Introductory Activity – Mountain, Valley, River
- Masking tape
Make a masking tape line down the middle of the room. The line will need to be long enough for all kids. If needed, make several lines spaced around the room for groups of kids.
Guide all kids to stand on the tape line. Say: “This line is the river. If you step to the left, you are on the mountain. If you step to the right, you are in the valley. Listen carefully and stand where I tell you to stand.” Wait until all kids are ready. Say: “Mountain! (Kids step to the left of the tape) River! (kids step onto the tape) Valley! (kids step to the right of the tape)” Then speed up and mix up what you call. If a kid steps to the wrong place, he moves to the back of the tape line (and everyone else moves forward). Keep playing for a few turns. Stop and tell kids to stand back on the tape line and begin again. Tell kids that they will hear a story about someone who traveled to a mountain.
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Game – Blow the Verse
- Plastic cups, table tennis balls, thin-line permanent marker, straws
Cut 8 cups in half vertically. Print one of the words of the Weekly Verse on the cup. Lay the cups, cut side down, on the floor. Print the words of the Weekly Verse on table tennis balls, one word per ball. Lead kids to take turns choosing a ball and blowing the ball across the floor and into the cup with the matching word. When complete, say the verse together. Remove the balls and play again. Challenge kids to blow the balls into the cups in order or blow them faster, decreasing the speed to complete the verse.
Craft – I Spy Bottle
- Index cards, pens, small plastic water bottles, sand, scissors
Read the Life Point to kids. Talk about ways to show love to people in need. Guide kids to cut small pieces of index card and print the words of the Life Point on the pieces. A child can fill a bottle about halfway with sand and drop in her words. After she replaces the lid, guide her to shake and move the bottle to find the words. Challenge her to find all the words, to find the words in order, and so forth. Tell kids to keep the bottle in a conspicuous place to remind them that God has the power to protect people.
Introductory Activity – The King/Queen Says
- No materials needed.
Choose a “king” or “queen.” Tell the kids to line up at one end of the play area. The king/queen stands in front of the kids and gives commands. Give commands such as “The king says for boys to jump up and down. The king says for girls to clap their hands. The king says for everyone to fist bump 5 people.” Allow the king/queen to give 5-7 commands. Choose a new king/queen. Play for several rounds. Tell the kids that in today’s Bible story the king and queen said they would kill God’s prophet.
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Game – Number Scramble
- Sheets of paper numbered 2–12; pair of numbered cubes; CD and CD player
Lay the numbers in a random pattern on the floor. All kids can stand around the play area. Play music and guide kids to walk through the numbers. Stop the music and all kids should stand on a number. (More than one person can stand on/near the same number.) Roll the numbered cubes. Ask the kid(s) on that number to answer a review question. If they answer incorrectly, lead them to sit outside the play area. Start the music again to continue the game. After kids sit out one round, they can rejoin the game. Say the Life Point and talk about ways God helps protect people.
Craft – Spin Art
- Heavyweight paper, markers, old CDs, tape, scissors
Before the session, slide the end of a marker through a CD. Secure the marker with tape but leave the lid free for removal. Make several CD spinners with various colors. (You will also need markers that are free from CDs for kids to write with.)
Distribute the paper and lead kids to cut their paper into shield shapes. Tell kids to write the Life Point on their pages, as large as possible. Show kids how to spin a marker/CD spinner like a top. Lead kids to decorate their paper shields using the spinners, spinning them to make designs on the shields. Talk about the Bible story. Mention that God helps protect people today, too.