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’ example, doing things as Jesus would do.
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Game – Step Forward
- Paper, marker, cube block
Print the letters J, E, S, U, S on paper. Make a set of letters for every 6 kids. On the sides of the cube block, print the letters J, E, S, U, S. On the sixth side, make a star.
Group the kids into groups of 6. Give five kids in each group the letters and guide them to line up side by side along one end of the game area. Stand at the other end of the game area with the other players from each team. Team players take turns rolling the cube and telling that letter to step forward one step. A team wins when all the letters get to the other end of the game area. When a player rolls the star, his team should say the Life Point together. Talk about how the kids could follow Jesus’ example and what they can do to obey God.
Craft – Footprint
- Construction paper, pencils, gel pens, watercolor brushes, watercolors, scissors
Help a child trace his footprint on the construction paper with a pencil. He can cut out the footprint. Tell kids to write the Life point on their footprints with pens and “fancy letters.” As the kids choose, they can draw designs around the Life Point or paint over the footprint with watercolors. Talk about how people can obey God and follow Jesus’ example.
Introductory Activity – Would You?
- Signs Yes, No, Maybe; tape
Tape the signs in three different areas of the room. (Print the words on paper to create simple signs). Ask kids simple questions and tell them to move to the sign that represents their answers. Sample questions: Would you eat hot peppers? Would you ride in a hot air balloon? Would you turn in a wallet with money that you found in the school hallway? Would you go bungee jumping? Would you walk to school from your house? Would you copy a friend’s homework? Would you work in a food bank with your family stacking food on the shelves? Would you ask a new kid to play a game with you?
Pause after each question for kids to move to their answers. Talk about the choices as you choose. Tell kids that today you will think about following Jesus’ example and obeying God.
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Game – Odd Man Out
- No materials needed.
Group kids into pairs; if you have an even number of kids, enlist an adult to play the game, too. Guide each pair to stand back to back. Ask the kid who is left over to stand with the pairs. Say: “Switch!” Guide kids to stand back to back with a new partner. The individual child can move to stand with a partner. Each time there will be one player left over. Say switch several times for kids to continue to change partners. After a few turns, ask the “odd man out” a review question. He can answer it or ask a pair for help. Switch a few more times and ask another review question. Continue until you have reviewed the Bible story. Talk about how people can obey God. Say the Life Point.
Craft – Card Journals
- Note cards or heavyweight paper cut into squares, markers or pens, hole punches, chenille stems
Give each preteen 5-7 cards (or more). Lead kids to write the Life Point on a card and the Bible Verse on another card. Tell them to make decorative borders around their remaining cards. Talk about the Bible story and how to obey God and follow Jesus’ example. As someone completes her cards, help her stack the cards in a neat stack. She can punch holes along one side of the cards. (She may need to punch cards in smaller groups.) Help her thread a chenille stem through the holes in her cards and bind them together into a journal. Tell kids to notice times this week they become aware of themselves or someone else doing something that follows Jesus’ example. They can jot down the circumstances and their responses on the blank cards. Challenge them to add additional cards to the journals as needed.