Introductory Activity – Flip the Tarp
Lay a tarp on the ground and instruct all your kids to stand on top of it. Tell them that they must flip the tarp over, but no one can step off the tarp. After the activity, explain to your students that people often face challenges they cannot solve on their own. Explain that in the lesson today, Joseph’s family needed help, and he chose to help them, even though he didn’t have to.
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Game – Across the Minefield
Materials: masking tape, cups, blindfolds
Section off a square area in your classroom using tape. Place cups throughout the square that will represent mines. Place the kids into two different teams and instruct each team to stand on opposite sides of the square. Each team will have a volunteer stand outside of the square who will verbally guide their blindfolded teammates through the minefield. If a student steps on a cup they must start over. The team who makes it through the minefield first wins! Lead everyone to say the Weekly Verse. Explain that when they meet people who need help, the Bible tells us that we should help them, just like they helped their teammates through the minefield.
Craft – Help Binoculars
Materials: small cardboard tubes, glue, pens
Break your children into groups and give every child two cardboard tubes. Instruct them to discuss people in your city that need help. Tell them to write the people they discuss on their tubes. Next, instruct them to glue their two tubes together to form binoculars. Lead the kids to say the Weekly Verse together and encourage them to always be looking for people to help.
Introductory Activity – Falling Tree
Materials: no materials needed
Instruct your children to form a tight circle around one child. The child in the middle is a tree, so he must stand rigid. The child in the middle should slowly fall toward the circle. A child on the circle should catch the falling tree and push him (gently) to the other side of the circle. The circle should never let the tree hit the ground. Allow several different children to be the falling tree in the middle of the circle. Afterwards, explain how the circle helped the falling tree from crashing to the ground. Tell kids that the Bible says that we should help people who need it, and today in our lesson they will see Joseph help his family.
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Game – Group Juggling
Materials: tennis balls
Place your students in a circle. Give a tennis ball to a child and explain that she is to toss the ball across the circle. The ball should keep being tossed around the circle. After a few moments, introduce a second tennis ball for them to toss across the circle. Keep adding tennis balls and see how many the group can “juggle” until one is dropped. Afterwards, lead everyone in saying the Life Point. Explain that Christians are called to help other people. Remind them that if they work together, they can accomplish more than if they work all by themselves.
Craft – Help My City
Materials: 12-by-18-inch paper, colored pencils or crayons
Form your students into groups of three and give each group a piece of paper. Explain that one child in each group will draw, one will color, and one will write. Instruct the groups to draw and color a well-known landmark from your city or area in the center of the page. Next, tell them to write down names of people or groups of people who need help in your area on the left side of the page. On the right side of the page, instruct them to write down how they could assist people who need help. After each group has finished, allow several groups to share their ideas. Remind your students of the Life Point. Point out that it is beneficial to work as a team when you attempt to help others in your area, just like how they worked as a team today. Gather up the sheets to place on the wall of your room, so your children can be reminded of the people in your area who need help.