Introductory Activity – Plan Words
- Paper with PLAN written down the side (one per kid), pencils
Guide kids to think about the word plan and write words or phrases about plan that start with each letter. Kids can work alone or with partners. After a minute or so, tell kids to find partners (or new partners) and talk about the words and phrases they wrote. They may want to add to their acrostics after hearing another’s ideas. Switch partners and share again. Tell kids that they will learn that God has plans for their lives.
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Game – Verse Drop
- Index cards, markers
Print the words of the verse on cards, one word per card. Make a set of word cards for each team. Use a different color of marker to print the words for each team.
Group the kids into teams and assign each team a color (that corresponds to word colors). Position teams around the sides of the game area. Mix the cards and stand in the middle of the area. Hold the cards over your head and drop them on the floor. Tell teams that they will run to the middle and pick up words of their assigned color. They cannot flip over any cards; they can only pick up words that are visible. Teams will carry their words to their side of the area and arrange the cards in the correct order. Pick up the facedown cards and repeat the drop. Continue the game until a team assembles the complete verse. Say the verse together. Gather and mix all the cards and play the game again. Encourage kids to think about plans God has for their lives.
Craft – Mosaic Frame
- Heavyweight paper, construction paper pieces, glue, markers, scissors
Lead kids to print the Life Point in the middle of the heavyweight paper. Tell kids they can cut smaller pieces of construction paper and glue along the edges to create frames around the words. As they work, recall the Bible story. Talk about what happened to Joseph. Tell kids that Joseph had difficulties but God was with him. God helped him. God worked out His plan for Joseph. Pray and ask God to help each of you learn more about God’s plan for your lives.
Introductory Activity – Make 12
- Playing cards (only the numbered cards including the ace) or sets of index cards numbered 1-10
Give each person a card. Tell kids to spread out over the playing area. Say: “Make 12!” Kids should scramble to find other kids with numbers to make the total of 12. They can use as many different cards as they need to get to 12 (but the total should not be more than 12). Say: “Split!” and kids can spread out again. Tell kids to make 12 again and they scramble to group up. But they cannot group with the same kids they were with previously. After a couple of rounds, tell kids to trade cards with someone before spreading out again. Tell kids that they will hear a story about 12 brothers.
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Game – Loop the Hoop
- Plastic hoops, plastic cones or large plastic cups; tape
Use tape to make a “tossing line” near one end of the game area. Scatter cones throughout the game area, beginning a few feet from the tape line. Lead kids to take turns standing at the tape line and rolling a hoop into the game area, trying to get the hoop to land around a cone. If the hoop lands around a cone, ask a review question.
Play the game as one group or create teams. Award points for looping the hoop around a cone and additional points for correct answers to questions.
Craft – Mirror
- Heavyweight paper cut into frames, stickers, markers, cardboard, reflective silver metallic table cover or gift wrap, scissors, colored tape
Talk about the Bible story and say the Life Point. Guide kids to create framed mirrors. Give each preteen a frame and a piece of cardboard. He can cut the cardboard to the same size as the frame. He should cut the silver metallic paper larger than the cardboard, then lay the metallic paper facedown and center the cardboard on the paper. Help him pull the sides of the metallic paper around the cardboard and secure with tape. Turn over the covered cardboard “mirror.” (Choose paper with the best reflective quality.) Guide the kids to decorate their frames with stickers and markers. Encourage them to print the Life Point on the frames. Use rolls of tape to attach the frame to the mirror. Seal around the edges of the framed mirror with colored tape. (You could also use the colored tape to cover the back. You may want to use colorful duct tape.)