From "Games to Play with Kids in God’s World", by Faith Evans

RAC Newsletter Summer 2010

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Nim — A Chinese Game
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful; but time and chance happen to them all. — Ecclesiastes 9:11

Description: Low energy partner game of chance and skill — players learn an ancient Chinese game.

Materials: Twenty-one sticks, toothpicks, coins, or other small items. (They do not need to be the same.)


  • Form the group into pairs. Have the partners place the twenty-one sticks or other objects in a row between them.
  • Explain that the last player to pick up a stick looses.
  • Tell players that partners are to take turns picking up the sticks or other objects.
  • Tell them they can pick up one, two, or three sticks at a time.
  • Have the group form new pairs and play again.

Follow Up Questions:

  • Do you think this game is more about chance or skill? Why?
  • What strategies did you use? How well did they work?
  • Do you think you lost because of chance/luck or lack of skill/strategy? How do you know?

Prayer Suggestion: Thank God for help accepting loss because of time and chance, and express gratitude for opportunities to try again.

©Faith Evans, PlayFully, Inc.

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