A Chair for a Crown

Children play musical chairs for a chance to discover how special they are to Jesus and how much He loves them.


Child of God, Love, Special


Tape or CD of "Jesus Loves Me"
Tape or CD Player
Sticker or treats for each child
Cardboard crown (available from Burger King® or Hallmark®, or you can make your own.)


Approximately 15 minutes

boy and crown


This game is played similarly to the popular "musical chair" game, but with a different spin. Here there are no winners or losers. Place the chairs in a circle, one less than the number of children. Have the kids march around the chairs as you play the song "Jesus Loves Me." If you cannot find a tape or CD, you can simply sing the song, and if the children know the words, they can sing too. When you suddenly stop the music, or shout out the phrase "sit down!" the children all grab a chair and sit down. Give the one who does not find a chair a crown to wear while taking a few moments to tell the other children why he or she believes Jesus loves him or her. This will help build the self-esteem of the children as it will demonstrate that the child without the chair is not a “loser” because he or she did not find a chair, but that that child is special because of Jesus' love.

When finished, take back the crown and give the child a sticker that says "Jesus Loves Me" or a treat. He or she can then sit out and watch the others. Remove another chair and continue play until everyone has a chance to wear the crown.

"And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them." (Mark 10:16)