Introductory Activity – Sheep and Shepherd
- Masking tape
Mark the middle and two ends of the play area with tape. Group the kids into two groups—Shepherds and Sheep. Tell shepherds to stand on one side of the middle line (back to the middle) and sheep stand on the other side of the middle line. (Groups will be standing back to back.) Say: “I will call one group’s name. That group must run to the tape line at the end of the play area. The other group will turn and try to catch the first group. If you are tagged, you must switch to the other group.” Say: “Sheep!” All the sheep run to the end of the play area while the shepherds turn and run after them. Any tagged sheep become shepherds. Tell kids to stand back in the middle and play again. Say: “Today we will hear a Bible story about men who had lots of shepherds and lots of sheep.”
Live It Out
Game – Odd or Even
- Two small dry erase boards or plastic plates, dry erase markers and erasers
Group kids into two teams; designate one team “Even” and the other team “Odd.” Teams can move to opposite sides of the play area. The first player from each team should move to the middle of the play area and stand back-to-back with the opposing player. Give the players the boards and markers. Tell players to each write a number between 1 and 5. Count to 3 and the players turn around. Add the two numbers together. If the sum is even, “Even” gets a point; if odd, the “Odd” team gets a point. The designated team can answer a review question for an additional 3 points. Erase the numbers and call two more players to the middle to continue the game. Say the Life Point and talk about the Bible story.
Craft – Dotted Pictures
- Paper, ink pads, unsharpened pencils
Guide kids to press the erasers on the pencils onto the ink pad and make dots on paper. Lead each child to create a sheep scene with the dots. As kids work, talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Ask kids to talk about ways they can think and solve problems.
Introductory Activity – Gather Your Flock
- Playing cards (ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 of each suit), plastic plates
Mix the cards and lay them faceup on the floor in the middle of the play area; leave space between each card. Cover each card with a plastic plate. (Lay plates facedown to cover the cards.)
Group the kids into four groups. Assign each group one of the four suits (spades, diamonds, clubs, hearts). Direct each group to stand in a separate corner of the play area. On your signal, the first player from each team will run to the middle and look under a plate. If the card under the plate matches the team’s suit, the player takes the card; otherwise, the player recovers the card and runs back to the team. Continue until one team gathers all five members of its “flock.” Tell kids that today they will hear a Bible story about men with large flocks of sheep and other animals.
Live It Out
Game – True or False
- No materials needed
Make statements about the Bible story. Guide kids to use their bodies to make the letter T if the statement is true or F if the statement is false. Kids can stand or lie on the floor to make their letters. They can work alone or with friends to make the letters. After each statement, talk about the answers and guide kids to stand again before making the next statement. Say the Weekly Verse.
Craft – Bible Story Wreath
- Heavyweight paper, scissors, other colored paper and craft paper, glue, ribbon
Talk about the Bible story. Lead kids to cut paper into a large circle and then cut the middle from the circle to make a ring that is several inches wide. Tell kids to use the other paper to create a wreath about the Bible story. They may want to make figures for Abram and Lot, animal figures, other men figures for the workers, a river and grassy area, and so forth. Encourage them to be creative to create their Bible story wreaths. Suggest kids add the words of the Weekly Verse to the wreath or print the words on another piece of paper and hang in the middle of the wreath with ribbon.