Introductory Activity— Bible Story Display
Materials: paper, markers or crayons, tape
Guide kids to draw pictures of stories they know from the Bible. As kids complete their drawings, provide tape for them to create a display on a wall. Tell kids that they will discover someone who learned from a Bible scroll.
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Game— Act Out the Story
Materials: Bible times dress up items (optional)
Create two teams. Allow teams five minutes to assign roles and practice acting out the Bible story. When the five minutes are up, each team can present their drama to the other. Explain that this activity will help them remember that Josiah respected God’s Word and obeyed it. Ask kids to discuss ways they can do the same.
Craft— Balloon Lightbulb
Materials: small yellow balloons, permanent markers
Help each child blow up a small balloon. Comment that these balloons look like yellow lightbulbs. Leaders can help kids write the weekly verse on the balloon. Encourage kids to hold the balloon lightbulb above their heads while you recite the verse as a group. Remind them that God wants us to respect and obey the Bible.
Introductory Activity— Whisper the Name
Materials: cards with Bible names
Print names of Bible people on cards, if you choose. Use names from this story and other stories: Josiah, Hilkiah, Shaphan, Huldah, Daniel, Darius, Jonah, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Elizabeth. Secretly show a name to 2 or 4 kids. Tell kids to walk around the room and whisper the Bible name they were given. They are looking for a partner whispering the same name. When partners find one another, guide them to move to the side of the room. Say: “In today’s story, we will hear a Bible story about Josiah, Shaphan, Hilkiah, and Huldah.”
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Game— Stick Drop
Materials: craft sticks, different colored markers
Print the words of the Bible verse on craft sticks, one word per stick. Make several sets (at least one for each team), each using a different colored marker. Mix all the sticks together. Group the kids into teams then assign a color to each team (coordinating with the word colors). Hold sticks together a couple of feet from the ground. Drop the sticks into a pile. Give a signal. Team members will run to the pile of sticks and find the words of their color and move to the team’s area to assemble the verse in order. The first team to correctly assemble the verse is the winner. Say the verse together. Say the Life Point.
Craft— Life Point Reminder
Materials: white construction paper, thin-tip permanent markers, watercolor paints, cups of water, paintbrushes, tablecloth or drop cloth
Talk about the Bible story and say the Life Point. Guide a kid to print the Life Point on a piece of white construction paper. She can add other designs with the markers. She can paint over the design with watercolors. Talk about God’s message in the Bible as she continues to make her reminder. Suggest she place the reminder in her room or other location to remember that people should respect and obey the Bible.