Introductory Activity—Hot Potato
Materials: Ball, worship music
Gather kids into a circle and play a game of hot potato! Start the worship music as kids pass the ball around the room. When you randomly stop the music, the person with the “potato” steps out of the circle to cheer everyone else on! After the game, ask kids if they noticed anything about the music playing in the background. What kind of music was it? What can we usually do when we hear worship music start? Tell kids that today, they’ll learn about a time God’s people sang and used music to worship God.
Live It Out
Materials: Numbered cube
Form two teams of kids. Choose one team to roll the cube. Multiply the number rolled by 10 to determine a question’s point value. Ask a review question and allow that team to answer. A team has 30 seconds to give a correct response and earn points. Continue back and forth with additional questions as long as time allows. The team with the most points wins. Afterward, gather kids together and tell them that today’s story teaches that the church sings and uses music to worship God.
Craft—Decorate a Music Note
Materials: Black and other colors of construction paper, glue sticks, scissors
Help kids cut out a large music note from black construction paper. Glue that note onto a colored piece of construction paper. Instruct kids to cut up small pieces of construction paper, and glue them onto the music note. On the bottom of the paper, help them write the Weekly Verse. Tell kids to display their notes in their rooms to help remind them to use singing and music to worship God.
Introductory Activity—Egg Review
Materials: Plastic eggs, small strips of paper, writing utensil, individually wrapped small pieces of candy
Gather review questions and write any other review questions you might want to add from previous weeks. Write the answers to the questions on small strips of paper and place one answer and a piece of candy inside each egg. As kids arrive, tell them they will be playing a review game. Lay each egg in the front of the room in a line. Ask a question, and allow a kid to come up and open an egg to see if the correct answer is in that egg. If it is not, the child closes the egg and goes back to her seat. Continue asking questions. At some point, you will ask a question where the answer has already been opened, and a kid will remember which egg the answer is in. If a kid opens an egg with the correct answer, he can take that egg back to his seat and keep the candy. After you finish playing the game, remind kids that learning more about God and how to worship Him is something we do in church. Tell kids that they will be learning today about a way to worship God.
Live It Out
Game—Clap a Word
Materials: Dry erase board and marker or large paper and marker
Print the Weekly Verse on a dry erase board or on a large piece of paper. Say the verse together a few times. Erase or remove the verse. Say the verse again, but leave out a word and clap instead. See who can tell you the word you left out with the clap. Continue playing, leaving out different words and eventually phrases. At the end, allow volunteers to say the verse from memory. If time allows, continue using the Unit Verse.
Craft—Music Note Mobile
Materials: Old CDs, yarn, scissors, construction paper, tape, writing utensils, markers
Hand out supplies to each child. Tell them to draw four to five music notes on the construction paper then cut them out. On the notes, kids should write some praise words, including Hallelujah, praise, Sing!, Worship and so on. Give each kid five strings of yarn cut different lengths. Finish by attaching one end of the yarn to a music note and the other end to the CD. The finished product should be a music note mobile hanging from a CD! Say that people at church use music and singing to worship God.