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Samson, Delilah, Lion

Here’s a cute spin off of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to accompany a lesson on Samson from

Basically, the kids pair up & on the count of 3 choose to make a muscle pose (Samson), “girlie”pose (Delilah) or lion pose (roar & show claws).

Following the rules of the traditional game: Samson beats the lion, the lion beats Delilah & Delilah beats Samson…”you tie, you die”

Eliminate the losers each round & form new pairs.

Find the full instructions here:

Samson, Delilah, Lion Game

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What is Missing

Use clip art and cardstock to create an easy game for preschoolers. Show them the cards, one by one, and see if they can guess what important thing is missing in each picture.

Ask the kids if they’ve ever lost anything that was special to them.

This is a great way to introduce the Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son…or perhaps Jesus as a young boy missing on the way home from the temple…or even Jesus’ body missing from the tomb! So many uses!

Tech talented folks could even make a video version!

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Gospel in a Nutshell for Preschoolers

Use this easy finger play to teach preschoolers the Gospel message:

God made me (Hands forming something)

God loves me (hands cross over heart)

God wants me to follow Him (walk to the right)

But I want to go my own way (cross arms & walk to the left)

That’s called sin! (Whisper with hand to mouth)

And that’s a problem! (Tap chin)

Because God hates sin! (Mad face)

but He loves me! (Hug yourself)

But God had a plan! (Finger up)

He gave His only Son, Jesus (hands extended)

To make a way for us (widen hands)

He came as a baby (squat and suck thumb)

And grew into a man (rise to stand-hands on hips)

He died on a cross (arms out-as on a cross)

Was buried (arms crossed-squat)

And rose 1-2-3 days later (rise on 3rd count)

He’s alive! He came to our rescue! (Hands up-celebrate!)

Thank you, Jesus! I’ll follow you! (Kneel-pray)

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Salvation is a free gift

This is one of my favorite object lessons for preschoolers when sharing the Gospel message.


  • Wrap a large box with a lid
  • Glue or draw a cross on top
  • Create a false bottom in the lid & cover it with the wrapping paper
  • Cut a narrow slit in the top of the lid
  • Cut medium sized heart shapes out of black construction paper (1 for each child in your class)…and then cut the same number & size hearts out of white paper. (Alternative: cut 1 very large black heart & 1 identical white heart)


  • Explain plan of salvation
  • When explaining the concept of sin, hand everyone a black heart to signify “…all have sinned…” (or just demonstrate with 1 large black heart if you have too large a group to use individual hearts)
  • Explain that salvation is a free gift
  • Explain what Jesus did for us on the cross & that not only does He have power over death…He also has the power to change our dirty, sinful hearts! He can cleanse us & give us a new heart!
  • Invite the kids to place their “sinful heart” in the slit at the top of the box. Once everyone has put in their black heart, open the lid to reveal white hearts in their place (placed there before the lesson unbeknownst to the audience)
  • Troubleshooting tip: don’t let the kids gather around & linger when putting the black hearts in, so they won’t see the false bottom of the lid; if you can keep the lid slightly above eye level, that works best! Also be very careful when you remove the lid in the “reveal” because the kids may hear the “black hearts” sliding around in the lid if you aren’t careful!

**if you have a large group, just use one large black heart that only you put in the lid as a demonstration & reveal an identical large white heart in the box.

Either way, preschoolers never fail to be amazed by it!

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Jesus Wept

I used this cute idea from The Fantastic Five blog when teaching my VBS lesson on Lazarus this morning!

Simply take an eye dropper and some water & place “tears” on the cheeks of the “mourners.” Then have a good cry over Lazarus’ death. The kindergarteners loved it!

Check out her entire lesson here:

I was also able to find a free printable version of the story of Lazarus here:

Lamb Songs New Testament Stories

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Quick Tip Tuesday

Use a “surprise box” to introduce your lesson! Place objects or pictures in it that will build interest in the Bible story. It’s a great tool that can help you be a more effective storyteller! (…Not to mention, preschoolers love the anticipation of what’s inside!!) Try it! You’ll have their full attention!

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A Sure Foundation

Ephesians 2:20 “…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”

Items needed:

  • Large blocks, preferably ones with slanted or odd shapes included
  • Timer
  • Yardstick or tape measure
  • Fun music to play in background


  • Divide kids into teams of 4-5 per team
  • Competition will be to see which team can build the highest tower in 50 seconds.
  • Rules are as follows:
  1. Each child must take turns putting the blocks into place. Once you have put a block on the tower, you must let everyone else on the team go before you get a turn again.

2. When the timer sounds, everyone must take their hands off the blocks & step away from the tower.

3. Judges (or other teams) may blow on the tower without touching it to see if it will hold.

4.If the tower tumbles after the timer & before the measurement is recorded, Team is disqualified.

5. Judges will measure the tower & record the score.

6. After all teams have had a turn, the highest recorded measurement wins!


Notice that the tallest, sturdiest towers were built on a strong foundation. Make sure you build your life on the solid foundation of Jesus & God’s Word!

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Dancing Sheep

Preschool Bible teachers seem to have many opportunities to talk about sheep! Bible stories for kids are filled with lessons about them! From Easter to Christmas…and everything in between…sheep and shepherds are a common biblical theme.

The following is a fun finger play for preschoolers written by Susan M. Dailey that would be a great complement to any lesson involving sheep.

I will be utilizing it this week as I teach the Parable of the Lost Sheep to kindergarteners. I think it will be one that will be recycled in many future lessons!

Please follow the link below to find the original fingerplay and accompanying song.

Dancing Sheep Finger Play by Susan M. Dailey

Dancing Sheep 

Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep
(put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
(creep fingers)

“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was…  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
(move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
He was dancing on the floor!
(move hands on floor as mentioned above)
He was dancing on the window!
(move hands to one side)
He was dancing on the door!
(move hands to other side)

He kept on…

Dancing on the ceiling!
(sing faster)
He was dancing on the floor!
He was dancing on the window!
He was dancing on the door!
(repeat several times getting faster each time through)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep.
It is time to go to sleep!”

Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore.

So I started …  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
I was dancing on the floor!
I was dancing on the window!
I was dancing on the door!

-written by Susan M. Bailey

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Where is the Green Sheep?

Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox is a great companion book when teaching The Parable of the Lost Sheep to preschoolers. Although Ms. Fox’s book is not based on the biblical lesson, it is a fun rhyming book about a lost sheep (that is found in the end) that would complement the parable in a way that preschoolers would enjoy.

Below is a link to a You Tube storyteller reading the book:

Where is the Green Sheep

You can find the book online at various retailers.

I made a large version to read to my class from coloring pages based on the book purchased here:

Where is the Green Sheep Coloring pages

We can remind the children that just like we looked for the green sheep in the story…Jesus searches for us when we are lost.

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A “Tail” of Two Balloons

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick tempered displays folly.” Proverbs 14:29

Items needed:

  • 2 balloons


  • Blow up balloons before class, knot one at the bottom but keep the other one unknotted (but keep this fact hidden from the kids)
  • Arrange for a helper to hold the balloons until you are ready for them…keeping the air in the unknotted balloon by pinching it tightly at the bottom
  • Draw a happy face on the knotted one & an angry face on the other, if desired
  • Divide kids into two teams
  • Ask first team to come to front & form a circle while other team remains seated
  • Say: “We are going to have a friendly competition between teams to see which team can keep their balloon up in the air the longest. The following rules apply:
  1. No one may catch & hold the balloon
  2. No one may hit the balloon 2x in a row
  3. If it hits the ground or comes to rest on any surface, the round is over

We have 2 balloons. One is ‘Penelope Patient’ & the other is ‘Quentin Quick Temper.’ Team 1 will go first & see how long they can keep ‘Ms Patient’ up in the air. We will then give Team 2 a turn to try to beat their score with ‘Mr Q.'”

  • On the call of “GO,” have your helper throw the knotted balloon into the middle of Team 1’s circle.
  • Begin counting each time the balloon is hit according to the rules
  • Once one of the conditions listed above is not met, their round is over & the number of hits is their score
  • Team 1 sits & Team 2 forms a circle at the front
  • Explain that the same rules apply, except they will be playing with ‘Mr Quick Temper” (the unknotted balloon)
  • Ask if they think they can beat Team 1’s score!!??
  • At “GO,” helper throws filled, unknotted balloon into center of circle (as you can imagine, the unknotted balloon deflates quickly & sporadically once the helper lets go of the tail)
  • After explaining application (see below!)…be sure to give Team 2 another chance w/ the knotted balloon!


This game was a picture of what it is like to be around a patient person & a quick tempered person!

When someone “loses their cool” easily, like “Mr Quick Temper,” it’s difficult for everyone around them! Even though Team 2 was trying to work together…that balloon was unpredictable & frustrating to everyone around it! Nothing was able to get accomplished!!

The team that was working with “Ms Patient” wasn’t completely free of problems…but it made their job MUCH easier & they were able to be much more successful!

It’s true in real life as well! Doesn’t your family run more smoothly when everyone is patient? Doesn’t it make even difficult tasks more enjoyable when everyone is calm, steady, peaceful & kind?

On the other hand, when someone in your family or friend group constantly “explodes” with anger…no matter how hard everyone around them is trying to work together & do the right thing…it makes it almost impossible to be successful !!

Have you ever been around someone who loses their cool & explodes with anger at the littlest thing? (Don’t say their name!!! Just raise your hand if you know someone like that!)

Do you enjoy being around people like that??? (No! I don’t either!!)

The Bible says that a quick tempered person (someone who is easily angered) displays folly. (In other words…they show everyone how foolish they are!)

Don’t be a quick tempered person!!

Be patient!! …it will make you a much better & more enjoyable person to be around, and most importantly, it’s pleasing to God!!

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Quick Tip Tuesday

Turn any storybook or Bible story into a large visual to read to your class by cutting large simple shapes out of poster board, gluing enlarged pictures or clip art illustrations to the front & the story to be read on the back! The kids love it because they are able to see the pictures & teachers love it because it’s easy to read!

A Bible Story on Noah’s Ark could be in the shape of an ark…a Christmas story in the shape of a star, manger or angel…the story of Moses in the shape of a basket…the possibilities are endless!

Make sure you laminate your story so that it can be re-used year after year!

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Lies are hard to cover up

2 Kings 5

Gehazi lies to Elisha

Bible Verse: “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.” Proverbs 10:9

**I came across this great object lesson at the Corner on Character blog. Since we handle the large group activities that introduce the lesson, we are adapting it to a “game” that will teach a lesson. Breaking into smaller groups will allow our kids to have a better vantage point.

See link below for original post:

Object Lesson/Activity

Items needed:

  • Bucket filled halfway with water (1 per team)
  • Quarter (1 per team)
  • Several pennies (3 per child per team)


  • Divide kids into teams
  • Give each team a bucket partially filled (approx halfway) with water
  • Place 1 quarter in the center of each water filled bucket
  • Give each child 3 pennies
  • Challenge teams to drop their pennies into the bucket one at a time
  • Make sure they drop from ABOVE the bucket!
  • Whichever team is able to completely cover their quarter w/ pennies wins!

[Spoiler Alert: Few if any pennies will cover the quarters!]

Application: Tell kids the quarters represent lies. The smaller pennies represent smaller lies one has to tell to cover up their original lie. Often when we tell one lie…we end up having to tell more, smaller lies to try to cover them. It rarely works. (Even if some pennies landed on the quarters…point out that parts of the quarter are still noticeable!)  Most of the time our lies are eventually found out. Even if we can fool others…we can never fool God! Honesty is always best policy!

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Happy Face, Happy Face…

Happy Face Jingle:

“Happy Face, Happy Face what do you see?

I see a silly face looking at me! 🤪

Silly face, silly face what do you see?

I see a sad face looking at me!😢

Sad face, sad face what do you see?

I see a mad face looking at me! 😡

Mad face, mad face what do you see?

I see a surprised face looking at me! 😳

Surprised face, surprised face what do you see?

I see a sleepy face looking at me!😴

Sleepy face, sleepy face what do you see?

I see happy face looking at me! 😊

Happy Face, Happy Face what do you see?

I see another happy face looking back at me!” 😃

~author unknown

Items needed:

  • Construction paper cardstock
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Paint sticks
  • Packaging tape
  • Happy Face Jingle


  • Draw each of the faces mentioned in the Happy Face Jingle on a piece of construction paper cardstock
  • Cut face out into a large circle shape
  • Write words to each line of Jingle on back of corresponding face circles, as well as any songs, prompts or fingerplays you may like to sing when you are finished on the last circle
  • Begin w/ Happy Face #1…work through the corresponding faces individually & end with Happy Face #2 looking at Happy Face #1
  • Laminate circles to help them last longer!
  • Tape paint sticks to back of circles

Tips & Tricks:

  • Be as animated as possible!
  • As you say the Jingle, show the circle face that corresponds with each line
  • Make the faces yourself as shown on the circles & encourage the kids to show you their best “happy face, silly face, etc” along with you!
  • This is a great transition activity to get kids ready to sit & listen to a story!
  • I usually tell them how GLAD I am to see their sweet happy faces in my class!
  • We’ve made smaller versions w/ craft sticks instead of paint sticks for the kids to hold & they love that option too at times for small classes!
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My faves!

If you have a large group setting (ie Children’s Church, VBS, etc) and tech capabilities, be sure to check out!

I just returned from a kidsmin conference in Atlanta, GA. This was my 2nd year to attend the Crowd Control Games breakout session, and they are awesome!!

Their countdown timers and scorekeepers will add so much to our game time! …and their interactive games are FUN!

Check them out for yourself!

I’m a big fan!

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“This battle is the Lord’s!”

1 Samuel 17

David & Goliath Game

Items Needed:

  • Darth Vader piñata
  • Black Velcro tape
  • 5 small plastic balls (we used plastic golf balls)


  • Adhere approx 5 strips of Velcro tape to the helmet of the piñata so that “Goliath’s” forehead is completely covered with Velcro
  • Adhere Velcro tape to the plastic balls so that they will stick to the Velcro area of the piñata


  • Divide kids into 2 teams
  • Each child gets 5 attempts to hit “Goliath” in the forehead with a ball
  • Each team receives 1 point for each ball that sticks to “Goliath’s” forehead
  • Team with highest score wins

Tips & Tricks:

  • Make sure Goliath’s helmet has a wide area covered with Velcro! (It’s harder than it looks!)
  • Place Goliath on a top bookshelf or high cabinet where he is higher than the kids & stationary
  • If you want the game to move a little faster, tell kids their turn is over when they have 1 ball stick, or after their 5th failed attempt
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Quick Tip Tuesday

Need an easy, no prep activity for a time filler or transition?

Play “Hangman” using a Bible Verse or phrase from your lesson!

Utilize a dry erase board or chalkboard to make it large enough for the whole class to participate. Allow the kids to take turns guessing letters.

Disclaimer: If the traditional “hangman” game would be offensive to use at your church…use the same premise, but see if they can guess the verse or phrase before you draw a regular stick figure with a silly face…it doesn’t have to be attached to a traditional hangman drawing to be fun!

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Bible Verse Puzzle Game

Items Needed:

  • 1 colored poster board per team (each team should have a different color)
  • Write Bible verse on each poster
  • Cut into large puzzle pieces


  • Before class begins, hide puzzle pieces around room
  • Divide kids into teams
  • Tell each team what color puzzle pieces they will be hunting for
  • Remind kids that the “Red Team” can only get RED pieces…the “Yellow Team” can only get YELLOW, etc. If they see another teams’ puzzle pieces, just stay quiet & leave it alone!
  • On the sound of “GO!” the teams should hunt for their assigned color pieces & work together to put their puzzle together.

First team to find all their pieces & put their puzzle together wins!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Assign an adult helper or older child to each team to help aid in putting puzzle together, if needed (especially for preschoolers)
  • Tell the kids how many pieces they will be hunting for
  • Make each poster as similar as possible…especially having same number of pieces
  • For younger students, make sure puzzle pieces are not too hard to find!
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Bible Trivia-Catchphrase style!

Items needed:

  • Catchphrase timer (or any type of countdown timer)
  • Cards with names & places from the Bible


  • Divide kids into 2 teams (we love to do boys against girls!)
  • Assign 1 adult helper to each team
  • Adult helper #1 presses timer to begin & tries to get his team to guess the person or place as quickly as possible without saying the name on the card, passes are permitted. Once a card is correctly guessed, he may move on to another card. Try to complete as many cards as possible before time runs out. Tally your score (1 point per card correctly guessed)
  • Play passes to next team. Adult helper #2 repeats the same process with her team.
  • Determine a set number of rounds & the team with the highest score at the end of the total rounds wins!