Introductory Activity – Spell It!
- Index cards or paper squares, marker
Print the letters f, o, r, g, i, v, e, n, e, s, s on cards or squares. Make several sets of letters. Group kids into small groups and give each group a set of letters. Tell groups to make as many words as possible with the letters; they can use only the letters they have. After a minute or so, tell groups that all the letters can be used to make one word. Challenge them to make the mystery word. After about 30 seconds or so, if no group spells the mystery word, give this clue: “The word begins with f.” After 15-30 seconds, say: “The word ends with s.” Continue to give clues until a group spells the word. Tell kids that the word forgiveness is an important word in today’s study.
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Game – Drop and Tell
- Beanbag or handkerchief
Choose a kid to be It. Lead the other kids to sit in a circle. It walks around the circle, carrying the beanbag. He drops the beanbag behind someone and continues walking. The kid chosen says the Life Point or Bible Verse. If she completes saying it before It gets back to her, she becomes It and the other kid sits in her space. You may want to change up the game, asking the chosen kid to answer a review question. Talk about times kids may need to forgive others.
Craft – Accordion Book
- Index cards, markers, clear tape, scrapbook paper, scissors, glue sticks
Talk about the Bible story. Guide kids to think of Joseph’s actions and talk about God’s forgiveness. Give each child 4-5 index cards. Tell kids to draw pictures about the Bible story or draw situations in which their family members show forgiveness. As kids complete their cards, give them an additional card; they can glue scrapbook paper to cover the card and print a title on this card, such as Forgiving Others. Guide a child to lay this title card and a picture card face up, side by side. Use a piece of clear tape to attach the cards along the common side. (You can tape along the short side or long side.) Flip the cards face down and lay another verse card beside the taped cards, also face down. Tape this card to the other verse card. Flip and tape another card. Flip and tape until all cards are attached in a line. Fold on the taped sides, accordion style, until the book is “closed” and only the cover is visible.
Introductory Activity – What Does It Mean?
- Large pieces of paper, markers
Tape large pieces of paper to the various walls around the room. Print one of these words at the top of each paper: grudge, forgive, family, mistreat. Lay a few markers under each piece of paper. Guide kids to write definitions on the papers. They can print words or draw pictures to communicate the meaning of the words. Tell kids that they will learn about choices Joseph made.
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Game – Sliding Review
- Dry erase board with an eraser tray, marker, eraser
Print point values (10, 20, etc.) along the bottom of the board in regular intervals. Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Ask a team a review question. If the answer is correct, a team member can slide the eraser along the tray. (Start at the end with the lower numbers.) Award points equal to whichever number is closest to the eraser. If the eraser goes off the end of the tray, no points are awarded. Alternate play between teams.
Craft – Finger Puppets
- Envelopes, scissors, clear tape, crayons
Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids they can make puppets of people in the Bible story. Lead kids to cut the flaps off envelopes. They can cut envelopes into two or three pieces, starting at the cut end and cutting up toward the opposite side. Kids can draw faces and clothes on the envelope pieces to make their puppets. Show a kid how to use clear tape to seal the long cut sides of each puppet. When complete, the kid can slide a puppet on his finger to move it. Encourage kids to use their puppets to retell the Bible story. As an alternative, make present-day people and play out situations in which kids show how to forgive others.