Introductory Activity – Animal Sort
Materials: cards or paper squares, markers
Print different animal names on cards, one per card. Include a variety of animals. (If you want kids to sort clean and unclean animals, make sure you include some of each type. See Leviticus 11 or an online list.)
Mix the cards. Guide kids to sort the animals in different ways. They can choose how to sort the animals. After they sort them in one way, ask them to sort in a different way. Tell kids that in today’s story, someone saw a vision with animals in it.
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Game – Tossing Review Game
Materials: several baskets or containers, beanbags, paper, marker
Print point values on the paper. Place one of the point values in each container. Set the containers in a line, with lowest point value closest to the toss line and highest point values furthest from the toss line.
Group kids into teams. Players from each team will take turns tossing beanbags into the containers. If a player misses the containers on the first toss, he can have a second toss. If he misses the second toss, he moves back into his team’s line. When a beanbag lands in a container, ask that team a review question. If the question is answered correctly, award the points for that container. If the answer is incorrect, no points are awarded. After the review questions have been asked at least twice, ask teams to repeat the Life Point and/or the Weekly Verse for additional points.
Craft – Baptism Water
Materials: light blue construction paper, markers
Give each child the supplies for the craft. Instruct them to draw a giant water drop. Instruct them to write the Life Point on their water drop and decorate it. Next, have them cut the water drop out. Remind your children that people are baptized after trusting Jesus to show their obedience and be a witness to others.
Introductory Activity – Around the World
Materials: electronic device, pictures
Before class, choose some pictures that represent different cultures from around the world. Save the images to your device. In class, show each photo to your children and ask: “How is their culture different from ours?” Give your children time to answer. Next, ask: “Does God want them to hear about Jesus too? Why?” Allow your children time to respond. Tell your children that missionaries go to other countries to share the Gospel. Tell them that in today’s lesson, God calls Peter to go to a new place to tell others about Jesus.
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Game – Ring Toss
Materials: chenille stems, cardboard tubes (or water bottles), permanent marker
Use three chenille stems to make a ring; twist ends together to make a long stem and bend the opposite ends to make a ring. Create several rings. Print these letters on cardboard tubes (or bottles): B, A, P, T, I, S, M. Stand the tubes/bottles, spaced apart, near a wall.
Guide kids to take turns tossing the rings on the tubes. After several practice throws, guide kids to toss the rings and ring the letters in order to spell Baptism. Talk about the Life Point and the Bible story. Lead kids to understand that baptism doesn’t provide salvation, but demonstrates our salvation through obedience.
Craft – Coffee Filter Baptism
Materials: large coffee filters, markers, spray bottle, stickers, glitter, and other decorations
Give every child a coffee filter and markers. Instruct them to write the Life Point in the middle of the coffee filter. Tell them to decorate their filter using markers and other decoration supplies. Once everyone has decorated their filters, spray their filters with your spray bottle, making the filter damp but not dripping wet. The decorations should smear, creating a fun tie-dye effect. Read the Weekly Verse to your children and tell them baptism represents our burial and resurrection with Jesus.