kingave.org- Jesus Performs His First Miracle lesson with activities
Introduce craft: What did Jesus turn the water into?
Turning Water Into Wine- A paper plate craft to show Jesus' first miracle. Start the wheel with the blue showing to represent water flowing from the jug. Slowly turn the back plate to change the blue water to red wine. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 42 & 43).
clclutheran.org- Classroom Art Activity Color the strip at the bottom of the page according to the color directions, then cut it out. Color the water pot below, cut out the top oval, and make the slits. Position the blue/maroon strip in the slits behind the water pot so that it changes from water to wine (page 3).
highlightsteachers.com- Memory Game Sharpen your students memory skills with this game made with plastic milk or water jug lids.
activityvillage.co.uk- Counting Jars Game Here's a really simple idea which is fun to put together and fun to play with. You can play with the jars in many different ways, making is suitable for a wide age range too.
These games are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.
The Wedding At Cana File Folder Game- Answer questions about the story and receive a jar token. The first player to collect 6 jars wins. (Younger students do not have to answer a question and can just collect a jar token.)
Introduce snack: What did Jesus turn water into? Let’s make something that we can change by adding something to it.
Have the children make Kool-aid, chocolate milk, lemon aid, etc. using a container that they can see through or look into (cup).
Letter W Snacks-
Wafers, Waffles, Walnut, Water, Watermelon, White Cake, White Cheese, Whipped Cream, etc.
Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.
This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.
Wedding at Cana Relay Game: The first team that fills the jar full of wine first, wins.
Introduce game: What did Jesus say to the servants?
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
6 clear plastic cups water in 6 large container (bucket will do) 6 empty jars red food coloring 6 chairs
Divide the class into 6 equal teams and have them line up behind a chair with a bucket of water sitting on it. Across the room have an empty jar with food coloring inside it for each team. At your signal the first person in the team scoops up some water from their bucket and carries it over and pours it in their jar, returns to his line and hands the plastic cup to the second player. The first player then goes to the end of the line. The second player then repeats what the first player did. (Demonstrate what you want the children to do). Play is continued until the jar is full of wine.
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story Jonah and the Whale
- explain the importance of obedience to God and the need to serve Him each day
- explain that actions have consequences
- identify who never stops loving us
- discuss that everyone makes mistakes and we can be forgiven
- locate Nineveh on a map
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards (show picture cards that we have done thus far)
Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)
whale- a large marine mammal the breathes through a blowhole on the top of its head sorry- feeling bad about something you have done Nineveh- an "exceeding great city", as it is called in the Book of Jonah, was on the eastern bank of the Tigris in ancient Assyria, across the river from the modern-day major city of Mosul, Iraq (show students this on a map and have students find it on a map)
Read story: "Jonah and the Whale" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
dltk-bible.com- Jonah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.
calvarycurriculum.com- 3 lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
- Jonah and the Great Fish
- Nineveh Repents
- Jonah is Humbled by God
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jonah’s Whale lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).
1. What did God want Jonah to do? (He told Jonah to go to a city called Nineveh and tell the people who lived there about Him.)
2. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh? (Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because the people who lived there did not obey God.)
3. What did Jonah do? (Ran away and got on a ship.)
4. What happened when Jonah was on the ship? (A big storm started.)
5. What did the sailors do when the storm came up? (Everyone on the ship was scared that they were going to die and prayed to their gods for help.)
6. Where was Jonah when the storm came up? (He was fast asleep on the bottom of the ship.)
7. What did Jonah say when the sailors asked him to start praying? (I can’t pray to God. I’m running away from Him.)
8. What happened when Jonah was thrown over board? (The storm stopped.)
9. How many days was Jonah inside the fish? (Three days.)
10. Where did the whale spit Jonah out? (On dry land.)
11. What did Jonah do after the fish spit him out? (Went to Nineveh.)
12. What did he tell the people of Nineveh? (He told the people there that unless they told God they were sorry for being bad and began to do the right things, God would destroy their city in forty days.)
13. Did the people of Nineveh listen to Jonah? (Yes)
14. What did the king order the people to do? (To be sorry for their badness and pray to God.)
15. Was Jonah happy about that? (No, he wanted God to destroy Nineveh.)
16. Can anyone run away from God? (No)
17. Why? (Because God is everywhere.)
18. What does God want us to do when we do something wrong? (Say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness.)
19. What does God do when we are sorry and ask for forgiveness? (He forgives us.)
books.google.com- Trust Trash (Jonah Learns To Obey God)
This game will help your kids discover why trusting God is important through the story of Jonah and the big fish. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 65).
psscentral.com- Running Away
Explain to the children that you cannot run away from God. He knows where you are all of the time. Have the children stand in a line in front of you but facing the opposite direction. Read the statements below to them. If they think the child is running away from God, they are to take three steps away from you. If they think the child is listening and obeying God, they move three steps toward you. (Several scenarios are posted to play the game.)
books.google.com- Hey, Obey!
Teams try to be the first to reach the goal by choosing and following instructions on “Obey God” and “Excuses Cards”. A team advances and/or suffers punishment as a collective group. (This game goes with another lesson, but can easily be used for Jonah and the Whale.) Full Tilt Wacky Games, by David C Cook Publishing Company, page 14 – 17.
books.google.com- Get My Drift
Players will try to navigate a maze or obstacle course while being besieged by all types of sights and sounds from other teams. Their partner is the only one that has the directions on how to complete the maze or obstacle course and they must tell the person how to find their way through it. They will need to focus on their partner, who is trying to get their attention to be able to complete the course. (Full Tilt Wacky Games, by David C Cook Publishing Company, page 62 - 65).
Introduce snack: What swallowed Jonah? A whale.
Make Jell-O Jigglers of fish/whale shapes and put a gummy shape person inside.
Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:
More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Jonah puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from July 16 - 22).
Swallowed by a Fish- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story of Samson
- identify Philistia, Israel, and Gaza on a map
- explain that Samson’s strength did not come from within himself, but from God
- identify who you can ask to help you in making the right decisions
Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)
Blind- not able to see Feast- a large meal to celebrate something Philistines- they were people who hated the Israelites. They wanted to take their land and make the Israelites their slaves. The Philistines were from Philistia (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map) Israelites- people from Israel that are also called Hebrews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map) Gaza- seaport and important city in biblical times (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map)
Read story: "Samson" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans? (Samson)
dltk-bible.com- Samson and Delilah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzle, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Samson lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).
Introduce game: What did Philistines do to Samson when they captured him? How do you think it is being blind? Discuss.
Samson, A Mighty Man
Need: Blindfold or paper bag that can fit over student’s head.
Directions: Student must guess whose face he is touching while blindfolded. Teacher might have to do hand-over-hand to keep the touching just on the head and face.
Introduce game: Why was Samson so strong? Where did Samson get his strength?
Super Strength (God Gives Samson Strength)- This game will help your students realize that God gives us strength as they play tag and learn about Samson. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 41.)
Introduce game: Who can you ask to help you in making the right decisions?
Really Big Book of bible Games by Gospel Light
On Guard (page 166)- Samson made some bad choices when he was tempted. God’s Words tells us to be on our guard so that we won’t make bad choices in tempting situations. We can ask God for self-control to help us always make the best choice. Let’s practice being on our guard in this game.
Strong Obstacles (page 175)- Samson kept doing things that made it hard for him to follow the instructions God had given him. His wrong actions were obstacles- things that kept him from obeying God. We’re going to play a game where we form an obstacle course with our bodies.
Introduce game: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans? (Samson)
biblestoryprintables.com- This is a file folder game for children to use multiplication and division skills to convert inches to feet. Mount the game to the file folder then let children use the playing pieces to solve the equations. (Scroll down to this.)
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Samson (file folder game)- Answer questions about Samson as you work your way around the board. Try to be the first player to remove all of your pillar while other players attempt to add to it.
Introduce game: Samson did not always choose the right thing to do. Can you choose the right thing to do and not give into pressures around you? Who can you ask to help you in making the right decisions?
WWJD (file folder game)- Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.
Introduce game: Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? Samson did not always choose the right thing to do. Who can you ask to help you in making the right decisions? What would Jesus want us to do?
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