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October 2019

Make Your Mark! Free active learning activity.

By Dave Magee

The life of the teens in your group can be difficult and confusing as different forces influence them and call to them trying to guide them in different directions. This activity will help them explore that aspect of life as they try to make a mark on a piece of paper.

Ahead of time draw a large target with circles on the paper hung on the flip chart stand.

Tell the students you are going to need one volunteer to be blindfolded. They will be taken out of the meeting space and blindfolded. Once blindfolded they are going to be holding an open marker, and the class will verbally instruct them to try to walk toward the hanging flip chart target and once they are close enough try to make a mark in the middle of the target.

Once a student has gone pick a new volunteer, and while they are out of the space move the flip chart target. Repeat 3-4 times.

Follow-up questions:

  • To the blindfolded students – what was it like trying to find the target?
  • To the class giving instructions – what was it like trying to guide them to the target?
  • To the blindfolded students – how well did you think you did hitting the target? Other than removing the blindfold, what could have made it easier?
  • To everyone – how is this activity symbolic of our daily lives?
  • What are some of the “targets” God wants you to hit each day?
  • Who are the people in your lives who help guide you toward Godly goals?

SUPPLIES a large paper flip chart and mobile flip chart stand, a marker, a bandanna/blindfold, space to move around

Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.