Introductory Activity—Animal Noises
Materials: no materials needed
Take your children to a large open space or outside and line them up. Instruct the children that they will follow the leader wherever she walks. Tell the leader she will make an animal noise for everyone else to copy. As the line keeps walking, the leader will move to the back of the line, and the next child will become the leader and make an animal noise for everyone to copy. Keep repeating this process until everyone has had the opportunity to be the leader. Afterward, explain that God is our leader and we are to follow Him wherever He leads us. Have everyone say the Life Point together.
Live It Out
Form two teams with your children. Place them in two lines facing each other, with a bell between them. Tell your children you will read a review question from the lesson, and the first team to have someone ring the bell and answer the question correctly receives a point. If a team answers incorrectly, the other team will have the opportunity to answer. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins! Say the Life Point together.
Craft—Obeying God Chart
Materials: white paper, construction paper, markers, glue
Give each child a piece of white paper, a piece of construction paper, glue, and a marker. Instruct them to cut three strips from their white paper. Next, tell them to cut the strips in half, creating six pieces of paper. Ask your children, “How can you obey God this week?” Write their answers on your board. Instruct your children to choose six of the answers and write one on each strip. Tell your kids to glue them on the left side of their construction paper and then draw five boxes next to each strip of paper. Encourage your children to seek to obey God in each way this week and to mark it off on their chart when they do. Explain that their chart will encourage them to obey God throughout the week. Say the Life Point together.
Introductory Activity—Follow the Leader
Take your children outside or to a large open space and line them up. Give everyone a blindfold and instruct them to place it over their eyes. Explain that they will put their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them and must follow that person wherever they go. The leader will not wear a blindfold as they lead the group. Encourage the leader to do various actions like jumping, bending down, and so forth while leading the group. Allow other children to lead the line, as well. Explain that just as they had to follow the leader even though they couldn’t see, God expects us to follow Him wherever He leads us. Say the Life Point together.
Live It Out
Game—Dance It Out!
Materials: upbeat Christian music, music
Turn on some upbeat Christian music, and ask for a volunteer to lead the class with their dance moves. Explain that everyone must copy the leader’s dance moves. After a bit, the leader can choose the next dance leader. Give enough time for everyone to lead who would like to lead. Afterward, explain that God leads and directs us on where He wants us to go and what He wants us to do. Help them understand that God expects us to follow and obey Him.
Craft—God Helps Me
Materials: construction paper, note card, markers, tape
Give every child a piece of construction paper, one note card, tape, and a marker. Placing the construction paper sideways, instruct them to write GOD HELPS ME OBEY HIM on the top of the paper. Instruct them to put the note card in the middle of the construction paper and trace around it. Tell them to write the Weekly Verse on the note card. Direct them to write one way they struggle to obey God in the box on their construction paper. Instruct them to place the note card over the box and tape it there. Explain to your children that God gives us the ability to obey His directions because we cannot do it on our own. Say the Weekly Verse together.