Introductory Activity – Job Charades
- Cards or paper strips with names of jobs and occupations
Ask a volunteer to choose a card and silently read it. Lead the child to act out actions (with no talking) that relate to the occupation. The group can guess what job or occupation the child is doing. After the job is guessed, choose another child to act out an occupation. Tell kids that they will hear about God’s plan for David and think about God’s plan for them.
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Game – Choose Your Corner
- Papers numbered 1–4, numbered cube
Post the numbers in corners of the room or in designated areas of the play area. Tell kids to move to a corner (or numbered area). Call on each number in turn and help that group say the Weekly Verse. Tell kids to move when you begin counting. Count to 7 as kids move. Everyone must leave his current corner to go to a new one. Anyone can choose any corner at anytime during the counting. Roll the cube and call out that corner. Kids in that corner must say the Weekly Verse together. If you roll a 5, kids in corners 1 and 3 should say the Life Point. If you roll a 6, kids in corners 2 and 4 say the Life Point. Play for several turns. Talk about the Bible story or ask review questions of the designated corners.
Craft – Adult Self Portrait
- Paper, markers or crayons
Talk about the Bible story. Say the Life Point. Tell kids that God has a plan for each of them. Say that part of that plan will include what jobs they do as adults. Tell kids to draw pictures of themselves as adults, doing work that God may have plans for them to do. Comment that God made each child and knows what the kids like to do. Often His plans will include things they like to do. After kids complete their portraits, encourage them to add the Life Point at the bottom or on the back.
Introductory Activity – Name That Instrument
- Recorded sounds of instruments or rhythm and other instruments
Play a hidden instrument or an instrument sound for the kids. Encourage them to name the instrument being played. Repeat several times. Tell kids that David played the harp. Part of God’s plan for David included David using his harp.
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Game – Oversized Pickup Sticks
- Pool noodles
Group the kids into two or more teams. Scatter the pool noodles in the middle of the play area. They should overlap one another or create a “pile.” Guide a player from the first team to remove a pool noodle without moving any of the others. If another pool noodle moves, the turn is over. Alternate players from each team. If a player removes a pool noodle successfully, his team receives a point. Then ask a review question of the whole group. (You can award points for correct answers, too, if you choose.) Say the Life Point.
Craft – Craft Stick Harmonica
- Wide craft sticks, wide rubber bands, small rubber bands, straws, markers, scissors
Give each kid two craft sticks. Kids can decorate one side of each craft stick. When a kid is finished, help him stretch a wide rubber band around the craft stick (from end to end). Lay the craft stick with decorated side down. Cut two straw pieces about one inch long. Slide one of the straw pieces under the rubber band so that it is between the rubber band and craft stick; move this straw piece toward one end of the craft stick. Lay the other craft stick on top (decorated side up). Attach the whole assembly together with small rubber bands at each end of the craft sticks. Slide another straw piece at the other end of the harmonica, on top of the rubber band and under the top craft stick. Hold the harmonica to the mouth and blow through it. Slide the straw pieces in and out to change the pitch.
Tell kids that David played music for King Saul; this was part of God’s plan for David. Say the Life Point and talk about plans God has for kids.