The Encouragement Game for Children

Kids need to be encouraged and encourage others!

Back in 2007, I invented this little game for our older elementary small groups. Kids need to see how God has given them talents and skills — to glorify Him. But in the process I thought it would be cool to have them do this by focusing on others. Here is how my game worked:

Children’s Ministry Encouragement Game

  • Have the children sit in a circle on the floor.
  • Use an object to designate which kid has a turn to speak – like a ball.
  • Model the game by sitting in the circle with the children.
  • Have them complete this sentence and then pass the object to the child they were talking about — “You are really good at ________________ and I can imagine God using your to _____________.
  • The child who receives the object will go next. Instruct them to not repeat until everyone has had a turn.
  • It creates a little surprise to see who they are talking about. You may need to redirect the comments if they become redundant or negative.
  • Example: “You are really good with babies and I can imagine God using you to be a good Mom.” Then hand the object to Sara.
  • Example: “You are really good at talking and I can imagine God using you to be a teacher.

Look for teaching opportunities. Play the game along with the kids. You might get encouraged yourself. This game will work for Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, or anywhere you need a solid teaching game. Let me know if you find it helpful. Click here to leave a comment.

Glen Woods has a similar game on his blog.


  1. says

    This is great and I think it will do wonders for adults who always feel inferior and also it will help those who are negative to be positive about others. Great game. Thanks

  2. Lita says

    Tony, thank you so much. This game is wonderful. I will be using this game in our children’s retreat. Thank you for all you do.


  3. Indrani Barua says

    Being a beginner as a Catechism Class Teacher I really did not what and how to start with. But your Ministry is full of new and good ideas that there’s so much of interest and fun in our class.

    Thanks and God Bless

    Kolkata – India

  4. says

    Tony, thanks for this site. I sense so much genuine-ness going on here and for a rookie, this site is so full of constructive, easy to apply ideas. Thank you! Pl produce more short training clips so we can raise teams!

  5. rachel says

    hi, I am a fairly new Sunday School Teacher and I just want to say thank you for the game. It’s very helpful to me. I was looking for such a game to do with the children that would help them to not only HEAR about Love but helps them to practice it as well. Thanks So Much. I pray that the Lord Bless You for your work. Sister in Christ, Rachel

  6. meena says

    Realy it is very Good game for the childrens… i will play this game with my childerns………. may God bless your ministry with many ideas…….
    God Bless You All……

  7. everlyneochami says

    Though i was not able to see the pictures, but the instructions i read practicing it with the children in the home they like it blessings.

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