Introductory Activity – Bridge the Gap
- Pieces of paper, tape
Make a tape line on either end of the play area. Group the kids into groups of three. Give each group three pieces of paper. Lead the groups to stand along one of the tape lines. Tell kids that two kids should work to lay down paper for the third kid to walk on. They should keep moving their pieces of paper to help the kid walk to the other tape line. When the group reaches that tape line, one of the other two kids becomes the “walker” and they help move that kid back to the first line. Then the last kid becomes the walker to move back to the other line. Comment that people laid things on the road in front of Jesus in today’s Bible story.
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Game – Wheelbarrow Relay
- Self-stick notes, marker
Print the words of the Life Verse on self-stick notes, one word per note. Mix the words and stick them to a wall or board at one end of the play area.
Gather the kids at the opposite end of the play area. Tell kids that the first two kids will move to the wall to get the first word of the verse. They should move as a wheelbarrow—one kid lays on the floor; the second kid grabs and holds the first kid’s ankles; the first kid pushes up on his hands. They walk in this manner to the wall. They work together to find the first word of the verse. Then, on the return trip, they switch roles and move back. They can stick the verse on the back of the “wheelbarrow” for the return trip. When they get back, the next two kids move to get the next word. Continue until you have retrieved all the words. Put the words in order on a wall and say the verse together. Use the verse as a beginning point and recall the Bible story.
Craft – Palm Leaves
- Green construction paper, markers, scissors, hole punches, lengths of green yarn
Guide kids to cut out palm leaf shapes from construction paper. They can print the words of the Life Point on the middle of their leaves. Show them how to punch holes around the sides of their leaves and lace yarn in the holes. Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids to hang their palm leaves in their rooms to remember to praise Jesus as Savior.
Introductory Activity – Red Carpet Walk
- Red cloth or paper
Create a “red carpet” in the middle of your space. Guide kids to take turns walking down the red carpet while the others cheer and shout their names. Talk about people who walk on red carpets in our society. Who are they? When do they do it? Why do they do it? Tell kids that they will hear a story about something similar that happened to Jesus.
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Game – Mystery Points
- Twenty squares of paper (red, yellow, blue, green) in a bag
Group the kids into two or more teams. Show the paper squares. Tell kids that each color is worth a different amount of points and you will tell them the amounts at the end of the game. Ask each team a review question. If the team answers correctly, they can draw a square of paper. Continue until each team has been asked at least 3 questions. Ask teams to lay their squares on a table. Award 1 point for every red square, 2 points for a blue square, 5 points for a yellow square, and 10 points for a green square. Total points to see who the winner is. Play again but change the point values.
Talk about how the people praised Jesus in the Bible story. Encourage kids to think how we praise Jesus today.
Craft – Praise Weaving
- Craft sticks, yarn, paper strips, markers, hot glue guns with glue, scissors
Guide a kid to make a craft stick frame by gluing four craft sticks in a square. She can cut a length of yarn and tie one end to one side of the frame. Help her stretch the yarn across the frame, loop it over the side, and stretch it back across. Continue going back and forth until she fills in all the open space. Help her tie off the yarn and trim as needed. She can cut paper strips the same width as her frame. Tell her to print words that praise Jesus on each strip. Then she can weave the strip over and under the yarn to create a weaving. Encourage her to fill her frame with paper weaving across the yarn.
Talk about praising Jesus and say the Life Point.