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Paper Toss Game (Holy Spirit Game)

This is an easy game for your youth group or Vacation Bible School. It is fun but also provides a lesson about the Holy Spirit.

See the reflection questions and scripture passage at the end of the game to turn this game into a teaching experience or a short lesson plan.

Paper Toss Game (Holy Spirit Game)


  • Paper
  • Waste basket
  • Fan


  1. Give each person three pieces of paper.
  2. Direct the fan so it is blowing between the participants and the wastebasket. You will want it turned to high so it is blowing pretty hard.
  3. Let each participant crumple their paper and throw it into the basket.
  4. The ones who get the most in should have a shoot off until there is a winner.
  5. Move the players farther away from the basket if it is too easy.
  6. If it is too hard, then turn the fan down

Read John 3:8

“The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Reflection questions

  1. Could you see the wind from the fan?
  2. How did you know the fan was making wind?
  3. What were some of the effects of the wind?
  4. On a windy day, do you see the wind or do you just see what the force of the wind is doing?
  5. What are some ways you see the effects of the Holy Spirit?

Printable Copy of Paper Toss Holy Spirit Game

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More Lesson Plans and Reflections

See more reflections for use by catechists and youth ministers.

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

See some background information on the Holy Spirit, including prayers, lesson plans, activities, videos, quotes, social media graphics, and more. Read this before playing this Holy Spirit game with youth.

Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit Worksheet (Cryptogram)

This Holy Spirit worksheet introduces the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. A definition of each gift or fruit is given along with the encrypted answer. Each letter actually represents a different letter. So every time a youth decrypts a word, they get more clues for how to decrypt the remaining word. Use this as a warm up before this Holy Spirit game.

Litany of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This prayer asks for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is in the form of a litany, which is a prayer where there is a prompt and then a response. This would make a nice closing prayer after playing this Holy Spirit game.

I Am With You – A Lesson Plan on the Holy Spirit

This I Am With You lesson plan will help youth understand how the Holy Spirit helps us remember and live the teachings of Jesus. Use this if you want a longer reflection to go with this Holy Spirit Game

The Holy Spirit Is Like the Wind (Kite Activity)

Like this Paper Toss Holy Spirit Game, this kite activity is to show children how the Holy Spirit is like the wind. We can’t see the Holy Spirit directly, but we can see the work of the Spirit. You will need one or more kites and an outdoor location to fly them.

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