Introductory Activity – Take a Step
Materials: dry erase board and marker, tape
Use tape to create a start line and finish line on either side of the area. Lead kids to stand on the start line. Tell them to walk across the room heel-to-toe, counting the number of steps it takes them to cross the space. Record their numbers on the board. Tell kids to move across the space taking giant steps, counting steps again. Record the numbers again. Move across the space using other steps (crab walk, penguin waddle, baby steps, hopping, etc.). Comment that Moses talked to families and told them they should do something as they walk on the road and as they lie down at home.
Live It Out
Game – Find a Seat
Materials: chairs, one per child; words of the Bible Verse printed on cards; basket; tape; music
Arrange all the chairs in a circle, facing out, except one chair. Place the last chair near a wall. On this chair, place the basket of verse cards and the tape. Ask kids to make a circle around the chairs. Play music and encourage kids to walk in a circle around the chairs. Stop the music. All the kids should try to find a chair. The child without a chair moves to the basket and pulls out a card. Tape the card to the wall. As you pull more cards, ask the child to place the card where it belongs in the verse. After you finish the verse, read it together. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Remove the cards from the wall and play the game again as time allows.
Craft – Family Worship Cards
Materials: large blank index cards, markers
Lead kids to print Family Worship Card at the top of their cards. Say that their families can learn more about God by worshiping together at home. Kids can draw seven squares or spaces along the bottom of the card. Tell kids to draw designs around the cards. They can print the Life Point on the backs of their cards. Tell kids that in this month, they can punch or check each space when they worship God at home. Encourage them to talk with their families about times and ways they could worship as a family together. Pray and ask God to help families worship together this month.
Introductory Activity – Books of Law Search
Before the session, make a list of Bible passages you want the kids to find. Give kids (or pairs of kids) Bibles to use. Tell kids to find the story of creation, Genesis 1. Find other stories from this quarter or other familiar stories in the first five books of the Bible—Noah (Genesis 6); Cain and Abel (Genesis 4); Abram’s Call (Genesis 12); Moses’ Birth (Exodus 2); Burning Bush (Exodus 3); Ten Commandments (Exodus 20); book of God’s Laws (Leviticus); Israel’s Refusal to Enter Canaan (Numbers 14); Moses’ Instructions to Families (Deuteronomy 6). Encourage kids to find each book at least once. (For kids who are more proficient in using the Bible, call a book and chapter.) Comment that the first five books in the Old Testament are the books of Law. Tell kids that today’s story is in Deuteronomy 4–6, words from Moses about what families should do.
Live It Out
Game – Noodle Hockey
Materials: swim noodles, small foam ball, masking tape
Use tape to mark boundaries and goals in the game area. Group kids into two teams. Choose a player from each team to face off and start the game. Lead kids to work together to try to get the ball into the other team’s goal. When a goal is scored, ask the scoring team a review question. Award points as you choose. To lengthen the game, ask questions from previous sessions or lead teams to say the Bible Verse or Life Point after scoring a goal.
Craft – Embossed Verse
Materials: craft foam rectangles, aluminum tape, dull pencils or toothpicks
Lead kids to cover their rectangles of foam with aluminum tape. They can use the pencils or toothpicks to write the Bible Verse in the aluminum tape. They can add designs around the words of the verse. Talk about the story and the Life Point as kids work. Tell kids they can place their verse plaques in their homes to remember families can learn about God together.