is the source of all good things and will return more back to us in more ways than we could ever imagine. His supplies are endless!
Divide the children into teams of six. These can be adjusted to less or more depending on your class size. If possible, mix teams with boys, girls, and older and younger children. Have each team form a separate line; side by side at arm’s length from one another. Place a container of marbles at one end. Give each child a plate. Say “Ready, set, give!” to start the game. The first player on each team will take a marble and put it on his/her plate. Then the player rolls the marble from that plate to the next player’s plate and so on down the entire line. The last player carefully carries the marble on his/her plate to the beginning of the line and all players move down one position. This means the last player becomes the first player and the previous first player is now the second player, etc. The first player keeps the marble on the plate and adds a second marble. The player then transfers the two marbles to the next player. Play continues as before until the marble reaches the last player in line. That player goes to the first position and everyone moves down one position again. Continue this process, adding one marble each time to the plate. The first team to pass all five marbles and return them to the container wins.
Note: players cannot use their hands to touch or hold the marbles on the plates; they must only be balanced. Players must work together to carefully transfer marbles between plates. If marbles roll off a plate, team members can help gather them and return them to the player’s plate.
Conclusion: What happened when you gave what you had? I received back even more!
God blesses what we give Him. He multiplies or increases it to do more than we ever could do on our own.
Let’s learn more about God’s blessings and giving in our Teaching time.