Introductory Activity—Matching Hearts
- Materials: different colors of construction paper, scissors
Cut out hearts from different colors of paper. Cut each heart in half with a wavy or zigzag line. (You will need a heart half for each kid.)
Mix all the heart halves and place in a bag. Guide each child to draw out a heart half. On your signal, kids should move around and find the person with the matching half. Tell partners to tell one another what they know about Jesus. Tell kids they will learn that Jesus wants people to love Him.
Live It Out
Game—Ball Over and Under
- Materials: foam balls (one per team); paper squares and tape or self-stick notes; marker
Print the words of the Life Point on paper squares or self-stick notes, one word per square. Make a set of words for each team. Stick the words on a wall or table at one end of the game area.
Group kids into teams. Guide teams to stand in a line, one behind the other, facing toward the word cards. Give the first player of each team a ball. On your signal, the first players pass the ball over their heads to the next player; those players pass the ball under their legs to the third players; and so on. When the last player receives the ball, he runs to the word cards and takes the first word. He shows the word to a leader. If the word is correct, the player runs to the front of his team’s line and passes the ball over his head to start the relay again. If the word is incorrect, the player returns the word card to the wall and retrieves the correct word before passing the ball again. (The leader can tell the player the correct word if needed.) The first team to complete the Life Point is the winning team. Say the Life Point and talk about the Bible story.
- Materials: plastic lids (as from margarine tubs or frosting cans), thin ribbon or embroidery floss, plastic needles, hole punches, scissors or utility knife
Cut a heart shape from the middle of each plastic lid. Give a child a lid and lead her to punch holes around the heart opening. Help her thread a needle with ribbon or floss and sew back and forth across the heart through the holes. As kids work, talk about how people can show love to Jesus. Talk about what the people did in the Bible story. Tell kids to place their finished hearts in a place at home to remind them about today’s Life Point.
Introductory Activity—Sand Writing
- Materials: shallow boxes or deep trays with a thin layer of sand (one per team), names from the Bible story written on cards, craft sticks (optional)
Group kids into teams. Guide teams to stand around the sand trays. Call on a player from each team to come to you. Show the players a name. On your signal, the players move to the sand trays and write the name in the sand. (Players cannot make any sounds or say any words.) The rest of the team should try to guess the name that the player is spelling. When the name is guessed, award that team a point. Choose another player to spell a different name. Tell kids that names are people in today’s Bible story.
Live It Out
- 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.
- Materials: large metal washers, thin-line permanent markers, baker’s twine or leather shoe lacing
Give each kid a washer. Guide kids to print Love Jesus on the washers. They can also draw designs on their washers. Cut lengths of twine or lacing, about 3 feet per kid. Assist kids in folding the twine in half, inserting the folded end through the opening in the washer, and pulling the ends of the twine through the loop. Tie the ends to make a necklace. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point.
Options: Use nail polish or stickers to decorate the washers. Use plastic lacing or yarn for the necklace.