Be Careful What You Say (GAME)



30-35 minutes



This game teaches that it is important to think before we speak.



·      Game Cards – available at the end of this lesson (there are enough cards for a group of six to play three, full rounds (with a few extras), so you may need to divide groups larger than six into smaller groups and give each the identical game cards)

·      Watch or clock with a second hand or a sixty-second timer for each group

·      Paper and something to write with in order to keep score for each team

·      Prizes for winners (optional)



·      Print out and cut out the game cards

·      Make any additional game cards that you might want to include

·      Organize the cards into identical stacks (one for each group)

·      Pass out paper and writing instrument to each table or group

·      Practice the script.



Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

·      “We’re going to play a game today to help us to remember that we need to be careful what we say.”

·      “The Bible has many verses that tell us to be careful about our words and what comes out of our mouth.  Let’s read a few.”  (Ask volunteers to read the following verses, or select some of your own:

o        Proverbs 10:14 (Speaking too much can get you into trouble.)

o        Proverbs 10:19 (Speaking too many words lead to sin.)

o        Proverbs 10:31 (A perverse tongue is cut out.)

o        Proverbs 11:9 (The godless do harm to others with their mouth.)

o        Proverbs 12:18 (Words can hurt those around us.)

o        Proverbs 18:6 (Foolish people invite trouble when they speak.)

o        Proverbs 18:7 (A fool sets a trap for himself by what he says.)

o        Proverbs 26:7 (A fool’s mouth is useless to him.)

·      “And that’s just a few of the verses about watching what we say!  Our mouths can get us into a lot of trouble!”

·      “So, here’s how the game is played.” (Separate participants into groups if you have more than six participants.)

·      “First, we need a volunteer in each group to keep score.  Can I get some volunteers?”  (Make sure every group has someone to keep score and have them create a score sheet with the names of all the group members across the top of the page and columns for recording points.  Also appoint a timekeeper for each group.  Each round should last no more than sixty seconds.)

·      “Okay, each group (if you have groups) will get a stack of cards.  Be sure to keep them face down so that you can’t see them.”  (Hand out cards.)

·      “Each group member will take a turn drawing a card from the deck and reading it.”

·      “The cards have a word or phrase at the top of the card and some words commonly related to that word or phrase under it.”

·      “Then, he or she must give clues to the group to try to get them to guess the word or phrase at the top of the card.”

·      “The trick is that he or she cannot use any of the words on the card – not the word or phrase at the top of the card and not the commonly related words under it.”

·      “Also, he or she cannot use any form of the words or any gestures or body language of any kind.”

·      “To hold that person accountable, they have to show their card to the person on their right, but they shouldn’t show it to anyone else.”

·      “If the person on their right hears them use any of the words on the card or sees them do a gesture or body movement that might give away the word or phrase, he or she should stop the round and indicate which word was used.”

·      “The person on the right then gets a point, and the scorekeeper for the group should mark one point under that person’s name.”

·      “If, however, the person whose turn it is successfully gets someone to guess the word or phrase, then both the person whose turn it is and the person who guessed the word or phrase get a point.”

·      “The person with the most points after everyone takes three turns will be the winner.”

·      “Does anyone have any questions?”  (Answer any questions, and run a practice round if you think it will be helpful.  After that, begin the game, and allow each person in each group to have three turns.  Have someone at the table watch the time so that they can signal when time is up.  Then have the scorekeepers calculate the totals, and announce the winners.  Award prizes if you want, then have each group work through the debrief questions listed below.)


Debrief Questions

·       “How difficult was it for you to avoid using the words on the cards?”

·       “Do you struggle with any of the following temptations related to what we say?

o   Gossiping / Telling rumors

o   Lying

o   Making promises you can’t keep

o   Swearing

o   Taking the Lord’s name in vain

o   Nagging

o   Being critical of others

o   Discouraging others

o   Dominating conversations

o   Exaggerating

o   Blaming

o   Saying “yes” when you should really say “no”

o   Bragging

o   Being unkind

·       “What other temptations of the mouth can you think of?”

·       “What can you do to prevent giving in to these temptations in the future?”




Teeth                  Paste               Mouth


Cavity                  Rot               Enamel


Tongue                Lips                  Chew



Nail                       Hit                 Pound


Wood                   Tool                  Claw


Sledge                 Build              Thumb



Burning               Bush                Israel


Shepherd           Plague               Egypt


Prince               Pharaoh             Aaron



Learn                Teacher          Building


Education          Library               Book


Study              Homework              Test

Fishers of Men


Peter                 Andrew             James


Catch                  Jesus                  John


Net                 Evangelism        Heaven



Book                   Holy           Scripture


Quiet                Devotion             Word


Read                 Leather            Church



Adult                  People                 Kids


Father             Grown-up       Guardian


Mom                    Dad              Mother

Video Games


Nintendo            X-Box                  Play


TV                   Controller                Wii


Friends                Role                 Shoot



Dog                      Cat             Hamster


Cage                   Leash                  Fish


Animal                Bark                Meow



Jesus                    Die                      Sin


Golgotha           Roman            Crucify


Pay                     Christ               Carry



Bread                  Jelly                   Jam


Food                  Toaster             Butter


Honey                Spread                   Eat

Old Testament


New                     Bible                 Book


Word                Promise        Scripture


God                     Holy             Prophet

Sunday School


Teaching           Church                 Kids


Today                 Word           Children


Learn                  Bible           Scripture



Kids                  Children            Buddy


Play                    Close                    Pal


Together            School               Know



Soccer              Football         Baseball


Volleyball         Hockey      Basketball


Play                   Athlete         Compete



Fly                    Propeller             Rotor


Passenger             Air                 Wings


Bird                     Chop                     Up



Place               Jerusalem            Jacob


Middle               Name          Abraham


Jew                   Hebrew               Isaac

Fiery Furnace


Shadrack         Meshack      Abednego


Daniel                  Bow                Statue


Fire                     Jesus                Angel

David and Goliath


Stones                 Giant                 Fight


Child                    Boy           Shepherd


Kid                      Sling               Rocks



Countries         Pictures               Draw


Legend            Compass     Directions


Cities                 Places              Ocean



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