Introductory Activity – Blow and Spell It
- Painters tape, marker, pom-poms
Attach a long piece of tape to a table or the floor. Print letters of the alphabet on the tape, with space between each letter. Include these letters (among others ): a, l, i, v, e.
Group the kids into teams. Say that team members will take turns blowing the pom-pom across the line. They should only cross the line over one of the letters in the word alive. On your signal, the first player of each team tries to blow the team’s pom-pom across the line over one of the appropriate letter. After two tries, players switch to the next one on the team. When a team crosses all the letters, the team should shout, “Alive!” Play a few rounds of the game. Tell kids that they will hear a Bible story after Jesus’ resurrection, when He was alive again.
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Game – Toss to Review
- Several baskets or containers, beanbags, paper, marker
Print point values on the paper. Place one of the point values in each container. Set the containers in a line, with lowest point value closest to the toss line and highest point values furthest from the toss line.
Group kids into teams. Players from each team will take turns tossing beanbags into the containers. If a player misses the containers on the first toss, he can have a second toss. If he misses the second toss, he moves back into his team’s line. When a beanbag lands in a container, ask that team a review question. If the question is answered correctly, award the points for that container. If the answer is incorrect, no points are awarded. After the review questions have been asked at least twice, ask teams to repeat the Life Point or the Weekly Verse for additional points.
Craft – Duct Tape Wristband
- Heavyweight paper, scissors, several colors of duct tape, permanent markers, Velcro® dots
Lead kids to cut paper strips that will fit around their wrists. Kids can cut lengths of duct tape and wrap around the paper strip to create a colored band. After the strip is covered, help kids write Jesus is the Savior! on their wristbands. When a child has completed his wristband, he can add part of a Velcro dot to each end; place one side of the dot on the back of the band at one end and on the top of the band at the other end. Show him how to fit the band around his wrist and attach the dots to secure the band. Encourage kids to wear their wristbands to tell others that Jesus’ resurrection was necessary to save people from sin.
Introductory Activity – Body Part Musical Chairs
- Chairs in a circle, music CD
Guide kids to stand around the outside of the circle of chairs. Tell them you will play musical chairs, but with a slight change. When the music stops, you will call out a body part, kids must touch that body part to a chair. Play music and guide kids to walk around the circle of chairs. Stop the music and call: “Elbow.” All kids must touch their elbows to a chair. (More than one elbow can be on a chair.) If a kid cannot get to a chair, he must stand out for one round. Start the music. Kids walk again. Stop the music and call another body part. After a few rounds, remove a couple of chairs to make the game more challenging. As the game continues, modify the rules to create more challenge. (Touch with two body parts; touch two chairs instead of just one chair; etc.) Say: “Today we will hear a story about someone who wanted to see Jesus’ hands.”
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Game – Sticky Toss
- Small pieces of scrap paper, markers, large sheet of paper, clear double-sided tape
Draw an outline of a person on the large piece of paper. Attach clear double-sided tape all over the paper. Attach the paper to the wall.
Guide kids to think of things that they or others might do that are sins. Tell kids that sins are any things people do that are not what God would want people to do. (Give examples as needed.) Guide kids to print examples of sins on the scraps of paper and ball them up. After kids have each made several balls, lead them to toss the balls onto the paper to try to get them to stick. Read through some of the papers stuck to the tape. Talk about the Life Point and God’s plan for salvation.
Craft – 3-D Sculpture
- Paper, straws, craft sticks, scissors, tape, glue, markers
Review the Bible story. Talk about the Life Point and the Weekly Verse. Provide the art materials and tell kids to use the materials to create sculptures. Allow them to create whatever they choose to remind them that Jesus’ resurrection and God’s plan for salvation. As they work, suggest they write the Life Point or Weekly Verse and add that as part of their sculptures. As kids finish their sculptures, encourage them to show and explain the sculptures.