Introductory Activity – Follow the Road
Materials: masking tape, small plastic balls, gift wrap tubes
Use masking tape to create a road that zigzags across the room. Make several roads around the room. Give each child a ball and tube. He can place the ball at the end of a road and use the tube to guide the ball along it. When kids complete one road, tell them to move to another road. Comment that Saul walked down the road to Damascus when something happened to him.
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Game – Beanbag Balance
Materials: beanbags, masking tape, two dishpans or boxes
Label one dishpan True and the other one False. Set the two labeled dishpans at one end of the game area. Use tape to make a path from the dishpans to the other end of the game area. Play this game as teams or as one large group. Gather the kids at the end opposite the dishpans. Make a true/false statement about the Bible story. Choose a child to balance the beanbag on his head and walk along the tape path to the dishpans. Then he can nod his head forward for the beanbag to fall into the correct dishpan. Continue until all kids have had an opportunity to walk the path and drop a beanbag. (You could have more than one child participate for each question; each child would balance a beanbag and drop it in the correct dishpan.) Talk about how God helped Saul.
Craft – Doorway Poster
Materials: paper, markers or crayons
Give a child a piece of paper. Help him fold each side of the paper to the middle, creating a page that looks like double doors opening. Lead him to print the Life Point on the outside of his card (on the “doors”). Inside, he can draw a picture of Saul telling about Jesus or himself obeying God. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Pray and thank God for His help.
Introductory Activity – Do the Opposite
No materials needed.
Tell kids to listen to the action you call out and then do the opposite. Say: “Smile!” Wait for the kids to make a frown. Then you frown yourself. Call out other actions for kids to do the opposite: Shout your name; step to the left; raise your right hand; stand up; squat down; touch your toes. To make the game more challenging, give two actions (and kids should do the opposite of both): stand up and cry; touch your left foot with your right hand. Tell kids that in the Bible story today, Saul changed and began to do the opposite of what he did before.
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Game – Life-Sized Gameboard
Materials: construction paper, tape, large numbered cube
On several pieces of paper, draw a question mark. Mix the question pieces with the blank pieces. Use construction paper to create a gameboard path across the room. Tape the paper to the floor. (You could do this ahead of time or involve the kids in creating the gameboard.) Group kids into two or more teams and lead each team to choose one kid to be the “game piece.” Tell game pieces to stand at the start of the gameboard path. Team 1 rolls the numbered cube and the game piece moves that number of spaces. If the game piece lands on a question space, the team can answer a review question from the Bible story. If the team gets the answer correct, the game piece can move ahead 1 space. Continue until a game piece reaches the end of the path. To lengthen the game, start a new game piece for a team when the first game piece reaches the middle or end of the path.
Craft – Zipper Pulls
Materials: heavyweight white paper, pencils, markers, lanyard hooks, scissors, clear contact plastic, hole punches, mini cookie cutters (optional)
Guide kids to use the pencils to draw a basic shape (heart, circle, hand) and cut out the shape. They could use mini cookie cutters as stencils if available. They can draw designs or write messages on the shapes to remind them that people change when they trust Jesus as Savior. When a kid finishes his work, help him use small pieces of contact plastic to cover both sides of the shape. Trim the edges close and punch a hole in the top of the shape. The kid can slide his shape onto a lanyard hook to make a zipper pull. As kids work, talk about the Life Point. Tell kids that the zipper pulls can help them remember that God will help them obey His commands no matter where they are.