Chase the Ace
This exercise requires that you set up two decks of cards ahead of time. One deck should be in the order of suits and values and the other deck should be completely shuffled with some cards even being turned around. Recruit two volunteers and provide each one with one of the two decks without explaining that the decks are different. If you have a child who is very unorganized, try to set him or her up to have the organized deck. Have the volunteers face each other and race to see who can find the Ace of Spades. Continue naming cards (every other one should be an Ace) until the person with the organized deck understands that and consistently gets the card first. Use this demonstration to explain that when things are organized it is easier to find what you need and not be late because you couldn’t find something.
After you finish the demonstration, process the activity with these or similar questions:
- How long did it take for the person with the organized deck to realize it?
- How do you think the person with the disorganized deck felt?
- How do you feel when you can’t find something in your room or bookbag?
- What do you think it means to be organized for God? (being on time for church, knowing where your Sunday school papers are, where are your devotional or prayer books or bible is, organizing your day so there is time for prayer and bible study)
- What do you think you need to organize better? Can you do that tonight or this weekend?
How did this activity go when you used it with your group? Did you make any modifications that worked better for you? Share your experience below!