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Number of Players: 2 or more

Age of Players: 5 and above

You will need: Paper or plastic cups and plates.

Prep: Make sure you have a sturdy surface – if you have nothing else, use a flat floor.

How to Play: 

Children stack one plate on top of a cup and keep stacking them alternatively until a large tower is made. The player that knocks down their tower must re-start building it until the whistle is blown and/or it is the end of the game.

This game can be played as a relay or competing team game with players taking it in turns to stack on plate and then one cup.


Click here for the ‘Cup and Plate’ Game Powerpoint image


BALANCE: Was it difficult to balance your cups and plates in the ‘Cup and Plate’ game? Sometimes finding the right balance in life can be quite difficult. It can be tough to balance fun with working hard or balancing time watching TV or playing with friends and time with Jesus. We can ask God to help us balance things correctly so that we can stay strong for Jesus. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

BUILDING YOUR LIFE: What are you building your life upon? The way we build our lives is important. We can build our lives doing the wrong things or build our lives doing the right things. We can build our lives listening and obeying Jesus, or we can build our lives doing our own thing. The way each person laid their cup or plate in the ‘Cup and Plate’ game either helped the tower to stand strong or topple down. (Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49)

STRONG FOUNDATIONS: Do you have strong foundations in your life? In the ‘Cup and Plate’ game it was important to have strong foundations – something sturdy and strong to build upon. In life we need to make sure that we are keeping Jesus as the person that we build our lives upon. If we try and live our life for money or friends or fame then our ground or foundation will not hold. Everything will come toppling down. We need Jesus to be our strong foundation! (Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49, 2 Timothy 2:19, 1 Corinthians 3:11)

THE ROCK: Are you building your life on the rock? The rock is Jesus Christ. He is the One that we can safely build our lives upon. He is the One that can help us when everything else around us comes toppling down. Jesus will help us to stand strong. (Mark 12:10, 1 Peter 2:7, Romans 9:33, Matthew 21:42-44, 1 Corinthians 10:2-4, 1 Peter 2:4-5)

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