Children's church games and lessons are a great way to introduce or reinforce a topic or theme to the kids at Sunday school while still making the time together engaging and fun. Structuring a lesson in the same way a teacher would helps the children to have a sense of familiarity, and using games that the children play anyway helps them to feel like they are part of the group, even if they don't have any prior biblical knowledge.
Helping children to learn the Bible is an important step in their Christian walk and can be a wonderful foundation for strong adult Christians. Using a whiteboard or chalkboard, write down a verse. Review the verse several times with the children. Erase several words from the verse and separate the children into teams. Take turns allowing the teams to guess either a word or solve the puzzle. Give points to each team that guesses a word correctly. Another game can involve writing the books of the Bible onto balloons. Separate the children into teams again and have one team arrange the Old Testament books while the other team works on the New Testament books. Keep score for each book that is placed correctly in order.
Allowing children to burn a little energy while learning in Sunday school is also a great way to reinforce a lesson. To illustrate the Israelites walking through the desert for 40 years, come up with 30 or 40 true or false questions from the book of Exodus. Line the children up against one wall of the classroom. Mark the floor with masking tape eight feet away from the wall. Ask a question. Each student that believes the question is true will raise their hand. Otherwise, they keep their hands at their sides. For each student that answers correctly, they take one baby step towards the line. If they answer incorrectly, they take one baby step backwards or stay at the wall. Continue asking questions until all students cross the line. Another game for younger children could be a version of "Simon Says," but call it "Noah Says" and include only animal noises and actions.
Using hands-on activities helps children to relate to a lesson in a real and tangible way. To explain the parable of the sower and the seed, arrange six or seven different types of seeds on a table. Place three cups of dirt on the table as well, labeled "Good Soil," "Rocks" and "Sand." Review Matthew 13:3-4,19 with the children. Ask questions about the lesson, such as "What is a sower?," "Where did the seeds fall?," "What does the seed stand for?" and "Who tries to take the seed away?" Explain how seeds grow and make the comparison between the seeds and the Word of God.
Using Tootsie roll pops, explain the hardening of a heart. Explain to each student how, like the Tootsie roll center, our hearts are soft, and how sin hardens around our heart, like the candy is hardened around the center. Using the wrapper to the candy, explain how people try to cover up their sin just like the wrapper covers the candy. When a person admits he is a sinner, he can remove the wrapper and begin to work on his hardened heart through the help of the Holy Spirit. Use scriptures such as Jeremiah 23:24, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:9 and Galatians 2:20 in the lesson.
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