Introductory Activity – Loving and Kind
Materials: no materials needed
Form your children into small groups of three to four kids. Instruct the children to share one compliment for each of the other children in their groups. Allow several children to share their compliments with the entire class. Afterward, tell your children that being loving and kind to their family is important to have a strong family. Write the Life Point on the board and have everyone say it together.
Live It Out
Game – Wheat Stalk Review
Materials: dried wheat stalks (or strips of yellow paper)
Form two teams with your children. Explain that you will ask review questions about today’s Bible story (or previous stories in this unit). The first team to answer the question correctly receives a wheat stalk. The team that earns the most stalks by the end of the game is the winner!
Craft – Paper Sack Puppets
Materials: paper lunch sacks, markers, decorative items, yarn, wiggle eyes, scissors, glue
Give each child a paper sack and ensure everyone has access to the other supplies. Instruct them to pick their favorite person from the Bible story and decorate their paper sack as that person. Tell them that the bottom of the sack will be the person’s face, so they can use it as a puppet. Encourage them to use all the different supplies to create their favorite person. Afterward, allow several volunteers to show their puppets to the class. Have everyone use their puppets to say the Weekly Verse together. Remind kids to be loving and helpful to their families this week.
Introductory Activity – Scavenger Hunt
Materials: various items
Before class, gather various items that are similar in nature (for example: toy race cars, small stuffed animals, other small toys, etc.) Before your children arrive, hide all of the items throughout your room. Tell your children that you have hidden items around the room and challenge them to find as many items as possible in two minutes. Afterward, explain that Ruth had to search fields to find extra grain so she could provide for her mother-in-law; she loved Naomi and helped her. Write the Life Point on the board and say it together.
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Game – Quick Harvesting
Materials: plastic pit balls, buckets
Take your children outside or to a large indoor space. Form two teams with your children and put them on opposite sides of the space. Place the plastic pit balls throughout the area. Give each team a bucket to place on the ground. Tell the teams that the area between them is a big field that needs to be harvested. Each team will send one person to “harvest” by picking up a ball and putting it in a bucket. The next child may go as each team member drops the ball in the bucket. Once all the balls have been harvested, the team with the most is the winner! Allow time for multiple rounds, if possible. Afterward, tell your children that Ruth worked in the fields every day so that she could provide food for her mother-in-law; Ruth loved Naomi and helped her. Say the Life Point together.
Craft – Blessing Notes
Materials: note cards, markers or colored pencils
Give every child a card and markers or colored pencils. Instruct them to write a loving not to one of their family members about how much they appreciate them. Tell them to decorate the front and back of the card however they would like. Encourage them to give the card to the family member after class. Say the Life Point together.