Games actives and a
lesson for father's
As we celebrate Father’s Day we
are reminded that God created us
through fathers and that fathers
are all around us in creation.
Father’s are special, and we often
have special names for fathers
such as dad, daddy, etc. In the
animal kingdom some father’s
also have special names. Do you
know the special name for each
father in the animal kingdom?
Icebreaker Game Idea: Who am I
and where is my Father
Write the name of each Male
(father) and the matching animal on
separate index cards or name labels.
Shuffle them, and as youth arrive
one on the back of each youth so
that each person cannot see his own
card. The youth must mingle around
the room asking each other “yes” or
“no” questions about the animal on
his or her back in order try to not
only identify what is on his or her
back, but to also find his or her
match. Reduce the number of cards
for smaller groups. Duplicate some
of the animals for larger groups.
Game Idea: Concentration Card
You can place the cards face down so
that they cannot be seen in several
rows on a table. Do not stack the
cards. Youth then turn over any two
cards. If a father is matched with the
correct animal they can take both
cards and then choose two more. If
the two cards do not go together
they must leave the cards in place
and turn them back over. Youth takes
turns trying to match cards. This can
be done in teams or as individuals.
At the end of the game when all the
cards have been matched and taken,
the youth or team with the most
Game Idea: Matching Fathers
Concentration Card Game
As a variation you can get photos of
fathers and the youth. Paste or print
each one on a card. Play it in the
same way as the game above except
the youth must also match father
and child together.
Game Idea: “Battle” also known as
Shuffle and deal the cards into two
equal piles. Divide the youth into
two teams. Each team chooses a
person to turn over cards. Each
team turns over a card at the same
time as the other team. When the
two cards go together the first
person to slap the top of the
discards in the center gets all those
cards. If they slap the stack and the
cards do not match, the other team
gets all the cards.
The team can shout directions for its
player and help them to determine
when to slap the deck. Once the
deck has been slapped, the next
person from each team turns over
the cards. The game is over when
one team obtains all the cards in this
Father – Child Game Idea
Have each child bring a stuffed
animal. Put all the stuffed animals in
a pile. Then one by one each father
is blindfolded and must find his
child’s stuffed animal without
Game Idea: “Name That Animal”
In this variation, youth get to see
animal listed on the card, but must
make the sound of the animal to
find their match. Have dictionaries
available as some youth will not
know what their animal is. Make
sure that there are not duplicate
names of fathers as some of the
names of the males are the same
for different animals.
Game Idea: Which one is my daddy?
Blindfold youth the youth and line up
the fathers in a row of chairs. Each
youth must find his or her father
using only touch. You could guide
them to touch the father’s face, or
the fathers could hold out their arms,
or you could use a hand, a foot, or a
leg for identification. You could also
do it the other way around so that
fathers are blindfolded and must
identify their children by touch. The
story of Jacob and Esau in the Genesis
25 of the Bible would be a great
follow up as Isaac wasn’t able to
identify which son was which.
Take it to the Next Level
Each animal in this list has a special
name for its father. Your parents gave
each of you a special name as well.
And God knows each one of you by
name. Just as the parents take care
of their babies, your father takes
care of you. Take some time to thank
your father for taking care of you.
• What are some of the unique
characteristics of your father?
• What are some of the things that
would help you identify your
father if you could not see?
• What are some of the phrases
and words your father often
• What are some ways that your
father takes care of you?
• What are some things that you
treasure about your father?
• In what ways has your father
You can then ask the same questions,
but in regard to our heavenly father.
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