Introductory Activity – Self-Portraits
- Paper, markers or crayons, mirrors (optional)
Lead kids to draw self-portraits. They can use the mirrors to look at their features as they draw. Lead kids to talk about their features and what they see in the mirror or in their portraits. Tell kids that today they will hear that people are special to God.
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Game – Write the Point Relay
- Masking tape, two large pieces of paper or large white boards, markers
Place paper or white boards at either end of the play area. Make a tape line across the play area at the midpoint between the two papers or white boards. Group the kids into two teams. Say the Life Point together a few times. Line teams up on the tape line; one team should face each paper. Give a marker to the first player on each team. On your signal, the first player from each team runs to his team’s paper and writes the first letter of the first word of the Life Point. Then he runs back to the team and hands off the marker. The next player runs to the paper and writes the second letter of that word. Play continues until the teams have written all the words of the Life Point on their paper. Team members can assist their players by helping them know which letter to write (if needed). When both teams have completed the sentence, say the Life Point again together. Talk about how God showed people are special to Him in the Bible story.
Craft – Paper T-Shirt
- Paper cut into t-shirt shapes, stickers, markers, crayons, glitter pens, other art supplies
Lead kids to design t-shirts to help them remember the Life Point. They can create shirts with the words of the Life Point or with other messages and images that communicate that people are special to God. As they work on their paper t-shirts, talk about how we know that people are special to God. Use the Bible story as a beginning point. Talk about other stories the kids know that show people are special to God. Encourage kids to show their t-shirts to the group and talk about what they designed.
Introductory Activity – Word Walls
- Large pieces of paper, markers
Tape large pieces of paper around the room. Print one of these words on each paper: special, Esther, king, banquet, danger. (You can choose other words from the Bible story in addition or in place of these words.) Lead kids to read the words. They can draw pictures or print other words that explain or define the main words. After a few minutes, review their work. Talk about each word and say that these words will be important in today’s session.
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Game – Paper Football
- Paper football, dishpan with shredded paper or plastic “grass” (See this link for making paper footballs: http://www.playworks.org/blog/fun-games-play-piece-paper)
Set the dishpan at the end of a table. Group the kids into two teams. Ask Team 1 a review question. If the answer is correct, a player from Team 1 stands at the table end and tries to kick the paper football in the grass; he gets three attempts. (To kick the ball, use a finger to hold the football on its point; flick the football with fingers from the other hand.) If the football lands in the dishpan on the first try, the team gets 7 points. If the football lands in the dishpan on the second or third try, the team gets 3 points. If the football misses all three attempts, the team gets 1 point. Repeat with Team 2. Continue to alternate asking questions and kicking the football with the teams. Talk about the Life Point.
Craft – Frame
- Wide craft sticks, paper strips, foam stickers, glitter markers, paint pens, foam letters, other art supplies
Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Suggest kids use the art materials to create a picture frame. They can use the materials as they choose to create frames. As they work, talk about how they know that people are special to God. Use the Bible story as a beginning point. Encourage them to think of other Bible stories and verses that show that people are special to God. Thank God for His love. Suggest kids print the Life Point or Life Verse on the sides of their frames. Tell them to tape a selfie in the frame to remember the Life Point.