Here’s a fun game that you can play with younger children and older kids to teach them about decisions and consequences . . . and how to find their way home.
The image of the spiritual life as a journey is a well-worn cliché in spiritual writing for a reason. Just as with a journey, the spiritual life requires us to know our destination and how to get there. Make a wrong turn and you might just get lost!
Here’s a fun game that you can play with younger children and older kids to teach them about decisions and consequences. As an added bonus, it teaches them how to navigate their neighborhood and find their way home.
The next time you go on a walk or bike ride with your child, tell him that he is going to be the navigator. Every time you approach a choice about which direction to go, ask him, “Left, right, straight ahead, or back?” (This game will also teach younger children left from right.) Go wherever your child leads—even if that means traveling in circles!
As you go along, point out landmarks and the names of streets. If your child happens to find her way someplace special (a food stand, a park, a friend’s house), stop in for a while.
When it’s time to go home, ask your child to find the way, reminding her about landmarks.
The lessons of this game don’t need to be made explicit to be effective, but if you like, you can point out to your child how the decisions they make as they “navigate” through life will take them different places depending on which way they turn. And no matter where their journey takes them, their ultimate destination is always “home” with God.