Introductory Activity – Glow Stick Hide and Find
- Glow sticks
Choose one kid to be IT. Tell him that you will hide a glow stick and he will need to find it. Ask IT to stand outside the door. (Do not leave a child unsupervised.) Activate the glow stick and hide it somewhere in the room. The light from the glow stick should be visible (even dimly or slightly). Bring IT back into the room. Tell the rest of the group to clap softly when IT is far from the glow stick and clap more loudly when he is close to the glow stick. After IT finds the glow stick, choose another child to be IT. Hide the glow stick again. (The former IT could hide it.)
Tell kids that today some of the disciples saw something that was so bright, it looked like it was glowing.
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Game – Move to Answer
- One large YES sign and one large NO sign
Tape the two signs on opposite sides of the room. Guide kids to stand in the middle of the room or play area. Ask a yes/no review question about the Bible story. Tell kids to move to the answer they choose. Call on the group with the largest representation to answer. They should answer, “Yes and ___” telling one more thing about the story. Or they should answer, “No because ____” correcting the statement.
Ask: “Do people know that Jesus is God’s Son?” Encourage kids to explain why both answers could be correct. Pray and ask God to help each kid and adult to know and believe that Jesus is God’s Son.
Craft – Story Triptych
- Heavyweight paper, markers, wide tape
Provide three pieces of paper for each child. (Cut the paper in half and give each child three halves.) Say: “Jesus is God’s Son. We can help people know that Jesus is God’s Son.” Guide kids to draw pictures about Jesus. They can draw three scenes from today’s Bible story. Or they can draw three different stories about Jesus. Talk about things Jesus did that show He is God’s Son. When a child completes all three pictures, help him lay his three pictures side by side, with sides touching. Help him cut a length of tape and use the tape to connect two of his pictures along the side. He can add the third picture. If desired, flip over the triptych and tape again on the back to reinforce the connection. Tell the child to fold on the tape and stand up his triptych. Suggest kids give the triptychs to someone who needs to know more about Jesus or stand in the triptych in their homes.
Introductory Activity – List It
- Paper squares or index cards with the letters t, r, a, n, s, f, i, g, u, r, a, t, i, o, n; paper and pencils, timer
Group the kids into pairs. Give each pair of kids a piece of paper, a pencil, and one of the letter cards. Set the timer for 1 minute (adjust time as needed); give a signal for kids to begin listing words about Jesus that begin with their letter. Each pair will list words that start only with the letter on their own card. When the timer sounds, tell pairs to trade cards and prepare to list words again. Start the timer for another round. Tell pairs of kids to group up with another pair. They can talk about the words about Jesus they listed. Say: “Today we will think about Jesus and learn more about God’s Son.”
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Game – Up and Down Review
- Self-stick notes, pencil
Print these point values on the backs of self-stick notes (fronts will be blank): +1 (make several notes); +2 (make several notes); +4 (make 1-2 notes); +5 (make one note); -1 (make several notes); -3 (make several notes). Stick the notes on a wall or white board.
Group the kids into two teams. Alternate asking the teams review questions about the Bible story. When a team answers correctly, a member of the team takes a note (without looking at the back first). Designate a place for each team to place their points notes. After all review questions are asked, add and subtract to total the points for each team.
Mix and return the notes to the wall to play the game again. (Note: Winning team could be the one with the lesser number of points. If so, add at least one larger number of points to subtract.)
Craft – Appearing Messages
- White construction paper, white crayons, watercolor paints and brushes, cups of water
Give each kid a piece of paper. Guide kids to write messages on the paper with white crayons. They could write the Life Point, the Life Verse, or another message about Jesus. Lead kids to paint over their messages with watercolors. The messages will appear on the paper. Talk about the men who appeared with Jesus on the mountain. Tell kids to hang their messages in a place at home to remember that Jesus is God’s Son.