Games are an excellent way to build cohesion in the group as the children learn to trust and work together. They also break the ice and help any new boys or girls become better acquainted.

1. Organize extensively.
Be sure you know how to play each game and what the rules are. Think about the location where the game will be played and imagine your group being there. What problems might be encountered?

2. Be prepared with creative alternatives.
Be ready at a moment’s notice to meet the needs and mood of your group. Always have several games “up your sleeve” just in case what was planned will not work.

3. Keep it simple.
Spend as little time as possible in organizing the game or dividing into teams. It’s during this time children become restless and problems begin.

4. Be quick to recognize teaching opportunities.
Children constantly learn. Playing games provides numerous opportunities for teaching Christ-like attitudes and proper behavior responses.

5. Plan games where all pupils can participate.
Except for physical reasons, everyone should be involved.

6. Be creative.
Use a variety of games, rather than letting even a favorite monopolize each play time.

7. Watch for lagging interest.
If interest lags in a game, another one should be started immediately. If not, pupils will want to begin to drop out.

8. Exhibit enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is contagious!