Supplies: Blindfolds, water balloons for outside, Styrofoam cups for inside.
Set up a “mine field” by randomly placing the water balloons (or cups) on a marked section of ground. A concrete slab or basketball court works well for this. Grass also works, but you will need to set boundaries.
Divide students into groups of about 4 or 5. Give each team a blindfold. Put the blindfolds on one member of each team. The point of the exercise is for the ENTIRE team to get across the mine field with the fewest casualties, the fastest.
If a person TOUCHES a mine he/she is out (if it bursts water on them, it just makes it more fun). The other team members must be their eyes and tell them which way to go. The blindfolded people crossing the field must stay within the set boundaries, and only one person per team may be on the mine field at a time (so they can't lead them by touch). Team members help each other by shouting directions. Works best if mines are close together and if teams are close together. Adult leaders may yell out random directions to try to throw the teams off.
The trick is (don't tell the kids this till after it's over) for the person in the mine field to pick out a certain voice and listen to that one voice.
The Point: We need to listen to God's voice instead of all the voices that the world throws at us.
Idea by Derek
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