Introductory Activity – Line Walk
Make two parallel lines on the floor, about 10-12 feet long and 3-4 feet apart. Tell kids that they should try to walk on the straight tape lines. Choose two volunteers. Spin each child two or three times and help him step onto the line. They should try to walk down the tape and back. Continue until all kids have a turn. Ask kids to tell what they thought when you said that they had to walk on the tape lines. Ask how they felt about it after you spun them around. Comment that sometimes it is hard to follow directions because of things that have happened. Tell kids they will hear about someone who followed what Jesus taught.
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Game – Tabletop Gameboard
Materials: sticky notes, 2 game pieces, numbered cube
Lead kids to make a gameboard with self-stick notes. They can create a trail design on a tabletop. After the gameboard is complete, group kids into 2 teams. Alternate asking review questions. Teams can roll the cube and move a game piece on the trail after correctly answering a question. After a team completes the trail game, lead kids to rearrange the notes into a new game formation. Shuffle teams and play again.
Craft – Triptych
Materials: heavyweight paper, markers, wide tape
Provide three pieces of paper for each child. (Cut the paper in half or use whole sheets of paper.) Say: “Baptism shows people have trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord.” Guide kids to draw pictures about from today’s Bible story. Or they can draw scenes, print the Weekly Verse, and/or print the Life Point on the paper. When a child completes all three pictures, help him lay his three pictures side by side, with the sides touching. Help him cut a length of tape and use the tape to connect two of his pictures along the side. He can add the third picture. If desired, flip over the triptych and tape again on the back to reinforce the connection. Tell the child to fold on the tape and stand up his triptych.
Introductory Activity – Guess the Bible Name
Materials: white board and marker
Choose a kid to begin the game. Instruct him to think of a Bible person and draw blanks, one blank per letter of the person’s name. Others can take turns guessing letters for the blanks. If the letter is present, he will fill in the letter (for every space, if multiples of the same letter). If the letter is not in the name, he will make a tally mark in the corner of the board. His turn is over when the name is guessed or the group has 10 tally marks. Choose another kid for the next name. Tell kids they will hear a story about a man named Philip today.
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Game – Ring Toss
Materials: chenille craft stems, cardboard tubes (or water bottles), permanent marker
Use three chenille stems to make a ring; twist ends together to make a long stem and bend the opposite ends to make a ring. Create several rings. Print these letters on cardboard tubes (or bottles): b, a, p, t, i, s, m. Stand the tubes/bottles, spaced apart, near a wall.
Guide kids to take turns tossing the rings on the tubes. After several practice throws, guide kids to toss the rings and ring the letters in order to spell baptism. Talk about the Life Point and the Bible story. Lead kids to understand that baptism shows that people have trusted Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Craft – Wristband
Materials: heavyweight paper, scissors, several colors of duct tape, permanent markers, Velcro® dots
Lead kids to cut paper strips that will fit around their wrists. Kids can cut lengths of duct tape and wrap around the paper strip to create a colored band. After the strip is covered, help kids write Trust Jesus on their wristbands. When a kid has completed his wristband, he can add part of a Velcro® dot to each end; place one side of the dot on the back of the band at one end and on the top of the band at the other end. Show a kid how to fit the band around his wrist and attach the dots to secure the band. Talk about the Life Point and the Bible story.
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