Introductory Activity – Missing Vowels
- Paper, markers
Print this message for kids. You could print and display one large message or make a copy of the message for each child:
R __ __ d __ n g t h __ B __ b l __ __ s __ w __ y t __ w __ r s h __ p G __ d.
Lead kids to work in partners or alone to figure out the message. Tell them that the vowels are missing in each word. After kids fill in the message, tell them they will discover more about reading the Bible and worshiping God today. (The message is the Life Point.)
Teaching Tip: For younger kids, fill in some of the vowels and make fewer blanks.
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Game – Silent Order
- Paper, marker, tape
Print the words of the Bible verse on paper, one word per page. Tape each word to the front of a child. Tell kids to work together, without speaking, to put the verse in order. When the verse is in order, say/read it together. Talk about how the verse connects with the Life Point. Remove the words, mix them, and tape them to the backs of other kids to repeat the game (still silently).
Craft – Bible Cover
- Large construction paper (12 by 18 inches), scissors, pencils, markers or crayons, colorful tape
Give a child a piece of construction paper. He can lay the paper on a table and center his open Bible in the middle of the paper. Help him carefully trace around the outside of his Bible with a pencil (or draw pencil lines just a fraction outside the edges of the Bible). Remove the Bible. Fold the top and bottom of the paper on the pencil lines. (If the Bible is small, use a small size of paper or trim around the pencil lines to leave about 2-3 inches extending past the lines.) Fold each side on the pencil lines. Slide the Bible front cover into the pocket created on the left side by the folded paper. Slide the back cover in the other pocket. Tape the inside flaps down if needed. Remove the Bible and decorate the cover with crayons, markers, or tape. Talk about the Life Point.
Introductory Activity – Bull’s Eye
- Masking tape, paper squares, marker, beanbags
Use the tape to make a four-ring target on the floor. Write point values (increments of 5 or 10) on the paper squares and tape one in each ring. Group the kids into teams (or play as one group). Ask the kids (or a team) to name a Bible book that meets a certain criteria. Some ideas:
–Name a book of Old Testament History.
–Name a book that begins with the letter “E.”
–Name an Old/New Testament book that has a first and second.
–Name the first four books of the New Testament.
–Name the book that comes before/after ______.
If the answer is correct, toss the beanbag for points. Tell kids they will hear an Old Testament story about reading the Bible.
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Game – Tabletop Bowling
- 10 pencil-top erasers, circle stickers, tape, large marble or small ball
Arrange 10 circle stickers in a triangle at one end of a table. (Arrange in a bowling pin arrangement.) If you choose, print point values on each sticker. Stand an eraser on each sticker. Group kids into teams. Ask a team a review question. If the team responds correctly, allow a member to roll the marble and knock down the eraser “pins.” Give a point for each pin knocked down. (Or award number of points shown on revealed stickers.) Reset and ask the next team a question.
Craft – Bible Reading Journal
- Heavyweight paper, hole punches, colored pencils, stickers, other art supplies, chenille craft stems or binder rings
Lead kids to cut the paper into 4-by-6-inch rectangles. (You could choose another size for your journals.) Tell kids to print Bible Journal on a card. They can decorate their card as they choose. On other cards, kids can print statement starters, such as What I learn about God from these verses is… or An important idea in this verse is… . They can print the same starter on each card or different ones on the cards. Encourage each to make at least seven cards for their journals. Guide kids to punch holes in their cards and use chenille stems or binder rings to join them together. Tell kids they can use these journals as they read their Bibles at home. Suggest they add additional pages as these pages are filled. Comment that kids can worship God at home and at church as they read their Bibles.