Introductory Activity – Dance of Victory
Materials: music player
Before class, choose an upbeat Christian song to play in class. In class, tell your class that sometimes after great victories, people sing songs and dance to celebrate. Tell your children that they will learn today about a great victory won by Deborah, and they will dance to celebrate! Turn on the music and allow your kids to have fun dancing.
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Game – Relay Review
Materials: paper, pen, large cup
Before class, write down the review questions for the session on slips of paper. Place the questions in a large cup. In class, form two equal teams with your children and line them up on one side of the room. You will sit on the other side with the cup. Each team will send someone to the cup to draw out a question to answer. Once they answer the question correctly, they will run back to their team so the next person in line can run to the cup. The first team to have everyone answer a question correctly is the winner!
: If necessary, add mor questions to the cup.
Craft – Shield of Victory
Materials: paper plates, markers, construction paper, tape, scissors
Before class, cut 2-by-6-inch strips of construction paper. In class, give each child a paper plate and some markers. Tell your children to write the Weekly Verse on the bottom of the plates. Next, instruct them to decorate the plates to look like shields. After everyone has decorated his shield, give each child a strip of construction paper and some tape. Instruct them to tape the strips to the backs of their shields, making a handhold. Afterward, tell your children that God fought on behalf of the Israelites to help them defeat their enemies. Have everyone say the Weekly Verse together.
Introductory Activity – Battle Maps
Materials: paper, colored pencils
Give each child a piece of paper and some colored pencils. Tell them they will draw and color a map of two armies about to go to war. Instruct them to include in their map:
Locations of the two armies
Locations of various weapons used by the armies
Directions armies would take to attack
Afterward, allow several volunteers to share their maps. Tell your children that in today’s lesson, they will learn about the Israelites fighting against their enemies, the Canaanites. In the midst of battle, the Israelites saw God provide the victory for them!
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Game – Victory Song
Materials: paper, pencil
Distribute a piece of paper and a pencil to each child. Instruct them to write a song of victory just like Deborah did after they defeated their enemy. Allow volunteers to present their songs to the class. Have everyone say the Weekly Verse together.
Craft – Praise Swords
Materials: gray construction paper, markers, scissors
Give each child a piece of construction paper, markers, and a pair of scissors. Instruct them to draw a simple sword the length of their papers. Tell them to write the Weekly Verse on the blades and cut out their swords. On the backs of the swords, they should write reasons God deserves their praise. Encourage them to place their swords in a prominent place at home to remind them to praise God every day for what He has done. Have everyone say the Weekly Verse together.