Introductory Activity— Country Spelling Bee
Materials: alphabet tiles (one set per team), paper, markers
Group the kids into teams or play as one group. Tell kids that they can use the tiles to spell the names of countries. They should try to make as many names as possible. Give the signal to start. Choose players to write down the names of the countries as they are spelled. Then the tiles can be used again to spell a different name. Call time. Note how many country names were spelled. If you played in teams, compare the lists and find out how many unique country names were made. Tell kids that today they will learn about sharing the message of God around the world.
Teaching Tip: If you do not have alphabet tiles, print letters on index cards for kids to use. (Include all the letters and multiple cards with vowels and frequently used consonants.)
Live It Out
Game— Thumb Ball
Materials: beach ball or other ball with colored sections
Guide kids to stand in a circle. Toss the ball back and forth across the circle. Call: “Stop.” Tell the child holding the ball to look at his thumb. If his thumb is on a colored section, ask a review question. If his thumb is on a white section, lead him to say the Bible verse. (Adjust the thumb placement to match your ball.) After the question is answered or the verse repeated, start tossing again. Tell kids about any missionaries that your church helps support around the country or world. Say the Life Point together.
Craft—Walk with Jesus
Materials: construction paper, markers, scissors, world map
Hand out a piece of construction paper and markers to each child. Instruct them to put their foot on the paper and trace around it. Tell them to cut out the foot and draw and color a world map on one side of the foot. (Show them a world map for help.) On the other side, direct them to write the Weekly Verse. At the end of the craft, say the Weekly Verse together.
Introductory Activity— Word Scramble
Materials: index cards with the words of the Life Point printed on them, one word per card
Hide the word cards around the room before kids arrive. Lead kids to search for the word cards. Tell them to work together to try and assemble the words in the correct order to make a sentence. Give hints as needed. (For example, tell them there are 10 cards so they will know if they are missing any words.) Read the Life Point together. Tell kids that this is the focus of today’s study.
Live It Out
Game— Tabletop Golf
Materials: paper cups, scissors, pom-poms, craft sticks, permanent markers
Cut an arch or three-sided opening in the side of a cup (like a notch from the top). The opening should be large enough for a pompom to roll through. Prepare 3 or more cups. Print a point value on each cup. Arrange the cups, top side down, along the side of a table, with the opening facing the other side. Tape cups to secure, if you choose.
Group kids into teams. Tell players to stand at the table opposite the golf holes. Invite a player from Team 1 to use a craft stick to hit a pom-pom and try to get it in a hole. If she hits a pom-pom into a hole, ask a review question. Award points for a correct answer. Alternate between teams as you play the game. After the Bible story has been reviewed, ask teams to say the Life Point or the Life Verse when they score.
Variations: (1) Award double points if a kid gets a hole on the first try. Or deduct points if it take more than one try to get a hole. (2) Assign each cup a hole number. Teams must get balls into the holes in order.
Craft—Hands and Feet of Jesus
Materials: construction paper, scissors, markers, prayer requests, tape
Before class, write the names of different countries on slips of paper. In class, give each child a country and the materials for the craft. Instruct them to trace either their hand or their foot and cut it out. Next, direct them to write the name of their country on their hand or foot. Give each child a piece of tape and allow them to place their countries on the wall around the room. Remind your children that we need to pray and ask God to send missionaries around the world to tell people about Jesus. Have everyone say the Life Point together. End the craft by allowing volunteers to pray for the nations.