Introductory Activity – Draw with Your Feet
- Large paper, colored pencils (or regular pencils)
Lay large paper on the floor. Place chairs next to each piece of paper. Invite kids to sit in the chairs and take off one shoe each. They can hold pencils with their toes and try to draw or write on the paper. Suggest specific shapes or words for older kids. Comment that people have all kinds of talents and abilities and people can use these to please and honor God.
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Game – Rock Slide
- Masking tape, small smooth rocks
Use masking tape to create a square (or other shape) on one end of a table. Create several shapes down the length of the table, designating higher points for the shapes that are further away from the kids. (Or just make one shape at the end of the table to use in the game.)
Group kids into two teams. Alternate asking review questions between teams. When a team answers a question correctly, team members stand at the opposite end of the table and slide three rocks (one at a time) down the table and into a shape. Award points for the question. Talk about the Life Point.
Craft – Paper Slings
- Construction paper, yarn, hole punch, scissors, markers, tape
Cut the paper into pieces that measure 3½-by-4½ inches. Give each child a piece of paper. Lead them to print the Weekly Verse on the paper. Tell kids to punch holes at each corner of their paper rectangles. They can cut 12-inch lengths of yarn; each child will need to cut two lengths. Help a child thread his yarn into one hole and out the other hole along one longer side. He should thread the other length of yarn through the other two holes in the same manner. Use a small piece of tape to secure the yarn on the back, so it will not slide through the holes. Show a child how to hold all four yarn ends and swing the sling over his head. Talk about the Bible story and how God used David.
Introductory Activity – Pencil Bounce
- Cups, unsharpened pencils with erasers, marker
Print the letters D, A, V, I, D on cups, one letter per cup. Make several sets. Set each set of cups in a line on a table. Lay a group of pencils with each set of cups.
Guide kids to take turns bouncing the pencils on their erasers and into the cups. Groups of kids can work together to bounce a pencil into each cup to spell David’s name. Or form teams and have groups compete against one another to complete the task first. Tell kids that they will hear a story about David and the way that God used his abilities.
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Game – Pom-pom Launch
- Plastic cups, balloons, pom-poms, large plastic bowls or buckets, scissors, rubber bands
To make a pom-pom launcher, cut the bottom third off of a cup. Knot the end of a balloon (not inflated) and cut off about one-half inch from the round end. Stretch the balloon (the part with the knot) over the lip of the cup. Secure with a rubber band. To use the launcher, drop a
pom-pom inside, aim the launcher away from a person, pull back on the knot, and let go to send the pom-pom flying.
Make two launchers (or one per team). Set bowls or buckets at one end of the game area. Group kids into two (or more) teams. Each team takes turns launching a pom-pom toward the bowls. If a pom-pom lands in a bowl, ask the team a review question. If the team answers correctly, award 5 points. To extend the game, when a pom-pom lands in the bowl, you may want to ask the team to say the Life Point or tell a way people can use their talents and abilities to please and honor God.
Craft – Talents Ribbon
- Wide ribbon (or long paper strips), markers, wooden clothespins
Cut lengths of ribbon or paper strips that measure at least 12 inches. Tell kids to print the words of the Life Point on the ribbon or paper strip. Talk about the Bible story. Also talk about talents and abilities that the kids have. Lead kids to print talents and abilities they have on clothespins, one per clothespin. They can clip their abilities to their ribbons. Tell kids to place the ribbons in their rooms to remind them to use whatever talents and abilities they have to please and honor God. Suggest they add more clothespins to the ribbons as they discover more talents or develop more abilities. Pray and ask God to help the kids and adults in your class use their abilities to honor Him.