Introductory Activity – Food Box Puzzles
Materials: empty food boxes, scissors
Cut the fronts from clean empty food boxes. Use cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and other boxes that kids will recognize. Cut each box front into several pieces. To keep the activity more simple, keep each puzzle separate. To make it more challenging, mix the pieces. Lead kids to assemble the food box fronts. Talk about what is depicted. Comment that in the Bible story today people needed food.
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Game – Draw It!
Materials: White board or large paper, markers
Say the Life Point. Talk about things that God gives the kids. Choose a volunteer. Tell the child to think of something God provides that people need. He can draw a picture on the board and the other kids guess what he is drawing. When the picture is guessed, choose other child to draw. If he has difficulty thinking of something, whisper an idea to him. Repeat the Life Point together. Encourage kids to pray and thank God for His provision.
Craft – Coasters
Materials: card stock cut into 6-inch-by-6-inch squares, pencils with intact erasers, washable stamp pads, clear contact plastic, scissors
Give a child a card square. Invite her to press a pencil eraser onto a stamp pad and make circle stamps on the square. She can make the words God Provides on the square out of stamped circles. She can add other colors around the words to create a dotted design. When she completes her design, help her cut two pieces of contact plastic that are slightly larger than the card square. She can attach the contact plastic to both sides of the square to make a coaster. Tell the kids to place their coasters in their homes to remind their families that God provides their needs.
Introductory Activity – Twenty Questions
Materials: cards with names of everyday objects seen at home or objects the represent people’s needs
Choose a child to start the game. That child chooses a card and silently reads the name of the object. The other kids can ask questions to determine what object is on the card. The child can only answer Yes or No to the questions. Continue until the kids guess the object or until 20 questions have been asked. Choose another child and continue the game. Tell kids that the people asked questions about food in today’s Bible story.
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Game – Flying Questions Review
Materials: paper or plastic plates, marker
Print questions on the plates, one question per plate. You can make more than one set of questions. Give each preteen a plate; add blank plates as needed. On your signal, kids can toss the plates like flying discs. As plates land near the kids, they pick them up and toss them again. Call for kids to stop; tell each one to pick up a plate. Call on a preteen to read the question on her plate and answer it. She can ask a friend for help as needed. After the question is answered, tell kids to toss the plates again. If the called preteen holds a blank plate, she can say the Life Point.
Craft – Stick Puzzles
Materials: craft sticks (at least 5 per kid), tape, markers, ziplock bags
Give each kid at least 5 craft sticks. Help him lay his sticks side by side and use tape to hold the sticks together. Kids can print the Life Point in large letters on the sticks. As a kid finishes, lead him to flip over his sticks and draw a picture of needs that God provides. After he has finished writing the Life Point and drawing his picture, he can remove the tape and mix the sticks. Then he can put his puzzle back together. Suggest kids trade puzzles and work them again. Offer ziplock bags for kids to store their puzzles.