Introductory Activity – Choose!
Materials: white, red, yellow, blue, green construction paper; tape; Giant Inflatable Game Cube or medium box
Tape a color of paper (except white)
to each wall. Print WILD on two pieces of white paper and slide into the
game cube. Slide one of each of the other colors into the game cube. (If cube
is unavailable, tape paper to the sides of a box.)
Tell kids that on your signal they will run to one of the colors. Say: “Go!” and kids run to the walls. Roll the cube. Tell kids standing by the rolled color to stand back in the middle of the room. Call: “Change!” The rest of the kids move to a new color. Roll the cube again and repeat. If you roll WILD, all the kids in the middle are back in the game. After the game, tell kids that they will learn more about making choices and being responsible for their choices.
Live It Out
Game – Pick a Number
Materials: cards numbered 1-20
Group the kids into teams. Draw a numbered card but do not let the kids see the number. Ask each team to choose a number. The team closest to the number wins the review question. Ask the team the question; award points for a correct answer. Draw another numbered card and play again. Review the story and the Life Point.
Craft – Samson Headband
Materials: construction paper, scissors, stapler and staples
Guide kids to cut construction paper into strips about one-half to one inch wide. Tell kids to each staple two strips together end to end. Help a child wrap the long strip around his head. Staple the strips together to make a headband and trim off any excess. Tell kids to print the Life Point on a strip. They can also print choices they can make on additional strips. Place one end of a strip on the headband and staple so that the strip hangs vertically from the headband. Invite kids to staple 4-5 strips in a row in this manner. Then lead them to staple 4-5 strips in a row on the opposite side of the headband. Help a child slide on his headband, strips over his ears, so that he looks like Samson with long hair. Talk about the choices Samson made and why those were not good choices. Tell kids that people can make good choices or bad choices and that whatever choices they make have consequences.
Introductory Activity – I’ve Done That
Materials: masking tape
Use tape to create a line across the middle of the game area. Lead kids to stand on the tape line. Make a statement, such as “I have been to Disney World.” Kids who have done that should take one step forward; those who have not should take one step backward. In your statements, include both positive and not so positive actions. Continue the game for several minutes or until someone reaches one end of the game area. Comment that everyone has made good choices and bad choices. Tell kids that today they will hear about choices that Samson made and the consequences of those choices.
Live It Out
Game – Could Be Trouble
Materials: large piece of paper, sticky notes, marker, pen
Print It Could Be Trouble on the large piece of paper with a marker.
Using the pen, write positive and negative numbers on the sticky side/back side
of the notes. (For example, +2, -1, +5, -5, etc.) Make 10-15 notes (or at least
one note per child). Stick the notes to the large piece of paper. (The visible
side will be blank.)
Group kids into teams if you choose or play as one large team. Ask a child a review question. If she answers the question correctly, she goes to the poster and pulls a note. Give or take away points as shown on the note. After you have completed the game, comment that kids didn’t know if they would get something good or something that was trouble. Say the Life Point. Tell kids that everyone makes choices and God can help people make good choices. Talk about the choices that Samson made.
Craft – Bag Tag Reminder
Materials: heavyweight paper, scissors, gel pens, hole punch, plastic lacing, clear contact plastic
Invite kids to use the materials to create bag tags for their backpacks. Tell kids to cut a shape from the paper. Lead them to print the Life Point on the tags. You may want to suggest they print a modified version to personalize it: I can make good choices. They can use the pens to add other details and cover the designs with clear contact plastic. They can punch holes to tie plastic lacing through the tags and hang these on their bags. If they choose, they could punch several holes along the sides of the tags and weave the lacing through the holes before making the ties for the bag tag. Talk about choices kids should make.