Introductory Activity – Ark of the Covenant Relay
- Pool noodles, dishpans or boxes
Demonstrate carrying the “ark of the covenant.” Two kids should stand one in front of the other and hold the ends of the pool noodles. Balance the dishpan or box on the pool noodles. Tell the two kids to walk together, keeping the dishpan on the pool noodles.
Group the kids into teams. Give each team two pool noodles and a dishpan or box. Guide teams to line up at one end of the play area. At your signal, two members of each team will carry their ark of the covenant to the opposite end of the play area and back. Then two more members will carry it. Continue until all team members have carried the ark of the covenant (or for a designated number of trips). Tell kids that moving the ark of the covenant was not a fun game like you played. Moving the ark of the covenant was serious business because the ark represented God.
Live It Out
Game – Over and Under Relay
- Index cards, marker, tape, beach ball (one per team, if teams are used)
Print the words of the Life Point on cards, one word per card. If you choose to play with teams, create a set of words for each team. Mix the words and tape them on a wall at one end of the play area.
Talk about the Bible story and say the Life Point together. (Create teams if you choose.) Guide kids to stand in a line, one behind the other. Each team should form its own line. Hand the ball to the first kid in line. When you say go, the first kid should hand the ball over his head to the kid behind him. The second kid should hand the ball between her legs to the kid behind her. The kids should continue to pass the ball over and under to the end of the line. The last kid in line runs to the wall of word cards, chooses the first word in the Life Point, and runs back the line. She places the card in a specified place, stands at the front of the line, and passes the ball over her head. Continue the game until the Life Point is completed in order. Talk about ways that people can live that please God.
Craft – Verse Flag
- Paper cut into pennant shapes, markers, colored tape, thin dowels
Guide kids to print the verse on the pennant shapes. A kid can decorate around his verse. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Suggest kids draw pictures of the Bible story or of ways people can live that please God; they can draw on the back of their flags. When a child finishes his flag, help him tape the flag onto a thin dowel.
Introductory Activity – Story Web
- Large piece of paper, markers, tape
Tape a large piece of paper (or several pieces together) on a wall. Print David in the middle of the paper. Lead kids to draw pictures or print words about David’s life around his name. Draw lines from the words or pictures to David’s name. Also draw any lines to connect the words and pictures together, as appropriate. Tell kids that David became king just as God said. Today they will learn about some things that happened to David after he became king.
Live It Out
Game – Cup Catch
- Plastic cups (one per kid), foil balls or paper balls
Show kids how to use a cup to toss a ball. (Place the ball in the cup; quickly jerk the cup in the direction you want it to go; the ball will fly from the cup.) Give kids cups and let them practice tossing and catching the balls with the cups. After a few minutes, guide kids to stand in a circle. Tell them they will toss and catch the ball around or across the circle, using only the cups. (They cannot toss or catch the ball with their hands.) Give a ball to one kid to start. Kids can start tossing and catching the ball. After a few turns, call stop. Ask the kid with the ball to answer a review question. Then start the tossing and catching again. Continue to stop randomly and ask review questions. After a while, ask the kid with the ball to say the Life Point.
Craft – Story Cloth
- White cotton fabric (cut into 12-inch squares), freezer paper, fabric markers, story cloth (if available)
Iron the fabric to freezer paper.
Tell kids that some missionaries use story cloths to help people learn about the Bible. These story cloths show pictures of Bible stories. Show the story cloth.* Give each kid a piece of white fabric. Guide kids to draw pictures about David’s life on the cloth. Say the Weekly Verse and talk about the Bible story. Talk about the Life Point. Suggest kids print the verse or Life Point on their story cloths. Help a kid remove the freezer paper when he has finished his story cloth. (Note: Freezer paper can be saved and reused.)