Those orange traffic cones are great for kid’s ministry. You now buy them in different colors. They also are inexpensive. Check out www.oriental.com where they sell for $12.99 for a dozen.
- Put a broom or dowel rod across two cones and have the kids jump over it.
- Use the cones to make a fun, meandering path leading from one area to another.
- Place water balloon on top of a cone and let the kids try to knock it off by throwing a rolled up stock at it.
- Use it for a sign holder. Tape a sign to it and place the sign wherever you need it.
- Make an obstacle course using them.
- Play balloon soccer and use the cones to mark off goals.
- Place one at the end of a gym or classroom and run off extra energy by calling out an animal. All the kids must act like the animal while moving to the cone and back.
- Place large sticky eyes on them and draw a mouth. Use as puppets.
- Make a hula hoop ring toss game. Throw hula hoops at them, trying to ring them.
- Use them to line up behind. Get different colors and have kids line up according to the colors. (First graders line up behind the yellow cone, etc.)
- Make a giant vuvuzela http://www.instructables.com/id/Traffic-Cone-Warhorn/
- Make a hat for a fun skit or just to be goofy.
- Hide the cone each week. Have the kids try to spy it first as they enter the class or worship area.
- Give the cone a personality. Make a face on it and put a hat and accessories on it. The face can change as you talk about different emotions that kids face.
- Make a Christmas tree out of the cone.
- Have a safety cone decorating party. Let the kids work together to decorate the cones using duct tape, paint or stickers.
- Use the cones for a bicycle or scooter safety day. Make a course for the bikes or scooters to travel.
- Tape index cards with parts of a Bible memory verse on each cone. Scatter the cones around the room. Kids must run and collect the cone that goes next in the memory verse. To make things challenging, have more than one memory verse going at a time.
- Use the cones to keep kids out of an area that is dangerous, under construction or you just don’t want them in!
- Make an orange cone award. Make a big deal out of the cone award and give it to someone who has shown remarkable compassion for making sure someone was safe. You can make the award silly or serious.
Have fun with those safety cones! Be creative with just normal things. It keeps the spark in your kid’s ministry.