Introductory Activity – Draw with Oil
- Cooking oil in small cups, cotton swabs, construction paper cut into 6-by-9-inch pieces
Guide kids to dip cotton swabs in oil and then draw or write on construction paper. The oil will seep into the paper and the lines will remain visible. Allow kids to explore making different kinds of marks with the oil. Tell kids that a woman with oil came to see Elisha.
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Game – Word Match
- Paper, marker, beanbags
Print words from the story on pieces of paper, one word per page: Elisha, widow, sons, oil, neighbors, containers, pour, fill, sell. Make two sets of each word. Mix the words and lay them, face down, in the play area. (You can place the words in a grid or just randomly in a group.)
Group kids into two teams. Guide 2 players from Team 1 to each toss a beanbag on a word. Check to see if the words match. If not, turn them facedown again. If the words match, ask the team to tell the part of the story that uses that word. Move the word to one side. Team 2 can take a turn to toss and match words. After all the words have been matched, guide kids to use the words to retell the Bible story.
Craft – “O” Flyer
- Paper plates, scissors, markers, clear packing tape
Give each child a paper plate. Help him cut the center from the plate, making an O shape. Lead kids to print the Life Point along the bottom edge of the plates. They can create designs on both sides of the ring, too. Guide kids to lay the ring on the table and cover one side with lengths of packing tape. Then they can flip over the rings and cover the other sides. As time permits, lead them to toss their flyers to see how far the flyers will can go. Talk about obeying God.
Alternate Idea: Give each kid two plates. Follow the same steps except decorate only the back sides of the plates. After covering the sides of the plates, place the plates together (decorated sides out) and tape together to make a “saucer” flyer.
Introductory Activity – Blind Scavenger Hunt
- Gift bags (one per team), variety of small items (markers, crayons, small blocks, coins, cotton balls, small books, pencils, pens, notepads, and so forth; use whatever items you have on hand)
Place the small items around the room, easily visible but not all in the same area. Group the kids into teams and give each team a gift bag. Tell teams to collect 10 items. They can have only 10 items in their bags; each individual item counts as 1. On your signal, tell teams to gather their items. After a few minutes, stop the gathering, if needed. Teams should gather together in different areas of the room. Call out a characteristic, such as: “Something yellow.” Teams will search in their bags to see if they have something yellow. Each team that has a yellow item gets a point. (Keep track of points on a white board or ask an adult to keep score.) Call out other characteristics for teams to search for. Say: “Today you gathered things for fun. In our Bible story today, a woman was told to gather something; what she gathered would help her family survive.”
Teaching Tip: Decide if teams can use the same item multiple times or only once. For example, can a team use a yellow marker for something yellow and something that writes? State your rule at the beginning of the search game.
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Game – Verse Race
- Small bottle of oil (or a foam ball)
Seal the lid of the bottle of oil with tape to prevent accidental opening/spilling.
Guide kids to sit in a circle. Give one kid the oil. Tell him to pass the oil to the left. The kids will pass the oil quickly as the first kid says the Weekly Verse. Encourage kids to pass the oil quickly (but safely) and try to get the oil back to the kid saying the verse before he finishes it. When he finishes the verse, the oil stops. The kid holding the oil will say the verse next as it passes. Talk about the Bible verse and talk about how God helped the woman when she obeyed Him.
Craft – Story Tower
- Index cards, markers, scissors
Give a kid several index cards. Guide her to print the story title on a card. She can print facts about the story on the other cards. Help her cut two slits in the title card, from the bottom up. Then she can slide a card into each slit (perpendicular to the first card) and stand up the cards. She can cut slits in those two cards and slide in other cards to make a story tower. Talk about the story and the Life Point.