5 Non-Competitive Game Ideas for Kids

non competitive game ideas for kidsSometimes it’s counter productive to teach a kids church lesson about unity then lead your kids in a competitive game like racing or tag. Other times parents just don’t want their children to participate in games were children are “eliminated” or there is only one “winner.”

If this sounds like your current situation, you need non-competitive games as fillers during your ministry time. These games makes all kids winners and focuses on entertaining the individual without pairing kids against one another. Keep a list of these non-threatening games handy to use whenever you need a bonus game for children’s church.

If you have other ideas you would like to share leave us a comment below. Other readers will benefit from your feedback on this article.

1. Scavenger Hunts

Hide a group prize in the room before class begins. Draw a map or give clues to the group and encourage children to work together. Get real interaction by giving them clues that must be solved together. Give each child a letter of a special world and have the children unscramble the word or phrase to locate the treasure.

2. Charades

Before Sunday School or Kids Church begins,  write several animal names or Bible characters on slips of paper. Kids get to randomly select and act out what’s written on the paper. For fun, have kids work together in pairs to act out their characters.

3. Icebreakers

These games are good for building stronger groups. There are lots of different icebreakers you can use but this one is my favorite. Start with a large ball of yarn. Hold the end string of the yarn and toss the ball to another person. Before you toss the ball, ask a question like “What’s your middle name?” Questions are asked, the ball is tossed and pretty soon there’s yarn everywhere!

4. Hula Hoop Game

You’ll need four or five large Hula Hoops to start this game. When the game starts have all the children gather together inside the Hula Hoops. Do this while the music plays. Remove the hoop and tell kids they have to squeeze into the other hoops or at least hold on to one. Keep going until you have one hoop and all your class inside and outside. Kids will work together to include everyone.

5. Catch the Mouse

Other non-competitive games like Catch the Mouse won’t have kids crying. You’ll need two balls for this games, a small one and a large one. Have kids sit on the floor, they will use their feet and legs to move the small ball or “mouse” around the circle. Once the mouse makes it back home, to the original person, introduce the “cat.” The cat is the larger ball. The mouse has to move around the circle without being passed by the cat. Kids laugh and have fun playing this silly game.

These non-competitive game ideas for kids ministry can be personalized any way you like. You can leave a comment below with any variations or related ideas you would like to share.

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  1. C Vega says

    Hi Eric, I definitely agree with teaching our kids how to be Christ-like in all situations, therefore let us teach them to do things that fall in line with love and unity by God’s grace. The more I read the Word, the more clearly I understand the principles of heaven. We need to be careful, with the help of God, to train up (or disciple) a child in the principles of heaven, not the principles of this world. Competitions is based on a rudiment or basic principle of the world and not after Christ (Colossians 2:8). Competition is based on the principle selfishness, being #1, esteeming oneself better than the other, and Jesus never conducted Himself in such ways because He is love, and love is not selfish. I never see Jesus in any competition against someone else, but we see His disciples at times in some form of rivalry or trying to see whose the greatest, which Jesus did not condone. I rather have my kids learn how to be Christ-like when the world tempts them with its ways, than learn to be Christ-like while partaking of the world. We are instructed by the Lord not to be conformed to this world, or love the world, or be a friend of the world (We ofcoaurse can socialize with all people but not partake of what the unregenarted hearts do that is contrary to God’s principles). The Bible in the New Testament teaches us to be not conformed to this world but to have the mind of Christ. The Old Testament teaches us that God instructed His people to not be like the other nations, and This is the same as not being like the world. What I just shared is from the Word of truth, and the Holy Spirit will sanctify our children through God’s principles of truth. Please keep in mind that anything not based on truth does the opposite of sanctification. I can share more to make my stance clearer, but I think this is enough. Hope it helps.

  2. Eric says

    I think we should teach our children how to be Christ like in a fallen world and allow them to be in competitive situations to show them how to respond in a way that Jesus would want them to respond. It’s helping them live out the fruit of the spirit. When they lose in a game there might be issues of anger and pride. We can show them how to die to their flesh-in that real world circumstance. Keeping our kids from playing competitive games doesn’t erase any sin issues they may have. We shouldn’t practice sanctification by isolation.

  3. Alice Morris says

    One of my kids’ favorite games is musical chairs. We play it the normal way (taking one chair away each time), but no one is “out.” As we remove the chairs, the kids have to share the chairs, so by the end, all of the kids are trying to sit on one chair. You can apply this idea to lots of different Bible stories.

  4. Andrea says

    Thank you! We have some preschoolers in our class that really need to work on their “competitive” skills! Melt downs when games are lost are frequent, so these games are the perfect balance!

  5. says

    We may live in a competitive world, but we don’t live in a competitive Kingdom. I try to teach my children that winning doesn’t matter–glorifying God does.

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