Introductory Activity— Move It!
Materials: signs Old Testament and New Testament, tape
Tape the signs on two sides of the play area. Ask kids to stand in the middle of the play area. Call out a book from the Bible. Tell kids to move to the correct sign. Quickly call different books from the Bible and allow kids to move. Play for several minutes. Call “Psalms” last. Tell kids they will learn important truths from this Old Testament book as you study the Bible today.
Live It Out
Materials: tape, cone or large beanbag, numbered cube
Use tape to create a track from one end of the play area to the other; mark off 21 spaces on the track. (The track does not need to be across the whole area and spaces only need to be large enough for the cone or beanbag.) Place the cone or beanbag in the middle space of the track. Group the kids into two teams and assign each team one end of the track. Ask a question to Team 1. If the team answers correctly, they roll the cube and move the cone down the track toward their end. Then ask Team 2 a question. They move the cone toward their end. Continue to play until one team gets the cube in its end zone (last space) or off the track at their end. Lead the kids to say the Life Point together.
Craft— Shape Stamping
Materials: paper, shape stamps, two colors washable ink pads, markers, scissors
Before the session, cut large paper into book shapes. Give each child a paper. Comment that the shape of the paper represents the Bible. Remind them that they learned about a Psalm that tells about God’s Word. Encourage them to use markers to print the Life Point in the center of the Bible. They can decorate around the Life Point using the shape stamps. As they continue their work, talk about things they have learned about the Bible in this unit.
Introductory Activity— Mind Map
Materials: large piece of paper (or white board), markers
Print BIBLE in a circle in the middle of the paper. Lay markers around the paper. Guide kids to create a mind map of what they know about the Bible. They can draw lines from the word and write words about what they know. Tell them that they will learn more about the Bible today.
Live It Out
Game— Balloon Volleyball
Materials: tape, inflated balloons
Use tape to mark off the play area; make a line in the middle of the play area to separate sides of the space. Group the kids into two teams. Each team stands on one side of the play area. They can bat the balloon back and forth over the middle line. (No slamming the balloon.) When the balloon hits the floor, award the opposite team a point. Ask the team a question. If the answer is correct, the team receives another point. If the answer is incorrect, the other team receives a point. Play as time allows. Say the Life Point. Remind kids that our Bible has been around in different forms for many, many years.
Materials: white shoelaces, thin-line permanent markers
Invite kids to decorate shoelaces with the markers. Talk about the Bible story as kids work. Lead kids to add words about the Life Point as a reminder that God’s Word lasts forever. Talk with kids about things they have learned about the Bible in this unit. Remind them that the Bible is the best way to learn about God and Jesus. Suggest kids place the shoelaces in their shoes to remind them to think about the Bible, God’s Word.