Introductory Activity— 10 and Sit
Form a circle. Pass the beanbag around the circle, each child counting as he passes the beanbag. (The first child says “1”; the second child says “2”; and so forth.) When a child says, “10,” he sits down. The next child starts again with 1. Continue until only one child is left. All stand and start the game again. Comment that kids will hear the number 10 in the Bible story today. (If you have a large group of kids, you may want to form more than one circle for multiple concurrent games.
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Game— Life Point Knockdown
Materials: empty, clean drink cans; permanent marker; beanbags; masking tape
Print the words of the Life Point on the bottom of drink cans, one word per can. Make one set for the kids to play the game as one group. If you want to play as teams, create a set of cans for each team. Mix and arrange the cans at one end of an open area. Use masking tape to create a toss line. The first player tosses the beanbag to knock down a can. If a can falls, she runs to the can and retrieves it. If multiple cans fall, she runs down, takes one can, and resets the others. The next player tosses the beanbag to knock down another can. As kids gather the cans, they work to put the words in order. Say the Life Point together and talk about how the Bible helps us know what God wants people to know and do.
Craft— Knowing the Commandments
Materials: copy paper, plastic baggies, scissors, pencils
Guide kids to cut their papers into ten pieces and fold each piece in half. On the outside of each folded paper, kids should write one number from 1 to 10. On the inside they should write the commandment that corresponds. Encourage them to draw one hint on the outside of each paper to help them recall the commandment. Kids can use the papers to quiz themselves about each commandment. Tell kids to use the papers at home to review the commandments. Say God gave the commandments so that people would know what He wants them to do.
Introductory Activity— Guess the Word
Materials: white board, marker
Make five blanks on the board. Tell kids that they will guess letters to determine what the word is. (Use Moses as the first word.) After kids fill in letters and guess the word. Draw blanks for another word. Words to use: mountain, thunder, lightning, tablets, cloud, trumpet, Sinai. Tell kids that these words will be important in the Bible story today.
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Game— Life-Size Gameboard
Materials: construction paper, marker, large number cube
Use construction paper to create a gameboard path across the room. You could do this ahead of time or involve the kids in creating the gameboard. On several spaces on the gameboard, draw a star or other shape. (Use the same shape throughout the gameboard.) Group kids into teams; each team chooses a kid to be the team’s game piece. All the “game pieces” should assemble at the start of the gameboard path. Team 1 rolls the numbered cube and the game piece moves that number of spaces. If the game piece lands on a starred space, the team can answer a review question from the Bible story. If the team gets the answer correct, the game piece can move ahead 1 space. Continue until a game piece reaches the end of the path. To lengthen the game, start a new game piece for a team when the first game piece reaches the end.
Craft— Bible Cover
Materials: large construction paper (12-by-18 inches), scissors, pencils, markers or crayons, colorful tape
Give a piece of construction paper to each kid. He can lay the paper on a table and center his open Bible in the middle of the paper. Help him carefully trace around the outside of his Bible with a pencil (or draw pencil lines just a fraction outside the edges of the Bible). Remove the Bible. Fold the top and bottom of the paper on the pencil lines. (If the Bible is small, use a small size of paper or trim around the pencil lines to leave about 2-3 inches extending past the lines.) Fold each side on the pencil lines. Slide the Bible front cover into the pocket created on the left side by the folded paper. Slide the back cover in the other pocket. Tape the inside flaps down if needed. Remove the Bible and decorate the cover with crayons, markers, or tape. Talk about the Life Point.