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!
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!
Construction paper cut into 8 vegetable shapes (or use clip art), each one lettered to spell “P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E” (see illustration at top of page); 8 vegetable shapes per team
Large soup pot
Writing utensils for each child
Divide kids into teams
Give each child a writing utensil and a strip with one coded puzzle on it
Give each team a copy of the code key
Explain these are the “noodles” for the soup
Each team should work together to decode the 8 puzzles given to their team
As each child completes their puzzle, they may run to the front of the room & place their strip of paper in the soup pot at the front of the room
When they have put all of their “noodles” (aka strips of paper w/ decoded puzzle) in the pot, each team member receives a vegetable with a letter on it. The team that can put the vegetables in the proper order to spell the “mystery” word first wins the game.
When a team places the vegetable letters in the right order, they may raise their hands. A teacher will come verify that they are correct. They may then put their vegetables in the pot.
Hint: The mystery word is something that Esau needed when he was hungry!
Tips and Tricks:
Assign an adult or older child to each team if possible
Tell the teams not to shout out their word when they get it in the right order, so that other teams may continue to work to find the correct answer
2 sets oversized clothes (we used a pullover top & gym shorts)
Pudding snack packs
Small table or bench
Plastic drop cloths
Place clothes on one end of room
Place a long table on the opposite end of room laid out with aprons, puddings & plastic spoons
Protect area around & under table with drop cloths for potential messiness from pudding
Divide kids into 2 equal teams (preferably boys against girls)
Kids on each team form pairs
Have kids decide before starting who wants to be dressed & who wants to be fed
At the sound of “go,” one child has to help the other child place the oversized clothes over their existing clothes….then the pair runs to the other end & the child who was just helped getting clothed now has the responsibility of feeding the other child a pudding snack
When the pudding has been emptied, the pair then run back to the other end & remove the oversized clothes for the next pair waiting in line
First team to “dress” & “feed” all the kids on their team wins!
Tips & Tricks:
Keep the clothes selection simple! Avoid buttons, zippers, ties, etc
Make sure the clothes are large enough to easily slide over the clothes of your largest child
Pair boys with boys & girls with girls
Have a few different flavor options
Ck for food allergies
We had a jello option as well, but the pudding was the better choice when feeding…it was easier & less messy
Have adult helpers at the table to assist with getting the aprons on the children being fed & to help w/ opening snack packs
Tell the kids they may not start feeding their partner til the adult gets the apron secured (we don’t want ruined clothing!!)
We had a couple of pairs of teachers race & do it as well! The kids loved that & they were hilarious! If you have willing helpers…let them play too!
Over 25 years ago, my husband and I walked into our first assignment as newly appointed volunteers in the preschool ministry at our church. Parenting our then two year old firstborn and having a genuine love for kids were the only pluses on our resume. In other words, we had no idea what we were doing!
Our children’s director at the time offered me an opportunity to shadow a seasoned teacher who directed a thriving preschool ministry in the area. It was just for one morning, but this teacher was phenomenal. She had so many creative tips and ideas, and I soaked them all in! I also began recognizing the talent and skills of elementary school teachers, and started asking questions and purveying websites to brainstorm ways to utilize the creativity they used in their secular classrooms in my church classroom.
Simply put, I determined that I didn’t want to just be a “babysitter.” I loved Jesus and wanted the children I taught to know His great love for them. I knew that if kids could watch a tv program and quote the catchy lyrics of a song word for word…certainly they could learn God’s Word! I knew that if crafts and activities at school could reinforce the lessons they were learning…certainly I could do the same thing to help them learn at church! I wanted our time together to be worthwhile. I wanted them to learn about my Savior…and I knew they could…if someone would just take the time to teach them!
Fast forward 25 years, and my husband & I have learned a lot about kids. We have 10 of our own, as well as 2 beautiful grandchildren. We have continued serving in various forms of preschool and kids ministry throughout all of those years. While I am constantly trying to add to my repertoire of games, songs, activities and object lessons…I realize that I have quite a collection! Just as people have so graciously shared their wisdom and creativity with me over the years, my hope with this blog is that I pay it forward! My greatest desire is to help you help your kids learn more about Jesus in a fun, creative, engaging way!