Christian families attend church to hear a sermon about the word of God and worship the Lord. While their parents are in service, young children may go to Children's Church or Sunday School to learn more about the Bible and participate in age-appropriate activities. Enhance children's bible lessons with fun games and crafts created just for them.
The Biblical character Noah built an ark to protect himself, his family and two of every animal from a disastrous flood. Kids can recreate the story with a simple craft using animal crackers. Have the kids cut a large semi-circle and a small rectangle from brown construction paper. For the ark's windows, kids can cut a few squares in the rectangle. Tell them to glue the rectangle to the semi-circle to resemble an ark. Provide the kids with three pairs of animal crackers. Make sure the pairs of crackers are identical animals. Have the kids glue the crackers to the ark and glue the ark to blue construction paper for a water background.
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God as instructions for people to follow. Familiarize the kids with the commandments and have them practice their memory skills with a "Hot Potato" game. Have the kids sit in a circle and play music. Provide the kids with a potato to pass around. When the music stops, the kid holding the potato must recite one of the Ten Commandments but it cannot be what the kid said before him. If he is able to, he can stay in the circle. If he is unable to, he must remove himself from the circle. Continue playing until only one child is left and declared the winner.
Loaves and Fish
In the book of Matthew, Jesus performed a miracle of feeding a multitude of 5,000 people using only five loaves of bread and two fish. The kids can make a necklace they can wear as a constant reminder of the story. Have the kids cut several small fish shapes from bright-colored construction paper. Punch holes in the top of the fish. Provide the kids with yarn and uncooked macaroni noodles to represent loaves. Have the kids string the macaroni and fish on the yarn until it is long enough to be a necklace. Tie the necklace in a knot and help the kids put it around their necks.
Fishers of Men
When Jesus was calling his disciples to follow him, he referred to them as "fishers of men." He used it as a metaphor to get his disciplines to attract people to follow him. Reinforce what Jesus said with a fun contest for kids. Purchase a bag of fish-shaped candy. Put ten pieces of candy at the bottom of a pie tin. Make sure to have one pie tin per kid. Cover the tins with whipped cream. Have each kid sit in front of a pie tin. On the word "Go,” each kid must try to retrieve all the fish in their tin only using their mouth. The first kid to retrieve all ten fish in their tin wins the game.
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