Introductory Activity – Pharaoh Says
- Masking tape
Use tape to divide the game area into two (or more) sections. Place a group of kids into each section. Play “Pharaoh Says” like “Simon Says.” Give kids an action; they do it if you include “Pharaoh says” and do not do it if you do not include those words. Say: “Pharaoh says, ‘Hop three times.’ Pharaoh says, ‘Clap once.’ Stand on one foot.” If any kids stand on one foot, they must move to the other section. If you have a large group of kids, create separate groups, each group with its “pharaoh.” Tell kids they will hear a Bible story today about people who had to do what Pharaoh said to do.
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Game – Turn It Over
- Plastic cups (at least 20), timer
Scatter plastic cups throughout the game area. Stand half the cups with opening up and half the cups with bottom up.
Group the kids into two teams. Tell one team to turn cups with opening up and the other team to turn the cups with bottom up. Set the timer for 30-60 seconds. On your signal, teams walk through the cups, flipping them as needed for their teams. Call time. Count which team has the most cups showing. Ask that team a review question. Reset the cups and the timer and begin again. (Modify the rules as needed for your group.) Talk about the cupbearer’s and the baker’s dreams.
Craft – Story Tower
- Index cards, markers, scissors
Give each child several index cards. Guide each child to print the story title on a card. She can print facts about the story on the other cards. Help the child cut two slits in the title card, from the bottom up. Then she can slide a card into each slit (perpendicular to the first card) and stand up the cards. She can cut slits in those two cards and slide in other cards to make a story tower. Talk about the story and the Life Point.
Introductory Activity – Joseph, Jail, Jump
- No supplies needed.
Tell kids to listen carefully. You will say either Joseph, jail, or jump. If you say Joseph, kids should step to the left. If you say jail, kids should step to the right. If you say jump, kids should jump once in place. Say: “Joseph, jump, jump, jail, Joseph, jail, jump.” Vary the speed you say the words. If a child does the wrong action, he should move to the side of the game area. He can continue to do the actions, but he is “out.” When one or two kids remain in the game area, declare them the winners and call all kids back to the middle and play again. Tell kids they will hear a story about Joseph in jail.
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Game – Spin It!
- Lazy Susan (turntable) with arrow taped on it
Guide kids to sit in a circle. Place the spinner in the middle of the circle. Spin the spinner. When the spinner stops, ask a review question to the kid indicated by the arrow. After you review the story, ask the indicated kid to say the Bible Verse, say the Life Point, or do an action.
Craft – Graphic Story
- Paper, pencils or thin-line markers
Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Encourage kids to talk about situations or times that people today may need to trust God. Guide kids to fold paper in half and in half again, to create four sections. They can draw squares around the four sections to create four panels. Then they can draw graphic stories or “comic strip” stories of one of the situations discussed. (Or suggest they draw a graphic story of the Bible story.) Pray and ask God to help kids trust Him to help them even when things are bad.