Read the Conditions of Use Statement.
Please refer to the Prize Methods Page for more ideas on a prize method. Use one method for a few weeks, then change to another method.
This game is taken from the old, old, old, T.V. show, "Let's Make a Deal". There are both good and bad prizes to be had by the players, so they better make a wise choice! You will need about 20 - 30 prizes for this game, but they won't all get used up, as for every choice that is made, one prize isn't chosen. It is much easier if you put all the prizes in boxes, or under a sheet on a chair, or behind a divider, or under a pot, or whatever way you choose to "hide" the prizes, BEFORE the kids come for the program. That way, when you go to play the game, everything is already set up. You will need an assistant to bring out prizes to you, as you may not want all of them to be in plain view when you start the game. This way, kids won't know when it is coming to an end. Put a Large letter A, B, & C, one on each paper. Photocopy these papers so you will have about 5 of each to work with. To play the game, choose a volunteer. It could be a boy, or a girl, just try to keep it even as you play. The host of the show says, which box will you chose? Box A or Box B? The host encourages the audience to yell out their suggestion to the player. After a few seconds, the player makes a choice. The host shows them what's under the box, and that is their prize. Choose another volunteer. The host continues this process, but each time, changing the location of the prizes. For example, "Would you like what's behind door #1, or door #2, or what's under the chair?" The host can try to talk the player out of their choice before revealing what's under the box, or behind the door. "Are you really sure? You can change your mind you know.." Sometimes what the player gets is good, and sometimes it's bad. For example, some bad prizes could be a can of beans, a tiny balloon, a rock, a crumpled up piece of paper, or anything else you can dream up. Some good prizes might be a bag of chips, a chocolate bar, a basketball, a stuffed animal, a popular toy etc. Most kids programs don't have a lot of money to spend, to try to get things that look like a big prize, but don't cost a lot. Also, the host can try to convince the person to trade their prize, once it is revealed with another choice. For example, if they got a bag of chips from their choice of box A or Box B, then the host can say, "I'll trade you that bag of chips for what's behind door #2." Sometimes the player will make the trade, or sometimes, they choose to keep what they have while they know it's good. The host should really encourage the audience to yell out what the player should do! This helps keep the audience involved. This game is a Big Favourite to the kids! We only play it 2 or 3 times a year, so we don't wear out the excitement.
It also has a great lesson to be learned from it. No matter what choice you make, good or bad, you must live with the consequences. If you get a good prize in the game, and get greedy and trade it again for what's behind the door #2, you could end up with something terrible. Also, many times your friends will be telling you what you should do, but it is up to the person to make their own decision, because they are the ones that must live with their own decisions. When they make wise decisions, they will be happy with the results.
Today's Bible Story is about Joshua. He had to make a decision. Was he going to do what God wanted him to do, even though it seemed rediculous? Or would he choose to disobey God because someone might make fun of him for walking around a city, trying to bring the walls down.
We did today's story in the form of a video. Veggie Tales "Josh and the Big Wall" is the story about Joshua and the battle of Jerico. If you don't have this video, and you don't have the time or money to purchase it, you could also tell the story while the kids act it out. The story is found in Joshua 6:1 - 20.
Today, Choose who you will serve. Joshua 24:15
Because the video is 30 min. and the game is at least 15 min. we are short on time. Even though there is not a lot of time to spend on the memory verse, be sure to emphasize it's importance. I wrote the memory verse on a chalkboard, and said it with the kids several times. Each time I said it, I put the emphasis on a different word. Eg. TODAY, choose who you will serve. Joshua 24:15. Today, CHOOSE who you will serve. Joshua 24:15. Today, Choose WHO you will serve. Joshua 24:15. etc...
Give the kids a chance to respond to the memory verse. Explain how Joshua had to make a choice. His friends, and the Israelites might have laughed at him and made fun of him when he told them the plan to bring the wall of Jerico down. But he decided it was more important to choose what God wanted. In the end, he made the right choice, and the results were great!
You can choose to do what God wants too. He wants you to be his friend and try to live like he wants you to. All you have to do is ask him!
Lead the kids in a repeat after me prayer.
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