Editor's Note: This game idea came recommended but without a lot of detail. If you use it, please post your details and improvements!
A Sower Soil Game Idea:
My kids LOVED this game workshop.
I created an obstacle course in our large room. set up the obstacle course with a blanket or table tunnel they must crawl through, blocks they must stack, bean bags they have to toss in a bucket, lollipops hidden in a pile of costumes, and a Sower trivia section where they have to open a slip of paper and answer a question about the parable ....before time runs out!
Students pulled a slip of paper out of a bowl to see what kind of "soil" they were going to play as:
The different types of soil had to go through the obstacle course different ways depending on what type of soil they were. The different soils were hobbled by their condition. Depending on your age groups, you could hobble the kids a little more than I did.
The Hard Path- the hard-hearted, had to go through the obstacle course with their arms to their side. (Use crate paper to wrap their arms loosely at their sides).
The Rocky Soil- The shallow-hearted had to go through the course on their knees.
Weedy/Thorny- The half-hearted, had to go through the course with only one arm. (The other arms wrapped loosely at their side with create paper).
The Good soil- The whole-hearted, goes through the obstacle course with out limitation.
Have the Hard Path go first and others watch. Pick an upbeat Christian song from a CD (about 3 minutes long) to play during the course and tell the kids they have to complete the course before the song stops. Have the good soil go last.
Watching others difficulty is part of the demonstration aspect of this lesson. When everyone is done, sit down and discuss how we can all be like the Good Soil.
Then, reset the course and let all the "soils" play unhobbled.
Some improvements by member Neil.