Introductory Activity – Crossover
- Beach balls (one per team), tape
Use tape to make a line at either end of the game area. Group the kids into two (or more) teams. One player from each team should stand on a line at the start end of the game area. The rest of his team should line up behind him. Give the inflated beach balls to the first players of each team. On your signal, the first players run to the other line, turn, and toss the ball to the next player on the team. The second player runs to the line, stands in front of the first player, and tosses the ball to the next player. Players continue to run and toss the ball back until the last player reaches the line. If time permits, run the game again, back to the to the start line. Say: “Today we will learn about Paul, a traveling missionary.”
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Game – Life-Sized Gameboard
- Construction paper, tape, large numbered cube
On several spaces on the gameboard, draw an arrow. Mix the arrow pieces with the blank pieces. Use construction paper to create a gameboard path across the room. Tape the paper to the floor. (You could do this ahead of time or involve the kids in creating the gameboard.)
Group kids into teams and lead each team to choose one child to be the “game piece.” Tell game pieces to stand at the start of the gameboard path. Team 1 rolls the numbered cube and the game piece moves that number of spaces. If the game piece lands on an arrow space, the team can answer a review question from the Bible story. If the team gets the answer correct, the game piece can move ahead 1 space. Continue until a game piece reaches the end of the path. To lengthen the game, start a new game piece for a team when the first game piece reaches the end.
Craft – Folder Book
- File folders (one per kid), markers, colored pens and pencils, other appropriate art materials
Lead kids to create folder books. Open the folder. Fold the left edge of the folder to the middle; repeat with the right edge. Now you have a book that opens in the middle. When open, four sections are indicated by the folds. Guide kids to use the materials to create books about Jesus. They can draw pictures or write information about Jesus in the four sections. They can fold the front closed and create a cover for their books. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Guide kids to write the Life Point on the backs of their books (if they did not write it inside the books).
Introductory Activity – Communication
- 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 communicating the message of Jesus around the world.
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Game – Bible Verse Detection
- Large pieces of paper, small sticky notes, markers
Say the Bible Verse together. Talk about the Bible story. Group kids into two teams. Lead them to draw a 10-by-10 grid on their paper. They can write the letters A-J across the top to label the columns and numbers 1-10 down the side to label the rows. Tell teams to position the grids so that the other team cannot see it. Lead teams to write the verse on the sticky notes, one word per note. Then they can place each word/note onto a square in the grid.
To play, lead Team 1 to call out coordinates (such as C5). Team 2 will say “hit” if a word is in that square and “miss” if no word is in that square. Then Team 2 will give that word to Team 1 to put on the wall. Team 2 now takes a turn to call out coordinates. When both teams have located all the other team’s words, the teams work to put the verse in order. Say the verse together. Replace the words on the grid and play again.
Craft – Jesus Stones
- Large smooth stones, paint pens, wet wipes, paper towels
Give each kid a stone. Lead kids to clean their stones with the wipes and dry with paper towels. Tell kids to draw pictures about Jesus on one side of the stones. They can print a verse reference about Jesus or about salvation on the back. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Tell kids they can place their stones somewhere in their neighborhoods for others to find