Good Neighbor Game

Activity Objective

To play a game about ways to be good neighbors

Lesson Outcome

The children will describe how Jesus wants us to love and help our neighbors.


  • Ask if any of the children have ever played "Mother May I?"
  • Tell the children that they will be playing a game similar to it.
  • Have all the children line up against a wall on one side of the room.
  • You should be on the opposite side of the room.
  • Tell the children that you will be playing the part of Jesus in this game.
  • Starting at one side of the line, have the first child address you by saying, "Jesus, I was a good neighbor when I...May I take...steps to follow you?"
  • Respond with either yes or no depending on the act of kindness.
  • As each child reaches you (Jesus), he or she is a winner.


Learning Styles

Body Smart, Self Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes


You may increase or decrease the number or kinds of steps the children may take.

Make sure there is plenty of space in the room or play the game outside.


If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.