Introductory Activity – Letter Scramble
- Paper squares or index cards, marker
Print these letters on squares or cards: d, a, v, i, d, j, o, n, a, t, h, a, n. Make multiple sets if needed so each child will have a card.
Mix the cards and hand a letter to each child. Give a signal and guide kids to group up to spell words. Say: “Scramble!” and kids move to form different words with other kids. After several rounds, tell kids to try and spell names with their letters. Say: “We will hear a story today about David and Jonathan.” Lead kids to spell those two names.
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Game – Straw Toss
- Plastic cups, straws
Arrange 6 or 10 cups into a triangular shape at one end of a table. Lead kids to stand at the other end of the table. Show kids how to hold a straw and toss it (like a dart or a spear) toward the cups. Guide kids to take turns tossing straws. When a straw lands in a cup, ask a review question.
Options: (1) Create several tossing stations so more kids can play at the same time; (2) Play as teams. Award points for landing in a cup and additional points for answering questions.
Craft – Story Stick
- Paint sticks (one per child), strips of sticky-back Velcro, index cards, markers, scissors
Lead kids to color their paint sticks. Help a child cut a length of Velcro that is about one-half inch shorter than the paint stick. Attach the soft side of the Velcro to the paint stick. Lead kids to draw pictures of various scenes of the Bible story on cards. They can cut up the rough side of the Velcro and attach a piece to the back of each of their cards. Show kids how to stick the cards to the Velcro. Suggest they use their story sticks to tell parents or others the Bible story. Say the Life Point and the Weekly Verse.
Introductory Activity – Name Toss
Sit in a circle with the kids. Call a name and toss the ball to that person. She can call another name and toss the ball to the person. Tell kids to continue around the group. After a few turns, add another ball, doing the same thing. Now both balls are being tossed across the circle as kids call names. Add additional balls as the game progresses, as you choose. Tell kids that today’s story is about two friends named Jonathan and David.
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Game – Verse Dash
- Large white board, dry erase markers
Draw a line for each word of the Weekly Verse. Direct the kids to line up a few feet away from the board with the lines. On your signal, one kid runs to the board and writes a word of the verse in the appropriate blank. He runs back and tags the next person to do the same. If a word is written in the wrong place (or a wrong word is written), direct the next person in line to run to the board and erase the incorrect word and redraw the line. (She will not add an additional word.) Continue until the verse is complete.
Craft – Yarn Monograms
- Materials: cardboard or heavyweight paper, yarn of various colors, scissors; Option: Purchase cardboard letters for kids to use.
Lead kids to cut out the initial letters of their names from cardboard or heavyweight paper. Cut a slit in one end of a letter. Show a kid how to slide the end of a length of yarn into the slit and then wrap the yarn over the end. Lead kids to wrap yarn around and around the letters, covering the cardboard with the yarn. If they want to change yarn colors or get to the end of a length of yarn, help kids tie a new piece of yarn to the end. Lead kids to work until the letter is completely covered with yarn.
Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids that God loves them and will always love them, no matter what happens. Tell kids to place the monograms in a place to remind them of God’s love.