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With this game, students will begin to understand what it means to listen to the word of God. They will realize how important it is to read the Bible as they rush around to try to find, and then unscramble, all of the mystery letters.
Six Index Cards
Students will compete as a team to first find hidden balloons and then to see if they can correctly unscramble the mystery word.
Write one letter on each index card until you can spell LISTEN. Fold each index card until it is very small and then place it each one in a different balloon. Blow up all balloons.
If you have time before class, hide the balloons around the room.
Palm Sunday was so exciting. Imagine having someone as incredible as Jesus walking around town and helping people! This day represents a time when one of God’s great promises came true. Only thing is, little did people know what was going to happen next. God sends us messages every day and not all of them are easy to understand. There is one thing we can do to help us better realize what God is saying. Let’s see if our game can help us figure it out!
If you haven’t hidden the balloons before class, have students shut their eyes as you hide balloons around the room.
When you say “Go!” students will open their eyes and then begin to hunt around the room for balloons.
When they find a balloon, they will stomp on it to pop it.
If they find a letter, they will place it on the table.
They will find and pop balloons until they find all six letters.
Once the letters are found, they will need to unscramble them until they figure out what the mystery word is.
When the mystery word is found, the class wins.
What was our mystery word? LISTEN. You might be wondering just how you can listen to God to better understand him. One important thing is to read the Bible. God explains much of his expectations for us in his word. Second, when you pray, don’t just ask for stuff. Listen for his responses in your heart. Our direction might not be clear right away, but because of our faith, we’ll know that whatever happens will be good.
This game will teach students about their ability to focus, listen, and learn. They will laugh while getting a little confused as they try to follow the opposite of Simon’s directions. In the end they will learn how to treat others and how to figure out what’s real and what isn’t.
Students will compete against one another, and against Simon, to see who can follow directions the best.
If you live with a practical joker or have one as a friend, April Fools’ Day can get a bit stressful. We have to be alert because we never know what trick could be lurking around the corner. We’ve got to keep our eyes and ears open to figure out who is on our side. Let’s practice our listening skills by playing a game.
Choose one student to stand in front of the class to be “Simon.”
When you say “Go!” the Simon will say “Simon says…” and the group will have to do the OPPOSITE of what Simon says.
Limit Simon’s terms, so there is no confusion. Simon’s directions MUST contain the word “left” or “right” or “up” or “down.” Example “spin left” or “crouch down.” The students would then “spin right” or “jump up” respectively.
If Simon doesn’t say Simon says, the people who respond are out.
If anyone does not follow the opposite of Simon’s directions if he says “Simon says,” they will be out.
If desired, repeat with a new student playing Simon.
April Fools’ Day is a great reminder, delivered in funny ways, about a serious message. We need to be careful! The forces of darkness love to trick us into sinful behavior and making choices that are wrong for us.1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”The devil is not a lion or a real monster. He will not hide out behind a rock or in a dark corner. He is a source, or a collection of sources, of dark intelligence who enjoys it when people do wrong. What a nasty concept!Peter also gives us the good news. He says in the verse right before to cast ALL your anxiety on God, because he cares for you. Let’s be alert for temptations to turn into sins all the days of the year. Let’s use April Fools’ Day to help us remember the challenges.
It’s back to rainbows for the theme of this St. Patrick’s game, which will teach students about God’s gifts to us as they try to collect the colors of the rainbow. They’ll also learn about ROYGBIV, the word containing the first letter of all the colors in the rainbow.
Three or four pieces of card stock paper
Possess two copies of the rainbow-color letters first.
Using the card stock paper, cut out 28 squares that are all of the same size. The acronym ROYGBIV (also remembered as Roy G. Biv) contains the letters that start each color that is found in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Write one letter on each square and repeat four times so you have four copies of each word.
Shuffle the cards and lay them on the table in four rows of seven.
Write out the acronym ROYGBIV.
There are a few prominent symbols that represent Saint Patrick’s Day. One is the rainbow! Rainbows are so delicate and beautiful and if we really look at them, we’ll see a message from God. Now we’re going to play a game where we will be making our own rainbows!
Show students the acronym and lay it on the table where students can refer to it.
Create two teams of equal ability and have them sit across from each other at the table. Lay the acronym sideways between the teams so neither has a better view.
When you say “Go!” the first team will flip over two cards looking for a match of letter colors.
If they find two of the same letter, they will pull them off the playing area. If they are not the same, they will flip them back over and leave them alone.
The first team to get a pair of the ROYGBIV color letters wins.
Repeat after switching up team members
Sometimes God’s messages to us are not easy to see or hear. St. Patrick used the rainbow to teach about watching for signs from God that will bring us into his goodness. Just like we were vigilant in the game to find the matches, let’s be always on the lookout for God’s directions to us.
This fun science experiment uses the Irish myth of the pot of gold at the end of the rain-bow to teach kids about being made new through prayer and service.
Old dull & dirty pennies
Mix one teaspoon of salt and ¼ cup up of vinegar in the Mason jar.
Drop in the dirty pennies
Wait about five minutes. (During this time, you can try to teach one of the scripture verses in the St. Patrick’s Day Idea Starter.)
Remove the pennies and dry them with a towel
Over time, a chemical reaction happens to the pennies which causes a layer of copper sul-fate to form. This is what makes some pennies look green. Washing the pennies in salt and vinegar breaks down the chemical bond, exposing the shiny layer of copper underneath.
The more time we spend in prayer and serving others, the more we become like these shiny pennies. We become the world’s pot of gold at the end of the rain-bow. We changed from our everyday dingy selves and are made into missionar-ies. How do you think you can be made new and serve this month.
The Lion and the Lamb both refer to Jesus Christ. He is both the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb who was slain. The Lion and the Lamb are descriptions of two aspects of the nature of Christ. As the Lion of Judah, He fulfills the prophecy of Genesis 49:9 and is the Messiah who would come from the tribe of Judah. As the Lamb of God, He is the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for sin.
In this cute Bible craft, we are making a lion and a lamb out of paper plates to show the two different sides of Jesus.
“The Lion and the Lamb” Bible Craft & The 2 sides of Jesus
Note: If you can’t match these colors, just use what is available, including brown paper bags!
– 2 paper plates per child
– 1 piece of yellow construction paper cut into strips
– 1 piece of white construction paper cut into strips
– 1 (6Ã—6 inch) square of brown construction paper per child
– 1 (6Ã—6 inch) square of black construction paper per child
– 1 scrap piece of yellow construction paper per child
– 1 scrap piece of white construction paper per child
– 1 scrap piece of pink construction paper per child
– 1 Pencil, marker or crayon per child
– Crayons (black, blue, white)
– Popsicle Sticks
Instructions for the Lion
1. Draw a brown heart on brown construction paper and cut it out.
2. Cut out yellow circles for the eyes.
3. Glue and draw facial features as shown in picture.
4. Cut strips of yellow construction paper for the mane. You can curl the strips of paper by drawing the paper over one blade of scissors. (Parents can do this if children are too young for this step).
5. Glue face to paper plate
6. Glue a popsicle stick to the back of plate to use as a handle.
Instructions for the Lamb
1. Do the same as above except use white paper and create the eyes and nose to be different from the lion’s.
You might also be interested in these other Lion and Lamb Bible craft and activity ideas!
You can cut out the hearts to save time. Cut out four hearts for each student, 2 pink and 2 red.
Cut the ribbon in lengths of 9 inches, one piece of reach student.
Have students fold their four hearts in half width wise.
Show them how to back half a pink one to half a red one, and continue around until all four hearts are touching, creating a heart that has four parts and eight sides.
Have them glue the hearts’ backs together, being sure the edges are together for a clean look. Between the 1st and 2ndside, and also the 7th and 8th side, they should glue in the two ends of ribbon so that it forms a loop and the heart can be hung up.
Starting with any half heart on the left, they should write these eight lines on each half heart to succeed the next:
Have children color in Isaiah 26:3 and center it on a sheet of construction paper. The scripture used in this Groundhog Day Lesson becomes a great wall hanging to help children remember that God is always with us and for us, regardless of the circumstances.
They should then center it in the middle of the construction paper.
Stable down the four edges on the centered sheet for them.
Have them put their names at the bottom
Much of life is about waiting. Sometimes it’s about short waits, like waiting for class to be over so you can play. And it’s also about big things! You are all waiting to be adults, aren’t you? The things we wait for generally get here, even if you think they never will. As you wait for spring this year, remember the saying on this poster. Spend the waiting time getting to know God better and seeing how he wants you to fill the time.
Instead of X’s and O’s, it’s pink and green rings. Teams take turns trying to make tic-tac-toe! It’s a great principle to show how sometimes God’s will requires us to think hard and reach out in the dark!
18 glow bands of four different colors
A clear playing area on the floor
Stack the most cookies on a fellow student’s face before time runs out.
Connect eight straight glows sticks together in pairs of two.
Then crisscross them to make the grid.
Create the circles by snapping the ends together in the other colors so that there are five rings of each color.
Form two teams. Place the grid on the table. Give the rings of one color to one team and the other color to the second team.
Have the teams take turns placing the rings.
Teams should keep trying for tic-tac-toe until one of them gets it.
Play a number of rounds and name an overall winning team.
This Bible game is a little like us trying to follow God’s will in the New Year. It’s kind of dark, and you have to think and pray ahead. God wants you to be victorious in your pursuit of greater spirituality!
No matter the outcome of this game, kids will definitely have fun making cookie stacks on each other’s faces. As they race to stack, they will realize just how similar they all are and by the end of the game, kids will learn how important it is to treat others equally despite any differences they think they see about each other.
Two to four packs of cookies depending on class size
Stack the most cookies on a fellow student’s face before time runs out.
Today we are celebrating a hero’s birthday! Martin Luther King. Dr. King taught us about equality, but we’ve still got a way to go before we can say we fulfilled his dream! We need to see people as people, no matter what they look and sound like. Let’s come back to that after our game…
If possible, divide the class into pairs.
Choose two pairs to go first; one student from each pair will sit on the floor and their partner will stand in front of them.
Place a pack of cookies in between both pairs.
When you say “Go!” the standing partner will run to the pack of cookies and grab some.
Their partner will sit with their head angled so their forehead is facing the ceiling.
The standing students will then begin to stack cookies on their partner’s forehead.
The cookies must be placed on the forehead and the student sitting may not touch them at all.
If the cookies fall on the floor, they do not count; the cookies that are remaining on the student’s forehead when time runs out are the only ones that count.
The pair that has stacked the most cookies within 40 seconds wins.
Repeat with new students until all students have had a turn.
Our game was not about the differences between us, but rather, our abilities to focus, stay still, and move quickly. We were all put up to the same challenge, but we all overcame it despite our differences. If we focus and work hard, there is nothing we can’t accomplish, together or alone, because we’re all equal.
New Year’s is a time for starting fresh and setting goals. This fun experiment with penny restoration will teach the kids that, because of Jesus, we always have a fresh start.
Old dull pennies
Mix a cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of salt into one of the bowls.
Fill the second bowl with water.
Drop the pennies into the salt and vinegar solution.
Wait a couple of minutes to see what happens.
Use the tongs to pull the pennies out and drop them on the paper towels.
Rinse them in the bowl of water so they aren’t sticky and asses the results.
If you tried to wash the pennies in soap and water they wouldn’t come clean because, in most cases, the pennies have become oxidized. This happens when the copper in the penny comes in contact with oxygen, and forms a new molecule called copper oxide. The salt and vinegar create an acid which dissolves the copper oxide and makes the pennies shiny again.
People love to make resolutions, or plan a fresh start at New Year’s. While it’s great to make plans to develop positive habits. God can help us be made new whenever we ask. He wants us to be constantly growing and he wants us to know that when we mess up we can be made new. So make New Year’s resolutions if you like, but remember that we are the pennies. And God’s love is the cleaning solution. It’s always there when we need it.