This is a great game to play at the end of the service, if you happen to have extra time, or aren’t sure when the service will get over (we know that NEVER happens to children’s pastors…right?!). Kids love this game, and it can go as long or short as you want, and it requires no supplies or planning, so you can pull it out any time! And on top of all that, it is a GREAT review game to reinforce the Bible story and help encourage kids to pay attention.
How to Play the “Stumped” Game
Split the kids into two teams (boys vs. girls is usually a fun way to play). The teams will gather on opposite sides of the room. The leader will choose one child from each team to come up front. The teams will try to stump each other’s person on stage. So, if you play boys vs. girls, the boys will try to “stump” the girl on stage, and the girls will try to “stump” the boy, by asking questions about that day’s Bible story. They are trying to get the person on stage to say, “I don’t know, I’m STUMPED.” If you get someone to say “I’m stumped,” you can either end the game there (and that team wins!) or you can just give them a point, and keep playing.
If the person gets the answer right, the other team gets to ask a question. If both people on stage get their answer right, then send them back and call up 2 more people. Keep playing until someone is stumped. Once someone is stumped, in order for a team to win (or get a point), the other person on stage has to correctly answer a question. If both people get it wrong, neither team wins- keep playing.
The kids can come up with any questions they want, and this actually helps them reinforce what they learned, because they are the ones coming up with great questions. They will learn that the goal is to get really hard and detailed questions. Tell them at the beginning of the service that they might get to play “Stumped” and see how well they pay attention, to look for great facts and details to ask questions about! For instance, they could ask “What book and chapter of the Bible is today’s story from?” or other random details.
If you run out of facts from your lesson that day, you could play a random version of this game, and just let the kids ask any question they want, to try and stump the people on stage.