As I mentioned in an earlier post, we run a separate Vacation Bible School for our students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. These middle school students are too old for the traditional VBS program we purchase, so we design our own program for these kids. We make it loosely fit in with the overall VBS theme, but we don’t stick to it too closely.
This means we have to come up with our own VBS games and activities for these kids. We are starting off our program with some icebreakers since some of the students don’t know each other. One icebreaker we are doing is “Getting to Know You” Bingo. In this game, each student is given a sheet with various phrases on them. They must find another person who matches the phrase and have them sign the card in that space. I used phrases about family, favorite things, etc., but you can create cards with whatever phrases you like.
We allocate a good amount of time for this activity, so we have them play “fill your card” bingo with this game. To make it shorter, have them just fill a row or column, or play “four corners” style.
This would also be a fun youth group activity.
I have included a set of 20 bingo cards below to get you started on the Vacation Bible School game.