Introductory Activity – Rock Race
Materials: bag of rocks, large cups
Place a large cup on one side of the room and line up your kids on the other side. Place a rock on the floor in front of every child. Instruct them to get their rock into the cup, but they cannot use their hands or kick their rock. Kids who get their rock into the cup first are allowed to assist others still trying to accomplish the goal. Afterwards, tell your kids that Satan tempted Jesus to turn rocks into bread so he would have something to eat in the wilderness. Read the Weekly Verse and tell your kids that even though Jesus was tempted, He never sinned.
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Game – Long Jump
Materials: masking tape
Form two teams with your kids, an all-boys team and an all-girls team. Line up each team behind tape you’ve placed on the floor. Instruct the kids to jump as far as they can from behind the tape. The boy and girl who jump the furthest will jump again to determine the ultimate winner. Explain to your kids that Satan tempted Jesus to jump off of the temple so that He could prove that the angels would save Him. Have everyone say the Life Point and point out how Jesus responded to temptation by quoting scripture.
Craft – Rock Truth
Materials: construction paper, rocks, glue, crayons or colored pencils
Give every child the supplies for the activity, including six rocks apiece. Instruct them to write the Weekly Verse in the middle of the page. Next, have the kids glue their rocks to the paper. As they are working on the craft, remind them that Jesus was tempted but He never did the wrong thing.
Introductory Activity – What Does the Bible Say?
Materials: paper, pen, cup, scissors
Before class, write out a series of scenarios on slips of paper. Cut the scenarios and place them in a large cup. Tell your kids that you will ask for volunteers to pull out a slip of paper from the cup. They are to read the scenario aloud and respond in two ways: 1) say what they would be tempted to do, and 2) state what the Bible says they should do. After the child answers, allow other kids to answer, as well. At the end of the activity, have everyone say the Life Point and remind your kids that Jesus was tempted just like us, but He never chose to sin.
Possible scenarios to write down:
You’re able to see someone else’s answers during a test.
Your dad tells you to clean your room before playing video games.
Your mom left a plate of cookies on the counter but said they were for after dinner.
A kid with no friends is being bullied on the playground.
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Game – Jumbled Verse
Materials: paper, pen, scissors, envelopes
Before class, write out the Weekly Verse on a two sheets of paper. Cut out each word and place each set in a separate envelope. Write the Weekly Verse on the board and have your entire class say it several times. Erase the Weekly Verse and form two teams with your kids. Hand each team an envelope with the verse inside. Tell them to take all the words and put them in the correct order. The team that puts it together first is the winner!
Craft – Scenes from the Bible
Materials: paper, crayons or colored pencils
Give every child a piece of paper and crayons. Go over the three different ways that Satan attempted to tempt Jesus. Instruct each of the kids to choose one of the scenarios and to draw and color a picture of what that event could have looked like. Encourage them to make their drawing as detailed as possible. Instruct them to write the Life Point on the bottom of their picture.