Teaching Games: The Lord, The Blindfold and The Mousetrap

Contributed by: Phil and Jonathan Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

mousetrapSA game that teaches about guidance. The big idea? God is a trust-worthy guide.

The Game:

Set the room up beforehand with up to four mousetraps, already set. Next to them place sweets and biscuits. We had the chocolate touching the mousetrap, other less appealing sweets slightly further away. Enjoy the immediate anticipation as young people enter the room!

Blindfold a volunteer and offer them a pair of thick gloves. Select two other volunteers. One will be a ‘good’ guide – trying to guide them safely to the sweet-of-choice; the other is a ‘bad’ guide trying to deceive them by actually guiding them to the mousetrap. The blindfolded student doesn’t know who is the good guide and who is the bad guide. They have to choose who to trust and listen to their voice. Give them two minutes to get to the prize.

Have several rounds – at least enough to engage everyone as either a guide or with the blindfold.

The Teaching:

Chat about guidance: How is the game like life? Are there competing voices trying to guide you in different directions? Are there people deliberately trying to hurt you (e.g. bullies, or mean mates)? Are there people trying to guide you who don’t really care how that works out for you (e.g. media, advertisers)? Are there people trying to guide you who only want the best for you (e.g. parents, teachers)?

Ask: Which one of those is God? Sure, we know the answer is the last one, but deep down do we really believe that? Enough to trust him?

Talk about God as one who only wants to guide you into full life.

Read or show them:

  • John 10:10 (I have come that you might have life in all its fullness);
  • Psalm 32:8 (I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go);
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 (Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding);
  • Psalm 119: 105 (Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path).

Sum Up

Leave them with the thought that God can be trusted; he want to guide us to a good, full, abundant life; he only wants what is good for us. And explain that we basically choose to say either:

God, I trust you!”  OR  “I know better, God. I’ll take it from here.”

Extras

  • At the start, play the well-known but always enjoyable Mouse vs Mouse Trap clip
  • Try Rick-Rolling someone! (An example of a deceitful guide)
  • We used this as a follow up to the Youth Alpha Film Series session called Follow, so we revisited some of the ideas in that, including “Is the Bible Old-Fashioned and Irrelevant?” and “Four ways God guides us.”