Rub a balloon against your hair and it builds up a charge that will allow it to attract small bits of paper or even stick to a wall. Our thoughts are often like the balloons. We attract what we focus upon. Change your thoughts and you change not only the attractions, but you will find new habits and new results coming into your life.
This game is appropriate for any size youth group and balloons are loved by all ages. It can be used on a youth ministry game night, during Sunday School or as part of a Bible Study Class. The objective of the game is for youth to rub balloons against their hair to give the balloons enough static electricity for them to stick to the wall. Small pieces of paper with messages on them can also be placed inside the balloons. Whiteboard or Permanent markers can be used to write on the balloons as well.
You only need to have one balloon for each youth that plays and a few bare walls.
You can either get the youth to inflate the balloons as part of the game or inflate them in advance. If you inflate balloons in advance, you can also write messages on small slips of paper and place them inside the balloons. Questions, quotes, scripture verses, instructions, key facts, and keywords for a lesson can be placed inside the balloons. An air pump is useful if you decide to inflate the balloons beforehand.
If you have a large group of youth, you can play according to teams. It can be a free for all or played as a relay race. Teams can be assigned a particular color of balloons or it can be a free for all. In particularly humid climates, it may be very difficult to generate enough static for the balloon to stick to the wall but in most cases it is still possible. If the youth take too long or don’t give the balloons enough of a charge, they will fall from the wall.
Variation 1: Relay Race
- Inflate a balloon and tie it off, or collect an already inflated balloon.
- Take it to a designated wall and attach it to the wall using only static electricity to help it to cling to the wall. The easiest way is to rub it against your hair until it gets enough charge to become attracted to the wall and cling to it.
- Once it clings to the wall the youth returns to his or her team and the next teen can go get another balloon. If the balloon loses its charge and drops, it must be recharged and attached to the wall again.
- First team to get all their balloons attached to the wall wins.
NOTE: To make it a little harder, you can force them to charge the balloon with static electricity and then stick it to their head or clothes to carry it to the wall – i.e. it must be stuck to the person first to take it to the wall.
Variation 2: Free for All
- Place all the balloons in a pile in the center of the room.
- Youths must run to the center of the room, grab a balloon then inflate it and tie it off. Alternatively you can pile all the inflated balloons in the center of the room and they simply collect one. You can have them run one at a time or collect an already inflated balloon.
- If a balloon falls from the wall it is free game for anyone to pick up and deliver it to their own wall.
- At the end of a time limit the team with the most balloons still attached to their wall wins.
Take it to the Next Level
- What are the attractions in your own life?
- What are the things you cling to?
- Why do some things in life lose the attraction for us?
- What are the attractions of living for Christ?
- What are the attractions of the world?
Scriptures: Food for Thought
- “Let your love be perfectly sincere. Regard with horror what is evil; cling to what is right.” — Romans 12:9
- “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you” — Matthew 6:33
- “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” — Proverbs 23:7
- “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:21
- “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” — Psalm 1:1-5
- “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” — Colossians 3:2
- “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” — Romans 8:5
- “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13
- “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.” — James 1: 13-14
- “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” — Philippians 4:8
Potential debrief ideas / learning Points
- It’s the close connection that gives it the charge.
- In times the attraction is lost
- Once the attraction is created it is sometimes difficult to stop it from clinging to us
- New attractions can be created
- Attractions can quickly change.
- New attractions take time to create
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