Introductory Activity—Crawl Tag
As kids arrive, play crawl-tag! Assign someone it be It for a normal game of tag with a twist: everyone crawls to move around the room! It should crawl around trying to tag others. If someone is tagged, she becomes It! Kids can simply join along in the game as they arrive. After everyone arrives, gather them together and ask them if crawling around felt like it made the game slower. Explain that in this lesson, they will hear about some visitors Jesus had, but it took them a long time to get to him!
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Game—Musical Chairs Review
Materials: Phone, music player, chairs
Prepare a worship song that your church loves to play for kids and circle chairs for a game of musical chairs! Leave one chair out. Play music for a short time while kids walk around the chairs then stop the music. Kids should try to find a chair to be seated. The kid who cannot find a chair should choose a friend to answer a review question. Continue the game until you have finished the questions or have repeated them once. Tell kids that they can honor Jesus by worshiping Him.
Craft—Draw Praise Hands
Materials: Construction paper, coloring utensils
Help kids trace their hands on construction paper to resemble hands lifted in worship. On the fingers, kids should think of ten different ways they can worship God and write or draw those ways on their praise hands. Encourage each child to print the Weekly Verse under their hands. Tell them that these praise hands can help them remember that worship is about more than just singing songs. People can worship Jesus in everything we say and do!
Introductory Activity—Ways to Worship
Materials: Timer, paper, pencils
Create two teams of kids and give each group a paper and pencil. Tell kids that they have three minutes to write down all the ways they could worship God. At the end of the three minutes, ask each team to share, and compare the lists to see which team has the most different ways to worship. Tell kids that worshiping God doesn’t always consist of singing, though that is a great way to worship Him. Worship is more about our heart posture toward God when we are doing anything at all! Today, kids will learn about people who honored Jesus by worshiping Him!
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Materials: Paper, writing utensil, ziplock bag, dry erase board and marker
Before the session, write the words and reference of Matthew 2:11 on two different pieces of paper. Cut apart each individual letter, but leave the reference in tact. Place each set in a ziplock bag. Create two teams of kids and give each team a bag. Tell them to work together to put the verse in order. If anyone needs help, allow them to look in the Bible for a few seconds. When both teams have finished, say the verse together.
Craft—Help Me Remember Wristband
Materials: Various colors of construction paper, scissors, clear tape, markers
Help kids cut out a one-inch strip of construction paper that is approximately eight inches long. Instruct them to write the Worship honors Jesus on the strip of paper. Kids can decorate the wristbands with markers. Help each kid wrap the wristband around his wrist and tape it together. Tell kids they can look at the wristband and remember that they can honor Jesus through their worship and remind them to worship Him in everything they say and do!