Introductory Activity – Mirror Game
- No materials needed
Group the kids into pairs. Choose one of each pair to be the mover and the other to be the mirror. The mover slowly moves his arms, legs, and head in different ways. The mirror mimics the movements as if he were a mirror. After a few minutes, switch roles. Tell kids that their movements were following the partners’ movements. Today they will learn about following Jesus, doing things as Jesus would do.
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Game – Blow the Bible Verse
- Thin craft foam, permanent marker, scissors, straws (one per kid)
Cut craft foam into small rectangles. Print each word of the Life Verse on a rectangle. Make several sets of verse words. Scatter each set of verse words on a different table (or opposite ends of tables).
Group kids into groups, one group for each set of words. Give each kid a straw. Lead each group to stand around the set of words. On your signal, the groups should work together to blow the verse words around the table and put the words in order. When a group blows all the words into order, they should stand and shout “Yes!” Talk about the verse and the Life Point. Help kids begin to understand how people can trust and follow Jesus.
Craft – Sewn Heart
- Plastic lids (as from margarine tubs or frosting cans), thin ribbon or embroidery floss, plastic needles, hole punches, scissors or utility knife
Cut a heart shape from the middle of each plastic lid. Give a kid a lid and lead her to punch holes around the heart opening. Help her thread a needle with ribbon or floss and sew back and forth across the heart through the holes. As kids work, talk about how people can show love to Jesus. Talk about how to trust and follow Jesus. Tell kids to place their finished hearts in a place at home to remind them about today’s Life Point.
Introductory Activity – Giant Crossword
- Heavyweight paper (8½-by-11 inches), marker
Print letters of the alphabet on the paper, one letter per page. Make the letters large on the page. Make a minimum number of letters suggested below. (You can make more of each letter.)
1 – J, K, Q, X, Z
2 – B, C, F, H, M, P, V, W, Y, G
3 – L, D, S, U
5 – N, T, R
6 – O, I
7 – A
9 – E
Mix all the letters. Guide kids to form words on the floor using the letters. They should place words crossword style, using letters to form words across and down. Challenge them to make as many words as possible. Replay the game as time permits. Spell the words love, trust, and follow. Tell kids these words are key words for today’s session.
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Game – Toss Away
- Large quantity of paper balls, masking tape or rope, timer
Use masking tape or rope to divide the play area into 4 quadrants. Scatter an equal amount of paper balls in each quadrant. Group the kids into four groups and assign each group to a quadrant. On your signal, teams should toss their paper balls into another team’s area. Keep playing for 1 minute; call time. Determine the team with the fewest paper balls. Ask that team a review question. Redistribute the paper balls and play again. Continue until you have reviewed the Bible story. Talk about the Bible story. Help kids think about ways people can love, trust, and follow Jesus.
Craft – Footprint
- Black construction paper, pencils, glue, salt, watercolor brushes, watercolors or food colors, gel markers (markers that show on black paper)
Help a kid trace his footprint on the black paper with a pencil. He can place the paper on a table and outline the footprint with glue. He can sprinkle salt on the glue and shake off the excess. Invite him to load a paintbrush the watercolor or food color by holding the brush in the color. Then he can lightly touch the brush to the salt; the color will run into the salt. Suggest he use different colors to watch the color blending and mixing. When he finishes painting the salt, he can use gel markers to write the Life Point. Talk about how people can love, trust, and follow Jesus.