Teaching the Armor of God? Here’s a fun way to supplement the Belt of Truth lesson for kids! Use a few simple supplies to create a unique game that will help your kids remember what the Bible says about the Belt of Truth. Plus, they’ll love this hands-on method of reviewing biblical truth! And you’ll love how easy it is to set up this unforgettable activity. 😉 This Belt of Truth game for kids is perfect for your VBS, Sunday School, or homeschool. Scroll down for game instructions!
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The Belt of Truth is vital!
If a Christian’s faith and life aren’t built on a foundation of truth, he will be easily defeated.
Truth is crucial!
I used the Belt of Truth to teach the foundational importance of truth through a look at the Roman soldier’s belt (the first piece of armor he put on).
Putting on the belt prepared the soldier for action.
When you teach the Belt of Truth, your kids will discover how crucial and foundational truth is to prepare the Christian for action, too.
Challenge your kids to build on a foundation of truth in their own lives!
Overview: The Belt of Truth Game for Kids
- While wearing tunics, your kids will complete a small obstacle course as you time them.
- After “girding up” their tunics around their waists, your kids will complete the obstacle course again while you time them.
- You will discuss whether “girding up” made a difference & how that concept can transfer to the “belt of truth.”
- Your kids will learn the meaning of “gird your waist” (Ephesians 6:14) in a super-memorable, active, experience-based game.
Supplies Needed for the Belt of Truth Game
“Tunics” – these should hang down around your kids’ ankles, so choose your “tunics” according to the size of your kids. For small children, you could use a pillowcase with holes cut for the head & arms. For taller children, you could use a bed sheet or a tablecloth. Just make sure the material is long enough & heavy enough to impede movement.
Obstacles for your obstacle course – these could simply be chairs that your kids must climb over, crawl under, run around, etc. You can also use boxes, hula hoops, or other furniture.
A stopwatch – for timing your kids as they complete the obstacle course
Belts – You can use real belts as well as lengths of cord or rope, sashes, or curtain ties—anything that will effectively tie the kids’ tunics up around their waists, so they can move freely.
Belt of Truth Game Instructions
Round 1: Complete the Belt of Truth obstacle course while wearing tunics
Give your kids the tunics and instruct them to put them on. Make sure the tunics are hanging down to the kids’ ankles.
Show your kids how to complete the obstacle course (explain any obstacles that are not self-explanatory) and tell them that you’ll be timing them to see how quickly they can get through.
At the count of three, let the kids start moving through the obstacle course as you time them, using the stopwatch.
After the course is completed, tell the kids their time. Then gather in a circle and discuss:
- Was it easy or hard to do the obstacle course while wearing your tunics?
- What do you think would have made it easier to complete the course?
- Do you think you could get a faster time if you did something different?
Round 2: Complete the Belt of Truth obstacle course wearing belts
Explain that you’re going to give them a chance to see if they can complete the obstacle course more quickly—and this time you’re giving them belts to “gird up” their tunics around their waists!
Help your kids tie their tunics up around their waists so it is easier to move.
At the count of three, let the kids complete the obstacle course again, while you time them.
After the course is completed, gather again in a circle. Tell the kids their new time and discuss:
- What was different about the second time through the obstacle course?
- Did the belts help you complete the course? Why or why not?
- What did the belts do that made it easier to complete the course?
Discuss what the Bible says about the Belt of Truth
Read or quote Ephesians 6:14 and discuss:
- After doing this activity, can you guess what it means to “gird” your waist?
- Why do you think the Bible says to gird your waist with truth?
- Why is it important to gird your waist with truth?
- How can you gird your waist with truth?
Encourage the kids to apply their new understanding of “gird up your waist” to their own lives in an individualized, personal way.
Happy teaching! 🙂