Introductory Activity – Coin Slide
- Tape; coins; pen
Create a 4 x 4 grid at one end of a table. Above each square in the grid, print a letter of the alphabet.
Guide kids to stand at the other end of the table. Kids can take turns sliding coins onto the grid. When a kid lands a coin in a square, call out the letter for that square. Challenge the kid to name something about Jesus that begins with that letter. Continue until all kids slide coins and name words about Jesus. Tell kids that they will hear a story that happened after Jesus’ resurrection.
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Game – Partner Switch
- No materials needed
Tell kids to move around the room. Say: “Freeze!” Kids should freeze in place. Read a review question. Say: “Think!” Wait a few seconds. Say: “Tell!” Kids should find a partner and tell the partner the answer to the question. Choose a pair to tell the answer to the group. Say: “Move!” and kids move around the room again. Keep playing the game to review the Bible story. Say the Life Point together.
Craft – Dotted Picture
- Paper, ink pads, unsharpened pencils
Guide kids to press the erasers on the pencils onto the ink pad and make dots on paper. Lead each child to spell the word ALIVE on his paper with dots. Tell kids they can add other dots and designs around the word. As kids work, talk about the Bible story and the Life Point.
Introductory Activity – Communicate a Message
- Messages printed on paper: Good morning; Happy Easter; God loves you; I am happy to see you; Sit over there; I am hungry. (Use whatever messages are pertinent to your group of kids.)
Group kids into smaller groups. Give each group one of the messages. Tell groups to think of a way to communicate a message without saying it. After a few minutes, lead each group to try to communicate its message to the rest of the kids. After all groups have communicated their messages, tell kids that they will hear about Jesus continuing to share God’s message after His resurrection.
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Game – Flying Plates
- Plastic plates, permanent marker
On each plate, print a place (school, house, yard, park, church, etc.) or person (friend, teacher, mother, grandfather, brother, cousin, etc.). Distribute the plates to the kids. (Not every kid will need one.)
Say: “Go!” and guide kids to toss their plates (as flying disks). When the plate lands, kids should pick up and continue toss the plates until you say: “Stop!” Tell pairs of kids to pick up one plate and talk about how to tell that Jesus is alive in that place or to that person. Call on one pair to share their idea. Say: “Go!” and begin tossing the plates again. Repeat several times.
Craft – Duct Tape Wristband
- Heavyweight paper, scissors, several colors of duct tape, permanent markers, Velcro dots
Lead kids to cut paper strips that will fit around their wrists. Kids can cut lengths of duct tape and wrap around the paper strip to create a colored band. After the strip is covered, help kids write Jesus is alive! on their wristbands. When a kid has completed his wristband, he can add part of a Velcro dot to each end; place one side of the dot on the back of the band at one end and on the top of the band at the other end. Show a kid how to fit the band around his wrist and attach the dots to secure the band. Encourage kids to wear their wristbands to tell others that Jesus is alive.