Introductory Activity – Like/Dislike Poems
Materials: paper, pencils
Invite kids to write Like/Dislike poems. The first line begins “I like….” and kids complete the sentence. The second line begins “I dislike….” Tell kids to continue to alternate I like/I dislike statements for at least 6 lines. Ask volunteers to share their poems. Comment that everyone likes some things and dislike other things. Tell kids that today they will learn that all people are valuable to God, no matter their likes and dislikes.
Live It Out
Game – Word by Word
No materials needed.
Group the kids into two teams. Guide the teams to stand, spread out, facing each other. Say the Life Point together. Then lead Team 1 to say the first word of the Life Verse. Team 2 can say the second word of the verse. Continue alternating back and forth. If a team says the wrong word, start over. When the verse is completed, say the verse word by word again, increasing the speed. Talk about the Bible story and Life Point.
Craft – Name Mosaics
Materials: paper cut into 6-by-9-inch rectangles, pencils, glue sticks, colored paper scraps, scissors
Invite a child to print his name on a rectangle with a pencil. The child can cut small pieces of paper and glue on the lines of his name. As kids work, tell kids that Jesus showed that every person is important and valuable. Tell kids that God can help us value each person as Jesus did.
Introductory Activity – Envelope Puppets
Materials: envelopes, scissors, markers
Tell kids they can make puppets of Jesus. Lead them to seal the flaps of their envelopes and cut off one of the short ends. Kids can draw faces and clothes on the envelopes to make their puppets. When complete, a preteen can slide his puppet on his fingers to move it. Remind the kids that they have been learning about Jesus and His example. Say they will learn one more thing today that God can help them do as Jesus did.
Live It Out
Game – Verse Search
Materials: paper squares with the words of the verse, one word per square; paper; pencils
Scatter the verse words around the room. Give kids paper and pencils.
Tell kids that they will search the room and find the words of the verse. As they find the words, they should jot down the words on their paper. When all the words are found, lead the kids to work to put the verse in order. They can collaborate and make sure they have all the words or work together to get the words in order. Say the verse together. Recall how Jesus treated the children and their parents. Ask how people today can follow Jesus’ example.
Craft – Illustrated Verse
Materials: white paper; chalk, pastels, colored pencils, or available art materials
Invite kids to use the materials to make an illustrated verse poster of the Bible verse. They can use a variety of letter styles, lines, and other flourishes on their poster. As they work, talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Encourage kids to display the posters in their homes to remind them about Jesus and His example.