Introductory Activity – Pass the Picture
- Paper, markers
Group the kids into groups of 4. (Group size can change but all groups should have the same number of kids.) Guide each group to sit in a circle. Give each kid a piece of paper; provide several markers for each group. Tell kids to write their names on the top of their papers. Then the kids can start drawing a scene. After a few minutes, say: “Stop. Now pass your drawing to the right.” Each kid in the group will have a new picture. Tell kids to continue drawing on the new piece of paper. They should try to add to or complete the scene. Stop, pass the pictures, and draw two more times. On the last pass, kids should receive the paper with their names on it.
Guide kids to look at the completed picture. Ask: “Does the picture look like you planned it?” Encourage groups to talk about the pictures and how the pictures changed from expectations. Tell kids that today you will talk about following God’s plan and not your own plans.
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Game – Life-Sized Tic-Tac-Toe
- Masking tape, cloth strips or headbands in two different colors
Use the tape to make a large tic-tac-toe grid on the floor. (Each space should be large enough for a kid to stand or sit in it.)
Group the kids into two teams. Give each team a set of strips or headbands. Ask Team 1 a review question. If the team answers correctly, they can choose a player (wearing the cloth strip around his arm or the head) to stand or sit in a space on the grid. Repeat with Team 2. Continue alternating questions between teams until the grid is filled or until a team gets three players in a row to win. Talk about the Life Point.
Craft – Ears Headband
- Construction paper, scissors, markers, stapler and staples (or glue)
Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids that Zechariah heard God’s message but doubted. Say that people need to read and hear God’s message and follow God’s plan. Lead kids to cut and staple paper strips to make headbands (that will fit around their heads). Guide a kid to cut out ear shapes and staple one shape to either side of his headband. Talk about what the kids could print on their headbands. They can print the Life Point or words like listen to God. Remind kids that people should listen to God and follow His plan.
Introductory Activity – Paper Clip Game
- Paper clips (15-25 per pair of kids)
Group kids into pairs. Give each pair of kids 15-25 paper clips. Tell kids they will play a game with their partners. On his turn, a player will pick up 1 or 2 paper clips; he can decide which to pick up. Players should try to force their partners to pick up the last paper clip; the one who picks up the last clip loses. After partners play the game, switch partners and play again as time allows. Comment that playing this game requires players to plan ahead what to do. People make lots of plans. Today kids will hear about following God’s plan and not their own plans.
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Game – Backward Soccer
- Two cube-shaped tissue boxes; 4 chairs; tape
Reinforce the boxes with tape. Use 2 chairs to make a goal at either end of the play area.
Group the kids into two teams and assign goals to the teams. Tell kids they will play backward soccer with square balls. Each team will have a “ball” (box) to try and kick into the goal. They will try to keep the other team from kicking the ball into their goal. All players must move backward and kick the ball with their heels instead of their toes.
Line the teams in the middle of the play area with the balls. Start the game. When a team scores a goal, stop play. Ask that team a review question. Award 1 point for the goal; award 2 additional points for a correct answer to the question. Move to the middle of the play area after each goal and start play again.
Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Ask kids to tell when it is easier to follow God’s plan and when it may be more difficult.
Craft – Fingerprint Silhouette
- Construction paper, tempera paint (various colors), gingerbread-type people figures, markers
Tell kids they can make silhouettes of the people figures. A kid can choose a figure and place it in the middle of a piece of paper. Then she can dip her finger in paint and make dots or prints around the figure. She should continue to make dots and fill in the space around the figure; she can use all one color or multiple colors. When she has filled the space, she can remove the figure to reveal the silhouette. Talk about following God’s plans as kids work. Suggest kids write the Life Point in the silhouette space; or they can write another message about following God’s plans. Pray and ask God to help kids think about His plans and follow them.