David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

Have you had a chance to check out my recently released book: Top 50 Bible Stories for Elementary?  If you've been wanting to take a closer peek, you're in luck!  Today, I'll be sharing a chapter from the book, all about David.  Stay tuned for a video presentation of the lesson later this week! Big Idea: God Looks at the Heart This Week’s Passage: Psalm 119:10-11, 47-48; 1 Samuel 16:7 Memory Verse: People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel … [Read more...]

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11 and 12 (David and Bathsheba) Bonus Memory Verse: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) Object Lesson: Cotton Ball Sheep What You Need:  Two people figures Cotton Balls What You Do:  Before kids arrive, read through 2 Samuel 11-12 and become familiar with the account.  Hold your Bible as you talk to the kids. Say: One day, King David was walking on his roof when he … [Read more...]

There is a Way that Seems Right (Proverbs Game)

There is a Way that Seems Right (Proverbs Game)

Bible Passage: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Ideal Group Size: 3-8 kids What You Need:  Large space to play in Obstacles in your path (lucky us, our gym was all set up for a dinner -- plenty of obstacles!) Blindfold How to Play:  To begin, set up a playing area with plenty of obstacles (chairs, buckets, toys, balls, cones, etc) in the way.  Blindfold a volunteer and have them stand at one end of the playing … [Read more...]

Moses and the Burning Bush Craft

Moses and the Burning Bush Craft

Looking to add a little something to the story of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3)? Check out this fun craft: What You Need: Coloring Page of a tree (we used the Mulberry tree by Van Gogh)  Red and Yellow Tissue Paper, ripped into small pieces Orange Tissue paper (optional) Glue Crayons (optional) What You Do: Color the trunk of the tree and ground (optional) Put glue all over the top part of the tree. Apply ripped up tissue paper to top of tree to give a … [Read more...]

Battle of the Bears (Telling the Story of Gideon with Counting Bears)

Battle of the Bears (Telling the Story of Gideon with Counting Bears)

This last week in Children's Church, we were covering the story of Gideon (Judges 6-8).  I have a pretty young class right now - a lot of preschool and kindergarten, so we've been using the Preschool version of The Gospel Project.  I love the super simple suggestions for activities and the kids seem to love them! This week, we talked a lot about sorting since Gideon whittled his army down by sorting the men.   I happened to have some counting bears at home (one of our kindergarten … [Read more...]

Tower of Babel: Paper Stacking Craft  (Day #29 of the Bible Lesson Extras Series)

Tower of Babel: Paper Stacking Craft (Day #29 of the Bible Lesson Extras Series)

When it comes to studying the tower of Babel (Genesis 11), some type of building always seems to be involved.  Some kids love the hands on stacking excitement (as seen in this cup stacking video), but others in your group may prefer a quieter activity. Recently, when we were reading about the tower of Babel, I had this activity available for station time. What You Need: Colored paper or construction paper, cut into strips Construction paper to use as the base Glue What You … [Read more...]