Ages and Stages: Grandparent’s Day

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Use these wonderful Bible activities to build relationships and
engage seniors with children in your children’s ministry.

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Preschool-Kindergarten

1. Working Together
In large letters, print the words of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 on a sheet
of poster board. Laminate it if possible. Cut the poster board into
large, easily put together puzzle pieces. Mix up the pieces on the
floor.

Have children and senior adults work together on the puzzle.
When the puzzle is complete, have an adult read aloud the passage.
Say: Puzzles are fun to put together. This one has a special
Scripture passage that Moses gave to the Hebrew people. It tells us
to love God all the time. Some of us are little now; some of us are
much older and have loved God for a longer time. God likes us to
work together to learn about him. Putting together the puzzle was a
fun way to work together.

2. Walk and Talk
Form pairs of children and adults. Tell the adults to take their
child partners on a 5- to 10-minute tour of the church. While on
the tour, have the adults follow these instructions:

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Walk your preschool friend around the church. Talk about your
favorite memories of the church and God. Ask the child to share
favorite things to do at church. Tell your new friend the first
time you remember learning about God. Remind the child that Moses
told the people in Deuteronomy 6:7 that adults are supposed to talk
with their children about God. Discuss other things about God that
the child wants to talk about.

When the pairs return, sit in a circle. Ask: What did you like
most about your time together? What did you talk about on your
trip? Why is it important for kids and adults to spend time
together? How was what you talked about like Moses’ instructions to
adults to tell their children about God?

3. Tied to God
Give each pair a crayon, two 8-inch ribbons, and two 3X5 cards.
Ask each person to fold their card, draw a heart on the inside, and
print the words “I LOVE GOD.” Adults can help children. Use a hole
punch to make a hole in each card. Then have partners each tie
their card to their wrist.

Gather the groups around the puzzle from the opening activity.
Read the verses again. Ask people to each hold up their wrist with
the card on it. Say: Moses told the people to tie God’s words to
their hands. We just did that. Let’s remember that God wants us to
work together and learn from each other. Close in prayer, thanking
God for the new friends made today.

4. Snack-See “Food for
Thought.”

Grades 1-3

1. All Mixed Up
Write the verses of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 on a sheet of paper.
Photocopy and enlarge it as much as possible. Make one enlargement
for every four people. Cut apart four- to six-word sections of each
passage and put the word strips in an envelope for each group.

Form pairs of children and older adults. Form groups with two
pairs. Give each pair a Bible and an envelope with word strips.
Tell the groups their job is to see which team can perfectly put
back together Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

After all groups are finished, ask: What was fun about working
with your partners? How did you figure out the order of the words?
What did you learn about each other as you worked together? What do
you think is the most important advice in this passage?

Say: Moses told the Hebrew people to do everything they could to
love God. He wanted to make sure they never forgot about God’s
love. One way we learn about God’s love is from each other. That’s
why we’re making new friends today with people of different ages.
This is one way we can learn about and share God’s love.

2. Lifted Higher
Gather everyone around a blanket with pairs standing together.
Have an adult lie on the blanket. Have a child grab a corner and
try to pick up the adult. Add a new child to each corner each time.
Finally, have all the kids grab the blanket and gently lift the
person and slowly put him or her down. Then do the same thing with
adults lifting the child on the blanket. Sit in a circle and read
aloud Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Ask: How did you feel during this
experience? Who was easier to pick up-a child or an adult?

Say: It’s easier for an adult to carry or lift a child. God
wants adults to “carry” children closer to him and his Word.

3. Loving God
Give each pair two long strips of paper, tape, and markers. Tell
partners to each write the words “I will love God with all my
heart” on their paper strip. Then have partners help each other put
on their paper strips as headbands. Encourage partners to talk with
one another about what they think it means to love God with all
their heart.

4. Here’s My Heart
Write the words “GOD’S HEART” on a large red construction paper
heart. Form a circle and give everyone a pencil. Pass around the
heart. Have each person tear off a piece of God’s heart and write
his or her name on it. Tell pairs to exchange signed heart
pieces.

Say: You made a new friend today. You talked about God’s love.
We had a great time. God wants us to take care of that new piece of
heart and our new friend. Take your heart piece home and put it
somewhere as a reminder of God and your new friend. Close in
prayer, thanking God for new friends.

5. Snack-See “Food for
Thought.”

Grades 4-6

1. Say What?
Form pairs of children and adults. Tell senior adults they’ll have
to mime a verse from Scripture for their child partners. Show
adults Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Tell adults they can condense the passage
to embody the main thought. After a few minutes, have adults mime
their verse for their partners until at least one partner shouts
it.

Afterward, read aloud Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Ask: What was fun about
working with your partner? What did you learn about each other as
you worked together? What do you think is the most important advice
in this passage?

Say: Moses told the Hebrew people to do everything they could to
love God. He wanted to make sure they never forgot about God’s
love. One way we learn about God’s love is from each other. That’s
why we’re making new friends today with people of different ages.
It’s one way we can learn about and share God’s love.

2. What Do You See?
Have pairs sit facing one another. Tell them to look at one
another very carefully. Now have them sit back to back. Tell each
person to change three things about themselves that they don’t
think their partner will notice. Then have pairs face one another
and figure out what got changed.

Take a survey to see if the kids did a better job noticing what
got changed or the older adults did. Ask: How easy or difficult was
it to discover changes? Why don’t we always notice things about
other people? How can being more observant help us learn about God?
Say: God’s Word never changes. Even from a long time ago, God’s
Word tells adults to tell children about God’s love. Older adults
have a responsibility to teach you children. And children, you have
a responsibility to listen and learn.

3. Shout It
Read aloud Deuteronomy 6:8-9. Give each pair two construction
paper pennants and crayons or markers. Have pairs make a pennant to
hang on their door. It should say something they believe about
God’s love. Once the pennants are finished, have partners trade
pennants. Have each person complete this statement: “One way I will
love God this week is by…” Close in prayer, thanking God for new
friends made today.

4. Snack-See “Food for
Thought.”

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Food For
Thought

Form groups of four, with at least one senior adult in each
group. Have that adult bring his or her favorite recipe and
ingredients to prepare with the children. As they prepare the dish,
have the adult share memories related to this dish. Then have
children talk about memories related to their favorite dishes. Have
a potluck afterward for everyone to enjoy.


Mike Gillespie is a Christian education director in Kansas.
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