Introductory Activity – Clay Charades
- Clay or play dough
Choose a kid to start the game. Tell the kid to use the clay to mold a vegetable, fruit, or other food. The other kids can guess what is being made. After kids guess, choose another kid to mold. (You could group kids into teams and tell the “molders” the same food to make for their teams to guess.) Tell kids that God cares for people and giving food in one way He cares for people.
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Game – Tic-Tac-Toe Run
- Tape, 3 beanbags of 2 colors each
Use tape to create a tic-tac-toe grid at one end of the play area. Group the kids into teams. Ask Team 1 a question. If the question is answered correctly, a member can run down to the grid and place one of the team’s beanbags in a space. Then ask Team 2 a question. If, after all six beanbags are placed, there is no three in a row, a team member runs down and moves one of his team’s beanbags to a new spot (after answering a question). Continue until one team gets three in a row.
Craft – Strip Banner
- Adding machine tape (or long paper strips), crayons or colored pencils, scissors, tape
Cut a length of adding machine tape for each child. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Talk about ways God shows His care and concern for people today. Guide kids to print the Life Point on the length of adding machine tape. They can draw designs or pictures about God’s care and concern. If they choose, they can draw additional designs and pictures on other lengths of adding machine tape and tape those pieces together. Suggest that kids can place the banners in a place to help them think about God and thank Him for His love and care.
Introductory Activity – Changing Places
- Chairs (one per kid)
Place chairs in a circle. Guide kids to sit in the chairs. Make sure there are no empty chairs in the circle. Say: “If you have blue eyes, trade places.” All kids with blue eyes will stand and move to a different chair. Call out other characteristics for kids to switch chairs. Tell kids that they will learn that God has care and concern for all people, no matter what they look like or who they are.
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Game – Boom!
- Wide craft sticks, marker or pen, large cup
On 4 craft sticks, print ?. On 8 craft sticks, print Life Point. On 8 craft sticks, print Weekly Verse. On 4 sticks, print Boom! Mix all the sticks together and place them in the cup, word side down.
Group the kids into teams. Teams will take turns pulling sticks from the cup. When a team pulls the question mark, ask the team a review question. When a team pulls the Life Point stick, lead the team in repeating the Life Point. When a team pulls Weekly Verse, lead the team in repeating the Weekly Verse. If the team cannot answer the question or say the Life Point or the verse, they must return the stick to the cup. If a team pulls a Boom stick, all their collected sticks must go back in the cup. Play for a designated time and count the number of collected sticks. Talk about ways God shows His care and concern for people today.
Craft – Stick Reminder
- Sticks and twigs, paper, yarn, glue, markers, crayons, scissors, other art materials
Talk about the Bible story. Note that when Elijah met the widow, she was gathering sticks. Tell kids to use the materials to create a Life Point reminder. They can print the Life Point on paper and combine the paper and sticks to make their reminders. Encourage the kids’ creativity with the materials. Tell kids to place the reminders somewhere to remind them of God’s care and concern.