Introductory Activity – Name Clap
- No materials needed
Guide kids to stand in a circle. Say: “My name is _____” and clap the number of syllables of your name as you say it. Move around the circle, asking each kid to say his name and clap the syllables. After all have said their names, say: “If your name is (clap, clap), hop on one foot.” All kids who have two syllable names should hop on one foot. Tell those kids to stop. Make another statement with a different number of syllables and an action. Repeat several times. (Make sure everyone participates at least once.) Tell kids: “Today we will hear about a man named (clap, clap). God changed his name to (clap, clap, clap). Listen for the names in the Bible story.”
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Game – Thumb Ball
- Beach ball, marker, numbered list of review questions (CD)
Print the numbers 1-8 randomly around the beach ball.
Stand or sit in a circle. Toss the ball back and forth across the circle. Say: “Stop!” Ask the kid holding the ball to tell what number is closest to her right thumb. Ask that numbered review question. After answers are given, start tossing the ball again. Repeat until story is reviewed. (You will ask each question more than once.) Say the Life Point.
Craft – Yarn Stars
- Star shapes cut from cardboard or heavyweight paper, lengths of yarn, small paper strips, pencils, scissors
Precut the stars or allow kids to cut their own stars. Cut a small slit in the star. Lead kids to cut lengths of yarn and wrap the yarn around their star shapes. To start, slide the end of a piece of yarn in the slit. Kids can wrap the yarn around the stars as they choose. To change colors (or add more yarn), tie ends of yarn together and continue wrapping. Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids that God told Abraham to look at the stars; God promised to make Abraham’s descendants as numerous as the stars. Talk about the choices that Abraham and Sarah made. Say the Life Point. When kids finish wrapping their stars, help them tie off the last yarn end. Lead them to print the Life Point on paper slips and weave the paper into their wrapped stars as a reminder of God’s plan.
Introductory Activity – Letter Grab
- Letter tiles, foam letters, or cards with letters; bell or other signal
Scatter the letters on a table. Tell kids to walk around the table. Sound the bell (or other signal). Kids should grab a letter. Choose 2-3 kids to tell a choice that begins with the letter they grabbed. Lead all kids to return the letters to the table and start walking around the table again. Repeat several times. Comment: “We all make choices every day. Sometimes we make right choices and sometimes we make wrong choices. We will talk about choices today.”
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Game – Star Walk
- Large stars numbered 2-12; pair of numbered cubes; CD and CD player
Lay the stars in a random pattern on the floor. All kids can start around the play area. Play music and guide kids to walk through the stars. Stop the music and all kids should stand on a star. (More than one person can stand on/near the same star.) Roll the numbered cubes. Ask the kid(s) on that star to answer a review question. If they answer incorrectly, lead them to sit outside the play area. Start the music again to continue the game. Talk about the Bible story. Ask: “How are stars a part of this Bible story?” Say the Life Point as you conclude the story review.
Craft – Memo Boards
- Large plastic plates, washi tape, scissors, permanent markers, magnetic tape (or yarn and hole punch)
Tell kids they can use the plastic plates to create dry erase memo boards for home. They can decorate around the edges of the plate with the tape. Tell them to make sure and leave space in the middle of the plates for writing notes or lists. As they work, talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Tell kids that they can use the memo boards to write things they need to do; remind them to think about the choices they make and to ask God to help them make right choices. They can use permanent markers to write the Life Verse on their tape designs or along the edge of the plates. Help them add strips of magnetic tape to the back. (Or punch holes and use yarn for a hanger.)