Photos of BIBLE SKILLS & GAMES Workshops and game equipment.

Learn more about the Bible Skills and Games Workshop in the Rotation Model.

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Adapting board games to stories and playing them in large format is a
popular technique in the Bible Skills and Games Workshop. 
Note the over-sized die! 

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Notice the Books of the Bible on the wall, and Bible study resources on the shelf. Study tools and discussion skills/techniques are especially emphasized in this workshop.

   

The above pictures were an early game board at FUMC, Ann Arbor, MI. It was made by sewing different colors of fabric squares onto a king-sized sheet. (Okay for a small group of kids but as the program grew the number of kids grew!)

Later the folks at FUMC in Ann Arbor made one by painting on a canvas drop-cloth.  
Here the kids are playing a Cranium-like game and one team has to create something out of Play-doh that represents the story. 

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Notice the MAP in the background. Many Bible Skills and Games Workshops feature Bible maps which are out where the children can absorb content even after the lesson is over.

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Here's our "Paul's Journey" maze table in our Bible Skills and Games Workshop at Peace Presbyterian, Bradenton FL.

 

It's a re-usable game piece. As you can see, the kids labeled the pitfalls/holes and bumpers to fit the lesson understanding of "what it takes" and what the challenges are when following God.  

 

We are balancing the board on a box and tilting it. We did a lot of modifying as part of the lesson, changing the labels, changing how we worked, or didn't work together, changing the ball, etc. Requires a quick thinking teacher! 

 

The obstacles/rails on the board were taped in place and could be moved/added to as our discussion unfolded. For example, we added more "prayer and faith" near one difficult spot!  Each addition became a point of comment. Kids suggested many of them and loved modifying the game. The labels were post-it notes that the kids dictated. Ball rolled over them easily.

 

Such a board, pitfalls, teamwork, someone working against, guards, unhelpful traps, --these could all be re-purposed for many different discussions and ages.

 

The board is a thin piece of plywood with 1x1 railing screwed to the edge for rigidity. 

 

 

 

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Bible Skills and Games Workshops sometimes take on a "Bible tent" motif.

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Notice at the top of the picture below you can see the top of a folding tent/awning in another church's Rotation Model Sunday School. The tent/awning has been permanently set up INSIDE a traditional classroom space to lower the ceiling and give the kids a cozy "tent" feeling.  Fabric has then been stretched between the legs of the folding tent to close it in.  Does wonders in reducing that lovely "concrete pill box" appearance so many classrooms (and kids) suffer with in churches.

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Sometimes they are used for music and storytelling too!

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Can you figure out what lesson they were teaching in this photo?  Answer below.



The Kingdom of God is like a treasure, bread, pearls...!

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Here's our "Paul's Journey" maze table in our Bible Skills and Games Workshop at Peace Presbyterian, Bradenton FL.

It's a re-usable game piece. As you can see, the kids labeled the pitfalls/holes and bumpers to fit the lesson understanding of "what it takes" and what the challenges are when following God.  

We are balancing the board on a box and tilting it. We did a lot of modifying as part of the lesson, changing the labels, changing how we worked, or didn't work together, changing the ball, etc. Requires a quick thinking teacher! 

The obstacles/rails on the board were taped in place and could be moved/added to as our discussion unfolded. For example, we added more "prayer and faith" near one difficult spot!  Each addition became a point of comment. Kids suggested many of them and loved modifying the game. The labels were post-it notes that the kids dictated. Ball rolled over them easily.

Such a board, pitfalls, teamwork, someone working against, guards, unhelpful traps, --these could all be re-purposed for many different discussions and ages.

The board is a thin piece of plywood with 1x1 railing screwed to the edge for rigidity. 

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I found this YouTube video of a BLUE TARP "team building game" version of the tilting board game. 

As seen, their tarp "board" requires more hands to hold, but I suppose you could also simply attach 1"x1" wood strips to the four edges of the tarp (using a staple gun) so that one student could control each side of the tarp by themselves.  The tarp would be easy to label.  

  • Wilderness Journey Tilting Tarp? 
  • Avoid Sin Tarp?
  • Church working together to solve problems tarp? (what 'holes' do we need to fill, or get the ball to drop in to accomplish a goal?)
  • Or how about simply labeling ten holes with a different commandment (or Bible verse) and seeing if you can "tilt" the table-tarp to get the ball to roll into the commandments (or Bible verse) "in the correct order."

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