Introductory Activity—Know/Wonder Chart
Materials: large piece of paper or white board, markers
Make two columns on paper or a board. Print Know at the top of one column and Wonder at the top of the other column. Tell kids to write things they know about the Bible and things they wonder about the Bible on the chart in the appropriate columns. Review their ideas. Tell kids they will learn more about the Bible and how it helps people know how to live a Christian life.
Live It Out
Form two teams from your children and give everyone a kazoo. Tell them you will read them review questions from this lesson or the previous lessons in this unit. The team that makes noise with their kazoo and answers correctly will get the point. The team with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner! Tell the kids that the Bible is the most important book they could ever read.
Craft—Tape Bible Marker
Materials: wide transparent tape, scissors, paper or foam shapes
Help a child cut a length of tape, about 5 inches. Lay the tape with sticky side up on a table. Tell the child to arrange shapes on the tape to create designs. Talk about the Bible story and note that the Bible helps know how to live a Christian life. Help a child position another piece of tape over the first, sealing in the shapes. Trim away any sticky areas. Help a child mark today’s Bible verse in his Bible or tell him to place the marker in a Bible at home at 2 Timothy 3:15.
Introductory Activity— Fill-in-the-Blank Musical Chairs
Materials: chairs, music, index cards, markers, large piece of paper, tape
Print the words of the Life Point on cards, one word per card. Tape a large piece of paper on the wall and make nine blanks (one blank for word of the Point). Make a circle of chairs.
Start the music. Direct the kids to march around the chairs as in the game “musical chairs.” When the music stops, everyone should try to be seated. The child left without a seat must choose an index card (with a word on it) and try to decide in which blank the word on his card belongs. Tell him if he is correct. If he is not correct, return the card to the floor and start the music again. If he is correct, tape the word in the blank. He may try to solve the puzzle (read the sentence). If he cannot solve the puzzle, leave the card on the board and start the music again. Continue until the puzzle is solved. Lead the children to read the Life Point together.
Live It Out
Game— Write the Verse Relay
Materials: masking tape, two large pieces of paper or large white boards, markers
Place paper or white boards at both ends of the play area. Make a tape line across the play area at the midpoint between the two papers or white boards. Group the kids into two teams. Say the Bible verse together a few times. Line teams up on the tape line; one team should face each end. Give a marker to the first player on each team. On your signal, the first player from each team runs to his team’s paper and writes the first letter of the first word of the Bible verse. Then he runs back to the team and hands off the marker. The next player runs to the paper and writes the second letter of that word. Play continues until the teams have written all the words of the Bible verse on their paper. If needed, team members can help them know which letter to write. When both teams have completed the verse, say it again together. Talk about the Bible story.
Craft—Thank You Note
Materials: paper, pens
Give every child a piece of paper and a pen. Prompt them to think about having a conversation with God. Say: “Think of a person God put in your life.” Tell the kids to write that person a thank you note. Remind your children that the Apostle Paul wrote Timothy a letter, and in it, he stated that he thanked God for Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3). Encourage your children to give the person their thank you note. Suggest writing the Weekly Verse as part of the thank-you note.