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. obehi says

    thank you for your ministry. always a blessing to us teachers.

  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. felinah says

    Hi, my name is felinah a Sunday school teacher and helper & i just wanna say thank u for sharing this game it is a really nice game and really helps me to come up with ideas

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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……

  9. 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.

  10. Kirui says

    It is really a great lesson, am prepared to share it to some 10 years old children this Sunday.

  11. Hellen says

    It is a good game that helps kids develop keen interest in seriously knowing their friends. I was going through it and raelised just how much I didnt know about certain people I interact with daily. As they are passing the ball around, there are instances where one child or adult gets stuck and just doesnt know what to say to the next person, making him or her realise s/he needs to work on his/her relationship with that other person (get to know the other person better). I strongly believe this game works for team building, motivation and developing friendships among the kids.
    Thumbs up!!!

  12. Zinia says

    I just give thanks to God for using you in this ministry. I am trying your lessons and games with the kids in sunday school and they love it.

    Thank you!

  13. Dixie says

    I really like this game because it reinforces what Jesus teaches us and what we are teaching the kids-Love one Another.

  14. Heather Rogers says

    We used this idea this morning except we did the bit with a yarn ball making a “love web”. It tied in nicely bc we could make the point that when we all work together to use our talents to glorify God, we “catch” hearts for Jesus with love.

  15. Grace says

    Im going to use this one for my Sunday School Class:-)..Thanks Dear! Godbless

  16. maureen says

    Excellent game I am going to use it for a children seminar. Thank you.

  17. Skie says

    thank you so much for all your fantastic ideas that you freely share with Gods love and humbleness., keep it up, this game is really going be so encouraging and it can relate with every or any sigle lesson made! thank you so much for your hard work, muhly apprecoated and well given to children to learn a great load, much appreciated !

  18. Charlotte says

    I love it. I am also a public school teacher and this idea most definitley carries over into the classroom . Thanks

  19. Audrey says

    What a simple, yet effective activity to allow children to acknowledge other’s God-given strengths and abilities as well as get to know each other better.
    Thanks for a super idea!

  20. Carol says

    Wonderful ideas for involving children in roll playing for a positive way to encourge them to think about others.

  21. una says

    I have been using info from this ministry and my students enjoy tham all
    keep on working for the Lord

    May God richly bless you


  22. says

    i am going to have the parents use this at my ADHD support group tomorrow as we talk about encouraging and supporting our ADHD children. We always need practice using encouraging words and with school starting we will need lots of practice as we will be encouraging them a ton!

  23. says

    this is a really cute idea, I’m going to link to it for one of our Encouragement Ideas pages!

    Keep up the good work!



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