Introductory Activity – Can You Draw What I Draw?
- Paper, pencils
Group kids into pairs. Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Tell partners to sit back to back. Guide one child in each pair to draw an object or simple picture. Then that child will give simple directions to his partner to recreate the drawing. Directions can only be descriptions of shapes or lines; kids cannot tell partners what image they are drawing. For example: “Draw a triangle at the top of the page. Then draw a square underneath it.” When all the directions have been given, kids can compare the drawings. Then swap roles and draw again. Say: “Sometimes it is difficult to understand what we hear or read. Today we will think about how the Bible teaches people how to live.”
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Game – Pass the Scepter
- Long cardboard tube, music CD and player
Lead kids to sit in a circle. Show the cardboard tube and tell kids it is a scepter. Play music and hand the scepter to a child. Kids should hand the scepter around the circle while the music plays. Stop the music. Ask a review question. The kid holding the scepter should point it across the circle toward another kid to answer. Begin the music again and pass the scepter. After a few turns, change the game. The kid points the scepter at someone who says the Bible Verse or the Life Point.
Craft – Lantern Reminder
- Clear plastic cups, permanent markers, glue, paintbrushes, yellow and orange tissue paper, scissors, battery-operated tea lights (optional)
Talk about the Bible verse. Help kids understand what it means for the Bible to be light to the path of people’s lives. Lead kids to print the verse on their cups using permanent markers. Tell kids that they can paint glue on the inside of their cups and arrange pieces of tissue paper to resemble flames in a lantern. Ask kids to talk about things they have learned from the Bible about how to live. Tell kids they can place their lanterns in a place at home to remind them to read and learn from their Bibles. As an option, give each child a tea light to put inside his lantern.
Introductory Activity – Hard or Easy?
- Masking tape
Make a masking tape line in the middle of the game area. Guide kids to stand on the masking tape, facing you (on one end of the game area). State a situation: “Reading a book to my little brother/sister.” Tell kids to step forward if it would be easy to do this or backward if it would be hard. Both answers are acceptable so encourage kids to make their own choices instead of stepping where they think they should. State another situation and wait for kids to step forward (easy) or backward (hard). (Examples: telling a friend you cannot play a certain video game; forgiving your brother/sister for losing your favorite toy; going to get ice cream with your family; riding in a car for 12 hours with your family; singing with your family in a talent show.) Tell kids that the Bible tells people how to live. Sometimes following God’s Word is easier and sometimes it is harder. Say that today kids will hear a Bible story about someone who had courage to do what was right.
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Game – Verse Ball
- Paper, marker, large container, two unused pizza boxes or large squares of cardboard
Print the words of the Bible verse on paper, one word per page. Wad each word into a ball. Place the balls in a container, and set the container at the far end of the game area.
Choose two kids to start the game. They run together to the container and choose a ball. Then they use the boxes as rackets to bat the paper ball back and forth as they move back to the group. If the ball drops, they must stop, get the ball, and start batting it again. When they are back to the group, they can hand off the boxes to two other kids, who run down to get another word. After all the words are retrieved, lead kids to open the paper wads and put the verse in order.
Craft – Sandy Paths
- Heavyweight paper or paper plates, markers, glue, colored sand, large tray
Talk about the Bible verse and talk about how the Bible helps people know how to live (light to our paths). Lead kids to write the verse on paper (or paper plates). They can make the verse as artistic as they choose. Direct them to use the glue to make paths around or though the verse. Then they can sprinkle sand on the glue. Tell them to shake excess sand gently onto the tray.