10-15 minutes (or more, depending upon how many times you play)
Children & Youth
This game is a fun and high-energy way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It’s played in rounds, and an individual round takes only a few minutes to play.
- Matthew 28:1-10
- 10-20 feet of rope
- “Friday-Sunday” dice cube pattern (You can find this on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachthem.wordpress.com in the file named “Resurrection Roll – Dice Cube.”)
- Scissors or knife to cut out dice cube
- Cardboard or poster board (8.5 x 11 inches)
- Optional: Small prizes for the winners – it’s possible to have multiple winners each round, so you will want to have lots of small prizes
- Print out the dice cube pattern.
- Glue the pattern on top of the cardboard or poster board.
- Cut out the dice cube pattern.
- Bend the dice cube sides along the lines to form the cube. (It might be helpful to lightly score the cardboard along the dice cube lines to help it to bend. Make sure to score the cardboard side and not the paper side.)
- Tape the dice cube anywhere the sides come together.
- Lay out the rope in a large circle pattern.
- Practice the script.
Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Jesus died on the cross on a Friday, and His followers were crushed!”
- “They believed He was the Savior, the Messiah, but now He was gone!”
- “They couldn’t believe it! They didn’t know what to do.”
- “They had put all their hopes in Jesus, and they didn’t know what to do with their lives now that He was dead.”
- “Fortunately for them and for all of us, that wasn’t the end of the story!” (Have a volunteer read Matthew 28:1-10.)
- “Imagine you were there!”
- “One moment, life has no meaning – only mourning.”
- “The next moment, all your hopes are restored – even upgraded!”
- “What you thought was a terrible defeat turns into an incredible victory!”
- “So, let’s play a game to celebrate that victory!” (Ask everyone to grab the rope and stand in a circle.)
- “I have a die (singular for dice) here that has three sides that say, ‘Friday,’ and three sides that say, ‘Sunday.’”
- “You are holding a rope that represents the tomb Jesus was buried in, and you represent Jesus.”
- “Before I roll the die, you have to decide if you think it will land on ‘Friday’ or ‘Sunday’ and choose to either be in the tomb or out of the tomb.”
- “If it lands on ‘Friday,’ you want to be in the tomb, where Jesus was after He died.”
- “If it lands on ‘Sunday,’ you want to be outside the tomb, where Jesus was after He rose from the dead.”
- “If you are in the wrong place, you are out of the game and have to leave the circle until we start a new round.”
- “I will roll the die three times, and you can choose a different place (in or out) each time or stay where you are as long as you keep being right.”
- “Whoever lasts all three rolls, wins!” (“….and gets a prize” if you are giving prizes)
- “Are you ready to play?” (Start the game by having the kids choose a position inside or outside of the rope. Then roll the die. Any kids on the wrong side of the rope are out until the next round. After three rolls, acknowledge the winners and start a new round if you wish. End whenever you’ve had enough!)