Introductory Activity – Full Body Rock/Paper/Scissors
- No supplies needed.
Show kids how to make rock, paper, and scissors with their whole bodies. Rock – crouch into a ball or lean over with hands on knees. Paper – stand straight with legs together and arms at sides. Scissors – stand with legs apart and arms away from sides. Practice jumping twice and then moving into rock position. Repeat jump twice and paper position. Repeat with scissors. Group kids into pairs. Pairs stand facing one another. Say: “Jump, jump, show.” Partners jump twice (on your words) and then show one of the positions. Repeat three times; best of three is the winner. Say: “Switch” and kids change for new partners. Repeat the cycle a few times. Say that people make choices about what to do. Tell them they will hear a story about someone who had to choose what to do.
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Game – Choose!
- White, red, yellow, blue, green construction paper; tape; Giant Inflatable Game Cube (or box); marker
Tape a piece of red, yellow, blue, and green paper on the walls of your room. Tape one color to each wall or tape them spaced out around the game area. Place one of each of these colors of paper in the game cube (or tape to the sides of a box). Print wild on two pieces of white paper and add these to the game cube (or box).
Tell kids to stand in the middle of the game area. Say: “Choose!” Kids should quickly move to one of the colors on the wall. Roll the cube; tell kids standing at the rolled color that they must move outside the game area. (Designate a place for “out” kids to gather.) Tell the remaining group to move back to the middle to play again. If you roll wild, ask the “out” kids to say the Life Point and move back into the game. Play several rounds as time allows. Talk about the choices that Daniel made. Tell kids that Bible truths never change and Christians should live as God wants them to live even when it is difficult.
Craft – Spinner Art
- Paper, markers, old CDs, tape
Slide a marker through the center of a CD and secure it to the CD to make a spinner. (Make sure the lid of the marker can be removed and replaced.) Make several spinners for kids to use. You will also need some markers without the CD.
Lead kids to print the words of the Life Point on paper. Talk about what the Point means and how Daniel chose to follow Scripture even when it was difficult. After kids finish writing the verse, they can decorate with the spinners. Show them how to remove a marker lid, place the tip on their paper, and spin it to make designs.
Introductory Activity – Is It In the Bible?
- No materials needed.
Read each of these statements, one at a time. Lead kids to decide together whether the statement is in the Bible or not.
–The Lord is my shepherd. (yes, Psalm 23:1)
–If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. (yes, Mark 3:25)
–God helps those who help themselves. (no)
–The wages of sin is death. (yes, Romans 6:23)
–God moves in mysterious ways. (no)
–Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. (no)
–Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. (yes, Proverbs 3:5)
–If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. (yes, Matthew 17:20)
–Cleanliness is next to godliness. (no)
–God created man in his own image. (yes, Genesis 1:27)
–This too shall pass. (no)
–I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me. (yes, Philippians 4:13)
Say that it is important for Christians to know what is in the Bible and to know that the truths in the Bible never change.
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Game – Move the Cup
- 9 blue cups and 1 yellow cup for each team (Note: Color of cups does not matter; you will need 9 of one color and 1 of another color for each team.); timer
Stack the 10 cups with the yellow cup on the bottom. Set the timer for 60-90 seconds. Group kids into teams. Tell kids that their team members will take turns moving the yellow cup through the stack and back to the bottom. On your signal, a player will hold the stack of cups and move a cup from the top to the bottom of the stack. The player must keep holding the stack in his hand while moving the cups. When the yellow cup is moved from the top to the bottom, the player will hand the stack to the next player on his team. That player will repeat moving all the cups from top to bottom. When the timer sounds, all play stops. Ask Team 1 a review question. If they get it correct, award points for the number of kids who have completed the task. Reset the timer and start again (where the cups are). When the timer sounds, ask Team 2 a question. Continue playing as time allows. Award points when the cup stack goes down the entire team line. The last person can move the front of the line and pass the cups back to start them down the line again. Talk about Daniel and the choices he made, stressing that he chose to obey the truths in Scripture.
Craft – Street Signs
- Red, yellow, and white heavyweight paper, markers, scissors
Read the Life Point and talk about it. Recall the Bible story and how Daniel chose to do the right thing. Say that the Bible helps people know what to do like street signs tell drivers what to do. Suggest kids create street signs that could be used as reminders that the truths in the Bible never change. (Examples: STOP and think what the Bible says; ONE WAY to do what is right, Bible truths never change; TURN RIGHT when you follow what the Bible says.) After you make a list, tell kids to choose paper and create a street sign reminder. Allow them to be creative as they work. Encourage them to talk about challenges to doing what is right. Pray and ask God to help kids remember the truths in the Bible.