This game is based on the Gospel story in Luke 15:11-32, known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
In pairs or groups, get the students to play short board games with each other (something like Snakes and Ladders would be ideal). Add a new rule into the mix – at any time during the game, a player can call out ‘Prodigal Son!’ and be given the same position/score as the person leading the game. It can only be done once by each player, and the game can still continue to the end.
At the end of the game, ask them to share how it felt when the ‘Prodigal Son’ moment happened during the game?
Did they feel cheated? Did they feel joy? Read the story of the Prodigal Son again, and ask them what new insights they now have about the two sons in the story.
What lessons do both sons learn about forgiveness and mercy?