Introductory Activity – Book Scramble
- Paper squares, marker, box or other container
Print the names of the Old Testament books of history on paper squares, one book per square: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. On other paper squares, print other Bible book names, month names, and other random names. Mix all the paper squares (plus blank ones if you choose) in a box. Set the box on one end of the game area.
Group kids on the opposite end of the area. On your signal, a child runs to the box and searches for one of the books of history. When she finds one, she pulls it from the box and brings it back to the group. Another child runs to the box to find a book of history. If the child brings back a name that is not a book of history, the next child must take the name back to the box and return empty-handed. As kids retrieve the books of history, challenge the group to put the books in biblical order. Tell kids that today’s Bible story is from one of these Bible books.
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Game – Ruler Racing
- Ruler or yardstick, clothespins (one per team), numbered cube
Make marks on the clothespins to differentiate them. Group the kids into two (or more) teams and assign each team to a clothespin. Alternate asking review questions to the teams. When a team answers a question correctly, the team can roll the numbered cube and move the clothespin along the ruler. (For the first correct answer, the team will clip the clothespin on the number rolled. After that, the team will move down the ruler the quantity rolled.) Continue until a team reaches the end of the ruler or yardstick. (If using a yardstick, you may want to roll two cubes instead of just one cube.) Say the Life Point together.
Craft – Hidden Verse
- Paper plates (2 per child), markers, other art supplies, scissors, hole punch, brads (2 per child)
Give each child two paper plates. Tell kids to write the Bible verse in the middle of one of their plates. They can use fancy letters or add designs around it as they choose. Lead them to use the supplies to decorate the middle of their second plates. They can draw designs or a picture as they choose. Tell them that this plate will be cut in half (so they will not be surprised later when asked to cut their designs apart). Talk about the Bible story and what Josiah did when he heard the words of the discovered scroll. Tell a child to cut the designed plate in half (top to bottom). Help the child lay the cut plate on top of her verse plate. Punch two holes in the bottoms of the plates, on either side of the cut line, and use brads to attach the plates together. Show kids how to pull apart the top plates to open and see the verse on the bottom plate.
Introductory Activity – Draw and Guess
- White board (or large paper), marker
Tell kids that you are going to draw a picture of a Bible story. Draw a picture to represent the story “Jesus Was Born” (from unit 1). You could draw a baby in a box (manger). Use simple stick figures or other simple line drawings. Allow kids to guess as you draw. When the correct story is guessed, choose a volunteer to draw another Bible story for the group to guess. (You may want to list different Bible stories on index cards to prompt ideas.) Tell kids that they will learn more about reading and learning from the Bible.
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Game – Team Bowling
- Six large plastic bottles, 6 foam balls, masking tape
Use masking tape to create the borders of the game area; tape a center line through the middle area. Set up 3 plastic bottles at the back of each playing area; set them in a triangle formation. Group the kids into 2 teams. Teams spread out through their designated sides of the game area. Give each team 3 balls. Tell teams that on your signal, they should roll the balls and try to knock down the other team’s pins while protecting their own pins. Say: “Go!” After a few minutes, call “Stop!” All balls and kids should stop. Ask a review question. If a team gets the question correct, they can roll a ball toward the other team’s pins while the team remains still. Say, “Go!” and general game continues. When a team knocks down all the other team’s pins, award 5 points. Say the Life Point. Reset all pins and begin again.
If you have a large group of kids, create four teams and create four squares in the playing area. Put team’s pins in each corner. (You will need 12 bottles and 12 balls.)
Craft – Magnetic Puzzle
- Colored cards, scissors, thin-line markers, self-adhesive magnet tape, small ziplock bags
Talk about the Bible story. Say the Life Point and talk about how to treat the Bible with respect. Lead kids to cut colored rectangles. Each person should cut 9 rectangles. Lead kids to print a word of the Life Point on each of their rectangles and attach magnet tape to the backs of the words. Tell kids they can place their puzzles on a magnetic surface at home to remind them to treat God’s Word with respect. Tell kids to mix their puzzles and work to put the Point in order. Provide ziplock bags for kids to store their puzzles.