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Sunday Snippet: Games, Games, More Games! – A GiveAway!!!

April 27th, 2010 · 32 Comments

It feels like months since we did a GiveAway as opposed to just two whole weeks!!! Anyway this weeks GiveAway is a totally fun one. As usual I have to thank Christian Book Discounters who kindly supplied the book for this GiveAway…


And here’s the book from Day One Publishers:


If you have ever been placed with a whole bunch of kids before you for a Friday night club or a Sunday School Class or worse (and this happens to people like me) a whole weekend!!! Then this is a great book to have on hand. Remember if your kids Bible classes are fun they will come back for more and this book seriously has a heap of ideas for fun. It is a collection of games: gap-fillers, action time, mind benders and easy going games. Mostly classics and some you will say – “Oh, forgot about that one!!!” But what a great resource to have up your sleeve, because you know if you pause with a bunch of kids you lose them… you have to keep them engaged and if you have a couple of games firmly up your sleeve then you are good to go. I think if you just skimmed through this book every time you knew you were going to be in the presence of a bunch of kids (even if they are your own!!!) then you will always be equipped for some quick fun.

The book is really easy to find what you are looking for with a page a game layout. No bells, no whistles and no lengthy explanations. Simple direct instructions and on to the next game. No hidden message, no secret agenda, seriously just a bunch of great games. And the games are versatile because there is no application, the games are simply stated and it is up to you to adapt them to whatever lesson you are teaching.

Well we put this book to the test and spent an afternoon playing games from it, here come se7en of the best and I saved the very best for last:

  1. Spell your name: If a letter from your name is shouted out then jump forward a step… we have a few spelling issues!!!
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  3. Book Hold: Last man (kidlet) standing wins:

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  4. Mini-Olympics: I have done a whole weekend of Olympics with a large group of kids: indoor/outdoor/clean/dirty/wild/mini… I could have done with a couple of these ideas! Here’s mini javelin:
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  6. Classic Over-Under:
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  8. Human Tic Tac Toe: Unfortunately half our teams wandered off during this one!!!
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  10. Three Tags and You Are Out: This was my best and I can see this being a favorite somewhere bigger, like the beach. First time you are tagged you put your arm behind your back and it stays there, the next time your other arm and it stays there and the third time you sit down and you are out. Very fast, very frantic, very fun.
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  12. Chubby Bunny: We didn’t have marshmallows but we had one taker who wanted to stuff as many biscuits into her mouth as possible…
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    And the “se7en + 1th” game:

  14. Apple Bobbing: Because sometimes you forget to make stuff fun in the everyday!!!
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    And finally another “se7en + 1th” game:

  16. Wink Murder: This one was new to me and I thought it was a little tricky for certain players. But the name got them curious. All my kids simply loved this, it was their favorite by far and they have played it for hours and hours and hours already. One player, the detective, leaves. The others decide who is the wink murderer. The detective returns and watches closely while the wink murderer winks at players hoping not to be noticed. If you are lucky enough to catch a wink then you keel over with great and elaborate drama… well the last part we added in, but trust me it’s vital!!!
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The GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of this coming Friday, 30 April 2009, and I will draw and publish the winner next week on Sunday! – I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

Our GiveAway Books are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you!

Good luck and get commenting!

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jess // Apr 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    That looks like heaps of fun!

  • 2 LindaOz // Apr 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Oh, WINK MURDER!!! We used to play this when we were kids but I had completely forgotten about it until I read it here. How cool! I’ll have to teach my kids now – I’m sure they’ll love it. Thanks!

  • 3 Aunty Muffin // Apr 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    HI, i better enter this, as all my kids are involved in kids club and Sunday school!

  • 4 Diane // Apr 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, just found your blog, what wonderful ideas of what to do with kids!!!!

  • 5 Marci @ Life on Rancho Relaxo // Apr 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I love these kinds of books, please send it my way.

  • 6 Pam // Apr 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Fun, Fun, Fun. I can see wink murder being a huge hit around here!


  • 7 Julie K in Taiwan // Apr 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Please don’t enter my name because I have a box sitting here to mail to you and I’d feel so guilty if I won and I haven’t mailed off yours yet! But I wanted to say we loved playing “Darling if you love me will you please please smile” Do you know that one? You sit in a circle, one person is “it” and goes up to anyone else and says the above phrase. The chosen person must then respond, without smiling, “Darling you know I love you but I just can’t smile.” Too much fun!

  • 8 Kath Malan // Apr 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Such good fun and with winter looming couple of ideas for inside games. Have 3 very busy boys and always looking for good ideas!

  • 9 Cara Kapp // Apr 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Sounds like a fun book!

  • 10 Linda B // Apr 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Sounds like lots of fun!

  • 11 Tami Cox // Apr 28, 2010 at 2:48 am

    This one looks like a blast!

  • 12 Rebecca // Apr 28, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Looks like a great book!!!

  • 13 Meeks // Apr 28, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Love all the fun the kids had!! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  • 14 Ashlea Hamblin // Apr 28, 2010 at 5:31 am

    What a great giveaway! Just found your blog and I’m enjoying it so much!

  • 15 Deb // Apr 28, 2010 at 6:54 am

    sounds fab – had forgotten about wink murder! what a great resource for loads of fun!

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  • 19 efi // Apr 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to get this book, we all need the fun.

    By the way, I have to tell you, we have the same anniversary date (24-4), but we’ve been married six years now (although we are together for 12).

    Funny, huh?

  • 20 Tammy Mayes // Apr 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Oooh it looks good, love these games. I don’t know the over under thing, think it needs some more explanations for us unfortunates out here!

  • 21 Ananda // Apr 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    What a colourful book! PLS PLS PLS let us win it! PLS PLS PLS! Love the games with the kiddies! Favourite game currently is ‘hide-the-clock’! Blessed week!

  • 22 Leslie // Apr 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    These are all such fun ideas. I love the photos of your kids running around playing the games. I think i’ll give apple bobbing a try with my boys – that looks like so much fun.

  • 23 teresa // Apr 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    count us in…. ;0)

  • 24 Beth // Apr 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    It sounds like lots of fun! Love visiting your Blog!

  • 25 Ulrike // Apr 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    What a great book! I would loooooove to have it!

  • 26 Katherine Wiseman // Apr 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Looks like great fun!!

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  • 31 Pat // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    This looks like fun! Never heard of wink murder but my grandson will love it! He sticks his tongue out when he plays dead!

  • 32 se7en // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Pat, We haven’t played that for a long time ourselves!!! Thanks for the reminder!!! Hope you have had a great week!!!

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