We’re in the middle of our Soul Revolution push as a church and so I’m creating a Soul Revolution activity for each Sunday during the 9 weeks. Normally the kids would do 3 separate activities in small groups that go along with the 252 Basics curriculum. However, right now I am writing one of those to be a Soul Revolution activity.
I’ve got one activity that is tripping me up. I want the kids to randomly select another kid in their group to encourage. Then the next kid will randomly select another kid to encourage. I really don’t want to spin a bottle, but what better “random selecting tool” is there. Simple. Cheap. But unfortunately loaded with connotations.
So, the big questions? Would you play spin the bottle? Can this activity redeem the other version or would you not touch this with a ten foot pole? Last of all, what else is a fun, easy and effortless way to randomly select kids to be encouraged?
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Randomly select the next child by choosing the child with the same color shoes or shirt or pants or same number of buttons on his clothes, etc., any selection will work
Have each child or their leader (depending on their age) write their name on a popsicle stick and then they can draw them out of a cup.
Spin the bottle seems a little risky… while younger kids wouldn’t have any idea what it could reference (unless they’ve seen it on TV) the older kids might, or when they share it with their parents, you could really open up issues. Plus, what if the bottle kept stopping on the same kids?
How about hot potato and everyone must say something short and nice about whoever is caught holding the potato.
And this is why I absolutely love this forum. My gut feeling was that spin the bottle was risky, mostly because of what parents would hear from their kids. Not a battle worth fighting. However, in my writers block I needed a little push in the right direction and now I have three great new ideas. Thanks everyone.