Introductory Activity – Follow the Leader
As kids arrive, tell them to follow you around the room, mimicking your actions. After a few minutes, choose a different leader for the kids to follow. When two or three kids have been the leader, tell the kids to sit down. Say that they’re going to learn how God provides for people through the story of Joshua!
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Game – Review Race
Materials: dry erase board, marker, eraser
Create two teams of kids and line them up about ten feet from the board. Make sure there are markers in front of each team with the lids off. Ask a review question from any of the past two units and say go. The first kid from each team should race up to the board and write the answer down. The first team to answer correctly gets a point. The team with the most points when you’ve gotten through the review questions wins! If kids aren’t old enough to confidently write, they can touch the wall and answer the question. Remind kids that God provided a leader, Joshua, for the people when they needed him.
Craft – Make Binoculars
Materials: small cardboard tubes (2 per kid), decorating supplies, markers, yarn, glue, scissors
Give each child two cardboard tubes. Kids can decorate them however they’d like with markers or decorating supplies you provide. Help them glue the rolls side-by-side to create binoculars. Kids can then attach a long piece of yarn to either side of the binoculars so they can wear them around their necks. Say the Joshua and other men helped spy out the new land. They didn’t have binoculars to use, but God provided what they needed.
Introductory Activity – Life Point Scramble
Materials: paper, pen, scissors
Print GOD PROVIDES FOR PEOPLE in large letters on paper. Cut the words into separate letters and mix them. Make a set for the number of teams you will have. When kids arrive form them into teams of two or three kids. Give each kid a set of letters. Tell them to unscramble the letters to make a four-word sentence. Tell teams to hold up their hands when they are finished. Check each team to see if they have the correct sentence and tell them to keep working if needed. When everyone is finished, say the sentence together. Tell kids that this is the Life Point for today.
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Game – Change Something
Choose a volunteer. Tell the volunteer to go into the hall and change five things about her appearance. She could take her hair down, take out one earring. She should try to make some of the things subtle. When she comes back in, kids should try to guess what has changed about her. Tell kids to pay attention like spies! Play a few times. Remind them about Joshua’s experience as a spy and remind them that even the best of spies has to trust that God provides for people!
Craft – Secret Spy Ink
Materials: white paper, cotton swabs, small cups, lemon juice
Give each child a piece of paper, a cotton swab, a small cup with a small amount of lemon juice. Print the Life Point or Weekly Verse on paper and post it in the front of your space. Kids can dip the cue tip in the lemon juice and write one of the two on their paper. When it dries, they should be able to hold it up to a light source and read their message!